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The average woman ovulates about 400 times between puberty and the menopause, usually at intervals of around 28 days. If an egg is fertilized, pregnancy follows; if not, the lining of the uterus is shed during menstruation. The

DISORDER

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS)

PMS affects 75 percent of women to some degree over several days preceding a menstrual period, and includes physiological and psychological symptoms. Many women continue to lead more or less normal lives despite feeling glum and irritable, but in ten percent of cases symptoms are seriously debilitating. Physical symptoms include tender, swollen breasts and abdomen, fluid retention, and minor period-type pains. PMS may be exacerbated by hormonal or nutritional imbalance, stress, overwork, allergy, and psychological factors such as depression. SELF-HELP Avoid salty or fatty foods, junk foods, sugar, tea, coffee, and alcohol. Eat regular, small, protein-rich snacks, but reduce meat intake. Take 30 minutes of outdoor exercise daily and practice relaxation techniques (see page 217) or meditation. If you smoke, stop. Pace yourself in order to avoid stress. CAUTION If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

functioning of the female reproductive system (see page 198) is controlled by the pituitary gland, which in turn takes its orders from the hypothalamus in the brain. A variety of disturbances and imbalances in the body may modify the

SPECIFIC AILMENT PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

PMS with apathy, • Greasy skin, possibly with acne irritability, and • Craving for salty or sweet foods tearfulness • Weariness, especially in the morning

• Sensation as though the uterus is falling out

• Possible sinus problems, sore throat, and flushes

PMS with swollen, tender • Fluid retention that exacerbates any breasts weight problem • Lack of energy

• Swollen, tender breasts and painful joints

• Possible vaginal discharge or thrush

PMS with self-pity • Craving for sweet foods • Bloated stomach

• Swollen face, especially upper eyelids

Headaches, nausea, and dizziness

• Yellowish vaginal discharge

PAINFUL PERIODS (DYSMENORRHEA)

Discomfort is common during the first few days of a menstrual period. Symptoms include a dull ache in the lower back or abdomen, or severe abdominal cramps. Pain may be exacerbated by stress, but may improve after childbirth or once a woman reaches her thirties. Sudden pain after years of pain-free periods may indicate pelvic infection, endometriosis (formation of cysts in the pelvic cavity from bleeding fragments of uterus lining) or fibroids (see page 199). The use of intrauterine devices or coming off the contraceptive pill can also result in painful menstruation. SELF-HELP Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Get plenty of exercise and lose weight if you need to. Between periods, take the occasional short, cold bath; during the week before a period, take a long, hot bath every other night. A physiotherapist or osteopath may be able to relieve associated back pain. CAUTION If periods are consistently more painful, see a doctor.

Abdominal pain with depression and self-pity

Abdominal pain with irritability, tearfulness, and indifference

Abdominal pain soothed by heat and pressure

Cramps in the uterus causing nausea or vomiting • Tenderness in the abdomen Tearing pain in the lower abdomen Possible migraine or diarrhea Blood flow includes clots or is very scanty

Sharp, piercing pain in the lower abdomen Sensation as though the uterus is falling out Cramps possibly accompanied by migraine, acne, weakness, perspiration, and fainting

Colicky, spasmodic pain Blood flow includes clots Dark, stringy, and tarry blood flow Period starts ahead of schedule

ABSENT PERIODS (AMENORRHEA)

The absence of periods may be permanent or temporary If periods have not started by the age of 16 (primary amenorrhea), the cause is delayed puberty. If menstruation is established but periods suddenly stop (secondary amenorrhea), this may be due to anorexia or great weight loss, or excessive exercise (especially if the diet is vegetarian). Amenorrhea can also be caused by stress, travel (particularly long-haul flights), shock, emotional stress, coming off the contraceptive pill, or hormonal imbalance. Rarely, it is due to displacement of the uterus, (if it is tilted backward). Periods may also be delayed after childbirth. CAUTION If periods are absent for more than 9 months, consult a doctor.

