SEPIA 200

Sepia 200 for PCOS

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Introduction –

Women’s health differs from that of men in unique ways due to a myriad of gender-related and biological differences. The World Health Organisation or WHO addresses health as an individual’s state of physical as well as mental and social well-being. Merely the absence of a disease or infirmity isn’t sufficient to declare a person as ‘healthy’.

Therefore, it becomes important to tackle these health challenges efficiently and effectively and especially when it comes to the health of women and girl children.

Therefore, when speaking of women’s health, we refer to their reproductive and sexual health as well as their non-reproductive health. Non-reproductive health deals with distressing social issues like violence against women which include domestic violence, rape, female infanticide among others. It also deals with non-communicable diseases and other health issues apart from those related to the reproductive organs in women.

Here we intend to address women’s health in terms of their sexual and reproductive health and how the homeopathic medicine named Sepia 200 can help in treating some of the issues associated with it. 

HOMEOPATHY AND WOMEN’S HEALTH

Homeopathy is one of the oldest established alternative medicinal practices having its roots in late 18th century Europe. German physician Samual Hahnemann is known as the father of Homeopathy. Homeopathy claims to focus on the complete health of the individual as compared to allopathy which aims at controlling illness with the help of drugs and surgeries.

According to some surveys, around 40% of women in the United States of America alone, seek some kind of complementary medicine or treatment to be availed in conjunction with the conventional allopathic treatment prescribed to them by their gynecologists. Alternative methods of treatment for issues related to sexual health have gained popularity among women all over the world.

As a criticism, many conventional medical practitioners accredit this popularity of homeopathic treatment amongst women to an ‘irrational’ rise in the preference for natural products, to a point that the users find it difficult to answer when asked about the reason behind opting for such medicines.

The major issues that women face regarding their reproductive and sexual health are in one way or the other related to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. According to surveys, one in every ten women is likely to have PCOS. Yet it is one of the most underdiagnosed ailments that affect women.

 Consequently, it remains untreated in the majority of women throughout their lives. Effects of PCOS are experienced in varying intensity by different women. More often than not, it has an adverse effect on the day-to-day lives of the women who suffer from it. While it is not possible to cure Polycystic ovary syndrome, its stressful effects can be alleviated up to some extent with the use of medications.

Sepia 200 or Sepia is the over-the-counter name for a commonly used homeopathic medicine made from a naturally sourced ingredient named sepia for the treatment of the effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the female body.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SEPIA

ETYMOLOGY OF SEPIA

Sepia or Cephalopod is a genus of the common cuttlefish, scientifically named Sepia Officinalis. The bone of the cuttlefish is ellipsoidal. The common cuttlefish is a mollusk that has a long, oval flat body and its parts have been used for a wide range of purposes since ancient times. The cuttlefish releases an ink-like secretion which when dried is used as an active ingredient in the production of the homeopathic medicine, generically called sepia named after the genus of the cuttlefish.

The cuttlefish has features like short and long tentacles with suckers at the end. The eyes are large and highly developed and their bright-colored bodies look amazingly attractive. The ink sac is located at the back end of the gut sac. The ink sac is large and serves as a storage organ as well as a gland. It stores an opaque fluid that is brown. The ink sac is emptied when the cuttlefish is trying to flee from anything that poses a possible threat to its life. The dark-colored ink creates a cloud for some time with the help of which it can easily escape from its attacker.

The Mediterranean coastal waters, especially that of the Adriatic, are the natural habitat of the common cuttlefish. Sepia Officinalis is also found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They are mostly found in the shallow coastal regions which have muddy or sandy seabed.

SEPIA IN HOMEOPATHY

The dark brown secretion from the ink gland of the common cuttlefish is called Sepia. It is dried and used in making a dilution by the homeopathy industry to treat a variety of ailments. It is sold by the name of Sepia 200 in most medical stores and is popularly prescribed as a treatment for the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

The medicine is prepared by various pharmacological companies following the Homöopathisches Arzneibuch (HAB) or the New Official German Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia.

PROPERTIES OF SEPIA 200

Sepia 200 is mainly used to treat the psychological effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Besides that, it has a wide range of applications and is not limited to only reproductive problems in women. The common issues which are focused upon include loss of libido, debility, lethargy, and mood swings among others.
Cuttlefish ink is said to have the following properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reduces risks of cancer
  • Acts against retroviral activity
  • Reduces hypersensitivity

SOME KEY BENEFITS AND USES OF SEPIA 200

As mentioned earlier Sepia 200 is a versatile medication and has a wide range of benefits in homeopathic medicinal treatment. Some of them are enlisted below:

