Another risk associated with the menopause is osteoporosis. There are a few things we can do to prevent or reverse osteoporosis. I will try to explain how lifestyle changes and homeopathic remedies can improve our bone health.
As women enter menopause, their estrogen and progesterone levels begin to fall. Estrogen acts as a natural protector and defender of bone strength. The lower estrogen levels contribute to the development of osteoporosis. Decreased estrogen is not the only cause for osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone, is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs. More information about bone health read here.
What can be done?
- Exercise – Exercise makes bones and muscles stronger and helps prevent bone loss. Weight-bearing exercises are best for prevention and should be done 3-4 X per week, for 30 minutes. This could include playing tennis, walking, running, dancing and many more. Balance – It is important to include balance exercises which may help prevent a fall and reducing your chance of breaking a bone.
- Nutrition – Have in your diet foods high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins. Eating healthy, balanced, freshly cooked food is a good start. Try to include plenty of vegetables, protein, seeds, nuts, healthy fats and fruit. More information about the diet you can read here. Consulting a nutritionist may be an option.
- Other – Limit alcohol consumption, don’t smoke. Steroids and certain medications can increase the rate of bone loss and your awareness of this enables you to compensate through other means. Get advice by your Doctor.
- Melatonin -Based on current evidence, melatonin might be used as a safe nutritional supplement to improve bone density in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women, but its efficacy needs to be further affirmed. More about melatonin read here.
Homeopathy for osteoporosis
Tissue salts are useful in promoting bone health. They are working on a cellular level. Calcium fluoride, Calcium phosphate and Silica can be used daily over a few months to improve bone density. This can be repeated for as long as needed.
The homeopathic calciums are the most effective for osteoporosis and are best applied in low potency, over long periods. Calc-carb, Calc- Phos and, Calc -Flur. can be used. Our choice will depend on the symptom picture.
Another useful remedy is Argentum met. is well suited for treating osteoporosis, and is also indicated for juvenile bone growth disorders and for fractures of the metatarsal, scaphoid, tarsal and anterior tibia bones.
Symphytum is indicated for osteoporosis and is known for “knitting” bones that refuse to mend or are slow to fuse after fracture.
Homeopathic Cortisone has the exact opposite action of its pharmaceutical form. Overprescribing regular cortisone causes a reduction in bone matrix and may induce osteoporosis. In homeopathic form, Cortisone helps reverse this condition.
In menopausal women, we can give homeopathic Oestrogen and Progesterone in 6C potency to help balance the levels. Those remedies can be used when indicated by patient’s symptoms.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of your physician or health care provider.