Periods stop abruptly • Feeling of heaviness and aching pain in the after a shock ovaries • Sharp, shooting pain in the uterus

• Abdomen is inflated and sensitive

• Vagina is hot, dry, and sensitive

Periods stop after • Possibly no symptoms specifically related emotional stress to the reproductive organs

• Possible lump in the throat

• Possible headache resembling a nail being driven into the head brain's influence over the pituitary gland, thus upsetting hormone levels, which many women believe are responsible for their psychological as well as physiological problems. A holistic view of the workings of the female body is well suited to the application of homeopathic principles, and there is much anecdotal evidence of homeopathy's success in treating women's complaints. Homeopathic remedies can provide an attractive alternative to conventional treatments such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—which may have unpleasant side-effects—and are particularly suitable for the treatment of recurring ailments associated with the reproductive cycle.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS BETTER

SYMPTOMS WORSE

REMEDY & DOSAGE

• Irritability and tearfulness

• For eating

• For cold

Sepia

• Difficulty in concentrating

• For sleep

• On exposure to tobacco smoke

(see page 112)

• Desire to get away from it all

• For vigorous exercise

• For mental exertion

30c twice daily

• Fits of anger and screaming

• For heat

• In the early morning

up to 3 days, starting 1 day

• Reduction in sex drive

and early evening

before PMS due

Irritability and tearfulness

Depression

Indifference

Difficulty in concentrating

In the morning

When slightly constipated

In drafts

In cold, damp, windy weather

For overexertion

Calc. carb.

(see page 77) 30c twice daily up to 3 days, starting 1 day before PMS due

• Self-pity and depression

• Sudden tearfulness

• Apprehension about the future

Anxiety in crowded places

• For cold drinks

• In the evening and at night

Pulsatilla

30c twice daily up to 3 days, starting 1 day before PMS due

• Self-pity and great tearfulness at the slightest provocation

• Desire for comfort and reassurance

• Depression

• For crying and sympathy

• With the hands above the head

• For gentle exercise

• In extremes of temperature

• When lying on the painful area

• In the evening and at night

Pulsatilla

(see page 61) 30c hourly up to 10 doses

• Irritability and tearfulness

• Desire to be left alone

• Indifference to loved ones

• When lying on the right side with knees pulled up to the chest

• For eating, sleeping, and exercise

• For applying hot compresses to the abdomen

• On exposure to tobacco smoke

• For mental exertion

• In the early morning and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Sepia

(see page 112) 30c hourly up to 10 doses

• Irritability, anxiety, and oversensitivity

• Fixation about pain

• Possible fear of thunderstorms and of darkness

• For applying pressure to the abdomen

• When bending double

• For being uncovered

• For being exhausted

(see page 90) 30c hourly up to 10 doses

• Great fear and anxiety

• Nervousness and panic in fear of death, even to the extent of predicting the time of death

• For warm perspiration

• For bending double

• On exposure to tobacco smoke

• In the evening and at night

(see page 32) 30c twice daily up to 14 days

• Suppression of emotions with fear of showing feelings at inappropriate times

Mood swings between laughter and tearfulness

• Possible hysteria

• For urinating

• For heat

• In fresh air and cold conditions

• For wearing too much clothing

• For coffee or alcohol

• For strong smells

• On exposure to tobacco smoke

(see page 57) 30c twice daily up to 14 days

DISORDER

SPECIFIC AILMENT PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

HEAVY PERIODS (MENORRHAGIA)

Heavy periods are defined as those with profuse bleeding, or flooding, which quickly soaks through any sanitary protection and may include large clots of blood, or bleeding that continues for more than seven days. They may be due to pelvic infection, hormonal imbalance, fibroids (seepage 199), endometriosis (formation of cysts in the pelvic cavity from bleeding fragments of uterus lining), stress, overwork, or approaching menopause (see below). The use of intrauterine devices can also increase menstrual blood flow. SELF-HELP Reduce your intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, milk, and dairy products, and eat plenty of raw vegetables. Take 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day but avoid overexertion. CAUTION If your menstrual cycle is regular but the flow is heavier than usual or exhibits some other change, consult a doctor. If you have had sexual intercourse regularly and a period is late and heavier than usual, see a doctor within 12 hours.

Heavy periods in overweight women

Heavy periods with apathy and indifference

Heavy periods with nervous excitement

Fluid retention that exacerbates a weight problem Possible backache, perspiration, and clumsiness Blood is bright red Possible abdominal cramps Periods are irregular

Severe abdominal cramps

Itchy vaginal discharge

Sweating during menstruation

Visual disturbances, such as spots or flashes

Periods are irregular

Blood flow includes dark clots Intermittent bleeding Abdominal cramps Headache, dizziness, and fainting Very pale face

MENOPAUSE

Menopause is the cessation of menstruation that occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55. It should not be considered an ailment but rather a fact of physical and emotional life that some women adjust to better than others. Symptoms occur as a result of diminishing hormone production by the ovaries, and include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, aches and pains, dizziness, loss of appetite, weariness, chilliness, and palpitations. Psychological symptoms include tearfulness, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, depression, and insomnia. Menopausal symptoms may be exacerbated by stress. Counterbalancing the reduction in hormone production is the basis of conventional treatment—hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Homeopathy does not view menopause simply in terms of hormones, but adopts a more holistic approach to body imbalances that may have existed for a long time. Constitutional treatment (see page 176) may be required.

