What to expect after taking your first homeopathic remedy.
Updated: Mar 2
Congratulations! You have taken your first steps in a journey of communication and healing with the homeopath of your choice.
This blog is intended to help you to understand what may happen next. Having an initial consultation can be illuminating and cathartic, it doesn’t happen often enough in medicine that we have the rapt attention of a trained professional focusing on so much detail in our lives. Occasionally you may forget some of the instructions your homeopath has given you so this blog can serve as a gentle reminder.
So, you have taken your remedy….what changes might arise?
Usually there are four types of responses from the body. These can occur within a few minutes, or sometimes within a few days.
A: Your energy picks up and your symptoms begin to ease. Given time this is a healing response. Symptoms you have suffered from for a long time generally take longer to improve than those in your more recent history.
B: Your energy picks up and your main symptoms ease but the effect is addressing only one layer of your overall symptom picture and another related remedy (or several) is required to complete healing. This often happens if you have a history of being repeatedly medicated with prescription drugs.
C: Occasionally you may experience a slight aggravation of your symptoms. This is a good sign that the remedy choice is correct and after a short time the aggravation passes and the body continues to improve. Always notify your homeopath if you feel you are experiencing a prolonged or uncomfortable aggravation as this can be easily addressed.
D: Sometimes old symptoms from your past that you haven’t experienced in some time re-emerge briefly. This is also a very positive sign and shows that the chosen remedy is having a clearing effect.
If you would like some more in-depth further reading about one of the great teachers in the history of homeopathy, here is a link. Constantine Hering - Father of American Homeopathy
Other questions you may have:
Can anything interfere with the action of the remedy?
Yes, certain substances and food flavours can antidote the subtle but powerful effect of homeopathy. Eucalyptus, camphor, mint, tea-tree, recreational drugs, radiation, some prescription drugs, dental procedures and any maintaining cause such as mould or damp in your home or continued exposure to a harmful chemical or allergen. A maintaining cause can also be a difficult emotional situation. Talk about this with your homeopath if and when you feel able to.
It’s therefore a good idea to take your remedy in a ‘clean’ mouth: ie not immediately after brushing your teeth. Try not to over-handle the remedies in case you have anything in your hands that might antidote. It is best practice to tip the remedy into the lid of the bottle then directly into your mouth and allow it to dissolve. You can use a teaspoon if the remedies are in a packet or you find them awkward to handle.
How do I look after my remedies?
Keep your remedies like all other medicines. Out of direct sunlight, away from strong scents (essential oils / perfumes) and carefully sealed in their bottles or packets. They will then last for many years. Magnetic radiation may have a detrimental effect on their action so store them away from your phones and microwaves.
How do I keep track of my progress?
It is helpful for feedback to your homeopath if you keep brief notes regarding pain scores (out of ten) and any changes in symptoms, emotional and physical. These can be emailed to your prescriber by request or can serve as a reminder if you bring them to your follow up appointment.
A final word…. Always ask if you are unsure about anything at all relating to your treatment. Homeopaths care about your treatment experience and as trained professionals, follow a strict code of standards and ethics.
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