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Homeopathy. Introduction to Homeopathy and its use in Breast and Menopausal Symptoms. Principles. A system of medicine based on the principle of “like cures like” -similia similibus curentur Uses the smallest dose possible to produce a response. Examples of the similia principle.

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homeopathy

Homeopathy

Introduction to Homeopathy and its use in Breast and Menopausal Symptoms

principles
Principles
  • A system of medicine based on the principle of “like cures like” -similia similibus curentur
  • Uses the smallest dose possible to produce a response
examples of the similia principle
Examples of the similia principle
  • Peeling an onion leads to sore, runny eyes, itchy nose and sneezing - Allium cepa used to treat hayfever and colds
  • nettle stings produce a burning, itchy wheal on the skin - Urtica urens is a good remedy for similar skin lesions
  • arsenic poisoning causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea with burning pains and chilliness - Arsenicum alb. V. effective in gastroenteritis and food poisoning
examples of the similia principle in medicine
Examples of the similia principle in medicine
  • Radiotherapy which is used to treat cancer also causes it
  • Amphetamines which produce hyperactivity, are used to treat hyperactive children
  • Immunisation
  • treatment of erythromelalgia with Praxilene?
basis of treatment
Basis of Treatment
  • Homeopathy works with the body’s response to illness and remedies are prescibed according to the symptoms
  • one remedy can be used to treat several ailments
  • one ailment may need to be treated with different remedies in different patients
selecting the remedy
Selecting the remedy
  • Detailed Homeopathic history
  • Repertorization
  • Materia medica
homeopathic history
Homeopathic history
  • Details of presenting complaint - aetiology, aggravations, ameliorations, modalities
  • Aetiology : trauma, bereavement, never well since -pregnancy, menopause, glandular fever
homeopathic history1
Homeopathic history
  • General symptoms - patients’ reaction to their environment, heat, cold, weather
  • Food likes or dislikes, e.g. crave pickles,like fat
  • periodicity - frequency of symptoms - monthly, weekly, yearly

Dr Christine Underwood, Homoeopathy Clinic, NHS Tayside

mind or mental symptoms features of their personality
Anxious on anticipation

Depressed

Weepy

Consolation

Easily bored

Jealous

Tidy

Fears

Company

Shy

Routine

Resentments

Mind or Mental symptoms – features of their personality
general appearance
Vivacious red-head

Nervous

Laid-back absent minded professor

Prim and proper

Scruffy

Extremely neat and colour co-ordinated

Weepy blonde

Lacks energy

Flabby handshake

Closed

Shy, hides behind mother

Anxious to please, maintain eye contact

General appearance
the relevant kingdom
The relevant kingdom
  • Animal, Mineral or Vegetable (Plant)
  • Animal – hunter/ hunted, victim, prey, pursued, escaping, nurturing, flying, pouncing, caged, free
  • Mineral – structural terms, cracking, crumbling, stable/ unstable, falling apart
  • Plant – sensitive to surroundings e.g light, warmth, smells, cold, damp,
remedies
Remedies
  • These are prepared from :-
  • minerals,
  • plants,
  • fish,
  • insects,
  • snakes and disease products
instructions for taking remedies
Instructions for taking remedies
  • Homeopathic remedies are very delicate and should not be handled.
  • They are absorbed from the mouth and so are sucked not swallowed.
  • Should not be taken near food or drink as these may interfere with the absorption.
  • Store away from strong smells.
the clinical place for homeopathy
The clinical place for homeopathy
  • Where there is no effective allopathic alternative
  • Where conventional medication is unsafe
  • Where allopathy has unacceptable side-effects
  • To minimise the use of allopathy
homeopathic treatment of breast disease
Homeopathic Treatment of Breast Disease
  • In cancer, it can be useful alongside conventional therapies
  • Improves well being and gives symptomatic relief
  • Can relieve hot flushes even if due to Tamoxifen
  • Can relieve breast pain associated with menstruation
asterias red starfish
Asterias – red starfish
  • Breasts swollen and painful
  • < lt side, feels as if pulled inwards
  • Pain extends from breast down to fingers
  • Breast cancer, enlarged axillary glands,
  • V. irritable, cannot bear contradiction
  • Symptoms disappear with menstruation
  • Heat in head as if surrounded by hot air
belladonna deadly nightshade
Belladonna- deadly nightshade