SELF-HELP Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, and spicy foods, and eat little and often. Cotton underwear, lightweight clothes, and cool showers or baths will reduce the impact of hot flashes. Do moderate exercise and practice deep breathing (see page 217) or yoga. Ease vaginal dryness with calendula ointment, and increase lubrication during sexual intercourse with a vaginal lubricant.

CAUTION If there is any bleeding six months beyond the last period, or prolonged spotting between periods, consult a doctor.

Inability to cope during menopause

Headache that is worse on the left side

Perspiration on the face and back of the neck during sleep

Craving for sweet foods

Swollen finger joints

Menopause with hot flashes, perspiration, and fainting

Sensation as though there is a kettle boiling inside the body that is relieved by perspiring

Headache that is worse on the left side

Dizziness and fainting

Hot flushing of the face

Constricted feeling in the throat and abdomen

Loss of libido during menopause

Heavy, irregular periods leading into menopause

Possible candidiasis

Vaginal dryness causing pain during sexual intercourse

Menopause with hot flashes in warm conditions

Hot flashes if in a hot room or a room full of people

Tendency to put on weight easily Headaches and migraines that are worse on the left side Craving for sweet foods

BREAST PAIN

General tenderness in the breast is common before a period. Localized pain may be due to an abscess or a lump. Abscesses may develop from mastitis (see page 201), while lumps may be caused by fibroadenosis (thickening of breast tissue), benign growths, or cancer. SELF-HELP If breast-feeding, bathe the breast in hot water. If breast pain has other causes, reduce intake of animal fats, tea, and caffeine, and substitute oily fish for meat and dairy products. CAUTION If you are breast-feeding and have breast pain, especially if it is accompanied by a fever, see a doctor within 24 hours. If the nipple or breast changes, or if a hard, tender area develops, see a doctor immediately.

Breast is tender even when lightly touched

Breast is tender to the slightest touch Breast is swollen • Stitchlike pain in the nipple Desire to press the breast hard with the hands Legs feel heavy Possible reduction in sex drive

Breast is hard and inflamed

Breast is hard and inflamed, and feels as though there might be an abscess forming Discomfort on the slightest movement Possible bursting headache Great but infrequent thirst Possible constipation

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS BETTER

SYMPTOMS WORSE

REMEDY & DOSAGE

• Confusion and difficulty in concentrating

• Anxiety about symptoms having been noticed by others

• Fear of insanity

• When slightly constipated

• For stress and overexertion

Calc. carb.

(see page 77) 30c 3 times daily up to 14 days

• Tearfulness and irritability

• Indifference even to loved ones

• General apathy

• For eating and sleep

• For applying hot compresses to the lower abdomen

• On exposure to tobacco smoke

• For mental exertion or stress

• In the early morning and evening

Sepia

(see page 112) 30c 3 times daily up to 14 days

• Irritability

• Oversensitivity

• Fear of domesticated animals

• Mood swings and depression

• For applying firm pressure to the abdomen

• For loosening clothing

• When bending double

• When lying down

• For touch and jarring

• For mental exertion

(see page 49) 30c 3 times daily up to 14 days

• Feeling of being unable to cope

• Anxiety about symptoms having been noticed by others

• Claustrophobia

• After breakfast

• For rubbing the affected joints

• For physical or mental exertion

• For the pressure of clothing

• For sexual intercourse

Calc. carb.

