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What can I treat at home myself?

Let’s start out with some questions just to get you in the zone!

Question 1: Why can’t I buy that remedy from an online store?
Question 2: Is this a repeat prescription from another homeopath?
Question 3: Is it appropriate to be treating this condition by myself?

I had an interesting conversation with someone buying remedies from our website the other day and I’m quite sure she won’t mind me sharing the nature of the discussion with you because we both found it a useful process.

On our website we sell remedies which are generally considered to be ‘first aid’ remedies: so those which can be used at home to treat things like colds, coughs, upset tummies, period pain and so on.

There are in fact strict regulations laid down by the Therapeutic Goods Administration stating those remedies we are allowed to advertise for sale so this also limits what can go on a website.

Sometimes people email me and ask for remedies which aren’t on the website. Obviously with over 3000 remedies we couldn’t possibly have all the remedies on our list, but there are also a lot of remedies which I don’t consider appropriate to dispense without doing a consultation or having a prescription from another homeopath.

There are of course remedies which would be considered both a first aid remedy and a constitutional remedy that your homeopath might prescribe for you during a consultation. These would be remedies like Calc Carb, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla. So basically most of the single remedies in one of our Home Remedy Kits could potentially be a ‘first aid remedy’ and also a ‘prescribed remedy’. I might twig that someone was asking for a repeat prescription if they asked for a potency outside of what was on the website.

Then there are what I’d call ‘practitioner only’ remedies which I wouldn’t dispense through the online store without a confirmatory email from another homeopath or a consultation. These could be the homeopathic ‘nosodes’ – Carcinosin, Tuberculinum, Medorrinhum and similar – which you might have had from your homeopath but you wouldn’t find listed in a standard first aid book.

Plus there are all the other homeopathic remedies which are not going to be used in home prescribing because they are indicated for chronic conditions and require experience to prescribe and guidance through the process.

Remember, you should only be giving remedies at home for things which are mild, self-limiting and of short duration so definitely not trying to treat anything you’d usually need to see a GP or specialist for!

Going back to the client I had the discussion with, she had been able to access a remedy originally prescribed by a homeopath without a consultation and had been self-prescribing for some years. Nobody had checked if the remedy was actually still appropriate nor had the potency or dose been rechecked. Due to the nature of the remedy this should not have happened.

Continuing to take a prescribed homeopathic remedy for months and even years and accessing that remedy without a consultation is a bit like being able to buy antibiotics or chemotherapy drugs online and self-medicate. While there are no toxic side effects with homeopathics, there could still be a detrimental effect on the system if the remedy is not correct and is taken longer than necessary.

I think we sometimes forget how potent and profound a homeopathic remedy can be. While homeopathy is designated ‘low risk’ by TGA and for years we were allowed to say it was ‘safe’, that is only true when you take the remedy according to the principles of homeopathy (a whole other series of blogs!) and according to the directions given.

The way we test our remedies is to give them to healthy people until they start to develop the symptoms the remedy is meant to treat. Pause for thought on that concept . . .

This means if you take a remedy that is not right for you, even if prescribed by a practitioner at some time in the past, you could end up with a problem and you might not even associate it with the remedy!

Homeopathy stimulates the body to work harder to overcome a problem and bring the system back to balance. If you don’t now resonate closely with a remedy but continue to take it on and on and on, you are potentially going to start producing the symptoms that the remedy is meant to treat!

Homeopathy really is a mix of art and science. It takes experience to do it well!

It’s great for treating those niggly little things you might get where you’d use homeopathy rather than over-the-counter medicines, but if it’s something where you would usually see a GP or specialist (heart disease, asthma, infertility, recurrent ear infections) then it requires professional care.

So to cut a very long story short, yes I may have dispensed remedies via the website that were a repeat prescription from your homeopath due to the fine line between first aid and prescribed remedies, but hopefully this discussion will cause you to think about the wisdom of doing this and seek a professional opinion for any chronic and/or longstanding condition.


Melanie Creedy trained in the UK in the early 1990s and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association.  
She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and is editor of the AHA National Newsletter.
Melanie has used homeopathy for 30 years and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in women’s and children’s health generally and helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences. Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone and skype to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.  
Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition or serious acute illness, it is important to be assessed or examined by your GP or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a  suggestion or treatment seek advice from your healthcare professional.