KRISHNA KUMAR P., The Woman, Female Problems and Their Cure.

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A word about the author

 Dr. Krishna Kumar Peddibhotla hails from Andhra Padresh. His birth place is Kakinada, a coastal town on the eastern side of India. For the last three generations, starting from his grandfather, Dr. P. subba Rayudu Garu, they are staunch followers of homoeopathy. Incidentally, like his grandfather, the author is also both an advocate and a homoeopath.

 He is a product of two university. He had obtained his degree of law from the latter University and a Sanad from Bar Council then known as Bombay Hight Court. In addition he has a diploma in homoeopathy received in the year 1948. Practice at his grandfather’s clinic known as “Maitreya Homoeo Poor Dispensary” was carried on by him for some years till he decided to migrate to Bombay in search of a career. Incidentally he had also conducted another charitable clinic established by Dayalbagh Mission.

 In 1967, answering to the call of Smt. Indira Gandhi, he had given up his law practice in Bombay and went to live in a small tehsil town, accepting a job as an administrator of the properties belonging to the Sri Dwarakadhish Mandir, which is part of the estate of H.H.  the late Maharaja of Kankroli. He worked in this capacity for over seventeen years. 

 There can be no doubt that for a person, who has not participated in actual practice of medecine, to maintain persistent enthusiasm in the subject for such a long period of four decades is a creditable performance.

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 The author promises to contribute his best to the propagation of homoeopathy.

 He looks for encouragement from the homoeopathic fraternity in his efforts.

 He would be glad to receive any suggestions from the learned readers.

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Acknowledgment

 Indirectly I owe my present occupation of writing books on homoeopathy to my brother Dr. P. Raj Gopal Rao, a veteran homoeopath of thirty odd years standing and a voracious writer, not only on homoeopathy but on various other subjects also.

 Directly I am grateful to the old masters of yesteryears whom I consult constantly. In ny attempt to produce a book on homoeopathy I refer to masters of the profession like Dr. Kent, Dr. Farrington, Dr. Hering, Dr. Allen and others. They are the inspiration behind my sincere endeavours.

 I acknowledge my gratitude to B. Jain Publishers P. Ltd, New Delhi for encouraging me by accepting to publish some of my recently written books.

 I must also say a world of thanks to my better half, Smt. P. Navaneet Priya, for her silent co-operation when I so assiduouly engage myself in writing. For over fifteen years I have been in the habit of composing various works mostly on religious topics and I can understand how hard it could be on the domestic front.

 My grandfather, Sri Subba Rayudu Garu, is one of the pioneer homoeopaths the century. I would be ungrateful if I do not pay a silent tribute in his memory for he was the person who laid the foundation for three generations of homoeopaths in our family. But for the efforts of my father Sri P. Krishna Sastry Garu I would not have gone to the homoeopathic college.

Introduction

 Gynaecological diseases are very common among womenfolk of all ages, from puberty till after menopause. Leucorrhoea; painful, scanty or excessive menses; irregularity of periods, etc. are the chief problems faced by the fair sex, and many of the victims suffer in silence out of shyness, or resort to simple pain-killers, rather than approaching a doctor for proper treatment.

 Homoeopathic materia medica is replete with drugs covering all such maladies of the women. In this book the author has attempted to present these drugs with their special characteristic symptoms in relation to specific female diseases so that not only the busy physician can get the help of this ready-reckoner but also intelligent females can purposefully make use of it as a domestic guide.

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Commonly used remedies

 Aconitum napellus

 Menses too profuse with bleeding from nose. They are late and too protected. Patient turns frenzied at the appearance of menses.

 In plethoric females menses are suppressed when they are frightened or exposed to cold.

 Vagina is dry, hot, sensitive to touch. Ovaries are congested, painful; sharp, shooting pains in womb.

 Even in “after-pains” one will observe the characteristic fear and restlessness.

 When you treat a patient homoeopathically you should not overlook the intrinsic qualities of the drug you administer.

 Fear and anxiety run through every complaint of Aconitum nap. Another important feature is the suddenness of the appearance of symptoms. Complaints and tension are caused by exposure to “dry cold weather”. Burning in internal parts is also seen commonly. 

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 Acon. Nap. Is remembered in functional disease. It should never be given when pathological changes have taken place.

 Characteristic colic is seen in menses suppressed due to anger or fear. Pain will force the patient to bend double. “Yet relief does not come”.

 During pregnancy Acon. Nap. May be given if there are certain mental symptoms like fear of death, excitable temperament etc. The patient does not want to cross the street for fear of something untoward happening.

 Another peculiar condition is that she is intolerant of music. Sounds are unbearable.

 In puerperal fevers she may even predict the hour of death (Arg. nit; Coffea).

 During labour the pains are unnaturally violent, rapid and frequent. The patient will complain that she cannot bear the pain. She is restless and anxious. In addition the body will be covered with “hot sweat”.

 The mammary glands will be hot, swollen and dry, associated with restlessness and anxiety.

 Lochia will be suppressed from exposure or due to some violent emotion – but it must be accompanied by high fever, thirst, and anxiety.

 Same conditions will be observed even in puerperal fever.

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 Aesculus hippocastanum

 hen leucorrhoea appears the patient will feel her back lame across the sacro-iliac joint. It is dark, yellow, sticky, corrosive and worse after menses.

 this drug has a marked action on the lower bowels . It produces engorged haemorrhoidal veins with that characteristic “back-ache”.

 Every function of the body is slowed down, wheter it is digestion, heart or bowels ect. The patient is depressed and confused and irritable.

 Antimonium crudum

 The patient is much concerned about her fate. She is cross and contradictive. Nothing can satisfy her. She does not wish to speak. Is peevish, vexed, without any apparent cause. She is excited.

 Part itch. Toothache before menses. Menses are too early, profuse or suppressed from “cold bathing”, with feeling of pressure in pelvis. Tenderness in ovarian region in observed.

 Leucorrhoea is watery, acrid, lumpy.

 ”nose is covered with crusts and face with pimples and pustules. Cracks are found in the corners of mouth”.

