Here are answers to some of the FAQ’s practitioners get about homeopathy.
And here as a starting point is our Home Remedy Notes which may give you quick answers to doses, frequency, etc. This is a downloadable document so you can refer to at your leisure.
We’ve always said homeopathy is about physics and not chemistry, which is why conventional medicine often can’t get to grips with it. If you try to look at it like a pharmaeutical medicine or a naturopathic supplement then you are never going to understand it.
Our remedies are made by a process of succussion and dilution. Dilution is the part where many sceptics roll their eyes and declare that homeopathy can’t possibly work because now there’s nothing in it but water! But the succussion (or banging) is the process which releases the energy inherent in the substance – it becomes dynamized or dynamic, it now has a measurable resonant frequency.
When I first started using homeopathy in the mid 1980s, we really didn’t have a concrete idea of how a remedy worked, but modern technology is beginning to identify homeopathic remedies as containing nano particles of the original substance. If you take your remedy to a pharmacist for testing in a laboratory they won’t pick up any physical substance because the remedy has been diluted so many times and the particles are so small. What we need to do – and there are now a couple of ways to do this – is to test the substance for energetic frequency or for nano particles.
Quantum physics has shown that we are working with an energy or resonant frequency – not necessarily a physical substance – and there is still discussion even amongst homeopaths about the mechanics of action. Even though we know the particles are there, they’re pretty minute, so its action within and on the body must be different than the larger doses we use in conventional medicine and supplements.
I find the explanation of our remedies as each having a unique resonant frequency fits with what I see in clinic. The human body is energetic, with a distinct electrical system; homeopathy is energy medicine and can be measured as such on the appropriate equipment. The remedy acts as a stimulus to the immune system to encourage it to bring balance.
By matching the frequency of the remedy to the frequency of the pathogen or negative energy we need to address, we can help negate the symptoms or state.
We try to give the least number of doses required to stimulate the body to bring about improvement in symptoms. This might be one dose only – which can often be enough for improvement to take place – or 3 times a day for 3 days, or once a day for a week. Dose is individualised to the person and the situation.
Size of Dose
This is actually fairly irrelevant because homeopathy is about the quality of what you give, rather than quantity, but as a guide:
- 0-6 months – 1 drop
- 6-12 months – 2 drops
- Over 12 months – 4 drops
- 1 pilule for babies and toddlers (pilules can be crushed for babies)
- 1 or 2 pilules older children and adult
Frequency of Dose (How often)
We want to give just enough to stimulate the body to do the job, so if your remedy works brilliantly with the first dose, you don’t need to repeat unless the symptoms appear to be coming back again.
This is my step by step guide if you’re not sure what to do
You can step into these instructions at the point that is appropriate to the situation you are treating.
For example if your situation is not particularly bad, start at step 4, which is good when you suspect something is brewing, but you’re not really sure.
If your remedy is not working you might need a different remedy or you might need to contact your homeopath or other healthcare provider.
- For very acute situations (ie very unwell and symptoms are strong, mum is anxious!) you could give a dose every 10 minutes for up to five doses, then reduce as per the steps below if things are improving. Always check in with your GP or ED if this is the picture and your remedies are not working quickly. You can give paracetamol or neurofen if you need to.
- For acute symptoms dose hourly for the first day, 2 hourly the second day if improving and 4 hourly on day 3.
- Then continue once or twice a day if you still need to give a remedy.
- For less acute symptoms, give 3 or 4 times a day for 3 days.
You can put the drops or 1 pilule in a child’s drink bottle for school.
If symptoms persist always see your homeopath.
Any information provided does not replace advice from your doctor or homeopath and we advise you to seek medical help and diagnosis as appropriate.
Our kits and remedies contain homeopathic medicines selected for use in minor ailments and injuries only. They are recommended for use with immediate family only and our advice and information is not sufficient to treat extended family or friends.
Our combination remedies are prepared as a single vibrational remedy incorporating the remedies traditionally used for the situation described.
They are not suitable for home treatment of chronic, ongoing or serious conditions or diseases.
Homeopathy is deemed to be low risk by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
The remedies are effective when used in accordance with the homeopathic indications.
If in doubt as to their appropriateness to a particular situation, consult your health care practitioner.
Use only as directed.
Always read the label or information supplied.
If symptoms persist see your health care practitioner.