Jacqueline is a full-time career woman, raising two teenage sons. I would like to tell her story here because of the severity of her hormonally related symptoms, and the dramatic improvement she felt immediately upon taking Sepia. In relating her history, Jacqueline told me that all of her health problems revolved around her hormonal function, starting with her periods at age 10. Her periods would last for nine days, then she would be off for a week, and then start all over again. This pattern continued until she was 18 years old. At 18 she went on the pill, which evened out her periods and brought stability to the cycle.
Jacqueline looked forward to being pregnant with great enthusiasm, but it turned out to be the most miserable experience of her life. From a few weeks of being pregnant, continuing through the eighth month, she experienced morning sickness 24 hours a day. She also experienced joint pain, particularly in the fingers. Her mental state was very bad. She couldn’t remember anything, such as where she was driving to, or what she was doing, and she had constant depression. She also had a tendency to have nightmares, which became more horrific when pregnant. In the eighth month of both pregnancies, things suddenly improved, and she went on to have easy labors. Her hormonal difficulties straightened out as soon as the babies were born.
At age 40, Jacqueline and her husband divorced. Then she met a friend and started running with her. This was one of the happiest times in her life. She loved running, and she started to feel physically fit. She advanced greatly in her profession at this time and felt tremendously empowered. Then menopause came on early at age 41, and all of her physical and emotional health problems hit with full force.
Soon she lost her ability to run, because of exertional asthma; she suffered from hot flashes day and night, and tremendous mood swings. Her body hurt, particularly her lower back, so much that she couldn’t even turn herself around in bed. She also suffered from stiffness at night and in the morning. She felt like she was in a fog of exhaustion, lost her ability to remember things, and the nightmares returned. She also gained 60 unwanted pounds.
All of these changes, and the fact that her friends did not understand what was happening to her, made her feel very angry. She liked the person she had been when she was running and at the top of her form, and could not accept the changes that menopause had wrought in her. Now if she tried to exercise, she would pay for it with two to three weeks of misery. One of her biggest worries was about money, and being dependent on someone else for her survival. Even though she had an excellent income, this fear occupied her thoughts a great deal. Other symptoms she had were extremely sensitive teeth and gums, to the point that she could not tolerate any coldness in her mouth. She also had low energy, which was worse from four to six p.m., and she suffered from a congested chest at night, which resulted in coughing spells.
Jacqueline’s Response to the Treatment
The changes that took place in Jacqueline after taking the remedy were dramatic to say the least. All of a sudden she started to pay much more attention to her appearance, and to dress very femininely. She also suddenly felt attracted to men, which had not been the case for many years.
Jacqueline’s physical health problems also improved very rapidly, starting with the joint pain, low back pain and morning and night stiffness. Consequently her sleep and overall energy were much better. Her partner had bought her a bicycle, and they now enjoyed going biking together, an activity that she had not been able to do for many years. The chest congestion and tooth and gum sensitivity also disappeared. The fear of poverty was a thing of the past, and the nightmares and memory problems were also much better. Interestingly she was not as driven at work as she had been before. Now she was more interested in spending time with her family, and other people, and encouraging them in their lives. She also developed a new symptom, which was a desire to sing for joy.
It has been three years since Jacqueline received her first dose of Sepia. She needed a second dose a few months ago. In between the two doses she had been in a bicycle accident and needed a dose of Arnica montana. The improvements she experienced were evident very soon after she took the remedy. By the fourth month all her physical health complaints were much better, and she was feeling a greater sense of well-being and security than she had in many years.
Jacqueline’s case is a good example of what can happen to a woman when she meets the right remedy. This remedy can become a friend to her for life, one that she can turn to when she feels out of balance and needs a helping hand. I have many more Sepia cases that I can relate to you. This is a remedy that I truly love, because when given appropriately it can do wonders. Please as always, consult an experienced homeopath before taking homeopathic remedies on your own. These remedies are wonderful and also very powerful and need to be used with supervision. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have health problems that you would like to ask me about, or to schedule a phone or office consultation.