Most people buy their remedies either as lactose (milk sugar) tablets or round pilules, which have been impregnated with a solution of the named remedy. Impregnated lactose is also given in powder form and – particularly convenient for babies and small children – there are tiny granules. Please also read ‘How to choose a remedy’ and ‘Constitutional types’ under the Information bottle.
Remedies are also available in solution form for people who are allergic to lactose.

A few remedies are available as ointments (for topical application only) and finally some are available as ‘mother’ tinctures, for mixing with water to make lotions for bathing, gargling, etc. Generally speaking, 10 drops of mother tincture to 0.25 litre (1/2 pint) of boiled, cooled water are sufficient.

These are very subtle medicines that affect the controlling mechanisms of the body rather than the physical body itself. They are very delicate and can be damaged by being touched by the fingertips, in fact they should not be handled at all if possible.

For both children and adults, a dose is one tablet or drop or two pilules or enough granules to cover the base of the container lid or the nail of the little finger. Powders are normally dispensed in individual doses. However – quite unlike orthodox medicines – in fact it is the potency of the remedy (the number which is shown after its name) and the frequency with which it is taken that determine the strength of its action; the amount taken at each dose is not critical.

Some remedies are sold in clicker packs, which make it easy to drop pilules straight into the mouth. Otherwise, you may need to tip the dose into the lid of the remedy bottle or the palm of your hand first. Drop the remedy directly onto or underneath your tongue without otherwise touching the mouth. Then just let it dissolve – don’t swallow it straight away – so it can be absorbed by the mucous membranes in the mouth. Solutions are supplied in dropper bottles so one or two drops can easily be put directly on the tongue, without touching the mouth. The dropper should be sterilised between uses.

Remedies are best taken in between meals, at least half an hour after eating when your mouth doesn’t taste of anything else, such as food, drink, tobacco, toothpaste etc. After taking a remedy, try to allow at least 15 minutes before putting anything else in your mouth so they can be fully utilised by the body. In emergencies, try to make sure the mouth is at least rinsed before giving a remedy.

As the dosage is influenced by frequency rather than quantity, homeopathic remedies are quite safe however much is taken at once; it still constitutes one dose. If the remedy is taken by someone other than the patient for whom it was intended, it will have no effect anyway as it will not match their symptom picture. One of the delights of homeopathy is its safety, however keep your remedies away from small children or you may find your collection is wiped out in one go!
If small children do swallow a large quantity at once, the sugar content of the remedy may cause transient diarrhoea.

The homeopathic equivalent of an overdose is when a remedy is “proved” or begins to cause the symptoms that it is intended to cure. This can happen when a remedy is taken for very prolonged periods, so don’t continue with a remedy once it has worked in order to prevent a relapse, it’s quite unnecessary and actually counter-productive.

Homeopathy is safe for people at all stages of life but with babies, you may find it easier to give granules rather than tablets or pilules because granules dissolve more quickly and are more difficult to spit out! If you do not have granules, you can always crush a pilule between two clean spoons.

Yes. Aromatic substances such as coffee (including decaffeinated), tobacco, highly perfumed cosmetics and toiletries, strong smelling household cleaners, and things such as Olbas Oil or aromatherapy oils that contain aromatic oils – particularly peppermint, camphor, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme and lavender – all have the ability to antidote homeopathic remedies and should be avoided completely when treating acute ailments with homeopathy. If you have a chronic complaint and your symptoms are steadily improving with homeopathic treatment, you could gradually reintroduce them but not within half an hour of taking the remedy.

Homeopathic medicines will not interfere with any drugs you are taking. However a number of orthodox drugs such as steroids, major and minor tranquillisers, oral contraceptives, sleeping pills and anti-histamines can make the choosing of the correct homeopathic medicine difficult and may modify or block the effects of homeopathic medicines. If you want to come off orthodox drugs, discuss the matter with your medical practitioner or homeopathic physician first. DO NOT ON ANY ACCOUNT STOP TAKING A PRESCRIBED MEDICATION WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER OR HOMEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN.

If you have occasion to consult a homeopath, be sure to say what drugs you are taking.

If you feel that your condition is improving before you come to the end of the pack, stop taking the remedy; THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO POINT IN CONTINUING TO TAKE A REMEDY ONCE THE SYMPTOMS HAVE STARTED TO DISAPPEAR. Remember, the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies depends on matching the symptom picture to the remedy picture as precisely as you can, and then taking the smallest possible dose for the least possible time. Once the remedy has delivered its message, your body’s own drive towards health, known in homeopathy as the ‘Vital Force’ will do the rest.

If the condition returns, re-start the remedy, repeat as necessary.

Homeopathy does not work in the same way as many orthodox treatments, where the course must be completed.

Remedies are very safe and don’t have any known side effects. However, an ‘aggravation’, or a temporary worsening of symptoms, is not unusual when taking homeopathic remedies. In fact it’s usually a good sign; it shows that a remedy has been recognised by the body whereas the wrong remedy will have no effect either way. In acute conditions, discomfort may increase for a few minutes, seldom more. In chronic conditions, an aggravation may last longer but rarely for more than a day or two.

