Homeopathic Medicines Basics

Homeopathy is a science of medicine which uses diluted substances to relieve symptoms. Some of the active ingredients in these remedies are plants, animals, or minerals which are good to cure variety of disease. These medicines used for more than 200 years. Homeopathic medicines are manufactured by repeatedly diluting and shaking a preparation of the original substance. These are then ready to use for dispensing. The medicines are prescribed according to the principle of “like cures like”. The remedy that effectively mirrors the patient’s symptom is considered most effective.

What are homeopathic potencies?

This is special feature of homeopathy. Potency literally means strength. The potencies are dilutions of mother tincture. The name of every medicine which is brought from homeopathic stores consists of two things viz. Medicine name and Numbers like X or C . These numbers are potency numbers which indicate the serial dilutions and successions of the original mother tincture. The different scales are mainly decimal, centesimal or fifty millesimal scale.

Example of various potencies are as follows

  1. 6x which means the sixth decimal potency.
  2. 12x the twelfth potency
  3. 24x the 24th decimal potency
  4. 6C means 6th centisimal potency
  5. 3oC or 30th centisimal potency
  6. 200 C 200th centesimal potency
  7. 1000c or 1M which means 1000th centisimal potency.

How to take homeopathic medicines

The most efficient method for taking a homeopathic medicine is under the tongue.

Steps on how to take homeopathic medicine

The pills should be taken as follows:

  • The remedy bottle lid should be open carefully.
  • Put the recommended dosage on clean paper and take pill under the tongue. Touching the pills can antidote its effect. So touching is strictly prohibited. Let the pills dissolve in the mouth; this should take about 3-5 minutes.
  • No water is required.

In case of liquid dose

  1. Bang the bottom of the bottle firmly on the palm of your hand 10 times (or as directed) every time you take the remedy. This helps ensure the remedy is mixed properly before taking it and ensures that your body will not become desensitized to a repeated similar dose.
  2. On a clean spoon, measure out the appropriate amount of the remedy as indicated by your homeopath (ex. 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 5 drops etc). Place the liquid in your mouth and let the liquid sit under your tongue for 10 seconds before swallowing.
  3. Avoid touching the tip of the dropper. Make sure not to contaminate the bottle.
  4. If possible, store your medicine in the refrigerator, away from strong odours such as onions or garlic. As well, keep the bottle away from direct sunlight.

When to take medicine

Homeopathic medicines should be taken, at least 1/2 hour before meals or 1 hour after eating.

In cases like injury take remedy immediately no matter when you have eaten.

How Long to Take a Remedy:

As long as the symptoms persist the remedy should be taken providing that some changes are beginning to happen.

When to stop or change remedy

When the symptoms are cured, stop taking the remedy. If the symptoms change, change to another remedy according to the new symptoms. If a remedy doesn’t help your symptoms it will not hurt you, but if within a day or two there is no improvement at all try a different appropriate remedy.

Precaution while taking remedy

  1. Don’t mix allopathic medicines with homeopathic medicines. Put a gap of almost 1 hour.
  2. Once you start accepting to the homeopathic treatment, your doctor can reduce the allopathic medication.
  3. Strong smelling substance must be avoided like flavour, mint, camphor products like tiger balm.
  4. Avoid usage of caffeine.
  5. Do not place your remedies in close contact with magnets.
  6. It is best to avoid drugging of any kind, but especially steroids and opiates. These can overpower and antidote your remedy. If you will not or cannot avoid these factors, it is best to use LM potencies.
  7. Avoid all alcoholic and fermented beverages, coffee, green tea, herb teas, and all natural and artificial mineral waters.
  8. Pastry, pies, chocolates, honey, and all kinds of confectionery should be avoided. All baked goods that having icing or contain a good deal of sugar.
  9. Liver should be avoided. Completely avoid pork and all pork products. Also dairy products, especially cheese and butter. Ice cream should be avoided, and fruit ices substituted. All shellfish should be avoided.

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