Homeopathy and Menopause
The effectiveness of homeopathic substances in treating menopause symptoms is not fully studied and is still undergoing several research studies. Some advice from physicians that might make women hesitate to use alternative treatments are the following: occurrence of side effects, reactions with other drugs, and allergic reactions.
We started our research by looking for directly available information on the efficacy of homeopathic options for women going through menopause. We also searched for the reasons on why women are hesitant to use them. We looked for this information in various sources such as in medical publications from NCBI, NCCIH, Sage Pub, and similar sites; academic sources such as UOFM, HANS, and other relevant sources. Based on this search approach, we were able to find several studies that provide some details on the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies to address menopause symptoms. However, most of these studies are still in their early stages and there were very limited solid data available that proves the efficacy of these treatments. Furthermore, there were also no direct mentions found on why women avoid holistic options.
We then searched for specific clinical studies and healthcare practitioners' assessments in sites, such as Clinical Trials, on the use of homeopathic remedies in various health concerns including menopause symptoms to determine the progress of these research. However, we only found very limited information on this area. There were no comprehensive results found on clinical trials and healthcare professionals' assessments on the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. Furthermore, there were also no patient information on why people are hesitant to use these alternative options.
We also expanded our search to look for results from other countries that might also be applicable to the US. However, the data found in those sites also reflect the same findings from US studies. There is also very limited information found on these international studies on whether homeopathic treatments are effective to address menopause symptoms. We also were not able to uncover any solid information on why women are hesitant to use homeopathic remedies. Nevertheless, we got some information from a study that women generally listen to their healthcare practitioners to address their concerns. Given this, we have made some hypothesis on why women are hesitant to use these homeopathic treatments. We have used the findings from these studies that are commissioned by healthcare pratitioners to identify the possible reasons why women are hesitant to use these treatments.
Homeopathy and Menopause - STATISTICS
The effectiveness of homeopathic substances in treating menopause concerns is not fully proven and is still being investigated. Several studies are still ongoing to prove if homeopathic options have any impact if used by those experiencing menopause symptoms. Given this, not much statistics are available to fully support the effectiveness of homeopathic alternatives. Nevertheless, there were some ongoing research initiatives that have produced some promising results, but these are very few. One study involves the use of malagueta peppers in treating the hot flashes, a common menopause symptom. Based on a clinical trial, the malagueta treatment was assessed to be better than the placebo over four weeks of application. The odds ratio for treatment response was measured to have a 95% confidence level. This treatment was also proven to reduce the effect of secondary symptoms.
Other results of homeopathic testing did not yield promising results. Tests done using herbs, phytoestrogens, and other natural remedies did not show any definite indication of alleviating menopause symptoms. Other substances that are showing some promise based on initial research are the following: black cohosh, soy, flaxseed, plant estrogens, ginseng, Dong quai, and Vitamin E. However, it is still too early in the research process to fully determine their efficacy in treating menopause symptoms. As for meditation and hypnotherapy, the research is in its early phase but some assessments already show positive results. In the case of acupuncture, there was no definite conclusion gathered on whether this is better than simulated acupuncture in addressing hot flashes. As for yoga, there was no evidence yet that the exercise can relieve hot flashes but this activity might show some promise for other symptoms. Results from some tests do not solidify the effectiveness of specially blended compounds such as bioidentical hormones over the traditional hormone therapy.
There were also some doubts posed on the safety of using alternative treatment approaches. Side effects and interference with other drugs might occur when using natural products. Their long-term effect is also not yet fully known. However, mind and body practices such as yoga, acupuncture, meditation, hypnosis, and other physical activities are generally safe.
In another study, around 51% of those surveyed are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Around 60% of them felt that these alternative options are effective in addressing menopausal issues. However, the majority of CAM users do not inform their health care providers about using these alternative treatments. The women surveyed also mentioned about being confused in the available treatments and just primarily depend on the information from the internet.
In another study of 438 women, 90% reported the reduction of menopausal symptoms within 15 days after applying homeopathic remedies. A further study at a hospital also revealed that homeopathic alternatives have a positive impact on patients suffering from menopausal symptoms.
Around 72% of menopausal women who are included in a study mentioned that they are not applying holistic remedies to address their menopause symptoms. However, around 83% of the same group surveyed have shown interest to participate in an organized lifestyle program to alleviate their menopause concerns. The lifestyle programs that are the most important for them include those that deal with weight reduction and maintenance, physical activity classes, menopause education sessions, and other forms of exercise.
POTENTIAL REASONS WHY WOMEN AVOID HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
As women still consider their healthcare providers as their primary source of information, physicians' advice on the use of alternative medicines is still important for these women to consider. Their healthcare practitioners can influence the perception of these women as to the level of efficacy and safety of these alternative remedies. Other concerns that might also make users be wary of using alternative substances to treat their symptoms include allergic reactions, side effects, or interaction with other medicines being used.