Mastitis – throbbing, redness, streaks radiate from nipple

Breasts feel heavy , hard and red

  • Acute conditions, sudden onset, Red, hot, dry,
    • Intense throbbing, burning pains. Jerks, spasms.
    • Night terrors, hallucinations, delirium
    • < draught, light, noise, touch, jar.
    • Desires lemons
carcinosin
Carcinosin
  • Breast cancer especially with FH
  • Indications – family history, perfectionist, fear of cancer, glandular fever, chronic mastitis
  • Anxiety on anticipation
  • Swelling and tenderness in breasts premens
  • Retraction of nipples, bloody discharge

Dr Christine Underwood, Homoeopathy Clinic, NHS Tayside

conium poison hemlock
Conium – poison hemlock
  • Breasts feel hard, tense, < touch
  • Enlarged axillary glands with numb feeling down arm
  • Nodules in breast, cancer
  • Enlarged and painful breasts before and during menses < every step
  • < lying down, turning over in bed
phytolacca
Phytolacca
  • Pain from front to back
  • Breasts hard, painful and bluish tinge
  • Mastitis, hard and very sensitive
  • Pain from nipple radiates all over body
  • Shooting pains like electric shocks
  • < exposure to damp, motion, night
  • Used for mastitis in cows

Dr Christine Underwood, Homoeopathy Clinic, NHS Tayside

outcome of menopausal symptoms
Outcome of Menopausal Symptoms
  • 20% no change
  • 10% improvement in wellbeing
  • 30% some improvement
  • 34% asymptomatic - on remedies
  • 6% asymptomatic - no remedies
amyl nitrosum
Amyl nitrosum
  • Sensation of blood surging to face and head followed by sweating. Sensation as if blood would burst through skin with heat and redness. Throbbing in head and throughout body.
  • Feeling of anxiety. Palpitations.
  • Feel cold and clammy after flushing has died down.
argentum nit
Argentum nit
  • Flushes occurring with the following personality:
  • Very anxious particularly on anticipation. Impulsive, hurried, time goes too slowly.
  • Desires sweet and fat foods. Abdominal pain and flatulence.
  • Chilly when uncovered but too hot if wrapped up.
lachesis
Lachesis
  • Good remedy for the menopause in general or premenstrual symptoms
  • Very talkative, suspicious and jealous. Sad in the morning, does not want to go to work or mix with people.
  • Flushes, palpitations, headaches, feel faint.
  • Worse for sleep, ailments come on duringsleep.
pilocarpus
Pilocarpus
  • Intense sweating, hot flushes, sometimes accompanied by nausea and excess saliva.
  • Excessive perspiration from all parts of the body followed by chilliness.
  • Sweating of face, ears and neck.
sepia
Sepia
  • Classic premenstrual and menopausal remedy
  • Frequent flushes and then shivery
  • Irritable, indifferent, depressed, weepy
  • Wants affection but rejects it, poor libido
  • Nausea a.m, loves pickles, vinegar, acids
  • All symptoms relieved by dancing or fast movement
typical prescription for mneopausal symptoms
Typical prescription for Mneopausal symptoms
  • Lachesis 1M Sig 1 Tab t.d.s. on 1 day each month
  • Amyl nitrosum 6C - Sig 1 tab t.d.s.
  • Pilocarpus 6C – Sig 1 tab t.d.s.
outcome of homeopathic treatment of menopausal symptoms
Outcome of Homeopathic treatment of Menopausal Symptoms
  • 20% no change
  • 10% improvement in well being
  • 30% some improvement
  • 34% asymptomatic - on remedies
  • 6% asymptomatic - no remedies
useful addresses
Useful Addresses
  • British Homeopathic Association,

Hahnemann House, 29 Park Street,

Luton, LU1 3BE.

www.britishhomeopathic.org

Academic Department,

Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital,

1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0XQ

Dr Christine Underwood, Homoeopathy Clinic, NHS Tayside