Dosing with homeopathic remedies

homeopathic remedies

So you’ve got a remedy, now how do you take it? What you read on the bottle isn’t always very clear. I hope this article will help you to get the most from your remedy.  These general guidelines will teach you the optimum way to take homeopathic remedies to get the most benefit. Remember in homeopathy, more is not better!! Always contact your homeopath if you’re not sure how to proceed.

Here are some typical scenarios

1. You take one or two doses of the remedy and you feel completely better. Great! Only take the remedy as you need to (symptoms start to get worse again). If that’s 15 minutes, or one day, that’s fine. If you don’t relapse, then you don’t need to take further doses! Yay!

2. You take the remedy and nothing happens. That’s fine as long as you get a response from repeated doses.

In an acute illness, a flare up or a viral infection such as a cold, ear infection, an injury etc. You should get a response by the 8th or 9th dose. If there is no change, you may need to take your remedy in a different potency or you may need to switch to a different remedy altogether.

In a chronic condition, it can take up to 1 month to see lasting results. Be patient – your being is working hard to get back into balance!

3. You take the remedy and you feel worse. A transient aggravation is a sign the remedy is active and nothing to worry about. Take your next dose only when you are better than before you took the last dose. It’s important only to take another dose after you see an improvement and then relapse again. As long as you continue to improve you do not need a further dose. Too frequent doses can aggravate the symptoms further.

4. You’ve been doing well on your remedy and are taking it regularly when you suddenly feel it’s no longer working. You may have antidoted your remedy by

  • Eating or drinking something which interferes with it
  • Keeping it next to your cell phone or other device with an electro- magnetic field
  • Storing it in strong sunlight or in extreme temperature.

If the antidoting is from something you’ve ingested, you will need to take your remedy more frequently until you are back to how you were before the incident. If you’ve antidoted the remedy itself, call your homeopath for a refill and discard the stock you have.

5. You haven’t needed your remedy for some time but now you feel some symptoms creeping back. This can happen due to a stress or toxin in your environment. For instance, it may be triggered by a sudden change in weather, travelling, surgical procedures, over work, poor diet, poor sleep, relationship problems etc.

Take another dose of your remedy and observe your symptoms. One dose may be all you need to boost your system again or you may need to take your remedy for a little longer. You should also pay attention to your lifestyle and see where the stress is coming from so that you can make whatever changes you need to look after yourself. Listen to your being.

Regardless of which scenario you relate to, homeopathic medicine should be taken on a clean palate. Allow at least 15 minutes before and after eating, drinking, smoking, chewing gum or brushing your teeth to take your remedy.

It is also important to be observant of the changes taking place in your system so that your homeopath can evaluate your response at follow up. To that end, you might want to keep a journal or notes on any noticeable changes or shifts in your symptoms or general health.

Wishing you clarity in your healing journey with homeopathy!

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