Saturday, 28 September 2013

How to give/take a homeopathic remedy correctly

If you are taking a remedy prescribed by your own professional homeopath, then you will already have received directions and know what to do. But many people come to homeopathy through over the counter remedies. 
  • Homeopathic remedies come in several forms: lactose tablets (hard or soft), sucrose pills or pillules and sucrose granules, or ready-made liquid mixtures. For those sensitive or allergic to milk, you are better choosing to take sucrose pills. For those sensitive/allergic to sugar, choose tablets. For those sensitive to both sugar and milk choose liquid mixtures. Most liquid remedies are preserved in  alcohol but for those sensitive to alcohol, you may use a liquid mixture preserved by charcoal or choose tablets or pills instead. 
  • Homeopathic remedies are not to be swallowed. The tablets/pills should be dissolved slowly in the mouth or sucked or chewed. The liquid remedies must also be held briefly held in/swirled around the mouth gently before drinking down. This is because the remedies are absorbed by diffusing over the mucous membranes of the mouth and tongue. They are not 'digested' in the stomach at all.
  • For babies, use the granules. You can wet your finger, collect some granules on your finger and place it gently in the mouth of the baby. Or you can place some granules directly into the mouth of the baby. Or you can dissolve pills or tablets in water and give a teaspoonful of water to the baby. If you are a breastfeeding mother, you can take the remedy yourself and it will go to the baby. Your other alternative is to crush a tablet with the back of a teaspoon, and administer as you would the granules. 
  • For elderly people refer to the above. 
  • For people who are intubated in a hospitalised situation, liquid remedies may be dropped gently in the side of the mouth or granules may be placed gently inside the lip. (With the permission of the medics) 

Homeopathic remedies should be taken on a clean mouth, preferably in between meals with no strong tastes present such as garlic or peppermint. So please do not have a lozenge, chewing gum or brush your teeth immediately before or after taking a remedy. It is alright to have a remedy before or after tea but not coffee. Homeopathic remedies are best not taken while inhaling or being exposed to strong smells such as essential oils. And do not store your remedies beside essential oils. In the case of babies and small children, do not give a remedy while also using a chest rub, for example. This is because substances such as coffee, peppermint, menthol, pine or eucalyptus may in some cases, antidote the remedy.

Most homeopathic remedies come with a recommended shelf-life date. Many people ask if their remedies go out of date, may they still be used? The answer is in the case of tablets or pills ..yes, these remedies will often still be effective. Although if you are a frequent air-traveller and you have often brought your remedies through x-ray, then please do consider acquiring new remedies.  In the case of liquid mixtures, do not use once out of date unless you still get a strong smell of alcohol from the bottle and you know the remedy has been stored out of sunlight and warm temperatures. Once the alcohol evaporates off, the water will no longer be 'live' and thus cannot carry the remedy. 

Homeopathic remedies often come with recommendations to take 2 tablets at a time. This is not necessary. One tablet or pill equals one dose. If you have a child who has ingested a whole bottle of tablets or pills, do not panic or worry necessarily. If the remedy is low potency, then the child will have still only had 1 dose...as quantity in homeopathy is not like conventional medicine. However, if the potency is a 'high' potency , such as 1M upwards +, then you might consult a homeopath about addressing any effects (which however will not be severe or cause any long-lasting harm) 

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