What does the remedy look like and how much does the patient need to take?
The remedy is often in the form of small pills or a drop of a liquid, which the patient may take monthly, weekly, or daily, depending on what the homoeopath thinks the patient needs. The main point to remember is that homoeopathy believes in giving the patient the minimum amount of remedy that is required to bring about cure. Homoeopathy does not believe in overdosing: it is a gentle and non-invasive method.
More on Remedies
Sources of remedies include minerals, (eg calcium) chemicals (Potassium bromide), vegetable (digitalis, from deadly nightshade), and animal (Vespa, from the sting of a wasp.) They also include what we regard as foods, such as Coffea from coffee, and Allium from onion, because these can produce quite strong reactions in susceptible individuals. (For example, peeling an onion produces smarting in the eyes with tears.)
A substance becomes a homeopathic remedy only when it would produce in a healthy person the symptoms being suffered by an ill person. Although it may have been prepared by potentising (see potency), a substance is not homeopathic unless it would produce the symptoms you are trying to cure. This is the basic theory behind homeopathy, that Like Cures Like. (Similia similibus curentur – let similars be cured by similars.)
So it makes no sense to say that a toothpaste is homeopathic. It would be homeopathic only if it produced – in healthy volunteers – bad teeth! However, many toothpastes are sold as ‘homeopathic’ by which is meant that the toothpaste is either compatible (ie will not antidote the remedy you have taken) with homeopathic remedies or that it contains substances thought to have a beneficial effect on the teeth.
It is probably better to avoid the latter kind of toothpaste if you are receiving professional homeopathic treatment as the herbs and other substances in the toothpaste may actually confuse your symptom picture for the homeopath.
Isopathy and Vaccination
Isopathy means same suffering, and vaccination is based on Isopathic principles, about which, for homeopaths, there is no generally accepted opinion, except that, when treating an illness, the isopathic substance is not the best approach, compared with a homeopathic remedy.
We would urge you not to rely on a nosode to prevent the disease associated with it. Nosodes play an important part in homeopathy, and are frequently used, but mainly for reasons other than to prevent the illnesses associated with them.
It is therefore, strictly speaking, not correct to say that immunisation is homeopathic or that, say, a ‘flu vaccination will always cure, or even prevent, influenza.
Indeed, experience by homeopaths over two centuries has tended to show that vaccination causes as many problems as it appears to prevent.
Storing and keeping Remedies
The bottle should be opened for as short a time as possible when removing a remedy. Do not breathe into the bottle. If an extra pill or tablet falls out other than into the cap of the bottle, do not replace the pill or tablet back in the bottle: instead, discard it. Never put anything else in the bottle. When the bottle is empty, start a new bottle. To store remedies, do not re-use bottles that are empty but have been used for storing other things or substances, even homeopathic remedies, even the same homeopathic remedy!
Taking a remedy
Having put the remedy in your mouth, let it dissolve there before swallowing it. Have nothing else in your mouth for at least 15 minutes on either side of taking the remedy. That means, do not take food, drink, tobacco, drugs, herbs, medications or toothpaste – or anything else in your mouth! – for 15 minutes before, and 15 minutes after taking the homeopathic remedy.
Possibly antidoting substances include...
Nowadays, our general advice is to avoid those substances which are highlighted in the above paragraph for the duration of homeopathic treatment. Remember that your treatment is continuing even when you are taking a remedy only occasionally, such as once a month, or even if your homeopath decides to wait, rather than prescribe another remedy.
However, life being what it is, this is not always possible. People forget the suggestions, and sometimes the remedies work despite this. However, if the action of a remedy has been antidoted or partly antidoted, it can be difficult for the homeopath to choose the next remedy.
Once you are better, by all means take coffee etc, unless you have found that it has a detrimental effect on you.
RESPONSE TO A REMEDY
Otherwise, try it. When you get the right remedy, you will be pleasantly surprised how fast it works.
However, a small warning!