FAQs

Homeopathy FAQ’s

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.

Download our Home Remedy Notes here

 

Homeopathic remedies can be given to any age group, including newborns and can be used during pregnancy. Always check with your homeopath that this is appropriate for your own situation and keep your GP/specialist informed. Always seek medical advice for fever in a child under six months old.

Remedies do not generally interact with other forms of medication and can be used alongside paracetamol and other drugs, but if you are in any doubt consult your homeopath or your medical professional.

If you cannot choose between 2 remedies, alternate them rather than give together (see below). This is for those of you who prefer single remedies to combinations.

If you are anxious about giving pilules whole, crush between two clean teaspoons and tap a little into baby’s mouth.

If you find pilules difficult to administer, put 1 pilule in 1/4 glass of water. Stir vigorously and give 1 teaspoon as the dose.

For animals and birds, remedies can be made up as above and if unable to give by mouth, drop on the beak, top of the head or other area where the remedy can contact the skin.

Remedies made up in liquid generally will not last as long as pilules and can be more easily contaminated if the mouth touches the dropper.

Remedies can be subtle in their differences so sometimes it may be a close choice between two remedies. You can either give them separately – try one for a few doses, then the next – or you can alternate them – give them 10 or 15 minutes apart.

Minimum dose

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 the first principle of homeopathy, however, continue reading below if you are new to using homeopathics.

This is my step by step guide if you’re not sure what to do

Please note; products should have their individual instructions on the label. So also read these as some products don’t need to be taken very frequently, eg Probiotic Kefir only needs to be taken once a day over a period of time.

The information below is a general guide for using remedies during acute illness such as fever, headache, etc.

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. This is going to apply to things which are not very acute, ie not painful or intense, and you know you are not going to need to hurry them along because they are going to take days or even weeks.

If your remedy is not working you might need a different remedy or you might need to contact your homeopath or other healthcare provider.

  1. 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 ibuprofen if you need to.
  2. For acute symptoms dose hourly for the first day, 2 hourly the second day if improving and 4 hourly on day 3.
  3. Then continue once or twice a day if you still need to give a remedy after this.
  4. For less acute symptoms, ie come on slowly and will probably go slowly, 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.

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I was trained in the UK where, at that time, using a combination remedy was considered a crime by homeopaths! When I set up in practice in 1998 I realised that it took a lot to explain homeopathy and some people just didn’t have the time or the desire to find out how to do single remedy prescribing.

How challenging is it to have a sick child in the middle of the night and have to read through a materia medica (homeopathic guide) to pick a remedy, when you can just give Panadol?!!

I wanted to offer a simple way to access homeopathy for busy families and so I looked at combination remedies offered by companies around the world, and in particular in Germany where they are very popular, and I started to try out some of my own formulations with clients.

Combination remedies are such an easy way for people to start out and from using a combination remedy people get the understanding of how well homeopathy can work. They might progress to single remedy prescribing or they might not, but they may also progress to having a consultation and changing their health and their lives.

The purists undoubtedly say the remedies in the combination negate each other, they won’t work or they may even cause suppression, but in my experience over 20 years, this is not the case at all.

What I believe happens is that the body works with the resonance of the indicated remedy, so it’s usually only one remedy in that combination that works for the individual. The body chooses. This is all just energy. If you put 3 remedies in a bottle they don’t become mixed up, they are still 3 single remedies!!

Combination remedies can be a great way to start out using remedies and they can be a very convenient way of taking a minimum of remedies travelling and for non-homeopathy users to easily pick what to give from your kit.

There’s no shame in using combination remedies and they often produce quick and reliable results, as feedback from customers keeps affirming.

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There really is no difference between giving drops or pilules in home use. It is a personal preference based on, often, the age of the child.

Drops can be easier for a baby.

If you want to give to a sleeping baby, a pet or an unconscious wild animal (ie one of those birds that has flown into the window!) you can just rub on the head, on the gums or on the wrists. Any of the pulse spots will do and the remedy will work.

