Here is the second half of an article series in which we’re exploring common questions around the mysterious world of homeopathy. Today we go into some nuts and bolts regarding remedies.
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Q; Where are homeopathic remedies made of?
A: All homoeopathic remedies come from animals, minerals, and vegetables. The remedies are chosen based on the energy held within each spot. Raw minerals such as phosphorus and calcium hold dynamic energy. So do plants such as deadly nightshade and club moss. In the animal kingdom, bees are a common source of medicine. The source of homeopathic remedies is undoubtedly the most intriguing aspect of this form of medicine.
Q: What about dosages?
A: Doses in homeopathy are much different than in other kinds of medicine. They are based on the level of energy in that one pill. They follow what’s called the “centesimal” or simply the “c” scale. Common examples of doses are 6, 30, 200, 1M, and 10M. Don’t think of one as being stronger than another, but instead as acting more quickly and deeply in your body than another.
The “6” dose is used in minor complaints, usually physical (like a bee sting). The “30” is a middle-range dose, a common one. The “200” dose is used when a health problem is happening quickly and dramatically. Sometimes the higher doses are called for; but, again, don’t think of a higher dose as a powerful dose. It is just needed when an illness needs to be treated more deeply.
If you are in doubt over which dose to use, speak to your homeopathic practitioner for a little doctor’s advice, or someone at the pharmacy that is selling the remedies. In general, start with the 30.
Q: What do I need to know before I select a remedy?
A: You need to know what symptoms you have.
Understanding what ails you takes a bit of practice. Learn the precise kinds of symptoms:
— General (overall issues, such as being thirsty, having constipation, having a fever)
— Mental (moodiness, anger, depression)
— Unique (your right hand hurts, you have a yellow-green color on your tongue, you have a headache in the forehead area)
— Strange (noticing something way out of the ordinary on your skin or emitting from your body)
— Modalities (pain worse in cool, windy weather or late at night — basically you are taking a snapshot of your symptoms to narrow down the search for a remedy)
Since homeopathy is so geared to specific symptoms, you’ll have to do a good job of figuring yours out. Exactly how much pain are you in? How would you describe it? What sorts of things make your symptoms worse? What provides some relief? What color is the mucus from your nose, diarrhea, or your tongue? What time of day is the symptom at its worst? Is the symptom located in a specific
spot, or does it spread anywhere else? All this is to say that the more specific details you know about your problem, the better chance you’ll have of a homeopathic remedy working well.
You can read the first part of this article by visiting here.