Adolescence (Latin adolescentia, from adolescere, to grow up) is the period of psychological, social, and physical transition between childhood and adulthood.
It is a time of rapid physical development and deep emotional changes which can be confusing and uncomfortable for child and parent alike.
This article is mainly for the parents of adolescent girls. Some teenagers might also enjoy reading it. It gives information about the process of adolescence, the upheavals it can cause, some of the problems that arise, and ways in which they can be managed especially with homoeopathic medicines.
Early puberty is sometimes called precocious or premature puberty. In most cases, early puberty is just a variation of normal puberty i.e. it is not caused by any disease.
Delayed puberty Sometimes a medical reason causes delayed puberty, but sometimes not. For example, malnutrition (not eating enough of the right kinds of food) can cause delayed puberty. Many girls who exercise vigourously have very little body fat and this is known to cause a delay in the onset of puberty. Sometimes, delayed puberty tends to “run in families” and normal adolescent development proceeds normally after the delay. This is sometimes called a constitutional delay and is responsible for the vast majority of cases of delayed puberty.
Puberty may be late if there is:
1. No development of breast tissue by age 14
2. No periods for 5 years or more after the first appearance of breast tissue.
Most of these girls respond to reassurance, a good balanced diet, moderate exercises and constitutional homeopathic drugs like Pulsatilla, Natrum muriaticum, Kali carbonicum, Graphites and Lycopodium. If not, the child needs to be investigated for various anatomical defects of the genitals, chromosomal problems, or problems at the hypothalamic-pituitary or ovarian-uterine axis.
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding: Girls who have recently begun menstruating may have irregular, prolonged, or heavy menstrual bleeding. Anovulation (not ovulating) is the most common reason for abnormal menstrual bleeding in adolescent girls. An irregular cycle is often due to a failure to ovulate. It could be heavy or prolonged. A proper explanation, adequate reassurance and psychological support should correct the emotional consequence.
Indications of some homoeopathic medicines for dysfunctional uterine bleeding:
Calcarea carbonica: This is a medicine for girls who have grown too rapidly. They are fat and flabby and are extremely sensitive to cold. In fact, they feel cold all over. They sweat excessively especially on their heads. They are known to have early puberty and the menses are too early, too profuse and last for a very long time. Sometimes the periods return from the slightest emotional causes. As small children they may have had problems with their growth because of the poor calcium assimilation. They tend to have deformed and curved bones and due to their obesity, they cannot take their body weight and so appear to be slow in learning to walk. The child craves eggs, sweets and even indigestible things. She has an aversion to milk and meat.
Phosphorus: This is a child who appears to be just the opposite in appearance to the Calcarea carbonica child. Though both grow too rapidly, she is lean and thin and appears emaciated. The menses may start at a very early age and the bleeding is bright red, profuse and lasts for a number of days. She is a chilly child and craves spicy and pungent food, salt and ice-cold things. She seems to dislike sweets.
Erigeron: The child suffers from bleeding which may be continuous or between the periods and which is made worse from the slightest movement. The blood flow is bright red and she complains of severe urging for urine and stool during the menses.
Sabina: The bleeding is profuse and bright red and she complains of also passing dark red clots. She also has pain during the menstrual flow that begins in the sacrum (lower back) and goes to the pubis (in the front).
Trillium pendulum: During the menses she has a sensation as though the hips and back were falling into pieces. There is a gushing out of bright blood on the least movement. The bleeding is associated with faintness & sinking at stomach. The menses appear every two weeks.
Disclaimer: A detailed history followed by constitutional treatment by a good and qualified homeopathic practitioner is necessary to treat the complaints that appear due to any disease. The homeopathic remedies mentioned in this post are for informational purposes only. The information contained on this site is general in nature and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other health care professional. None of the statements on this site are an endorsement of any particular product, or a recommendation as to how to treat any particular disease or health-related condition. It is not advisable to resort to self-medication for any disease.