 Patient is worse while “washing, from heat, in evening and better in open air and during rest”.

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 It is also found useful in the prolapsus of uterus, with constant bearing down feeling as if something is pushing out of vagina. The ovarian region is tender particularly when menses were suppressed by “cold bathing”.

 Arnica montana

 This remedy has the ability to produce conditions similar to those resulting from injuries, falls, blows, contusions, overuse of organs, strains etc.

 It can also be thought of in mental traumatic conditions like grief, remorse or sudden realisation of financial loss.

 Body aches as if beaten. Joints feel as if sprained. Bed feels too hard.

 Parts feel bruised after labour. Violent “after-pains”. Uterine haemorrhage after mechanical injury or after coition. Sore nipples.

 Patient feels as if fœtus were lying crosswise.

 The patient is worse “with least touch, motion, rest and damp and cold”. She is better “lying down with head low”.

 Arsenicum album

 Menses are two profuse and too soon. There is burning in ovarian region.

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 Leucorrhoea is acrid, with burning, offensive, thin discharge.

 Pain are as if from “red hot wires”, worst with least exertion, causes great fatigue. She is better in “warm room”.

 All Arsenicum patients are aggravated by wet weather, after midnight, by cold and cold drinks. They feel better from heat,” from head elevated”, and from warm drinks.

 An arsenicum patient is recognised by the prevailing debility, exhaustion and restlessness. “Burning pains better for heat” and “unquenchable thirst for sips” also run through all complaints.

 Aurum metallicum

 You find enlargement of uterus and its prolapse. Vagina is sensitive. You find vaginismus in many cases.

 Sterility is a marked symptom of this drug.

 In the background of all symptoms, Aurum met has syphilis. It produces mental derangement. The patient is depressed, despondent and has passion for suicide. These you can take as guiding symptoms.

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 Argentum nitricum

 Gastralgia is observed at the beginning of menses. Then she will have intense spasms in chest muscles, which indicate this drug.

 Nervous erethism at the change of life is seen. Leucorrhoea is profuse with erosion of cervix. The patient bleeds easily. Uterine haemorrhage two weeks after menses.

 Neurotic effects are indicative of this drug. Some of the noteworthy indications are symptoms of inco-ordination and loss of control. Mentally and physically unbalanced.

 It produces violent inflammation of throat and marked gastro-enteritis. The patient craves “sweets”.

 The pains are “splinter-like”. She looks “withered and dried up”. Pains increase and decrease “gradually”. She looks “prematurely old”. For her time passes “slowly”.

 Baptisia tinctoria

 mental depression causes threatened miscarriage. Shock, watching and low fevers also may cause it.

 Menses are too early and profuse. Lochia is acrid and fetid. Puerperal fever follows.

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 In the backdrop of all ailments the drug shows low fevers, septic conditions of blood, malarial poisoning and extreme prostration.

 Breath and all secretions like stool, urine, sweat etc. are fetid and foul smelling.

 During fever she thinks that she is broken in parts. She tosses in bed, attempting to gather the pieces.

 Belladonna

 Sensation of forcing downwards as if all internal parts would protrude from the genitals. Dryness and heat in vagina. Dragging around loins. Pain in sacral region.

 Increased menses, bright red in colour, too early and too profuse. Haemorrhagic blood hot. Cutting pain from hip to hip. Menses and lochia are very offensive and hot.

 Labour pains come and go suddenly.

 Mastitis gives pain. Throbbing. Redness. Pain radiates from nipple. Breasts heavy, hard and red. Tumours of breast, pain worse while lying down.

 Smelly, hot blood gushes. Lochia gets diminished.

 All symptoms become worse by touch, jar noise, draught, in the afternoon, by lying down, and are better when in semi-erect position.

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 A peculiar feature of Bell is: “dryness of mouth and throat with aversion to water”.

 Dr. Farrington gives some very interesting symptoms showing Bell’s action on female genital organs.

 This drug causes constant violent bearing down which is “ worse on lying down and relieved by standing”? He adds that Sepia is opposite of this. Acon also has bearing down but there it is worse from rest and relieved by motion.

 He further mentions that the menses are early, copious, bright red, with cramp-like pains in the back, arms etc. Painful congestive dysmenorrhoea. Both menses and lochia are offensive without any apparent putridity. Blood pours out and is hot.

 Contraction of uterus. Pain in back as if it would “break”. Bell may be used during labour when the os does not dilate. A few doses are sufficient to correct it, Dr. Farrington assures.

 Bryonia alba

 Menses are too early, too profuse and worse from motion, with tearing pain in legs. Menses are sometimes suppressed with vicarious discharges or splitting headache. Stitching pains in ovaries “on taking deep inspiration”. Very sensitive to touch. Pain in right ovary as if torn, extending to thigh. (Compare: Lilium tig., Croc.)

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 In milk-fever she feels pain in breasts at menstrual period. Breasts are hot, painful, hard. Abscess of mammae. Menstrual irregularities with gastric symptoms. Inflammation of ovaries. Intermenstrual pain with great abdominal and pelvic soreness (Ham.).

 All symptoms turn worse by warmth, by any motion, in the morning, by eating, in hot weather, by exertion, on touching. She feels better when she is lying on the painful side, i.e. , by pressure, while resting and with cold things.

 The guiding symptoms of Bry are: She is irritable; will have vertigo while raising head, will have pressive headache; parched lips and mouth; excessive thirst.

 Dr. Farrington says that Bry is indicated in menstrual difficulties when the flow is dark-red and profuse. It is more useful when normal flow will be totally suppressed. Vicarious menstruation. (compare Puls; Phos; Senecio; Hamamelis; Ustilago; Millefolium.)

 This drug is more effective in milk-fever when the fever is not very marked but there is tension in breasts with headache.

 Calcarea carbonica

 Headache, colic, chilliness and leucorrhoea precede menses. Cutting pains in uterus during menstruation. Menses are too early, too profuse, too long, with vertigo, tooth-ache and cold damp feet. Least excitement brings the menses back.

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 Uterus is easily displaced. Leucorrhoea milky (Sepia). Burning and itching of parts before and after menstruation.