  • Sepia helps in alleviating symptoms of psychological disorders like mood swings, depression, anxiety, and bouts of rage, and aggressiveness. Women are said to be at a greater risk of getting afflicted with these disorders as an effect of Polycystic ovary Syndrome.
  • Sepia 200 can be used as a very useful remedy in case of problems related to menopause. During menopause, women might have vaginal dryness and experience pain during sexual intercourse. She might experience a lack of desire to engage in sexual activity or even develop an aversion towards it.
  • During periods Sepia 200 is helpful as a remedy to treat stressful occurrences like flooding, unexpected flashes of heat, physical weakness, excessive perspiration. Periods can cause women to experience a sinking or pettish feeling in their stomachs.
  • Sepia 200 is beneficial in the treatment of psychological disorders that make women indifferent to sexual impulses and the emotions and efforts of family, friends, and other loved ones.
  • Sepia is also said to help relieve fatigue. Usually, nutritional deficiencies tend to cause irregular and sometimes even absence of periods due to imbalances in the hormones that regulate menstrual cycles.
  • The use of Sepia 200 spray for melasma is considered effective. Melasma or pigmentation of the skin is highly linked to the undying condition of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in most women. Both occur due to an imbalance in reproductive female hormones, namely, estrogen and progesterone which in turn disturbs the insulin levels in the body. There is also a marked rise in androgen levels, which is a male hormone leading to increased growth in facial and body hair.
  • Using Sepia 200 for skin problems is an ancient practice. Psoriasis is another problem related to the skin where the use of Sepia is beneficial. The person’s skin might start looking dull and stiff due to dryness caused by dehydration. Psoriasis might appear on various parts of the body like nails and even private areas. It is yet another sign of hormonal imbalance and the women also face problems with blood circulation.

  • Sepia is also used to treat problems related to constipation and other gastrointestinal issues like indigestion etc.
  • Sepia helps treat cases of vertigo. The pain is mostly experienced on the left side of the head accompanied by vomiting, nausea, and dizziness.
  • Problems related to the eyes like black spots, flashes, and light sparks followed by the collapse of the body can be addressed with the help of sepia.
  • Sepia can be used in relieving symptoms of herpes which is a sexually transmitted disease. The signs of herpes often appear behind the ears, earlobes, and nape of the neck as watery blisters. Other places of occurrence are lips, nostrils, and genitals.

Sepia is one of the most versatile medicines in homeopathic medicinal practice. It has a wide range of applications and is among the top 20 medications used in homeopathy as a preliminary treatment for health issues specific to women.

Sepia is beneficial for treating almost all ailments related to women’s sexual and reproductive health. Those ailments include Polycystic Ovary Deficiency(PCOS), Polycystic Ovarian Disease(PCOD), Uterine prolapse, Fibrosis, Menopause, Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea, Leucorrhea among others.

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE OF SEPIA

Sepia is usually administered in potencies of 30, 20, or 1M as prescribed by the physician. The dosage depends upon a number of factors like the individual’s age, physical and mental health conditions, family history of the disease, and various other things. A homeopath’s consultation is mandatory before starting any medication.

Usually, the individual should refrain from repeating dosages too often if they are of high potency.

SIDE EFFECTS OF SEPIA

Sepia is manufactured on the basis of homeopathic medicinal practice and therefore has no reported side effects, drug interactions, or contraindications.


Overdose of any homeopathic medication including sepia can prove to be fatal.

SAFETY ADVICE RELATED TO THE USE OF SEPIA

  • Pregnant and lactating women should not consume or use sepia even topically without the doctor’s advice.
  • Sepia is not meant to be used by children. Hence it should be kept out of their reach.
  • In case of overdose, the Poison control center or at least a physician should be immediately contacted.
  • Homeopathic medicines like Lachesis and Pulsatilla aggravate the effect of sepia.

 

INDICATORS FOR PRESCRIPTION OF SEPIA

Sepia is famous as a remedy specifically made for treating problems related to women’s health. It is also known as the remedy of the ‘washer woman’ because it treats symptoms watch are also visible in women due to excessive laundry work, getting wet, injury, heavy lifting, frequent falls, boiled milk, sedentary or inactive life, and excessive indulgence in high fatty foods like pork, and use of tobacco.

