Using Homeopathic Remedies
When taking the remedies orally it is possible to choose from several mediums that are available from a homeopathic pharmacy or supplier. The tablets also can often be found in a high street pharmacy or health shop
These are the most readily available form. The tablets should be sucked or lightly chewed until they dissolve completely. This usually takes several minutes. Tablets are ideal for adults and older children.
These dissolve instantly on the tongue. They are ideal for young children, babies and for adults who are impatient and do not want to spend time sucking or chewing.
These are small, round, hard pills. They can take longer to dissolve in the mouth than ordinary tablets. This form is often found in homeopathic first aid kits because they are smaller than the tablets and fit easily into a smaller container.
Powders are usually prescribed by homeopaths for a single dose or several-dose treatment of a higher potency remedy (e.g. 200c or over, or I m and over). They are supplied wrapped in paper and, like soft tablets, dissolve instantly on the tongue. It is possible simply to crush a tablet to make a powder by folding it in paper and hitting it with the back of a metal spoon. The powder can then be held in the paper, made into a funnel shape and placed in the mouth for quick absorption. This method can be used in a first-aid situation to administer a dose to young children or babies, or to children who refuse to take the tablets.
Frequency of Treatment
Once you have chosen a remedy, the next consideration is how often to take it. The main distinction is between acute and chronic conditions (acute illnesses have a rapid onset and short duration, whereas chronic conditions are of long duration and often gradual onset). For an acute condition such as an injury or a stomach upset, take one tablet everyone to two hours for the first six doses (you can take fewer if the condition is relieved before this). If the condition does not improve after six doses, continue with one tablet two or three times a day until the symptoms are relieved. Once there is improvement, stop taking the remedy immediately.
If the condition is chronic, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis or depression, then one tablet should be taken twice a day until the condition has improved. Once the condition is relieved, stop the treatment immediately. Stopping the treatment as soon as the condition improves may seem strange, as conventional medicines, such as antibiotics, often require the whole course to be completed. However, in homeopathy, it is of no benefit to continue a treatment once the condition improves.
If you notice no improvement from a remedy after giving it sufficient time to work, or notice only a very minor improvement, it is worth trying another remedy. Always take into account your constitutional remedy, if possible. The selection of remedies often involves some trial and error.
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