 One strange symptom of this medicine is that menses appear in little girls.

 Conception is easy. Breasts are tender and swollen before menses.

 Milk will be too abundant but is disagreeable to child. Deficient lactation with distended breasts. Much sweat about external genitals. Sterility is noticed with copious menses.

 The patient is worse from exertion, cold in every form, water, washing, moist air, wet weather and during full moon. She is better in dry climate. She finds relief on lying on the painful side.

 Near menorrhagia is provoked by over exertion and by strong emotions. You will find sweat on the head but feet will be cold.

 Trillium pendulum is suggested when the flow of menses exhausts the patient very much. Use 6 th potency for best effect. (Dr. Farrington)

 Leucorrhoea of Calc carb is profuse with itching and burning. Leucorrhoea is found in small girls before puberty, even in infants.

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 Carbo vegetabilis

 Menses are premature, too copious, pale blood. Vulva is swollen. Leucorrhoea appears before menses which is thick, greenish, milky, excoriating (Kreosote). The patient will complain about “burning in hands and soles” during menses.

 She is worse in the evening, from fat foods, from eating butter, drinking coffee, milk. Warm damp weather affects her. She feels better from eructations, from fanning, from cold.

 The typical Carbo veg. Patient is sluggish, fat, and lazy. She has a tendency to chronicity in her complaints. Body turns blue and icy cold. The patient may appear almost lifeless. Breath will be cold. Craves fresh air. She dislikes darkness, is afraid of ghosts.

 Causticum

 Uterine inertia during labour (Kali c.). Menses cease at night. Flow is seen only during the day (Cycl.; Puls.).

 Leucorrhoea also appear at night with great weakness (Nat. Mur.). Menses are delayed (Con.; Graph.; Puls.).

 Her complaints are aggravated by dry cold winds, she feels bad in clear fine weather, she is upset by the motion of vehicle. She feels better in damp, wet weather and warmth gives her relief.

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 If you observe the skin you will find it dirty, white and sallow, with warts especially on face. She is restless at night.

 Chamomilla

 Uterine haemorrhage with profuse discharge of clotted blood, dark in colour, with labour-like pains.

 Labour pains are spasmodic and press upwards (Gels.). Patient is intolerant of pain (Caul., Caust., Gels., Hyos., Puls.). Nipples are inflamed, tender to touch. “Even infants feel their breast tender”. Yellow acrid Leucorrhoea (Ars., Sep., Sulph.).

 Her symptoms are aggravated by heat, anger, in open air, by wind and at night. She is better in warm wet weather.

 All Chamomilla patients are sensitive, irritable, thirsty, hot and numb. Pains become unendurable and are associated with numbness.

 Dr. Farrington says that a patient of Chamomilla, whether it is a child or a woman in labour or a person with toothache will be cross and excitable. “Unless this mental excitable state is present it will not show its effect”.

 This medicine is required in lying-in room when labour pains begin in the back and pass down the inner side of thighs. There will be great nervous excitement. Labour seems exceedingly painful. Lochia will be dark and too profuse. The after-pains will be violent and intolerable.

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 This drug is also indicated in threatened abortion, caused by anger, when there is a flow of dark red blood.

 China officinalis

 China is a very deep acting medicine. While looking into physiological symptoms of the patient the physician should not overlook its constitutional characteristics.

 You will find menses too early with dark clots. In such cases you will find the abdomen distended. Menses are profuse followed by pain.

 During this period she will have “strong desire”.

 Leucorrhoea is intermingled with blood. Painful heaviness in pelvic region. She is worse by slightest touch, draught of air, every other day, due to loss of vital fluids, at night, after eating and by bending over. She feels better by bending double, by hard pressure, in open air.

 When you see a China patient you must at once recognise the causes behind, like debility from exhausting discharges and loss of vital fluids. Nervous erethism. Marked periodicity.

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 This remedy is seldom indicated in the earlier stages of an acute disease. Her disposition will be to other people’s feeling. She is disobedient. Taciturn. Ideas crowd in mind and prevent sleep.

 Cuprum metallicum

 Menses are too late and protracted. More marked are the cramps in chest before or during menses, or after suppression of menses. She may have these cramps as a result of “suppressed foot sweats” (Sil) also. Discharge of blood with palpitation.

 The patient is worse before menses, from vomiting, and better during perspiration. Drinking cold water gives relief.

 In Cup met. The symptoms have a periodicity. Complaints have left-sidedness (Lachesis). An other important sign is “nausea” which is greater than in any other medicine.

 Dulcamara

 Menses are suppressed on exposure to cold and dampness. Before the appearance of menses you will observe a rash coming up on the skin or she may be sexually excited. Dismenorrhoea with blotches all over. Mammae engorged and sore, delicate and sensitive to cold.

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 The symptoms of this patient are worse at night, from cold, from damp rainy weather. She will be better from moving about in external warm atmosphere. Its symptoms appear when days are hot and nights are cold. Diarrhoea will appear if exposed to wet weather. The complaints are relieved while she moves constantly. She is also affected when she sits on damp cold ground. People working or living in damp cold basements also come under the influence of this drug.

 Gelsemium sempervirens

 This patient has rigid os (Bell.). Suffers from vaginismus. Has false labour pains, which pass up the back. Dysmenorrhoea with scanty flow. Menses retarded. Pains extend to back hips.

 Aphonia and sore throat during menses.

 Sensation as if uterus were squeezed (Cham., Nux vom., Ustilago).

 This drug has also aggravation from damp weather, before “thunder-storm”. Patient is excited from bad news. Feels bad when thinking of her “ailments”. She is worse at 10 a.m.  She feels better when bending forward, by profuse urination, by being in open air. “Continued motion relieves her”.

 The chief symptoms of this drug are “general prostration, dizziness and trembling. Muscular weakness”. “She is sensitive to falling barometer”.

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 Dampness brings on many complaints. She desires to be alone. Fright, fear and excitement from hearing bad news.

 Dr. Farrington considers Gels. As an invaluable remedy in diseases of female sexual organs.