(see page 77) 30c twice daily up to 7 days

• Difficulty in concentrating

• Overexcitement with great talkativeness

• For loosening clothing

• For swallowing liquids

• For the pressure of clothing

• For hot drinks or alcohol

Lachesis

(see page 109) 30c twice daily up to 7 days

• Irritability

• Tearfulness

• Apathy and indifference

• Difficulty in concentrating

• For strenuous walking in the open air

• For being warm in bed

• For sexual intercourse

• In the early morning and evening

(see page 112) 30c twice daily up to 7 days

• Depression

• Irritability

• For perspiring

• For gentle walking

• For physical or mental overexertion

• For becoming hot in bed

(see page 99) 30c twice daily up to 7 days

• Depression

• Mental dullness and fatigue

• Anxiety, hysteria, or sadness associated with grief

• For expressing emotion

• With the arms hanging down

• For turning over in bed

(see page 51) 6c every 4 hours up to 5 days

• Irritability

• Great concern about financial problems

• For applying firm, cold pressure to the breast

• For the slightest movement

• In cold, dry, windy weather

Bryonia

(see page 42) 6c every 4 hours up to 5 days

DISORDER

CYSTITIS

This term is used generally to describe increased frequency of urination with pain, but cystitis proper is inflammation of the bladder due to infection from the bowel. It may be accompanied by fever and a burning sensation when urinating. Cystitis mainly affects women; the female urethra is short and easily invaded by germs. The condition may be exacerbated by stress, antibiotics, contraceptives, poor diet, food allergy, poor personal hygiene, tights or underwear, and sexual intercourse. SELF-HELP Increase the alkalinity of the urine by drinking 10 fl oz (300 ml) of cold water every 20 minutes. Avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol. Cystitis may be aggravated by some foods, such as asparagus, beets, citrus fruits, strawberries, milk, ice cream, spicy foods, and junk foods. Never suppress the urge to urinate, and be scrupulous about personal hygiene. Avoid using tampons, douches, and perfumed bath products. Use lubrication during sexual intercourse. Urinate after intercourse.

CAUTION If there is pain in the kidneys or blood in the urine, or if an attack lasts for more than 48 hours, see a doctor.

SPECIFIC AILMENT

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

Cystitis with cutting, burning pains

• Burning, cutting pains in the lower abdomen

• Constant urge to urinate and a sensation as though the bladder cannot be emptied properly

• Only small amounts of urine are passed

• Aching in the small of the back

Cystitis with irritability

• Only small amounts of urine are passed despite frequent urging

• Chilliness

Cystitis with a feeling of resentment

• Sensation as though a drop of urine is constantly trickling through the urethra

• Possible association with surgery to the urinary tract or other vaginal invasion, including sexual intercourse

Thrush with itching in the vulva that is worse before menstruation

• Itching of the vagina and vulva that is worse after urination and before menstruation

• Possible vaginal warts

• Possible chronic headache or increased appetite

Thrush with discharge that is worse after sexual intercourse

• Itching of the vagina and vulva

• White, offensive-smelling discharge that is worse after sexual intercourse

• Soreness and burning in the vagina

• Possible ulceration of the labia

Thrush with itching in the rectum

• Itching in the rectum and around the anus

• Offensive-smelling, yellow or white vaginal discharge

• Vaginal pain during sexual intercourse

• Alternating constipation and diarrhea

Flatulence

Extreme sensitivity of the vagina and the vulva

• Oversensitivity of the vagina and vulva

• Increased sexual desire despite symptoms

• Possible retention of urine

• Constipation that is accompanied by colicky abdominal pains

Vaginismus after medical examination

• Extreme sensitivity of the vagina and vulva

• Possible irritation of the bladder

Vaginismus secondary to grief

• Vaginismus is spasmodic and erratic

• Itching of the vulva that extends into the vagina

• Possible association with a lump in the throat

VAGINAL THRUSH

Thrush is caused by a fungus, Candida albicans. Symptoms include itchiness or soreness of the vagina and vulva, discharge, and frequent urination. Acidifying, infection-fighting bacteria that occur naturally in the vagina can be destroyed by antibiotics, contraceptives, vaginal deodorants, and medicated douches. Thrush is aggravated by stress, overwork, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, and wearing tight clothes.

SELF-HELP Avoid all potential irritants. Scrub underwear with unsalted detergent before washing it. Use lubrication and condoms during sexual intercourse. Allow air to reach the vagina as often as possible. Avoid sugar and yeast. Follow antibiotics with an acidophilic supplement (such as live yogurt). Douche the vagina three times a day with 5 oz (150 g) natural live yogurt diluted in 1% quarts (liters) of boiled, cooled water or a weak solution of fresh lemon juice or vinegar (1 tbsp) and water (10 fl oz/300 ml). Acidifying preparations are available over the counter. CAUTION If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.

VAGINISMUS

This is an unusual condition in which the muscles surrounding the entrance of the vagina go into spasm. This makes sexual intercourse, medical examination of the vagina, or the use of tampons painful or even impossible. The spasms may be accompanied by arching of the back and straightening and drawing together of the legs. Vaginismus usually occurs in women who are anxious about penetration of the vagina as a result of a previous medical condition or examination, trauma such as sexual abuse, or psychological factors such as fear or guilt associated with sexual intercourse.

