What is homeopathic medicine?
Homeopathy is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700’s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. It is based on the idea that “like cures like.” For example, a micro-dose of coffee bean helps to relieve nervousness.
What are the benefits?
Homeopathic medicines do not cause drowsiness or sleeplessness. There is no risk of overdose and do not interact with other medications. They are a great choice for self-medicating and work best when taken at the first sign of illness.
How are homeopathic medicines presented?
They are available as either single medications (one active ingredient) or branded medications (multiple active ingredients). The branded medicines are available as tablets, gels, ointments, creams, syrups, eye drops and suppositories. If you are new to homeopathic medicine, the branded products make selecting one very easy since it will tell you on the product exactly what symptoms or ailment it is for.
When should I choose a single medicine?
In some situations, your symptoms are so specific that it is easy to select one single medicine. One of the more popular brands is Boiron. They come in blue tubes and have about 83 of the most common symptoms available for consumers.
What is a homeopathic dilution?
Each homeopathic medicine is obtained from a precise and controlled process of successive homeopathic dilutions. With each dilution, the medicine is deconcentrated and then vigorously shaken. This process transforms the original solution into an active medicine.
Which dilution should I choose?
The level of dilution does not correspond to the strength of the medicine. 30c is not stronger than 6c. The difference is in the level of action. While 6c is suitable for local symptoms, a 30c or higher is better for general and behavioral symptoms such as fever, rash, sleeplessness, etc.
How do you read the label?
The latin names of the medicine is used on the bottle. For example, “arnica montana” is the latin name for the plant that grows one to two feet tall with bright yellow flowers. The “30” indicates that the source material has been diluted 30 times. The “c” stands for “centesimal” and indicates that each of the 30 dilutions was made at the rate of 1/100.
The symptom on the label does not have to match the symptom for which my doctor prescribed it
The same medicine can be used for several conditions. For example, gelsemium 30c can be for stress or fever, Sepia 30c can be for mood swings or hot flashes. The most common symptom is the one printed on the container.
How do I take it?
The best way of taking these medicines is under the tongue. No water, chewing or swallowing is required since they dissolve. It is best to make sure your mouth is free of strong flavors such as toothpaste or a meal.
How often can I take a homeopathic medicine?
Follow the instructions given by your doctor or on the product label. Generally, single medications are 5 pellets 3 times a day.
Can I give them to my children?
Homeopathic medicine can be given to a child. Label directions may vary based on age. Check with their doctor as well.