Hormones play a major role in the cellular functions inside the body. Hormones must maintain a healthy balance for optimum functioning of all body systems. Even the slightest disruption in hormone balance can have major consequences to the body.
Hormonal imbalance causes the body to deviate from its natural homeostasis and cause many unwanted symptoms. Genetic susceptibility, poor gut and liver health, poor diet, lack of exercise, chemical and toxic exposure contributes to this ‘out of balance’ issue. Chronic, high stress levels and lack of sleep can also contribute to hormonal imbalance.
Female hormones, because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause significant effects throughout the body. The emotional and physical stress plays a vital role in controlling hormones. Homeopathic remedies work in the physical, mental and emotional plane. Their symptoms have been proved in these three levels; they are one of the best tools to address hormonal issues which expresses as both emotional and physical symptoms.
Folliculinum is one of the main remedies for female hormonal imbalance. This remedy is made from estrone, a synthetic form of estrogen. The source we are using today comes from Dr Donald Foubister. Although there have been no organized proving, this remedy was proved clinically in detail by Madame De Mattos in the 1950s. Results can be looked up in JULIAN O. A., Materia Medica of New Homeopathic Remedies.
Estrone is a steroid hormone, with the formula C18 H22O2, a weak estrogen, and a minor female sex hormone. Estrogens are the hormones responsible for female characteristics. Estrogen controls development, the functioning, and regulation of female sexual organs.
Estrogen acts everywhere in the body, including certain areas of the brain that control emotions. Estrogen is closely linked with women’s emotional well-being. When estrogen levels are healthy and balanced, it helps optimize neurotransmitter production and functioning of the brain, to feel good for the whole month. Some of the estrogen’s effects include:
- Increasing serotonin-It is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function [ CITATION Niv19 \l 3081 ].
- Modifying the production and the effects of endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals in the brain.
- Protects from nerves damage and stimulate nerve growth.
When estrogen levels are out of balance, it results in a wide range of frustrating symptoms. That ‘out of balance’ feeling is becoming so common, many women are starting to think it’s ‘normal’ and part of being a woman. Estrogen dominance is a hormonal condition that is seldom observed and over looked in conventional medicine. Unlike other hormonal concerns, estrogen dominance is considered as a functional hormonal imbalance, the body performs almost normal while overall system is compromised, whether mild or severe. For many of these estrogen imbalance issues, Folliculinum serves as a magic remedy to experience the real normal of a women’s life.
Physical symptoms of estrogen imbalance
Too much estrogen in relation to progesterone:
It can result in a condition called estrogen dominance. The dominance of estrogen causes the gentle monthly hormonal rise and falls into a series of extreme spikes and drastic drop-offs that disrupt important brain processes and can make nervous and irritable.
Symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, but symptoms of this hormone imbalance often include:
Mood swings, depression
Headaches or migraines
Brain fog, memory loss
Weight gain, especially in the belly and hips
Vaginal or oral yeast (thrush)
Too little estrogen:
This may lead to depression, anxiety and nervousness. The loss of estrogen also impacts critical thinking, short-term memory, and other cognitive functions. These problems can worsen during perimenopause when estrogen levels can fluctuate dramatically and when the hormone decreases and remains down during menopause.
Low Estrogen Symptoms
Mood changes, depression, weepiness
Brain fog, memory loss, focus problems
Bladder incontinence and infections
We can see many of these symptoms are closely related with that of Folliculinum.
Folliculinum – Rubrics for physical symptoms of eostrogen imbalance
Head- Pain-menses -before –agg
Face – eruptions-Acne
Stomach-Nausea- menses –before –agg
Generals-Dropsy- general; in- menses- before
Generals-Dropsy- general; in- ovulation-during
Female genitalia/sex rubrics :
Sexual desire: diminished
menses: painful: beginning
metrorrhagia: fibroids, from
tumors: ovaries: cysts
Folliculinum – Rubrics for emotional symptoms of eostrogen imbalance
Anxiety; menses before
Excitement: alternating with- sadness
Irritability- menses- before
Sadness- menses- before
Weeping menses- before
Folliculinum and Birth control pills
Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy can cause estrogen dominance. Estrogen is an essential component of the birth control pills. Birth control pills make estrogen levels very high so that hormone fluctuations are not felt and estrogen dominance is usually masked. They have a long-lasting effect, on the fertility of women who use it and in some cases the fertility of girls born from these women. In some women it may take more time to return to the normal production of hormones after stopping the pill. Folliculinum can be given to the post-pill amenorrhea, to re-start a natural menstrual cycle and to clear estrogen dominance associated with the usage of the pill.
Folliculiunm and infertility
Hormonal imbalances including estrogen dominance are often responsible for fertility issues. Estrogen has a main role in the menstrual cycle, especially in the follicular phase. The follicular phase begins with the first day of the flow and extends to the day before the preovulatory luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. During this phase, the egg-containing follicles ripen and one of the eggs matures. The follicle with the ripening egg increases the production of estrogen. About 7 days before the preovulatory LH surge, estradiol and estrone increase until the day before the LH surge.
Estrone is more abundant in the early follicular phase and in younger patients than in the ovulatory phase and in older patients. In my practice while treating infertility issues, the best timing for Folliculinum to administer is the early follicular phase, this is the time where estrone activity is the key factor [ CITATION NCB15 \l 3081 ].
The average length of the follicular phase is 16 days. Long follicular phase shouldn’t affect fertility and a woman can get pregnant as those with a more normal follicular phase [ CITATION Hea18 \l 3081 ]. Having a short follicular phase could impact conception. In this case, follicles ripen too quickly. The egg inside that follicle may not be mature enough or ready to fertilize. This is a sign that ovaries are aging and getting closer to menopause. Folliculinum is the best remedy to correct short follicular phase especially in older women trying to get pregnant.
Folliculinum and The psychological impact of infertility
Infertility often considers as physiological, recent researches shows infertility has a profound impact on emotional health [ CITATION Har09 \l 3081 ]. Infertility is often a complex trauma – medication side effects, financial worries, trauma from miscarriage, depression, anger, frustration, loss of self-esteem & self-confidence are often seen as challenging symptoms in any infertility treatment. Prolonged stress to the reproductive system from hormonal imbalance is another cause for deeper emotional symptoms.
Folliculinum is again the best remedy to unblock emotional issues in infertility treatment. Carcinosin, Nat. Mur, Sepia, Pulsatilla, Lachesis are other closely related remedies.
Helpful Mind rubrics to select Folliculinum:
Ailments from- abused; after being
Ailments from – domination
Injustice, cannot support
Delusions; influence, one is under a powerful
Spaced out feeling
Thoughts – compelling
Helplessness; Feeling of- menses; during
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Healthline. (2018, August 17). Follicular Phase. Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/follicular-phase#what-happens
NCBI. (2015, June 2). Changes in estrone and estradiol levels. Retrieved from NCBI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4461898/
Todd, N. (2019, July 23). Estrogen and Womens Emotions. Retrieved from Web MD: https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/estrogen-and-womens-emotions
About the Author:
Agimary Joseph is a homeopath with 18 years of experience and her practice is based in Brisbane, Australia. She has special interest in management of chronic health issues & women’s health. Her holistic homeopathic care centre offers natural health support for families and has a good number of happy clients worldwide. Agimary Joseph is Registered with Australian Register Of Homoeopaths (A.R.O.H), & Homoeopathic Medical Council, India. She is a member of Institute of Homeopaths Kerala, India, & Australian Homoeopathic Association (AHA). For more information please visit-www.holistichomeopathy.com.au