Here are answers to some of the FAQ’s practitioners get about homeopathy:
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is not the same as naturopathy, nor is it aromatheraphy, reflexology, supplements or herbs.
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine which enhances the body’s natural healing abilities, rather than working against it which is what anti-biotics (“anti” means against) and so on tend to do.
Homeopathic medicines stimulate the system to work a little harder to return balance and health. This can happen on the physical level in the case of a cold or headache (acute illnesses) or arthritis (chronic illness), or on the mental/emotional level in the case of stress or anxiety, or where a physical problem actually stems from an emotional issue.
Why can’t you give the same remedy to everyone with the same illness?
Homeopathy is individualised. It treats the person – not just their symptoms. We look at and help the whole person – mental, emotional and physical. We get better results looking at our patient this way than just treating their physical symptoms alone.
What is in the remedies?
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).
Aren’t some of these substances poisonous?
Some of the things we make remedies from are toxic in a material dose, but because of the special way remedies are made, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) views them as low risk when prescribed according to homeopathic principles. These substances have been used in homeopathic form for over 200 years so we know about their action when prepared in this way.
How are remedies made?
Homeopathic remedies are made by special pharmacies. They undergo a process of succussion (banging) and dilution of the material substance.
The dilution makes the remedy low risk (see above) and the succussion actually makes it stronger. This is one of the sticking points for homeopathy with some people, but quantum physics has shown that each remedy has a unique resonant frequency rather like a mobile phone or radio signal.
Practitioners buy their remedies from the pharmacy and make them up as either pilules or drops.
I’ve heard people say homeopathy is energy medicine?
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 compare it to a pharmacy medicine then you are never going to understand it.
Chemical testing in a laboratory will not pick up the physical substance in a homeopathic medicine because it has been diluted so many times. However, modern technology is beginning to identify homeopathic remedies as containing nano particles of the original substance.
Quantum physics has shown that we are working with energy or resonant frequency – not a physical substance – even though we know it’s there, it’s pretty small, so it’s effect must be different than the larger doses we use in conventional medicine and supplements.
The human body is energetic, with a distinct electrical system; homeopathy is energy medicine and can be measured as an electrical current on the appropriate equipment.
But homeopathy is placebo isn’t it?
Homeopathy is often termed “placebo” because of the misunderstanding about what it actually is (see my comment just above).
There have been enough studies done to show that homeopathy is not placebo, but a low risk, gentle but powerful system of medicine. It has changed peoples lives where other forms of medicine have failed to bring benefit, and it works on babies, animals and plants who are not susceptible to the concept of placebo.
Can I use homeopathy if I am taking medicines from my doctor?
Because homeopathy works differently than pharmacy medicines it will not generally interact with conventional medicine or other complementary medicines and supplements. However, if you are taking medicine from your doctor it is always best to consult your homeopath before use or if you are unsure, and it is usual to advise your GP you are using homeopathy.
Can I use homeopathy during my pregnancy or for my newborn?
Homeopathy is low risk and effective when prescribed according to homeopathic principles, making it appropriate for use in babies and during pregnancy. However, it is best to consult a homeopath about your own situation and always maintain contact with your GP or specialist.
Single or Combination Remedies
I was trained in the UK where using a combination remedy was a crime! 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 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 with and from using a combination 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 interact or 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 often quick and reliable results as feedback from customers keeps affirming.
How do I go about choosing a remedy?
Here’s a little potted version of a talk I regularly give to home prescribers on choosing a remedy.
We choose a remedy based on the Law of Similars. Any substance which can cause symptoms of illness in a healthy person, can cure those same symptoms in a sick person – eg if we drink too much coffee and have insomnia, shaking, nervous excitement, etc, Coffea (homeopathic coffee) could help with these symptoms which may manifest from over excitement or from an overdose of coffee!!
Or if we have a cold or hay fever with runny nose and eyes, similar to when we peel an onion, Allium Cepa (homeopathic onion) could help.
When we are choosing a homeopathic remedy we are really looking at all the ways the person has changed through their illness – what new symptoms do they have since they got sick? eg fever, irritability, weepiness, strong thirst, desire for milk or pickles, sensitivity to cold, etc. These new symptoms are what lead us to the correct medicine.
