Taking Your Homeopathic Remedy
After the consultation you will either pick up a remedy from our offices or it will be mailed to you. The remedy is either in the form of tiny white medicated pellets in a small paper envelope or as a liquid (LM potency) in a 2 ounce dropper bottle, depending on your needs and the decision of your homeopath. Instructions will be included with the remedy.
You may not be told the name of the chosen remedy in the beginning of the treatment to avoid influencing the reporting process. Many people want to research the remedy and its properties, which can have a negative effect on your report at the first follow up. Once I am sure of the action of the remedy, I can give you the name. However, I still recommend that you not research it, as it is so hard not to be influenced by what you read about your remedy!
What is a dose?
In classical homeopathy combination remedies are not used, each dose is made from a single remedy. The typical dose is a single, one time, dry dose. The exception to the one time dose is in acute illnesses and the LM potency, which may be repeated more often. Many of you have take homeopathy before in other ways, most commonly low potencies take daily or multiple times a day. The remedies I use are higher potencies, not meant to be repeated often. It is crucial in case management to know WHEN to repeat, the body asks for the remedy when it needs it. Otherwise, if you repeat too often, you may derail the healing process and make it difficult to get back on track.
When taking the single, dry dose, the exact number of pellets is not critical. A single dose is usually 2-3 pellets. If you drop some, don’t worry about it as long as you get at least one pellet. Likewise, if they are crushed in the envelope, they are still good, and in that case you can even lick the envelope! The reason the number of pellets is not critical is that you are taking the “energy” of the medicine and not the actual material substance.
For Women: Do not take if you are expecting your period in a few days. Instead, take it on the fourth day of your period.
When taking the liquid medicine (the LM), you will find that the dropper only fills halfway when you squeeze it, so take two half droppers as a single dose unless otherwise directed by your homeopath.
How to take your dose
Take the remedy before noon for constitutional doses, at least 15 minutes before or after eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. This is so that nothing interferes with the absorption of the remedy in your mouth. Pour the pellets under the tongue directly from the package, and allow them to dissolve.
Giving the dose to children and infants can be done in any of the following ways:
- Have them suck on the pellets to dissolve
- Dissolve the pellets in 1/4 cup filtered water and take 1 tablespoon
- Crush the pellets with a spoon and rub the powder inside their cheek
Taking the Liquid Medicine (LM):
Pour the liquid directly in the mouth. For children, the remedy can be poured into ¼ cup water, stirred, then give 1 tablespoon. Throw away the remainder. This will avoid the danger that they bite the glass dropper.
Be sure to always pound the bottom of the bottle against your palm 10 times before each dose.
What precautions to take
Try to avoid the following as they could possibly antidote your remedy: coffee (if you are sensitive to it), strong perfumes/colognes, tea tree oil, strong smelling linaments, e.g. Tiger balm, Vicks Vaporub, Ben Gay, Karmex, Blistex, Noxzema, Calamine lotions, Campho-phenique, eucalyptus, and camphor. Carefully read the labels of lip balms, mouthwashes and throat lozenges. Avoids teas that contain menthol.
Additionally, dental work, emotional or physical trauma, pharmaceutical and recreational drugs may affect the action of the remedy. Please inform your homeopath if any of these occur.
Avoid major changes in lifestyle, routine and medications, including vitamins and supplements, while we are evaluating the action of the remedy. This makes it much easier to determine if changes in your health can be attributed to the remedy.
Storing the remedy
It is best to store the remedies in a cool, dry place away from magnetic sources, electronics and heat. Do not leave the remedies in your purse, wallet or backpack for extended periods.
Read more about the remedies
- What To Expect
- Remedy Antidotes
To get the most out of your homeopathic treatment, be sure to make regular follow up appointments.