Freqently Asked Questions
What are Homeopathic Remedies and how are they made?
All homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances originating from plants, minerals, or animals. Each individual remedy will reveal a “symptom picture.” The symptom picture of a remedy is determined by a “proving,” which is done on each remedy.
What is a Proving, and what is a Symptom Picture?
A proving is a testing of a substance to discover which symptoms it is capable of producing, and thus curing (see “Law of Similars” above). Tests are conducted on people (“provers”) who are in a reasonable and balanced state of wellness. The provers do not know what substance they are taking. They take repeated doses until they begin to experience symptoms of change in their states. They record everything they experience, whether physical, emotional, mental, or even spiritual. At the end of the proving, all records are collated and compared. States of mind, feelings, dreams, and experiences that the participants had in common after taking the remedy are all reviewed. These symptoms are attributed as the “emerging signature” and together form the remedy’s symptom picture.
Potency: You may have noticed that you can get a homeopathic medicine in various potencies (e.g. 3X, 6X, 12X, 6C, 12C, 30C, 200C, 1M, 10M). The Roman numerals written after each number denote the factor by which the substance has been diluted. The higher the dilution, the more potent and far-reaching its effects appear to be.
The practice of using varying levels of homeopathic potencies has evolved over the course of time. The late 19th century homeopathic physician, James Tyler Kent, viewed 30C as a safe potency for anyone to use. Today, however, 30C is no longer recommended to treat chronic disease without the help of an experienced homeopath. Potencies higher than 30C are not recommended for self-prescribed treatment of injuries and acute illnesses. If your condition persists or you are seeking a deeper level of care, please consult a professional homeopath.
Because homeopathic remedies are prescribed in such minute doses, they can be safely used to treat anyone (including pregnant women, infants, children, weak or elderly people, and animals) without dangerous side effects. All homeopathic medicines should be taken as recommended and prescribed by professionals.
There is a lot of misinformation relating to dosage and repetition of homeopathic medicines, both on the actual medicine containers and in magazine articles and self-help books. Because these medicines are FDA approved, the labels must include instructions. Each remedy can be used for many other ailments than the one listed. For further information, please consult a professional.
How should I take homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathic remedies are very subtle medicines that affect the controlling mechanisms of the body rather than the physical body itself. The remedies are very delicate and easily damaged by being touched with fingertips. Avoid any direct handling of the medication whenever possible.
Unlike traditional medicines, for a homeopathic medicine, it is the remedy’s potency and frequency of use that determines the strength of its action. The amount taken at each dose is not critical. Take remedies in between meals, at least a half hour before or after eating or brushing your teeth.
Aggravation: Occasionally, the condition under treatment may appear to worsen after taking the first few remedy doses. This is an established fact, known as an “aggravation” or intensification of the symptom being treated. It is not necessarily a bad thing and is certainly not harmful. In fact, it means your prescribed remedy is correct and your body could be experiencing a cleansing crisis, during which the body releases long held patterns. Although this usually does not last more than a few days, it could last up to a week. When an aggravation is apparent, cease treatment for 24 hours and re-evaluate before dosing again. If you are concerned or unsure, consult a professional homeopath.
Amelioration: The opposite of aggravation, amelioration is when your symptoms improve. When amelioration occurs, either immediately after taking the remedy or immediately following an aggravation, it is an indicator that your remedy is correct and working properly.