A 25ml bottle of drops and a 10g bottle of pilules contain a similar number of doses.

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All our single remedies are made by specialist homeopathic pharmacies.

We generally buy from Australia (Martin & Pleasance) but may also purchase from New Zealand (Simillimum) or the UK (Helios), depending on what it is we need.

Pharmacies may have different remedy lists because sometimes they have a special interest or work with a homeopathic clinic with a special interest. They may make new remedies, which are unique to their pharmacy, and in turn these remedies may be shared with other pharmacies.

Many of our base remedies have been in existence for decades, and some may be as old as 200 years or more. This is because the pharmacies themselves may share their source material in a form known as a “back potency”, so that the source material becomes more widely available.

Sometimes the original source material of the remedy is unknown because remedies are often passed from pharmacy to pharmacy over time.

Remedies are made according to guidelines laid out in the British or United States Homeopathic Pharmacopoeias.

Due to the way remedies are made, a process known as dynamization (succussion and dilution), there is none of the original substance remaining and they are rendered non-toxic and, according to the TGA, “low risk” only because regulations now prohibit us from saying they are “safe and effective”!

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Homeopathic remedies can be made from almost anything on the planet.

Generally for home prescribing we use remedies made from the animal kingdom (eg bees), plant kingdom (eg Belladonna, Aconite or Monkshead, Pulsatilla, Arnica) and the mineral kingdom (eg Arsenicum, Mercurius, Silica).

Of course there are many other remedies made from substances from all the other kingdoms as well as from many of the toxins that we are exposed to in our world, but that is usually a question for your homeopath.

We supply the animal based remedies in a vegan format for those who prefer not to ingest any animal material. These are made on our vibrational potentiser machine and carry the resonant frequency of the material, rather than a physical substance. Any animal remedy will show vegan options in the store.

All combination remedies, eg Cold & Flu, Bad Head, Colic are non-vegan due to the way we produce them.

The actual remedy ends up in a liquid form, a bit like a herbal medicine, but it’s gone through a special process which makes it low risk and non-toxic.

This liquid or Medicating Potency, as we call it, is then added to the carrier – in our case sucrose, an alcohol mix or a cream base.

We use traditional carriers for all of our products and have sourced the best base ingredients we can find to give you the best results.

Homeopathic Pilules

The carrier for our homeopathic pilules is organic sucrose manufactured by a company in Germany, who specialises in this product.

These are sucrose, not lactose, and of course are gluten free.

Liquid Remedies & Essences

Our liquid homeopathic remedies (both combination and singles), as well as our oral essences are made up in 15% grape alcohol (gluten free), 5% brandy as a flavouring and Tasmanian spring water. This is a traditional carrier for homeopathics and the mix is similar to other brands of flower essences and similar.

We’ve chosen not to use other carriers, eg glycerine, because we don’t believe it maintains the original energy and authenticity of the homeopathics in particular.

You can check out dosages for babies and read about the use of alcohol in homeopathics elsewhere in the FAQs.

Creams

Our creams are made up in a vege base cream manufactured by Pharmaceutical Plant Company in Victoria.

The base is a fragrance free, light, non greasy, all purpose cream specifically formulated to care for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin.

This gentle formula supports repair of irritated, dry, flaky and rough skin.

Vege Base Cream is made from pure plant derived ingredients.

  • No animal products or testing
  • No artificial ingredients
  • No perfumes
  • No propylene glycol

Gentle enough to be used as a moisturiser for baby on nappy rashes. Useful after shaving and for after sun care. Perfect for cleansing and make-up removal. Ideal for gardeners.

Ingredients: Water, Vegetable Glycerine (Plant derived), Cetylstearyl Alcohol (Plant derived), Caprylic/Capric triglyceride (Plant derived), Coconut Oil, Cetomacrogol (Wax), Phenoxyethanol, Nipastat

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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.