Thursday, 10 October 2013

Is it possible to overdose on a homeopathic medicine?

It depends. Here are some situations to help with understanding the answer to this question.

If a child/or adult swallows a whole bottle of pills at the same time. The answer is No. This is because of something in homeopathy called 'potency'. As you have probably heard already, there is 'nothing' in homoeopathic remedies.  During the process of preparation of a homeopathic medicine, once it has been diluted many times over, the solution gets to a stage where there are no organic traces of the original substance left in the water. In homoeopathy, the more dilutions have taken place, the 'higher' the potency. In other words, homoeopathic medicine is a vibrational energetic medicine and the less dense the physical 'matter' the more higher 'frequencies' are liberated to act as a stimulus to the human body and mind. Just think of the sound of the harp as compared with the sound of a drum. If many tablets of the same potency are swallowed at one time, it is considered one single dose as only one potency touched the person at one time. There is no such as thing as milligramme dosage in homeopathy nor is homeopathy 'quantifiable' in the usual sense.
If a person continues to take a medicine which is not prescribed individually for them by a qualified practitioner and each tablet is of the same potency, and the person repeats this tablet each day unsupervised over a long period of time, then the answer is 'Yes' : it is possible to 'overdose'. There is no quantity or milligramme dosage which means an organic substance is being absorbed into the body over time leading to toxicity, but the potency of the remedy acts as a stimulus to a person's body.The effects of this in a person who has relatively good health will be minor, and cease once the medicine is ceased. But each remedy has strong affinities with organs and bodily systems, so the effect of a regularly imbibed homeopathic medicine in a person weakened by chronic illness may be more severe. For example, if a person has compromised liver function, then taking an inappropriate homeopathic medicine without it having been prescribed by a professional, may lead to over-stimulation of  the liver. The body will struggle against this stimulus and if the body has lost underlying power and homeostatic function, the organ will weaken over time or any pathology may increase. This happens also with the use of orthodox medicines which is why people on medication for certain chronic conditions may need to have frequent Liver Function Tests.

To sum up, it is best to only use a medicine when familiar with the effects of a medicine and also when familiar with the indications for the use of that medicine. This is why people always turn to trained professionals if they would like to avail of a particular alternative in health-care choice. It is possible to self-educate about how to prescribe medicines on a day to day basis for one's family for minor ailments such as temporary infectious illnesses, and to have success in that way. For all chronic diagnosed illnesses, it is not safe to use homeopathy without having knowledge of homeopathy. Medicine is medicine and should always be treated with respect and healthy restraint. Nature is powerful. So are the forces which lead to sickness, ill-health and imbalance. So too are the forces which restore health, heal and provide permanent cures. 

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