 You have to differentiate the rigid os of Gels. With Bell where it is followed by spasms.

 In labour it has tardy dilation of the os, unyielding, hard and thick. Patient turns hysterical. She becomes excited. Pains shoot upwards from uterus. Sensation of a wave rising from uterus to throat. Complete atony of uterus. The neck of uterus is soft as putty and is flabby. Thus you observe that Gels. Has both rigidity of os and sometimes the opposite.

 Gels. Is an admirable medicine in the premonitory stages of puerperal convulsions. They are preceded by drowsiness, twitching of parts of body. The os is either rigid or perfectly inactive. Pains in abdomen go backward and upward.

 Gels is useful in neuralgic and congestive type of dysmenorrhoea when bearing down co-exists. (Caulophy. Follows it well often)

 Gels. Should be thought of in bad effects of emotions, particularly after fright. A sudden appearance of diarrhoea as from stage fright etc. (Opium, Verat alb., Arg. nit., Puls.).

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 Gels. May avert impending abortion from depressing emotions with peculiar pains mentioned in connection with labour. (Compare with Acon. And Opium).

 Hepar sulphur

 Discharge of blood from uterus. Itching of pudenda, worse during menses which are late and scanty. Abscess of labia with great sensitiveness. Leucorrhoea is extremely offensive. Smells like cheese (Sanicula).

 Profuse perspiration at the climacteric (Tilia, Jaborandi). She is worse from dry cold winds. Slightest draught upsets her. She is aggravated by touch. Cannot lie on painful side.

 She feels better in damp weather, likes wrapping the head up and after eating.

 This medicine is best suited to constitutions inclined to have eruptions and glandular swellings. She is sensitive to all impressions.

 During sweating she pulls the blanket over. The tendency of suppuration is marked. She has also this sensation that wind were blowing on some part of her body. Mentally she is sad and low spirited. recollects all past unpleantnesses. Her memory is week.

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 Ignatia amara

 Menses are early, black, too profuse or scanty. During menses she feels lack of vigour with spasmodic pains in stomach and abdomen. Sexual rigidity is observed in the patient.

 All complaints arise from suppressed grief. She is worse in the morning, open air, after meals, after consuming coffee. She is better while eating and by changing position.

 Patients are sensitive, of easily excitable nature, dark, with mild disposition. They are quick to perceive, rapid in execution, who suffer acutely in mind and body.

 Dr. Farrington adds that these women are burdened with grief and talk about their troubles in secret. They are hysterical, exhibit changeable mood, alternately laugh and cry  -  a kind of hysterical palsy. Convulsions after grief.

 Nervous type of women in labour require Ignite for spasms. Menstrual colic with bearing down feeling. Pains relieved by pressure, by lying down and by change of position.

 Ignite is also useful in prolapsed of anus, with sharp shooting pains in rectum which are better while sitting.

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 Ipecacuanha

 Uterine haemorrhage, profuse, bright, gushing, with nausea. Vomiting during pregnancy. (Ant t., Arg nit., Nux vom., Tabac., Sep., Sulph.). Pain from navel to uterus. Menses are too early and profuse.

 She is worse from warm winds and lying down. The principal feature is its persistent nausea and vomiting. Haemorrhage is bright red and has periodicity.

 Lycopodium clavatum

 Menses are too late, last too long, vagina dry, coition painful (Arg nit., Berb., Kreos.). Pain in right ovarian region, varicose veins of pudenla. Leucorrhoea with burning in vagina. Discharge of blood from genitals during stool.

 Patient has right sided affections which move from above downward, aggravation from 4 to 8 p.m. , suffers while lying on left side. She is better by motion, after midnight, when uncovered. The symptoms develop gradually where the liver is associated. They run from right to left. Lycopodium patient is thin, withered, full of gas and dry.

 Mercurius solubilis

 Menses are profuse and accompanied by abdominal pains. Leucorrhoea is excoriating, greenish and bloody. Sensation of rawness in parts. Stinging pain in ovaries (Apis). Itching, burning. Worse after urinating. Better washing with cold water.

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 Morning sickness with profuse salivation. Mammae painful and full of milk at the time of menses. The patient is generally affected by warmth of bed, damp and cold rainy weather. Perspiration is profuse and oily and does not relieve.

 Mentally she is slow in answering questions. Her memory is weak. You can see that she has lost her will power. She is weary of life.

 Opium

 Menses are suppressed from fright. Cessation of labour pains with coma and twitching. Puerperal convulsions. Drowsiness between paroxysms.

 Threatened abortion and suppression of lochia from fright with stupor. Horrible labour-like pains in uterus with urging to stool.

 The general condition of Opium is the insensibility of the nervous system. Depression and drowsiness are seen in all complaints. The complaints are painless accompanied by heavy stupid sleep, with stertorous breathing.

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 The patient does not want anything. She is affected by heat, during and after sleep, is better by cold things and constant walking.

 According to Dr. Farrington, puerperal fever when caused by fright requires Opium. The patients will find the discharge from uterus fetid.

 The guiding symptom through all the complaints of Opium is “stupor”.

 Phosphorus

 Fistulous tracks after mammary abscess. Slight haemorrhage from uterus between periods. Menses are too early and scanty but last too long. Weeps before menses.

 Stitching pains in mammae. Leucorrhoea profuse, smarting, corrosive and comes instead of menses. Amenorrhoea with vicarious menstruation (Bry).

 Suppuration of mammae. Discharges burn, are watery and offensive.

 Nymphomania.

 The patient is worse by touch, cannot bear physical or mental exertion. Warm food or drink disagrees. Change of weather brings complaints. She is worse when she gets wet, in hot weather, lying on left side, or on painful side, during a thunderstorm.

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 We find her feeling better in dark, lying on right side, open air, washing with cold water.

 Phosphorus patients are generally tall, slender, weakened by loss of animal fluids.

 They are sensitive to light, sound, odours, electrical changes and thunderstorms. They will have a background of tertiary syphilis.

