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Question: WHAT WOULD LIKELY BE THE CAUSE OF AMENORRHOEA, NOT DUE TO PREGNANCY, IN A NERVOUS BUT OTHERWISE APPARENTLY HEALTHY YOUNG WOMAN?
Answer: If the patient appears well nourished and there are no evidences of thyroid disorder we would expect to obtain the history of some severe emotional shock such as anger, jealousy, fright or grief. Usually some such upsetting occurrence precedes the amenorrhoea and the remedy which is wholly similar to the efficient cause will cure the patient and re-establish the menstrual flow.
Question: WHAT HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDY WOULD YOU ADVISE IN A CASE OF FUNCTIONAL AMENORRHOEA?
Answer: Most certainly the remedy would depend upon the cause of the disorder and the symptoms of the patient, in other words the totality of the case. If the cause was fright the symptoms might present the picture of Aconite, Opium, Phosphorus or Pulsatilla. If grief caused the trouble think of Ignatia, Natrum mur., Phosphoric acid and other grief remedies.
Question: A young woman, apparently in good health, donated a pint of blood to the Red Cross. An hour after she reached home she fainted. This was six months ago and she has never menstruated since. HOW WOULD YOU APPROACH SUCH A CASE? Answer: Would suggest a complete blood count and chest x-ray in addition to a careful check on the weight trend, urine and blood pressure. Careful inquiry should be made into the patients eating habits and mode of life and corrections made according to indications. The possibility of a tuberculous process must be considered. A case of this kind could easily have an emotional etiology. However, a pint of ones life blood cannot be laughed off by everyone. Such a depletion might throw a borderline case completely off balance.