In health food stores.
At the supermarket.
Or at the drugstore.
They’re found on Amazon and elsewhere.
These are combination homeopathic remedies.
Taken appropriately they won’t hurt you.
But the big question is if they work.
Will they heal your nasty flu?
Can they stop chronic headaches?
The answer is they might work. They might help.
But not nearly as well as a single well-selected remedy, and good constitutional care.
Or these products might work for a time. Then they stop working.
It’s also possible they can make your condition feel worse. Often this is caused by overzealous use, too many doses for that particular person.
Homeopathy is highly individual.
What works for one person may not work for another. This is true of remedy selection, as well as potency and dosing.
Some people can pop pellets from those combo jars for days and weeks, without any apparent ill effect.
Others will start to “prove” the various remedies after just a few doses.
Proving means they experience a temporary intensification of their symptoms.
This typically resolves on its own. Or soon after they take another well-indicated remedy.
But you still want to avoid proving a remedy. Because it’s uncomfortable.
Someone with a killer headache, for instance, doesn’t want to invite more pain.
Nor does someone with sinus congestion want to increase their nasal stuffiness.
Or if you go overboard with a combination remedy.
Do Combination Homeopathic Remedies Work?
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There are chronic migraine remedies. Cold and sinus formulas. Insomnia remedies. Anxiety remedies and more.
These are sold by various companies and it seems as if new products are added to the market daily.
Oftentimes these formulas are an introduction to homeopathy.
They typically contain five or more individual homeopathic remedies in low potencies.
Low potency means the remedy is not highly diluted. Generally, in homeopathy, more dilutions means more strength.
In theory, low potencies taken over long periods of time don’t cause an intensification of symptoms.
In practice, aggravations can and do happen.
Even after just a few doses.
Because some people are extremely sensitive to remedies.
There’s no way of knowing how you’ll respond to a homeopathic remedy until after you take it.
In general, younger, healthier people can handle multiple doses no problem.
Those with eczema, allergies and chronic health conditions may need to go slower.
Unfortunately, the packaging doesn’t reflect this reality.
Directions often say to take multiple doses over the course of a day.
This might be fine for some people.
It’s not good for others.
If you have a chronic problem my best advice is to seek professional homeopathic care for safe, gentle and permanent healing.
Yet I understand the allure of these products. I realize people are going to buy them.
So here are a few tips if you take a combination remedy:
- Take Only As Needed. You’re stressed out and you can’t unwind. So you pick up a popular stress relief formula. It contains six low-potency homeopathic remedies. You take one dose and it helps. That’s all you need to take, until you feel the dose has worn off and the tension creeping back. At that point you can try another dose, even though it might be two days later. Then only take a third dose if the second dose stops working. This is called Minimum Dosing and it lessens the chance of suffering an aggravation.
- Stop Taking It If it’s Not Working. Chances are very good that eventually your combo product will stop working. Especially if your condition is chronic. This would be an excellent time to find a good homeopath, who can find the right remedy for you, out of a field of 8,000. Sometimes remedies stop working because people have a block called a miasm. This is a weakness in their constitution. Trained homeopaths can help neutralize miasms, so healing can continue.
- View Combo Remedies As A Temporary Measure. Homeopathy is an amazing healing method. It’s used by people all around the world, including much of the population of India. Homeopathy was once very popular in the United States, until it died out in the latter part of the 20th Century. But it’s making a comeback. Combination remedies are part of this resurgence, even though they’re less than perfect. Because you’ll generally find superior results working with a professional.
I’m a big fan of single well-selected remedies. But I won’t say never buy a combination homeopathic product.
I do own two UTI formulas for pets, including the Only Natural Pet Urinary Tract, Kidney & Bladder Formula. I used this years ago when one of the animals in our house had a UTI. It seemed to help finish the case, following a dose of a well-selected individual remedy.
Also, I purchased Homeopet UTI Plus Urinary Tract infection following someone’s experience treating a very sick dog with a respiratory infection, even though this blend is designed for cats. Nothing was working, until the dog had one dose and quickly rebounded.