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Homeopathy and herbalism are sometimes confused, but they are very different and work on different principles. Herbs and oils support the body with the actual plant source whereas homeopathy educates the body’s vital source and is an energy medicine. I use herbs and essential oils 90%+ of the time in my practice and only use homeopathy occasionally. However, when I do, I am usually left in awe of it. Homeopathy is very powerful. Potencies above 30C no longer contain any trace of the original matter but the remedy holds its energetic imprint. It is counter-intuitive, but the more a remedy is diluted, the more potent it becomes. I have seen amazing things happen with homeopathy, such as what I believe were 2 black widow bites resolve in 24 hours or an allergic reaction dissipate with one dose.
Proving A Remedy
While for the most part homeopathy is very safe, there are times when a proving can occur. A proving is a negative response to a remedy. Usually a, proving occurs from:
- choosing the wrong remedy
- overusing the correct remedy
Most of the time, a proving is not lasting. Making a wet dose which is succussed (shaken) prior to ingestion is a way to mitigate the likelihood of a proving. This is because succussing the remedy raises the potency of the remedy slightly between each dose. Repeating a remedy with an identical frequency (such as taking the pellets) can be harsh on the body’s vital force and when you succuss a remedy, you are slightly altering the frequency each time which is much gentler on the body’s energy and, therefore, a proving is less likely. Wet dosing is particularly suitable for children who are very sensitive to homeopathy.
How to Make A Wet Dose
Mixing the small homepathic pellets with water to make a liquid remedy is called a wet dose. A dry dose is when you ingest the pellets without mixing them in water. To make a wet dose:
- Put the number of pellets suggested on the bottle in a glass container with a lid, such as a this 4 oz dropper bottle.
- Add 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of water to the pellets, preferably distilled but filtered will do.
- Wait for pellets to dissolve in the water.
- Succuss the bottle 10 times. Succussion is the process of shaking or striking the bottle (with lid on) firmly against the palm of your hand. If you only have an open container such as a glass, you can stir the solution clockwise for 15 seconds.
- Note, if you are using an open container such as a glass, label or mark it in some way so someone does not throw it out or drink it – don’t ask me why I know this! 🙂
- Give a 1/2 teaspoon of the water solution.
- Don’t forget to label your bottle with the remedy name, potency and date you made it!
You will need to make another wet dose when the water goes off, sometimes there can even be visible mold sitting on top of the water so pay attention! Storing your wet dose in the refrigerator or adding alcohol will extend its shelf life. I don’t add alcohol but store mine in the refrigerator.
Handling Homeopathic Pellets
It is best not to touch the pellets with your hands, homeopathy is an energy medicine and the pellets are very sensitive. Handling a pellet directly with your hands:
- May diminish the effectiveness of the remedy.
- If the remedy is intended for someone else, and you touch it, the remedy may start to work on you.
Most homeopathic pellets come in vials, that when you twist them, the pellets fall directly into your or your child’s mouth. To administer a homeopathic pellet(s) to a pet, you can either use a straw to funnel it into your pet’s mouth or administer a wet dose.
If you do not notice any improvement, or very little improvement after the first 4-5 doses, switch to a different remedy. Switching remedy is very important as repeated doses of an unsuitable remedy can create a proving.
Homeopathy is not like herbs and essential oils where there is more flexibility with dosing. Homeopathy is very powerful and must be respected as such. Remedies should be selected carefully and only dosed as needed. Where possible, it is best to start with a lower potency such as 30C, 6C or 6X. For most issues, a rule of thumb is when you are 80% better, stop the remedy.
If you are interested in learning more about homeopathy, I highly recommend this introductory course given by Paola Brown. Paola is not a homeopath but worked for the renowned homeopath, Joette Calabrese, for years. I was already pretty familiar with homeopathy when I took Paola’s class but I still got a lot from it. So I recommend it for beginnners and intermediate users alike. During her class, Paola talked about her rule of thumb dosing guidelines, I asked her to write them down for this blog which she kindly did! See Paola’s dosing guidelines below. Note, if there is little or no improvement after 4-5 doses, discontinue the remedy.
Many homeopathic remedies contain lactose, while many report that even though they or their children have a lactose allergy, they do not experience any reaction when taking a wet dose. However, technically a reaction is possible if you have a lactose allergy so this is something to be aware of. You may be able to get some lactose-free remedies online but they can be hard to find. For those in my herbal or essential oil downlines, let me know and I can procure lactose free remedies available only to students of homeopathy (such as me) or homeopaths through OHM Pharmacy.