Today I’m continuing our series on anxiety and depression. I am not a doctor and this is not professional advice, but I still think it’s good stuff. It really helps if you read last week’s post before you read this one.
When I went and saw my naturopath, he took note of all my symptoms, and then told me to go the health foods store and buy a homeopathic remedy called sepia. You can get a little tube of it for about $8. I was supposed to take it every three days. I should start to feel better, and then at some point I would hit a limit and my symptoms would return. That was my cue to lay off for a while.
So I went and got my sepia and started taking it every three days. Like I said last week, I also got off gluten and was taking eating a ton of fiber. But the sepia really seemed to help. Within a week I was feeling much better, and my mood swings had settled down a lot. About a month later I took some and all my old symptoms returned, so I stopped for a while. Now I take it occasionally, mostly if I am feeling moody or super hormonal or overwhelmed. And it helps a lot. These days, I am much, much more stable than I was, and really only get out of whack during predictable hormonal episodes.
During this time I tried to research homeopathy online, and it just made me more confused, because people have lots of different theories about why it works. The basic idea is that you give your body a very diluted substance of something bad that is similar to what your body is already struggling with, and that encourages your body to fight it off. That's pretty much all I can tell you. There were also a lot of medical studies that said it doesn’t work at all. So I still don’t understand it, and it’s possible that it could be the placebo effect. If so, thank God for the placebo effect.
But here is something weird that happened. Like I also said last week, my naturopath encouraged me to get an ultrasound to see if I had cysts or fibroids. I went, and I had very cystic ovaries, and was quickly diagnosed with PCOS. I reported that back to my naturopath, and he said, “Ok, well, we will work to reverse those cysts.” And I was extremely skeptical. Reverse PCOS? When the doctors don’t even really know what it is and will prescribe you birth control to manage your symptoms and that’s about it? But he told me to keep taking the sepia, and eating healthy, and taking my fiber.
About a year later, I was back at the OBGYN, this time because I was miscarrying. I had an ultrasound, and the main point of that ultrasound was that I was no longer pregnant, but I noticed something else: my ovaries weren’t covered in cysts anymore. Unfortunately this was a different doctor than the one who originally diagnosed me, so he didn’t know what they used to look like. But he did comment that my ovaries didn’t really look like PCOS ovaries at all.
WHICH IS NUTS.
I didn’t want to get into it at the time, but the major reason I had been diagnosed with PCOS was because my ovaries were SO obviously cystic. And now he didn’t think they looked abnormally cystic at all.
Now, I know that that could have been a whole lot of things. Maybe my changed circumstances healed me: during that year I was much less stressed and I was eating better. Maybe it was that beautiful placebo effect. Maybe it was all of those delicious fiber gummies. Or maybe homeopathy really works. I’m fine with believing that (even though I still don’t understand how it works). And if you deal with any of those weird mental health or hormonal issues, I highly recommend checking it out.
A good naturopath will listen to all your symptoms, and then take all of those into account to pick a good homeopathic remedy for you. There are tons. You try one, and if it works great, and if it doesn’t then you try another one. There shouldn’t be any side effects--if it doesn’t work it just doesn’t work. $8 a bottle is super cheap for medicine. And I love my sepia--it’s made from the ink of the cuttlefish, and that makes me feel really exotic and fancy, like I’m one of those hypochondriac old ladies in nineteenth century novels who have smelling salts and strange medicinal potions (except I have a real disease). What a life!
Finally, here is an adorable cuttlefish for your consideration. Thank you, cuttlefish!