 In the opinion of Dr. Farrington this drug affects the female sexual organs very prominently. The patient weeps very often, overpowered by sad moods. It is indicated in checked menses  -  in amenorrhoea  -  when menstruation becomes vicarious and either epistaxis will follow or she will have haematuria.

 The inflamed mammary gland will have an erysipelatous appearance. Red streak radiates from it.

 Pulsatilla pratensis

 Amenorrhoea is commonly observed (Cimicif., Senec., Polyg.). Suppressed menses from wet feet, nervous debility or chlorosis. Tardy menses, appear too late, scanty, thick, dark, and clotted. They are changeable and intermittent.

 You will find chilliness, nausea, downward pressure. Painful flow intermits.

 Leucorrhoea is acrid, burning and creamy. Pain in back with tired feeling.

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 Diarrhoea during or after menses.

 The guiding symptoms are, the patient is mild, gentle and yielding. She is sad and cries easily. She weeps when talking. She likes open air, feels better there. Symptoms have the tendency to change very often.

 She is thirstless, peevish and chilly. She keeps her head high while lying.

 Pulsatilla is basically a female remedy. It is indicated in girls, at the age of puberty when normal menstrual flow has not been established. At this time the apices of lungs will be sore and will call for Puls. When eventually menses will be established it will be late – too late and too scanty. This will be preceded by menstrual colic. The pains will be unbearable.

 A single dose of Puls. Given in amenorrhoea as a result of wet feet with epistaxis will bring on menstrual flow.

 We observe soreness of uterus and abdomen during pregnancy. This remedy may also correct the malposition of the fœtus in uterus if it is not caused mechanically. Dr. Farrington says that Puls. Will act on the muscular walls of the uterus and stimulate their growth rather than setting the fœtus in position by itself.

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 During labour, the pains are slow, weak, ineffectual. They may be also spasmodic and irregular. They may even cause fainting. The peculiar feature here is that “the patient will demand the windows be opened”.

 You will observe that placenta remains adherent even after labour. Puls. Will release the placenta and tone up the uterus and avert postpartum haemorrhage.

 Rhus toxicodendron

 Pelvic articulations (joints) stiff begining to move. There is swelling of vulva with intense itching. Menses are early, profuse, prolonged and acrid. Lochia is thin, protracted, offensive, diminished (Puls., Secale). Pains shoot upwards in vagina (Sep.).

 Rhus tox patient is worse by cold, wet, rainy weather. Other noteworthy signs are that she is worse at night, during rest, when lying on back or on right side.

 She is better on a warm dry day. She feels all right while moving, change of position brings relief. Warm applications give solace.

 Sepia officinalis

 Pelvic organs are relaxed giving a bearing down sensation, as if everything will escape through vulva (Lil. T., Nat. C., Pod.). Must cross limbs to prevent protrusion of uterus.

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 Leucorrhoea is greenish yellow with much itching. Violent stitches upward in vagina, from uterus to umbilicus. Prolapse of uterus and vagina.

 Morning sickness.

 Vagina is painful especially on coition.

 She feels bad in the afternoon and evening.

 washing aggravates her. She is disturbed before thunderstorm.

 She feels good when she is doing exercise, then warmth of bed relieves her complaints, hot applications and drawing the limbs up make her feel better.

 Let us understand the characteristics of this polychrest. The patient looks weak with yellow complexion. Sepia has pronounced effect on the organs of women. These women have a tendency to abortion. They experience hot flushes at menopause. They have a peculiar ball-like sensation in their inner parts.

 Silicea terra

 A milky (Calc.c. , Puls., Sep.) , acrid leucorrhoea during urination. Itching of vulva and vagina which are very sensitive.

 Discharge of blood between periods. Increased menses with paroxysms of icy coldness over whole body.

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 Nipples are very sore, and ulcerate easily. They are drawn in. Fistulous ulcer of breasts (Phos.). Abscess on labia.

 Discharge of blood from vagina every time child is nursed. Vaginal Cyst (Lyco., Puls., Rhod.). Hard lumps in breasts (Conium).

 The patient feels bad on a new moon day, she feels worse in morning, from washing, during menses, on uncovering and when she tries to lie down.

 She is better by warmth, when she covers her head, in summer and in humid weather.

 Sulphur

 Pudenda itches. Vagina burns (Berb., Nit ac.). Much offensive perpiration (Lyco., Merc., Petrol., Thuja).

 Menses are too late, short, scanty, difficult, thick, black, acrid, making prts sore (Kali c., Lach., Sil.). Menses are preceded by headache (Kreos), or headache when they are suddenly stopped.

 Leucorrhoea is of burning and excoriating type. Nipples are cracked, they smart and burn (Agar., Lyc., Sil.).

 Patient feels bad at rest, when standing, warmth of bed, washing, bathing.

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 Sulphur has characteristic periodicity of symptoms.

 She is better in dry warm weather, lying on right side, from drawing up affected limbs.

 Standing is the worst position. Sulphur patients are dirty, filthy, prone to skin affections.

 Their aversion to washing is proverbial.

 It is a deep-acting antipsoric medicine.

 It is remembered when well selected remedies fail to finish the case, especially in acute diseases.

 The complaints have a tendency to relapse. Sulphur subjects are irritable, depressed and thin. They are  weak in spite of good eating.

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Rare remedies in the diseases of women

 Anantherum muricatum

 Anantherum, which is prepared out of Indian cuscus, is primarily a skin remedy of high order. But it is also found useful in swollen breasts with induration.

 Breasts are hard to touch. Nipples are excoriated. This drug can be compared with: Staph, Merc, and Thuja.

 Apium graveolens

 Prepared from common celery, Apium is mostly useful where there are retention of urine and throbbing headache.

 But its usefulness is seen in the diseases of women also. The patient feels sharp pains in the ovaries, particularly in the left one.

 She feels better by bending over and lying on left side with legs flexed.

 Nipples are very tender to touch.

 “Sleep does not generally relieve.”

 She has strong “desire for apples”.

 Strangely loss of sleep does not “fatigue the patient”.

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 Asarum europaeum

 This European snake-root is considered to be of high value in nervous affections and loss of energy.