The correct thing to do in such circumstances is to stop taking the remedy and wait until your symptoms improve, as they almost certainly will. If improvement continues, there is no need to take the remedy again. If improvement stops, restart the remedy. Where improvement continues for a while, then stops, leaving you with nagging symptoms, take the remedy in a higher potency; if you are taking 6c, take up to 10 doses of 30c.

If an aggravation has not subsided within three days, contact a homeopathic physician and if worsening symptoms are accompanied by a general deterioration in health or you have been diagnosed with a condition which is potentially serious, contact your medical practitioner or a homeopathic physician at once.

If worsening symptoms are accompanied by any of the following – a persistent temperature of 39 °C (102 °F) or over, spitting blood or passing blood in stools or urine, a rigid and painful abdomen, increasing breathlessness and chest pain, confusion or abnormal drowsiness; dial the emergency services.

In order to find the right remedy for you as an individual, your homeopath will need to know more about you. A detailed understanding of who you are, along with any complaints and details of how you experience them, is needed to assess your case correctly. So anything you can tell your homeopath that is typical of who you are will help this process. Finding out about your general energy levels, your past medical history and the way you live are also important. Anything you say will be treated in the strictest confidence. The initial consultation will usually last at least 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Your homeopath will usually give you a homeopathic remedy, normally in the form of a tablet or tablets, or occasionally as powders, which should be allowed to dissolve in your mouth; or you may be given a liquid remedy with instructions. Do make sure that you understand the instructions before you take your remedy.
If you are given homeopathic remedies to take at a later date, be sure to store them in a cool dark place, away from anything with a strong smell and try to avoid placing them near your mobile phone. If you travel abroad, where possible, try to avoid putting the remedies through the X-ray scanner.

Please do not stop any prescriptions your doctor has prescribed for you. Do keep your doctor appointments. If you feel improvement, tell your doctor so he or she can adjust your medications as needed.

Your homeopath may also give advice on remedies to help you with acute ailments such as colds and flu, as well as first aid advice.

After taking your remedy, you may notice some changes. Some patients experience a period of exceptional well being and optimism. Sometimes your symptoms can appear to get worse for a short time. This is often a good sign that the remedy is taking effect(2). Sometimes a cold, rash or some form of discharge may appear as a ‘spring cleaning’ effect which means your system is going through a clearing out stage. Similarly, old symptoms can reappear, usually for a short period.
These symptoms are an important part of the healing process but, if any response to your treatment concerns you, do contact your homeopath as soon as you can. You might also want to make notes of any changes and take them with you to discuss at your next appointment.

This depends very much on what sort of illness you have, as well as the other individual characteristics of your case. Every case is different. So it can be difficult for your homeopath to assess this until after your second appointment. A slowly developing complaint or one that has been experienced for some years, may take longer to improve, although there may be a response and some improvement quite soon. Acute complaints can often get better more quickly.
Homeopathic remedies work from the inside, with the patient usually feeling more positive in themselves, with more energy, in the first instance. Outer symptoms such as skin conditions are often the last to clear. Sometimes patience is called for – as the balance is slowly restored, the symptoms will improve.

A homeopath will ask you about your usual diet and lifestyle and may suggest changes, especially if it seems that this is contributing to your illness. Of course, a good basic diet is necessary for good health, with less sugars, fats, alcohol and refined foods. There is an increasing awareness of the benefits of foods free from artificial colourings, preservatives and flavourings. Whole foods and organic foods, free from chemical pesticides and fertilisers, are also increasingly available.

We recommend that you maintain your relationship with your GP. Although homeopathy works in a different way from conventional medicines, it can sometimes help to combine the two systems.

Patients may want homeopathic treatment as they are unhappy with the side effects of conventional drugs. Or it may be that conventional medicine has been unable to help them and they see homeopathy as an alternative. In any event, it is important to remember that any changes in medication should be discussed with your doctor as treatment progresses.

If you feel better in yourself, gradually cut down the remedy dose – the physical symptoms should improve in time. If you get ‘stuck’, you may need another remedy, probably one that complements the previous one; consult a homeopathic physician.
Similarly, if you experience relief from physical symptoms but find that mental symptoms remain troublesome, you are definitely advised to contact a homeopathic physician.

First, stop the remedy; you may be proving it. The symptoms should quickly disappear. If they do not, you may have the wrong diagnosis or remedy. Recheck and call your medical practitioner or homeopath if unsure.

Review your symptoms, being as specific as you can and consult the general remedy finder to see if you can find a more appropriate remedy.

Store them in their original containers, taking care to keep the lids well screwed on. Put them in a cupboard or box at normal room temperature and away from heat sources. Store them separately to strong smelling substances such as aromatherapy oils, mothballs, perfumes, Olbas Oil, etc. Stored like this, homeopathic remedies remain potent for up to 100 years!