This is a case study from our very own Homeopath at Back on your feet clinic.
Osvaldo will take you through his case study on how Ovarian cysts were treated successfully with homeopathy
On this occasion I am going to talk about a young woman. She was 25 years old when she first came to see me, single woman without children and living with her parents. Her first visit was due to various physical symptoms, she complained of recurrent sore throat with anginas inflammation, which often made it difficult for her to swallow saliva. Her anginas were always inflamed and red, and covered the whole throat. At least once a month she suffered from very intense fevers which put her in bed for the whole day, accompanied by intense headaches.
Talking to her, I came to know she suffered from menstrual pains with generally late, heavy, and irregular periods with abdominal distension. During her menstruations she was very sensitive to smells and noises.
Regarding the mental aspects, the patient said she was very irritable, even about the most insignificant things; if she was contradicted, she reacted violently and experienced the desire of throwing things whenever she got angry. She was always in a very bad temper since the beginning of the day. She was very anxious when it came to her work and said she was a perfectionist; she was not satisfied until her current project was finished. She was very tired physically because she was not sleeping well. Whenever she went to bed, she kept thinking about all the things she had done during the day and this kept her from falling asleep.
During her visit, she refused to talk about her family, saying that everything was just fine and that nothing bothered her about them.
Anger, ailments after anger
Sleeplessness, mental strain
I took the case and, according to her symptoms, I decided to give her 200 c Nux vomica in one dose.
A week after her first visit, the patient called me, saying she was worried because she had intermenstrual flow, which she had never had before; the discharge was coffee-coloured, thick and had bad smell; it wasn’t accompanied by blood or any other symptom, like inflammation or pain. She said her mood had improved, she was not so irritable, and that week, for the first time in months, she had been able to sleep through the night without problems, so I decided to maintain the same instructions and ordered an ultrasound.
A month later, I saw her again. She told me the menstrual flow had lasted 4 days and that this time her menstruation was on time, not as heavy as other times, and that she hadn’t been too bloated. She felt sad and anxious because her ultrasound showed a cyst of approximately 10 cm in her right ovary. Scared about this result, she had visited her Ob/Gyn, who told her she would need surgery to remove the ovary, due to her symptoms and to the cyst’s size; she told her to wait around 3 months to see how it developed.
On this occasion, she decided to talk about her family, especially her mother. She said her mother had always been very cold towards her, never encouraged her to do anything but criticized her constantly and embarrassed her in front of other people. She told me this with tears in her eyes, but she refused to cry openly; she told me she did not want to cry in front of others because she did not want them to feel sorry for her. With her father and brothers she had no problems. When I asked her if she had ever tried to talk with her Mom about how she felt, her reply was, “What for? She never listens.” During the whole visit she continued blaming her mother for everything that was happening to her.
After checking her, I decided to administer Natrum muriaticum 0/6 in water once a day for three days.
The following month I saw her again; her mood was much better. She wasn’t irritated. She still resented her mother, but she was not as bitter; in fact, she said she had tried to solve things with her Mom, but that she was very difficult. Her ovary was still a sensitive subject, and she told me she had cried a lot during the past month and that crying had relieved her a lot. I asked her if she cried when she was alone, and she said she had cried in front of her boyfriend and brothers, and that this was comforting and didn’t bother her as before.
This time I gave her only one dose of Pulsatilla 0/6.
The visits continued and I could see a great improvement in her mood. Three months after her ovarian cyst was detected, she had another ultrasound. The cyst was still approximately 9.5cm big, so her Ob/Gyn told her that since it had not become smaller, he would have to operate, even though her symptoms were much better: her menstruations had been regular during the past three months, they were not as heavy or painful and she didn’t present abdominal distension anymore.
She decided not to undergo surgery and continued visiting me. I maintained the Natrum muriaticum 0/7 in only one dose per month, and for two months she didn’t need any other medication. Six months later I ordered another ultrasound: her cyst had reduced from 10 cm to just 2 cm.
An ovarian cyst is any collection of fluid, surrounded by a very thin wall, within an ovary. Any ovarian follicle that is larger than about two centimeters is termed an ovarian cyst. An ovarian cyst can be as small as a pea, or larger than an orange.
Most ovarian cysts are functional in nature, and harmless (benign). In the US, ovarian cysts are found in nearly all premenopausal women, and in up to 14.8% of postmenopausal women.
Ovarian cysts affect women of all ages. They occur most often, however, during a woman’s childbearing years.
Some ovarian cysts cause problems, such as bleeding and pain. Surgery may be required to remove cysts larger than 5 centimeters in diameter.
What I have learned from this case is how the supression of emotions can also lead to the supression of other symptoms. This young woman had decided to suppress her feelings towards her mother, she didn’t talk about it and kept all her feelings to herself. This made her ovary to also keep fluids instead of draining them. A dosis of Nux vomica drained the fluids and the emotions also started to come out. Both body and emotions behaved in the same way the whole time, and started healing from the inside out, according to Hering’s law. Once the emotional aspect was better, by improving her relationship and communication with her mother and learning to forgive, her body was capable of letting go of the physical pathology.
According to medical literature, ovarian cysts are benign and many times do not require treatment, but in this case surgery was required, due to the cyst’s size and show evolution; this could have been devastating for a 25 years old patient with no children.
This case proves once again that not everything can be solved using a scalpel; as Hahnemann suggested, there is always a gentler, faster and more subtle way of curing diseases. A patient is much more than a diagnosis. Each patient must be taken as a whole, and one cannot dismiss emotions and mental symptoms, even in acute cases. One must allow the body the time to respond by itself and apply the healing law; in some cases, one must be prepared for the medication to worsen the symptoms initially, be patient and observe the patient’s evolution instead of immediately changing the medication.