SELF-HELP Practice relaxation techniques (see page 217), meditation, or yoga before any vaginal invasion.

CAUTION If symptoms persist, consult a doctor for referral to a gynaecologist or a psychosexual therapist.

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS BETTER

SYMPTOMS WORSE

REMEDY & DOSAGE

• Anger or extreme irritability

• Possible fear of mirrors and other reflective surfaces

• For gentle massage

• At night and in the morning

• For drinking coffee or cold water

(see page 105) 30c half-hourly up to 10 doses

• Irritability

• Great criticism of others

• Desire to be left alone

• For applying pressure to the bladder

• In the evening

• For eating, especially spicy foods

• For taking stimulants

• Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Nux vomica

(see page 63) 6c half-hourly up to 10 doses

• Resentment

• For a good night's sleep

• For applying pressure to the bladder

• For not drinking enough fluids

Staphisagria

(see page 54) 30c half-hourly up to 10 doses

• Anxiety, especially that brought on by overwork and stress

• When slightly constipated

• Before and after menstruation

• For applying heat to the vulva

• During pregnancy

• For physical or mental exertion

Calc. carb.

(see page 77) 6c 6 times daily up to 5 days

• Tearfulness

• Irritability

• Indifference toward loved ones

• Aversion to sexual intercourse

• For applying heat to the vulva

• On exposure to tobacco smoke

• For being overtired

• Between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., and in the early morning and evening

Sepia

(see page 112) 6c 6 times daily up to 5 days

• Obstinacy and irritability

• Anxiety and hypochondria

• For walking

• For prolonged standing

• For wearing too much clothing

(see page 99) 6c 6 times daily up to 5 days

• Selfishness and self-indulgence

• Loss of memory and slow perception

• Tendency to malinger

• For massaging the vagina

• For applying firm pressure to the muscles at the tops of the thighs

• For stretching the legs

• For being in company

(see page 96) 30c twice daily up to 5 days

• Resentment and suppressed anger

• For applying firm pressure to the muscles at the tops of the thighs

• For emotional stress or quarreling

• For sexual excess or masturbation

• For operative investigation

Staphisagria

(see page 54) 30c twice daily up to 5 days

• Association with grief, introspection, and the suppression of emotions

• For changing position

• For urinating

• For emotional stress

• For consolation

• For the slightest touch

Ignatia

(see page 75) 30c twice daily up to 5 days

DISORDER

MORNING SICKNESS

Nausea and vomiting are fairly common during pregnancy, especially a first pregnancy It is thought that changing hormone levels during pregnancy activate the vomiting center in the brain. Women often experience nausea and vomiting during the second and third months of pregnancy, although not necessarily only in the mornings. Symptoms usually wear off by about 14 to 16 weeks, although a few women vomit excessively (hyperemesis), which can cause dehydration and chemical imbalances in the body This condition may, in the worst cases, require hospitalization.

SELF-HELP Eat small, frequent meals and avoid fatty foods. If there is sickness immediately upon waking, eat a cracker before getting out of bed. The use of fresh ginger in cooking may also help. An acupressure band, available from drugstores, worn around the wrist may also be effective. Get plenty of rest. CAUTION If you are vomiting after most meals, consult a doctor.

SPECIFIC AILMENT

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

Nausea with a thickly coated tongue

• Nausea that is worse in the morning

• Vomiting of small amounts of food with mucus

• Retching spasms

• Dry mouth and thickly coated tongue

• Craving for fresh, fatty, spicy, or acidic foods and aversion to bread, meat, coffee, and tobacco

Nausea that is worse in the evening

• Nausea that is worse during the early evening but wears off during the night

• Dry mouth but lack of thirst

• Digestion is upset by rich, fatty foods

• Pressure under the breastbone after meals

• Craving for sweet foods

Constant nausea with a clean tongue

• Nausea is not relieved by vomiting

• Tongue feels clean rather than coated

• Profuse saliva

• Possible fainting

Labor pains with oversensitivity to pain

• Contractions that seem so painful they cause involuntary screaming and crying

Labor pains with great irritability

• Ineffectual contractions

• Pain extending into the rectum with a frequent urge to pass gas, urine, or stools

• Pain that causes spasms of the cervix, which does not dilate properly

Labor pains with a constant need for comfort and sympathy

• Labor progresses slowly

• Chilliness

LABOR PAINS

Pain is experienced in childbirth as result of contractions of the uterus that move the baby down the birth canal during labor. For most women labor is a painful business; for some it is excruciating. This may be because they have great sensitivity to pain or because the fetus is positioned in such a way that the uterus has to work harder than is usual in order to push the baby out. Labor pains may be exacerbated by exhaustion, fear, anxiety, and sometimes anger. Homeopathic treatment aims to calm the emotions as well as to relieve pain and exhaustion.

