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Did you know that women are twice as likely to develop ‘significant depressive symptoms’ once they enter perimenopause?

An interesting study with 133 participants was just completed comparing ‘Individualized Homeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderate to Sever Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women’. Fluoxetine is another name for SSRI drug, Prozac. This study was of the highest quality as it is a randomized, double-dummy, double-Blind, and placebo-controlled trial and also the first of its kind. What it found was interesting: both groups had improvement in their depression symptoms, but participants who received individualized homeopathic treatment also reported significant improvement in their physical symptoms.

Mean change in Greene Climacteric Scale score after six weeks of treatment according to the study group.

Mean change in Greene Climacteric Scale score after six weeks of treatment according to the study group.

Mean change in 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression score after six weeks of treatment according to the study group.

Mean change in 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression score after six weeks of treatment according to the study group

The results are promising and indicate that individualized homeopathic treatment may provide an effective and cost-effective options for perimenopausal women with depression.  Homeopathic medicines are very inexpensive as compared to conventional prescription costs and are non-toxic and all natural.

Read more:

  1.  Individualized Homeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine for Moderate to Sever Depression in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women (HOMEDEP-MENOP) (March 13, 2015)
  2.  Risk for new onset of depression during the menopausal transition: the Harvard study of mood and cycles (April 2006)
  3. Efficacy of homeopathic treatment for menopausal symptoms
  4. Dangers of Hormone Replacement Therapy
  5. Homeopathy and menopause