 Asarum is suitable to irritable females with that peculiar sensitiveness to scratching of silk or linen or paper is unbearable to her.

 Cold and dry weather aggravates her (Caust). Washing face and the affected parts gives relief.

 There is a sensation as if parts are pressed together.

 Menses are too early, last long, and black in colour, accompanied by violent pain in small of back. Leucorrhoea is tenacious and yellow.

 Asarum induces a feeling as though the “whole body is hovering in air”. Emotions bring shivering and coldness.

 According to Dr. Farrington both Asarum and Tarentula have this intolerance to sounds. The difference is that in Asarum mere thinking of it brings on a thrill in her.

 Aurum muriaticum natronatum

 Proved from sodium chloroaurate, this remedy has prominent influence on female genital organs, with a background of syphilis.

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 Cervix is indurated; chronic metritis and prolapsus; uterus fills up the whole pelvic region.

 Neck of womb and vagina are ulcerated. Ovaries are indurated. Ovarian dropsy.

 Aurum mur nat. And Sepia have this congested or indurated state of cervix uteri.

 Bovista lycoperdon

 Bovista patient is awkward and drops things. She is a very sensitive patient.

 Diarrhoea appears before and during menses. Menses are too early, profuse and “worse at night”. In nights she is harried by voluptuous sensation.

 Leucorrhoea is acrid, thick, tough and greenish and follows menses.

 Like Lachesis, Bovista patient cannot bear tight clothing round the waist.

 Traces of menses are observed between periods. There is soreness of pubes during menses.

 Dr. Farrington states that this remedy is indicated in uterine haemorrhage with engorgement of uterus. It is also indicated when there is flow of blood in between menstrual periods, the cause being overexertion.

 Both Ambra grisea and Bovista have this symptom. But the latter is prescribed when the menstrual flow appears “at night or early morning”.

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 Haemorrhage with engorged uterus is also found in Ustilago and Secale.

 A Bovista patient is recognised by the puffiness of body. While holding scissors it will leave deep creases in the thumb and finger indicating sluggishness in passage of blood through veins.

 Incidentally Bovista is considered to be a good antidote to the “effects of chacoal and gas fumes”. Other drugs that come to mind are Arnica, Opium.

 Dr. Allen reports sweat in axilla which smells like onion.

 He recommends Bovista for menses “only at night”. He also records intolerable itching at tip of cocyx.

 Bufo rana

 Menses appear too early. Leucorrhoea will be thin and watery. This remedy is reported to be very good for epileptic conditions. In women epilepsy appears at the time of menses.

 Induration of mammary glands. Bufo is used as “a palliative in cancer of mammae”.

 Burning in ovaries and uterus. Ulceration of cervix. Discharge of blood is offensive.

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 Blood will be seen in breast milk. She suffers from “milk leg”. Veins of breasts are swollen.

 Dr. Farrington states that the aura of an epileptic paroxysm starts from the female genital organs. The woman may even be thrown into violent convulsions during coitus. This state is preceded by marked irritability of mind. The patient begins to talk incoherently and gets vexed if she is not understood. The convulsions will finally end leaving the patient in deep sleep.

 Dr. William Wayne confirms this symptom by reporting the cure of a case of peritonitis in which there repeated convulsions which ultimately ended in stupor.

 Camphora bromata

 A proving from mono bromide of camphor, this remedy is found useful in cases of nervous excitability. It is also efficacious in suppression of milk.

 A peculiarity is that this patient has “misconceptions of direction”. For her “north seems as south and east appears as west”.

 It can also be used in hysteric patients who weep and laugh alternatively. Sometimes she goes into a trance-like state.

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 Castor equi

 Clinically verified by Dr. Hering and other provers, this remedy is  1established as a very useful one for cracked and ulcerated nipples. It has its influence mainly on female organs.

 Its action is also seen on nails and bones.

 Warts are found on forehead and on breasts. Chapped hands.

 Nipples are sore and tender to touch. You will find swelling of mammae. She has violent itching of breasts. Areola is reddened.

 Cucurbita pepo

 This pumpkin seed product creates intense nausea in patients, immediately after eating.

 It is one of the best medicines for vomiting of pregnant women.

 Incidentally it counteracts seasickness.

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 Copaiva officinalis

 Copaiva has powerful action on mucous membranes particularly of urinary track.

 It also produces nettle-rash on skin.

 In diseases of females its action is observed in the itching of vulva and anus. The discharge that emanates is bloody and purulent.

 Menses are profuse and foul smelling.

 The pains that radiate to hip bones are followed by nausea.

 Dr. Farrington found it useful in urethritis. There will be burning at the neck of bladder and in urethra. The discharge is milky and corrosive.

 Meatus urinaris is swollen, inflamed and sore as though wounded.

 Erigeron canadense

 This remedy is strongly recommended for the cure of haemorrhages, particularly constant bleeding from bladder.

 Haemorrhage from uterus is followed by painful micturition. The flow is profuse and bright red in colour.

 The patient complains pain in left ovary and hip.

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 When there is a background of gonorrhoea you will find burning while passing urine. Urine dribbles.

 Eucalyptus globulus

 Haemorrhages are found both internally and locally (Ham.). Eucalyptus leucorrhoea is acrid and excoriating and with fetid discharge.

 Eupionum

 Eupion is very useful in many of women’s diseases. First it can be thought of in uterine displacements. It produces severe pains in back which are followed by bland leucorrhoea. Menses will be too early with thin flow. Slightest exertion produces intense sweat.

 Disgusting dreams. Feeling as if her body is made of jelly.

 Vertigo is brought on by sitting on bed. Everything seems to rotate round her.

 Stitching pains in genitals. Burning sensation in right ovary. Leucorrhoea gushes out.

 Patient turns morose and does not desire to talk when the menses are appearing. Yellow leucorrhoea follows menses with severe headache, adding to her misery.

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 One notable feature of Eupion is that “when the pains in back cease the discharge starts in a gush”.

 She complains of pain between labia during urination. Pruritus pudandi. Labia swollen.

 It is said to go well with Kreosote, Graphites and Lachesis.