SELF-HELP Learn psycho-prophylactic techniques (preventative measures that combine positive thinking and constructive breathing) at prenatal classes. These may help you to restore a feeling of control in what can be a frightening situation. If you are extremely sensitive to pain, learn other relaxation techniques and consider acupuncture or hypnotherapy.

BREAST-FEEDING PROBLEMS

Several problems may arise during breast-feeding. The breasts may be too full for the baby to be able to latch on to a nipple properly Expressing milk before a feeding may solve this problem. The milk may be too watery or have a taste that the baby does not like. This may be due to the mother's insubstantial diet, anxiety, exhaustion, or to strong-tasting foods that she has eaten. Pain as the baby suckles may be due to inflammation of the breast tissue (see Mastitis, page 201), an abscess, or cracked nipples. SELF-HELP Bathe sore and cracked nipples after each feed with a solution of calendula and hypericum (10 drops of mother tinctures to 10 fl oz/300 ml boiled, cooled water). Do not use soap. Clean and dry the nipples thoroughly and apply hypericum or calendula ointment. Leave them exposed to the air regularly. Wear breast shields during pregnancy to draw out inverted nipples. CAUTION If there is engorgement or hardness, breast pain, fever, and tender glands under the arms, see a doctor within 12 hours.

Throbbing, inflamed breasts

Pain when the baby suckles, causing anger in the mother

Engorged breasts

Engorgement or hardness of the breasts with red streaks on the skin Breasts feel heavy Hot, dry skin

Possible mastitis or breast abscess

Inflamed nipples that are very tender to the touch Great pain as the baby suckles

Milk is of poor quality Baby has difficulty latching on to a nipple Breasts are so full that they cause great discomfort

Possible chilliness or perspiration, especially if the mother is overweight

PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS

SYMPTOMS BETTER

SYMPTOMS WORSE

REMEDY & DOSAGE

• Irritability that is worse in the morning

• Overcriticism of others

• For applying firm pressure to the stomach

• For washing or applying wet compresses to the stomach

• In the evening

• For taking stimulants

• Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Nux vomica

(see page 63) 6c every 2 hours up to 3 days

• Tearfulness

• Great desire for support and reassurance

• Self-pity

• For cold drinks or applying cold compresses to the stomach

• For sympathy and crying

• With the hands above the head

• For gentle exercise

• In fresh air

• When lying on the left side

Pulsatilla

(see page 61) 6c every 2 hours up to 3 days

• Irritability and contempt

• Great desire for something but it is not known exactly what

• In fresh air

• For bending forward

• For stress caused by embarrassment

Ipecac.

(see page 45) 6c every 2 hours up to 3 days

• Nervousness and restlessness between contractions

• Tearfulness and despair

• For sucking ice

• For emotional excitement

• For strong smells and noise

(see page 50) 30c every 5 minutes up to 10 doses

• Irritability

• Impatience

• Great criticism of others

• For applying firm pressure or wet compresses to the abdomen

• For being left alone

• For taking stimulants

(see page 63) 30c every 5 minutes up to 10 doses

• Restlessness

• Tendency to cry at the least provocation

• Great need for comfort and reassurance

• For crying and sympathy

• With the hands above the head

• For gentle movement

• For applying cold compresses to the abdomen

• In extremes of temperature

• When lying on the painful side

• In the evening and at night

Pulsatilla

(see page 61) 30c every 5 minutes up to 10 doses

• Possible delirium with wide, staring eyes if temperature is very high

• When standing or sitting upright

• For applying warm compresses to the breasts

• For jarring, noise, or movement

• For applying pressure to the breasts

• When lying down, especially on the right side

Belladonna

(see page 39) 30c hourly up to 10 doses

• Spitefulness and rudeness

• Great tendency to complain

• For applying cold compresses to the breasts

(see page 46) 30c every 4 hours up to 6 doses

• Worry about new responsibilities

• Anxiety causing forgetfulness and apprehension

• Anxiety about symptoms having been observed

• For massaging the breasts

• After breakfast

• For drinking milk

• For physical or mental exertion

• For climbing stairs

(see page 77) 30c 4 times daily up to 3 days

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