Le virtù di sepia e melatonina
Le virtù di sepia e melatonina
Tante le cinquantenni che chiedono all'esperto in medicine complementari o anche al ginecologo i trattamenti non convenzionali per mitigare i disturbi del climaterio. L'omeopatia offre una vasta gamma di medicinali ("rimedi" è il termine esatto in questa disciplina) dalla Belladonna, per le caldane, alla Sepia che mitiga la secchezza vaginale al Sulphur in risposta al prurito cutaneo e vulvare. Questi e molti altri rimedi vanno prescritti dal medico omeopata che terrà conto delle condizioni psichiche e fisiche globali della donna.
"Ideale è pure la melatonina che con la sua azione simil-ormonale rimpiazza la melatonina endogena, che con l'avanzare dell'età si fa sempre più carente", dice Cosmo Mezzina, direttore del reparto ricerca e sviluppo Sirc a Caleppio di Settala, "la melatonina introdotta in compresse (da 3 e 5 mg.), in gocce (10gtt corrispondono a 3mg.) o caramelle (3mg) sublinguali a rapido assorbimento, ha un'attività antiossidante, migliora la qualità del sonno ed è indicata nelle donne sovrappeso". Meglio usarla per 2-3 mesi con pause di una settimana.
Conosciuti anche i fitoestrogeni. "Questi ormoni vegetali derivati da piante, si legano ai recettori degli estrogeni femminili e ne mimano le funzioni, i più utilizzati ed efficaci sono quelli estratti dal Trifoglio rosso pratense", afferma Pier Francesco Bolis, ginecologo all'Università dell'Insubria a Varese. Gli effetti riconosciuti di Menoflavon fitoestrogeno "intelligente", riguardano la protezione del cuore, delle ossa e la riduzione del colesterolo "cattivo" LDL a favore di HDL, colesterolo "buono". (mariapaola salmi)
KEY-NOTES TO THE MATERIA MEDICA
by HENRY N. GUERNSEY, M.D.
Presented by Médi-T
Mental.--Great indifference to all surroundings; comprehension difficult; affections of the intellect.
Nose.--Smelling too sensitive; too feeble, yellow saddle across the bridge of the nose.
Skin.--Skin yellow, like jaundice; chapping of the skin, or cracks may extend deeply into the tissues, and this is aggravated by washing in water; corns with jerking or darting pains; exanthema in general, particularly when it is disposed to crack; dry itch, often finding bad effects where the itch has been suppressed by Mercur. or Sulphur; eruptions peeling off; ulceration of the exanthema; bed sores; brown sphacelus. Tetters in general especially if they chap; tetters circular in form. Ulcers suppurating; pus too copious; swollen; with proud flesh. Salt rheum.
Sleep.--Falling asleep late; complaints preventing sleep; sleeping late in the morning; waking frequently during the night; very sleepy in the morning; sleeplessness before midnight; sleepiness without sleep.
Fever.--Coldness of single parts; perspiration in general; perspires too easily; single parts perspire profusely; perspiration with anxiety; with restlessness; sour-smelling. Internal chilliness with external heat.
Gastric.--Sensation of emptiness in the pit of the stomach, just below the ensiform cartilage; this is a very weak, "gone" feeling, which nothing can satisfy--this symptom may appear in any complication of troubles, in disordered menstruation, etc. Want of appetite. Taste bitter, saltish; eructations. Vomiting of bile.
Chest.--Cough with expectoration in the morning, no expectoration in the evening; or with expectoration at night, none in the day; very severe cough in the morning on rising, and expectoration of a great quantity of badly tasting substance; expectoration purulent; with saltish taste.
Sexual.--Male: Discharge of prostatic juice; nocturnal pollutions. In either sex, complaints from coition. Female: Complaints generally of all kinds of the female organs of generation, internally and externally; labor-like pains which are felt chiefly in the back, accompanied with a feeling as though she must cross the legs and "sit close" to keep something from coming out through the vagina; threatened abortion; tendency to abort fifth to seventh month. Menses too late; flowing only in the morning; complaints before menstruation; yellow leucorrhœa which stings and burns.
Stool and Anus.--Great difficulty in voiding stool, which seems to stick in the anus or rectum as if a ball or a "potato" were there; bloody stool; affections of the anus; rectum, particularly where there are sharp, shooting, needle-like, or lancinating pains running up into the abdomen; hæmorrhoids with the same pain; difficult stool with sensation of weight in the abdomen.
Urine.--Sediment to the urine like clay, as if clay were burnt on the bottom of the vessel; urine very offensive--can't endure to have it in the room; reddish; bloody.
Sensations.--Of emptiness in the pit of the stomach, etc. (see Gastric); of a ball in inner parts; pain as if parts would burst, were pressed or pushed asunder; cramping, or drawing pains in inner or outer parts; sensations of emptiness or hollowness in any part, especially when accompanied by a fainting sensation; jerking in the muscles, or elsewhere, as they may be felt in the head when talking, etc.; knocking, throbbing, or pulsation in inner parts; pressing as of a heavy load; vibration like dull tingling or buzzing in the body.
Generalities.--Affections in general appearing in the left side; right upper and right lower extremities; eyelids; internal ear; hearing very sensitive; region of the liver; inner lower belly; left shoulder-blade; back and small of the back: axilla; axillary glands, especially where there are darting pains through them; upper and lower extremities, and joints; lumbar region, with a violent pressing or bearing-down pain; nails turn yellow. Dark hair; pale face, exanthema on the face, lips, nose, forehead. Bleeding from inner parts. Spasms clonic; tonic; cataleptic; great restlessness of the body, can't keep still; great aversion to washing. Debility in general, or of particular parts.
Worse.--In early morning; in forenoon; in evening, particularly before falling asleep; on waking; stooping; during inspiration; while in company; while coughing; after cohabitation; after eating; from exertion of the mind; during fever; female complaints generally; from loss of fluids; from masturbation; from music; from milk; fat pork; during and after perspiration; during pregnancy; riding in a car; from riding horseback: in a swing, etc.; from sexual excesses; during first hours of sleep: in snow air; from stretching the affected part; while nursing a child; from water and washing; from getting wet; females having leucorrhœa; during confinement especially.
Better.--From drawing up the limb; from moving; from exertion of the body; in solitude; from drinking cold water; when walking quickly.
Remedies following:--Bellad., Calc. carb., Conium, Lycop., Nux vom., Pulsat., Rhus tox., Silic., Sulphur.
Antidotes:--Sweet Spirits of Nitre, Dulcam.