 Guaco

 This drug has action on nervous system and female organs. Incidentally it is considered to be a good antidote to scorpion and snake bites.

 It is a good remedy for leucorrhoea when the discharge is copious, corrosive, with putrid smell.

 You will find itching and smarting of parts with a sensation of fire running out of them. All her complaints are worse from motion.

 Lamium album

 Lamium has an affinity for female urinary organs.

 She suffers from headaches. She tosses her head backwards and forward with intense pain passing through head.

 Both menses and leucorrhoea are too early but scanty.

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 She also suffers from haemorrhoids. Stools are hard with blood in it.

 She complains of a peculiar sensation as though “a drop of water is flowing through urethra”.

 Lappa arctium

 Lappa is found very useful in uterine displacements. It has intense sore and bruised feeling in uterus. Vaginal tissues are relaxed. There is a lack of tonicity of pelvic contents.

 All her complaints increase while standing and walking or when she makes a mis-step or when there is a sudden jar. 2

 Origanum majorana

 Origanum has strong action on sexual impulses, producing erotomania in females.

 Origanum women are susceptible to strong lascivious ideas arousing sexual desire. It may carry the patient to hysteric pitch. 3

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 Ovininum

 This ovarian extract is used in the sufferings caused by excision of ovaries.

 It is a good remedy for nervous breakdown in women at climacteric. It is useful for many of climacteric disturbances.

 You can also try it in ovarian cysts. It also controls prurigo. 4

 Pulex irritans

 This blood sucking common flea produces many marked urinary and female symptoms when proved in potency.

 The patient is cross, impatient and irritable. She suffers from headaches with a sensation of enlarged eyes.

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 Her face looks old and wrinkled. Menses are delayed. One noteworthy symptom is flow of saliva increases during menstrual periods.

 There will be burning in vagina. Leucorrhoea is copious and foul smelling. One recognising feature is that it stains the clothes greenish yellow. The stains from both menses and leucorrhoea are very hard to wash out.

 She feels better while sitting or lying . She is aggravated from motion. She has left sided complaints.

 Spiranthes autumnalis

 This remedy is used to increase milk flow in nursing women.

 The patient suffers from spasmodic yawning. She also suffers from pruritus of vagina which is dry and burns. Vulva is red.

 She complaints of burning pain in vagina during coition.

 Leucorrhoea is bloody.

 She also complains of flushes of heat during fever. Palms sweat. Hands are hot and cold alternately.

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 Symphoricarpus racemosus

 Dr. William Boericke recommends this medicine very strongly for preventing persistent vomiting of pregnant women. Patient suffers from gastric disturbances. Appetite is inconsistent. Nausea is felt during menstruation. Nausea is also aggravated by any motion. She dislikes all food. She is better lying on back. 5

 Viburnum opulus

 It chiefly produces cramps. But it has also given out several female symptoms.

 Dr. William Boericke asserts that it is capable of preventing miscarriage, correcting false labour pains.

 Spasmodic and congestive affections originate from ovarian and uterine region. Menses are too late and scanty. Will last only for a few hours. Flow is offensive. Menses are followed by cramps that extend down thighs (Bell.).

 Bearing down pains before menses. Heaviness and congestion in ovarian region. Susceptibility to spasmodic membranous dysmenorrhoea (Borax). Leucorrhoea is excoriating. Genitals itch and smart.

 Faints while making an effort to sit.

 Miscarriages take place frequently and at early stages giving an impression of sterility.

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 She is worse lying on the affected side. Her complaints appear when in a warm room. She is better while taking rest and in open air. 6

 Vinca minor

 It is not only found useful in skin diseases of the scalp but is also efficacious in female diseases.

 She suffers from excessive menstruation followed by great weakness. however the uterine haemorrhages are passive (Ustilago, Trill, Secale). She is vexed by continuous flow of blood, particularly at menopause. She also suffers from haemorrhage from fibroids.

 One should not overlook the primary action of vinca minor, i.e.  eczema of head and face with pustules itching, burning and smelling badly. The identifying symptom is “matting of hair”.

 Yohimbinum

 Its chief action is found in sexual organs and nervous system.

 But in females it causes hyperaemia of the milk glands stimulates the function of lactation.

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Therapeutics

Breasts

 Abscess of : Bry.

 Abundance of milk : Calc carb.

 Cancer of : Bufo rana

 Dryness in : Acon.

 Heavy : Bell.

 Hard : Bell., Bry., Anantherum

 Distended : Calc carb., Anantherum

 Induration of mammary glands : Bufo rana

 Glands hot : Acon., Bry.

 Mammae painful with milk : Merc.

 Nipples :

 Sore: Silicea

 Easy ulceration: Silicea

 Drawn in : Silicea

 Excoriated : Anantherum

 Tender : Apium grav.

 Painful mastitis : Bell., Bry.

 Pain radiates from nipple : Bell.

 Pain during periods : Bry.

 Stitching pain in mammae : Phos.

 Swollen : Acon.

 Suppuration of mammae : Phos.

 Red : Bell.

 Ulcers of : fistulous : Silicea

 Milk in abundance but disagreeable to child : Calc carb.

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Leucorrhoea

 Acrid: Antim crud., Ars. Alb.

 Burning: Ars. Alb., Puls., Sulph.

 With burning in vagina: Lycopod.

 Blood: intermingled with: Merc., China, Spiranthes

 Before puberty: Calc. Carb.

 Corrosive: Aes. Hip., Carbo veg., Merc., Phos. Sulph.

 Backache during: Aes. hip.

 Creamy: Puls.

 Dark: Aes. Hip., Merc., Phos., Sulph.

 Excoriating: Aes. Hip., Merc., Phos., Sulph.

 Follows menses: Bovista

 Foul smelling: Pulex

 Greenish: Carbo veg., Merc., Sep., Bovista

 Instead of menses: Phos.

 Lumpy: Antim. Crud.

 Milky: Calc carb., Carbo veg.

 Offensive: Ars alb.

 At night: Causticum

 Precedes menses: Calc carb., Carbo veg.