How much do I give and how often?
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:
0-1 years – 2 drops
over 1 year – 4 drops
1 or 2 pilules any age (pilules can be crushed for babies)
Frequency of Dose – for very acute situations you could give a dose every 10 minutes for five doses, then reduce as per the steps below if things are improving.
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 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.
What is potency and what potency should I use?
Potency indicates how many times the remedy has been diluted and succussed (banged) when it has been made by the pharmacy. For home prescribing use 6x, 6c or 30c – the same frequency of dose as above for any of these potencies. These potencies are also the most available and should be effective in the majority of cases.
Higher potencies (ie 200c, 1M, 10M) will need less doses and are only sometimes required in acute prescribing. Usually these potencies will be prescribed by your homeopath and are not generally dispensed by a homeopath or pharmacy for home prescribing, although we do have some 200c potencies in our store.
How do I know if my remedy is working?
Change can be subtle such as a child falling asleep or seeming a bit brighter or it can be instant with fever reducing, tooth pain or tummy ache resolving.
Sometimes the improvement is very quick, other times it may take hours or a number of days depending on the symptoms you are treating. You will know that something has changed if the remedy is right.
When should I change the remedy?
Only change the remedy if the symptoms change and the remedy doesn’t seem to be working anymore. If you’ve given five doses over a few hours and nothing has happened at all, consider changing your remedy or call your homeopath. Be aware, however, that change can be subtle!
DISPENSING & ADMINISTRATION NOTES
– 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. 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 Panadol and other drugs, but if you are in any doubt consult your homeopath.
– 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.
– Remember to look for mental or emotional changes (moods etc) in your patient, and also consider whether there are changes in thirst, appetite or sleep symptoms as well as the physical problem you want to treat. This way your remedy is more likely to work.
– 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.
Care of your remedies
1. Do not touch the remedies with your hands. Roll pilules into lid of the container and drop under the tongue. Remedies are absorbed in the mouth, so allow to dissolve there if possible. The remedy will still work if this is not possible due to age or condition.
2. Try to take remedies 10 minutes before or after food, drink, smoking, and brushing teeth. This promotes the best remedy action, but in a really acute situation just give the remedy!
3. Discard any pilules which are dropped as they may be contaminated.
4. Store remedies away from direct light & heat, strong smells (such as essential oils) and electrical appliances. Try not to leave in a hot car or store next to a mobile phone or microwave.
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.
BUILDING A CASE
If you are becoming experienced with using your remedies with yourself or family, here are some things to think about when choosing a remedy. If you have got to this stage I am assuming you will have some reference books at home.
How to Begin
1. Identify factors which may have contributed to onset of the illness – eg exposure to cold, received bad news, too much alcohol/food, insufficient sleep.
2. Note the main symptoms – take note of any changes they have experienced from their healthy state – ie become pale in the face, increased thirst, craving for milk, irritability.
3. Any emotional changes since onset – irritable, weepy, angry, clingy.
4. Ask questions which relate to their strongest symptoms, try to fill in the gap – eg diarrhea – nature of stool, pain, better or worse for what? Remember to find out what makes them or their symptoms feel better or worse – heat, cold, fresh air, cold drinks, lying down, crying. Is time of significance to the illness, eg worse at 9pm, started at 3pm.
5. Ask question about their system as a whole – are they more hot or cold, feeling tired, or more sweaty.
6. Be observant – what can you see, hear, feel, smell, taste!!
7. If still insufficient information to select a remedy, start at head and move down: light sensitive, nasal discharge, earache, mouth ulcers, bad taste, sore throat.
Organise your information
Arrange into the order of importance or strength of symptoms. Indicate the strength with a number from 1-3. Keep the ‘better’ or ‘worse’ for symptoms separate.
Most valuable symptoms are the Strange, Rare, Striking or Peculiar – ie those that make you sit up and think. EG burning pains better for hot applications, dry mouth without any thirst, nausea better for eating.
Now look for a suitable remedy
Try to avoid looking for a remedy that just fits the physical symptoms.
What makes them better or worse
Thirst or lack of
Any food desires or aversions they may have since ill
Time of onset or time they are worse
Then once you narrow down to a couple of remedies, look at the physical symptoms as well and pick a remedy!