What is it?

Restore equilibrium and wellbeing in a range of ailments. Homeopathy is based on the principle that like cures like. Minute, diluted doses of substances that cause the same symptoms as the illness being treated are administered. The more dilute the substance, the more potent it’s said to be.

How to use homeopathic remedies

If you’re suffering from a particular ailment, first take a look at Ailments. From the remedies recommended, choose one that most closely matches your symptoms.

It’s best to consult a qualified homeopath to determine the remedy most suited to you for any given complaint and the best dosage. The most common over-the-counter dosages are 6C or 30C, but stronger remedies can be prescribed by practitioners.

Remedies may be taken in pill, powder, granule or liquid tincture form or as ointments or creams. The most common form is tablets or tiny pills made from a lactose base. In case of lactose intolerance, those with a sucrose base can be obtained.

It’s best to take the remedy 20 minutes before or after food. They shouldn’t be handled; instead, drop directly into the mouth and allow to dissolve under the tongue.

Avoid any strong tastes or smells that could interfere with the remedy’s effect. Stop consumption of coffee and mint (including mint toothpastes) and anything containing menthol or eucalyptus, for example. Store the remedy in a cool, dry, dark place away from perfumes of chemicals.

In order to get the best possible results, you should also be aware of the following points:

  • If you don’t get a positive result it’s possible you’ve chosen the wrong remedy.
  • You should decrease intake of the remedy as symptoms improve and stop it once symptoms are cleared.
  • Homeopathic remedies are safe for babies, children and expectant mothers (but get professional advice if you’re pregnant).
  • Never transfer the remedies from one container to another, or recycle containers.
  • Don’t touch the remedies – the heat from your body can destroy their healing properties.
  • Don’t swallow with a drink.

Side effects are rare, but occasionally symptoms worsen before they get better. This is a recognised effect known as the ‘healing crisis’ and should last no longer than a day or so. If symptoms persist, seek professional advice.

The list of commonly used homeopathic remedies below is designed to give information about the pattern of symptoms associated with each remedy and the type of ailment for which it may be used.

This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Stephen Hopwood in April 2009.

First published in October 2002.

For a complete list of Homeopathic Remedies click here —->>> A – Z

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