If we look at the packaging of a homeopathic remedy, we can see the name of the remedy followed by a number and some letters. This number and letter combination shows us the dilution of the homeopathic medicine, e.g. Arnica Montana 9C.
The letters vary according to the potency of the dilution: C, D, K, LM or Q. Although potency is an important factor when we are choosing a homeopathic remedy, the main thing we need to do is ensure that we are choosing the right remedy.
If this is the case, even if the dilution is incorrect, the patient will show signs of improvement. In this case, we would need to change the dilution.
How do we take homeopathic remedies?
The effectiveness of a homeopathic remedy is influenced by the way it has been prepared and how it has been taken.
The medicines should never be touched with your fingers; they should be taken directly from the vial or with a plastic spoon.
Homeopathic remedies are absorbed through the buccal mucosa. You should dissolve the granules or drops in your mouth, preferably under your tongue.
Before and after taking the medicine, you should leave 15mins between taking your medicine and eating, drinking, brushing your teeth or smoking.
It is advisable to remove coffee, mint and spearmint from your diet during the treatment, as they can all reduce the effectiveness of many homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathic remedies can be found in the following forms: syrups, drops, tablets, mother tinctures, ointments, granules and globules.
The usual doses are (examples):
- Young children between the ages of 0 and 6: 3 granules or half a tablet in each intake should be sufficient. It is a good idea to dissolve it into some water or milk. We should avoid giving drops and syrups to infants.
- Children between the ages of 7 and 12: the dose for each intake is 5 granules, 5 drops, one tablet or one tablespoon of syrup.
- Teenagers and adults: the dose for each intake is 5 to 10 granules, 5 to 10 drops, 1 or 2 tablets or a tablespoon of syrup.
- Mother tincture should always be diluted – 5 to 10 drops should be diluted into a glass of water. It is used for gargling or applying topically.
- Globules are single doses. The whole tube should be taken. When they are given to young children, they should be dissolved into some water and given with a syringe.
- Ointments are gently massaged into the skin three times a day.
When we dissolve the granules, it is a good idea to do so into an isotonic saline solution. Isotonic saline acts as a carrier for homeopathic remedies and speeds up their action. If we don’t have any isotonic saline, we can used bottled water that is low in minerals.
How often should I take the homeopathic medicine?
This depends on whether the patient is in the acute or non-acute phase and whether we are treating psychological symptoms.
- If the pain is intense, the patient is in the acute phase and it is the first day of treatment: we will start by taking the remedy at 15 to 30 minute intervals for 2 hours. Then we will leave a gap of 2 hours before continuing to take the homeopathic remedy every 2 hours up to a maximum of 14 hours. As the symptoms improve, we will space out the doses to every 3 hours, every 5 hours and so on.
- In the non-acute phase, the remedy will be taken 3 times a day.
- To treat emotional or psychological symptoms, we will take the homeopathic remedy once a day, once a week or once a month. Your homeopath will be able to assess and advise you.
How do we choose dilutions?
According to Hering’s “Law of Cure”
- Low dilutions up to 5 are for treating symptoms such as coughs, fever, pain etc.
- Medium dilutions between 7 and 9 are for treating symptoms, the sensations experienced by the patient and the patterns that these sensations follow. For example, the patient has a pain (symptom) that feels like “burning hot coals” (sensation) that improve with heat or the patient is drawn to sources of heat despite having a burning pain (the pattern followed by the patient).
- High dilutions between 15 and 30 are used for treating emotional or psychological symptoms. These symptoms may be subjective or objective. We try to find out what the patient’s likes and dislikes are and if there are changes in the patient’s behaviour. These symptoms are not related to the pathophysiological diagnosis. This decision is best left to the homeopath.
How long should I take homeopathic medicines for?
You can stop taking homeopathic medicines as soon as your symptoms disappear.
Always seek advice from your doctor, therapist, pharmacist or health professional.
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