 Profuse: Calc., Guaco., Phos., Pulex

 Putrid smell: Guaco

 Smarting: Phos.

 Scanty: Lamium

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 Stains: hard to wash: Pulex

 Small girls: infants: Calc carb.

 Sticky: Aes hip.

 Yellow: Aes hip., Cham., sepia

 Worse after menses: Aes hip.

 Watery: thin: Antim crud., Ars alb.

 Thick: Carbo veg., Bovista

 With weakness: Caust.

 Tenacious: Asarum

 Tough: Bovista

Menses

 Acrid: Rhus tox., Sulph.

 Abdominal pain: with: Merc.

 Amenorrhoea: Phos.

 Appearing during daytime: Mag carb.

 Aphonia during: Gels.

 Black: Ignite, Sulph., Asarum

 Back pain: worse motion: with: Bry.

 Back cramp-like pains: in: Bell.

 Blood gushes: Bell., Ipecac.

 Blood bright: Ipeac.

 Burning in hands and soles: during: Carbo veg.

 Ceases at night: Causticum

 Copious: Carbo veg

 Cramps in chest after suppression: Cuprum met.

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 Dark in colour: Cham.

 Dark: clotted: china, Puls.

 Diarrhoea: before and during: Bovista

 Difficult: Bry., Sulph.

 Discharge betwen periods: Bovista, Silicea

 Discharge during nursing child: Silicea

 Ceases on lying down: Mag carb.

 Cramps follow: extend to thigh: Viburnum

 Discharge gushes when back pain ceases: Eupion.

 Delayed: Acon., Cup. Met., Hepar sulph., Lyco., Puls., Sulph., Viburnum

 Early: Antim crud., Ars alb., Bell., Bry., Bap., Calc carb., China, Ignite, Ipecac., Asarum, Bovista, Bufo, Rhus tox.

 Excitement: brings: Calc carb.

 Excessive weakness follows: Vinca

 Excited sexually: before: Dulc.

 Exhaustion from: Trillium pend.

 Flow during day: Caust., Cycl., Puls.

 Flow dark red: Bry.

 Flow vicarious during menopause: Vinca

 Gushing: Ipecac.

 Haemorrhage with engorged uterus: Bovista

 Haemorrhage followed by micturition: Erigeron

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 Haemorrhage passive: Vinca

 Haemorrhage profuse: Cham., Ipecac.

 Haemorrhage hot: Bell.

 Headache when suddenly stopped: Sulph.

 Headache: preceded by: Kreosot., Sulph.

 Increased: Bell;, Silicea

 In little girls: Calc carb

 Itching of pudenda: worse during: Hepar sulph.

 Lasts for few hours only: Viburnum

 Labour-like pains: during: Chamom.

 Lack of vigour: during: Ignite

 Increase of saliva during: Pulex

 Too long: Calc carb., Lyco., Rhus tox., Asarum

 Nausea: with: Ipec.

 No desire to talk: during: Eupion

 Pain: with: China

 Pain: in back: during: Asarum

 Pale blood: Carbo veg.

 Palpitation during: Cuprum met.

 Paroxysm of icy coldness: in: Silicea

 Making parts sore: Sulph.

 Protracted: Cuprum met., Acon.

 Rash: before: Dulc.

 Scanty: Hepar sulph., Ignite, Puls., Sulph., Lamium, Viburnum

 Sore throat during: Gels.

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 Stains hard to wash: Pulex

 Spasmodic pains in stomach during: Ignite

 Strong desire during: China

 Suppressed: from cold bath: Antim crud , from fright: Acon., Opium, from exposure to cold: Acon nap., Dulc. , from dampness: Dulc. ,from wet feet: Puls.

Ovaries

 Burning in: Bufo rana

 Burning sensation in right ovary: Eupion

 Congested: Acon.

 Dropsy: Aur mur nat.

 Indurated: Aur mur nat.

 Pain: sharp shooting: in womb: Acon.

 Sharp pain in: Apium grav.

 Sharp pain left: Apium grav., Erigeron

 Suffering caused by excision of: Oophorinum

 Tenderness in: Antim crud

Uterus

 Atony of: Gels.

 Bearing down feeling: worse from rest: Bell. , better by motion: Bell. , must cross limbs: Sepia pressing against vulva to prevent: Sepia

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 Burning in: Bufo rana

 Bruised feeling of: Lappa

 Contraction of: Bell.

 Cervix indurated: Aur mur nat.

 Chronic metritis: Aur mur nat.

 Congested cervix: Aur mur nat.

 Cervix: ulceration of: Bufo rana

 Discharge of blood from: Hepar sulph.

 Engorgement of: Bovista

 Heaviness in pelvic region: China

 Haemorrhage from: Erigeron

 Lack of tonicity of pelvic contents: Lappa

 Os does not dilate during labour: Bell.

 Pain shoots upward from: Gels.

 Pelvic organs relaxed: Sepia

 Prolapse of: Antim crud., Sepia, Aur mur nat.

 Soreness during pregnancy: Puls.

 Uterine haemorrhage two months after menses: Arg nit.

 Displaced easily: Calc carb., Lappa

 Fills up the whole pelvic region: Aur mur nat.

Vagina

 Abscess of labia: Hepar sulph., Silicea

 Burning in: Pulex irritans

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 Burning pain during coitus: Spiranthes

 Cyst in: Silicea

 Discharge of blood from: while nursing: Silicea

 Dry and burns: Spiranthes

 Dry: Acon., Bell.

 Hot: Acon., Bell.

 Itching of: Silicea

 Neck of: ulcerated: Aur mur nat.

 Labia swollen: Eupion

 Pain between labia during urination: Eupion

 Painful coition: Sepia

 Prolapse of: Sepia

 Pruritus vulvae: Eupion, spiranthes

 Sensitive to touch: Acon., Aur met., Silicea

 Sensation as if something is pushing down: Antim cr., Bell.

 Shooting upward: Rhus tox.

 Stitches upward: Sepia 

 Tissues relaxed: Lappa

Vulva

 Itching of: Silicea, Copaiva

 Red: Spiranthes