Homeopathy is safe and effective. But there’s an important rule to remember. Less is often more.
That’s because you don’t want to cause a “proving.” This happens when too many doses are given too quickly. Proving a remedy causes the same symptoms you’re trying to get rid of.
For instance, let’s say you have a killer sore throat. The right number of doses can bring fast relief. However, if you overdo it, watch out. Your throat will feel like it’s on fire. If you have a bruise, don’t take too much arnica. Otherwise, random black and blue marks could appear on your skin. (This really happened to me.)
Please don’t let me scare you away from this amazing healing method. We used homeopathy a lot when our children were little. The right remedy worked wonders. Oftentimes, within minutes, you’d see a lethargic, feverish child start to rebound.
I turned to homeopathy in desperation. One of my children suffered a serious vaccine reaction. But God sent some excellent natural healers into our lives. Two of them were homeopaths. Now, years later, the healing is so complete that there’s little evidence this potentially devastating event occurred.
I’m not a professional homeopath myself. So I’m only writing this article from the perspective of a Mom who’s given her children remedies when they were sick. I can also share my insights about provings. This is something I learned the hard way.
Homeopathic Medicine Children Infants
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I’m so happy to have seen, firsthand, how homeopathy has helped our family. It doesn’t carry the potentially serious side effects sometimes seen with popular over-the-counter pain relievers.
If used early in the course of an illness, homeopathy seems to shorten its duration. It also seems to lessen the risk of developing a secondary bacterial infection. (This has not been scientifically proven. It’s just something I’ve noticed.)
With my own children, we were finally able to stop giving them antibiotics for chronic ear infections, thanks to our homeopath.
There are many benefits to using homeopathy to treat minor illnesses, such as colds, flu bugs, minor strains and sprains. Specific homeopathic remedies can also help with seasonal allergies.
How to Learn Homeopathy Now
You don’t need a prescription to purchase homeopathic remedies. But you should know what you’re doing before taking a remedy. There are also many good books for beginners, such as Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine. Finding the right remedy can be tricky, especially for beginners. So if you’re exploring homeopathic medicine, you’ll need an easy reference, such as this one.
You’ll obtain best results working with an experienced homeopath. If you don’t know one, the best way to find one is to ask around. Your local health food store might be able to give you a good recommendation.
Homeopathy is a science, developed by watching what happens when volunteers, known as “provers,” purposely over dose on remedies. Their reactions are then recorded. But it’s also an art. The best practitioners also seem to work by instinct.
To determine if you’ve taken too much of any one remedy, watch closely for symptoms. If you notice anything unusual, this generally means to stop. It’s time to rethink your course of action. You may be using the wrong remedy, or you may be taking too many doses. An intensification of your symptoms after several doses means to apply the brakes.
Of course, please remember that I’m not a professional. We’ve been blessed with excellent homeopaths. I hope you’re able to find someone just as good.
How to Use Homeopathic Remedies
In general, when using homeopathic remedies, you want to start with the lowest possible strength, and the lowest possible dosing schedule. If you notice a little bit of improvement, but a return of previous symptoms, tell your homeopath. Perhaps he or she will suggest a stronger potency or more frequent doses.
But using high-dose remedies, anything more than a 30x or 6c, should only be done while working with an experienced person.
Even long-practicing homeopaths may have difficulty finding the right strength and dosing schedule. This is complicated by the fact that everyone is different. Some people barely react to strong and repeated doses. Others may experience an “aggravation” after a single dose. (However, this temporary discomfort is often a good sign healing will follow.)
If you are interested in homeopathy, one of the best ways to learn more is to read as much as you can about this type of medicine, developed 200 years ago by a German physician named Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.
As I mentioned, once or twice already, I’m not a professional. But I’ve studied, as much as I can, about this incredible healing art. One of the most instructive books I’ve ever read was The Impossible Cure, written by a Mom who healed her son from autism with homeopathy.
This book centers on a specific case. But the way it’s written clearly explains how homeopathy works and how to properly take a case. It filled in so many gaps in my own knowledge and greatly increased my confidence in choosing the right remedy. (The lights went on. I finally got it.)
This book is an absolute treasure. The author is now a practicing homeopath and has a wealth of knowledge to share.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take herbal remedies, unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.