 Women who should be treated with Sepia 200 usually have the following symptoms:

  • They always have a worn-down look with drooping shoulders, clumsy movements, sleepy and tired eyes with dark circles or bags under them.
  • They are always tired and are at the brink of exhaustion. There’s an innate sense of lethargy that accompanies it.
  • They are overly emotional and cry multiple times a day for no apparent reason.
  • They suffer from chronic physical weakness.
  • They lose more water in the form of perspiration than they intake. This puts them at the risk of dehydration as well
  • They often feel suffocated and are breathless. This can happen even in a relatively well-ventilated environment.
  • They tend to get a feeling of flaccidity in their intestines. It is an extremely uneasy feeling which almost makes one think that their insides are about to fall out.
  • They feel tired and exhausted on an emotional level as well. This makes them look indifferent to the emotions and feelings of their loved ones.
  • They experience mental tiredness as well. There’s a dullness of mind which often makes them feel stupid and clueless. They can become increasingly absent-minded with no urge to take any initiative at all.
  • The women are extremely sensitive to noise.
  • In extreme cases, the women might even start getting suicidal thoughts as a result of continually living a life bereft of purpose and due to hopelessness

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY OF SEPIA 200

Over-the-counter homeopathic medicines like Sepia are usually quite inexpensive. Different manufacturers sell the medicine at different prices but the price range is usually between 100/- INR to 300/- INR.

It is a very commonly used medicine and hence is available for sale in most of the stores selling homeopathic medication. 

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME(PCOS) AND SEPIA’S ROLE IN ITS TREATMENT

Each and every step in a woman’s menstrual cycle is regulated by female reproductive hormones, namely estrogen, and progesterone. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a condition suffered by a majority of women across the world, which is marked by symptoms such as irregular periods or absence of periods i.e amenorrhea, obesity, and excessive facial and body hair growth.

PCOS is a very common health problem caused due to imbalances in the reproductive hormones mentioned before. The follicles in the ovary get clustered together and form cysts. These cysts contain an egg that is not yet developed. Due to the hormonal imbalance, the egg fails to reach the stage of maturity and therefore is not released during the ovulation stage like it normally should. 

This disturbs the menstruation cycle immensely and leads to irregular to missed periods in women in their reproductive age. PCOS is one of the most common causes behind infertility in women and in extreme cases the cysts can also turn out to be cancerous. Such women are also at higher risk of having high blood pressure and diabetes. Heart diseases are also more prevalent in women with PCOS.

The effects of PCOS can manifest themselves in a woman’s body in different forms which are not only physical but also mental and emotional in varying intensities. Some of the complications faced by women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are:

PCOS is a very common health problem caused due to imbalances in the reproductive hormones mentioned before. The follicles in the ovary get clustered together and form cysts.

These cysts contain an egg that is not yet developed. Due to the hormonal imbalance, the egg fails to reach the stage of maturity and therefore is not released during the ovulation stage like it normally should. This disturbs the menstruation cycle immensely and leads to irregular to missed periods in women in their reproductive age.

PCOS is one of the most common causes behind infertility in women and in extreme cases the cysts can also turn out to be cancerous. Such women are also at higher risk of having high blood pressure and diabetes. Heart diseases are also more prevalent in women with PCOS.

The effects of PCOS can manifest themselves in a woman’s body in different forms which are not only physical but also mental and emotional in varying intensities. Some of the complications faced by women suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are:

  • Depression
  • Social anxiety
  • Mood disorders
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Insomnia or sleep apnea
  • Hirsutism or excess body and facial hair
  • Acne on face and other body parts like back and arms
  • Thinning hair
  • Gaining weight leading to obesity
  • Darkening or pigmentation of the skin
  • Formation of skin tags
  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • Infertility
  • Endometrial cancer

 

Sepia 200 is a homeopathic medication that is beneficial in alleviating a few of the symptoms of PCOS as claimed by practitioners of homeopathy. It is considered a chief remedy for various disorders related to women’s reproductive health like menstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, and leucorrhea

Sepia 200 is especially helpful in treating typical manifestations of mental disorders mainly induced by PCOS.

PCOS can be diagnosed but not treated. There is no cure for this disease and can only be managed by incorporating healthy lifestyle habits like:

  • Regular exercise
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Getting an adequate amount of sleep
  • Reducing stress levels

CONCLUSION

While many women all over the world believe in the efficiency of Sepia in the treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS), there is a lack of sufficient evidence to support the claims. In homeopathy, one of the drawbacks is that the physician can’t treat an individual at one go since the clinical conditions are dynamic. A majority of conventional medicine practitioners accredit the efficacy of Sepia and similar homeopathic medications to the placebo effect. 

Regardless of the criticisms, Sepia 200 is considered to be an excellent remedy indicated in the management of the issues related to women’s reproductive and sexual health. The underlying condition behind these issues is more often than not Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS.

 

PCOS cannot be diagnosed or confirmed by a single test. Therefore, the physician might run multiple tests like a physical examination, pelvic examination, pelvic ultrasound, and blood tests before declaring the medical condition to be PCOS.

 

After its confirmation, an individual seeking alternative medication might consult a homeopath. Only upon the homeopath’s advice, an individual should start consuming or using Sepia in the prescribed potency as a treatment for her ailment.

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