Homeopathy for Pregnancy: Sepia

November 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm (Comfort Measures, Homeopathy)

Sepia is one of the two (the other being Pulsatilla) of the most well-known “women’s remedies”. It has much applicability in the realms of menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and menopause. When used in a person who resonates with the Sepia state, it can relieve many of the symptoms of pregnancy and birth, while increasing the overall sense of well-being. To describe the Sepia state, I’ll create a picture of a woman who carries many of the Sepia characteristics.

Imagine a woman who has had several children in a short amount of time (we’ve all heard of the grandmother who had five children in five years). She is constantly at work, doing dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and tending to her little ones. Over time, this mother who was once responsive to each little cry or need has become more and more dull. Her sallow face sags, the expression changing less and less as her feelings of overwhelm deepen. Everything about her seems to sag- her face, her skin, even her internal organs. As she’s working one day on the unending stream of housework, a child comes to her, crying and clinging to her skirt. Full of irritation and depression, she snaps at her child so sarcastically that the little one runs away, crying. In the moment, the mother feels nothing, but later that day, she lies alone in her room, crying from guilt. She feels that she doesn’t love her husband or her children, but she knows she should, and she feels hopeless.

Sepia is made from the ink of the cuttlefish, and like the cuttlefish, she is very responsive in her healthy state. However, if she becomes overwhelmed, she retreats into unresponsiveness, depression, and sarcasm. She feels better with vigorous exercise such as a brisk walk or some energetic dancing. She wants to be left alone, and she cries when she tells others about her troubles.  Everything about her sags.  Here are some of her more specific symptoms:

Nausea: At the thought or smell of food.

Face: Yellow. Brown “saddle” across nose and under eyes.

Headache: With nausea and vomiting. Worse with the smell of food. Better after meals. Stinging pain.

Food: Craves chocolate and vinegar. Dislikes milk, and it makes her sick.

Genitalia: Uterine or cervical prolapse. Feels her organs are sagging out of her vulva. Pelvic weakness.

Temperature: She tends to be chilly. Sometimes experiences flushes of heat.

Sepia in 30 or 6c can be helpful for morning sickness, if the woman has some of the characteristics of the Sepia state.  It can also help rouse a woman out of postpartum depression.  Consult a homeopath if you have chronic symptoms for which you think Sepia might be helpful.

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