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.
Remedies can be made from almost anything on the planet and generally for home prescribing we use remedies made from animals (eg bees), plants (eg Belladonna, Aconite or Monkshead, Pulsatilla, Arnica) and minerals (eg Arsenicum, Mercurius, Silica).
The actual remedy ends up in a liquid form a bit like a herbal medicine, but it’s gone through a special process. This liquid or Medicating Potency as we call it is then added to your carrier. The carrier for your remedy is the sucrose or lactose pilules or tablets which are traditionally used, or to a bottle of drops which contains a small amount of alcohol as a preservative.
At Elements of Health we use sucrose pilules because, while it is sugar, it is a teeny dose to carry your medicine and hopefully you are not going to need many doses!
Keep reading to find out how remedies are made and why they are low risk!
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.
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.
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.
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.