You’re listening to a podcast from JoetteCalabrese.com
where nationally certified American homeopath, public speaker, and author Joette Calabrese
shares her passion for helping families stay healthy through homeopathy and nutrient-dense
nutrition. Jendi: So I’m looking forward to learning
more on this subject of what to expect after using a homeopathic remedy. I used last week’s
lesson to help with my family’s health so I’m looking forward to hearing what happens
when someone has an old condition …as you say a chronic condition.
Joette: Last week in Part 1, we covered the kind of
results one should look for when using homeopathy to address acute situations, such as fever,
otitis media, sore throat, bee stings, etc. Acute problems are relatively straightforward
compared with what to expect when dealing with chronic conditions. That is, it takes
only minutes, hours and days to know that you’ve chosen correctly. But in a chronic condition, it’s a little
different. Yes, there are also signs along the road that we can look for to reassure
us that we are on the correct path or to redirect us if we are on the wrong path.
First, when addressing a chronic illness, the length of time that we need to stick with
a protocol is generally about 4-8 weeks. It’s a matter of pacing. Think of it this
way…Allegro for Acutes and adagio fro chronics. In general it’s usually best to observe
a chronic protocol for about two months before a serious assessment. To give you an idea
of what this means, for a four- year-old, I’d expect sleep to be reestablished within
a few weeks. Mind you, these are examples of what might
occur, so don’t hold these degrees to specific scrutiny.
It can take time, perhaps months, but it is a march in the direction of wholeness. Along
the way you must see improvement prompting you to continue with your remedies in the
same fashion. When they are apparently working, we must not tinker with success. Get as much
from the remedy as possible. Once the remedy no longer acts, that is, improvement is no
longer realized, then and only then is it time to abandon it and move on.
Undeniably, three steps forward with a step or two back, followed by greater and greater
strides over this time holds vital evidence. But if this information is not realized simply
because the information wasn’t logged properly and referred to
with accuracy, it will toss the prescriber
and the sufferer about like a schooner without a rudder.
So while any of the above three scenarios shows clear improvement, it also shows why
observation and record-keeping are so important. Jendi: How do you keep track of all of this?
I know you write it down but is there a special way that makes it easier..especiallyl for
a busy mom? Joette : This is where I stress how important,
how crucial, it is to take notes at the onset of taking the case, along with numerical values
and comparing them to a two-month outcome. We are so prone to forgetfulness and inaccuracy
when it comes to illness. This is particularly so when dealing with the sufferings of loved
ones. When we have clear proof in the form of our
case notes, showing us that yes, things are getting better, not only does it let us know
that we are on the right track and should stick with it, but it reignites our hope for
the future. Hence, when taking notes for your case records,
the questions to ask and then compare every two months need to include:
On a scale of 1-10, what is the intensity of the symptoms?
How often do the symptoms occur? How long do the symptoms last?
But remember, don’t make it fit. IN other words, be honest with your self if you blew
it, be own up to it. Don’t encourage the person to beleibe that they are>if they’re
not. Jendi: Sometimes when something really uncomfortable
is happening, like when someone is vomiting and I’ve already given the remedy, and we’re
waiting for it to take effect, I feel pressure to do more.
Joette: : The hardest part of being a mother-homeopath is the pressures that arise by simply being
available to the sufferer. This is where being a mother and holding their
head, given them a hot water bottle, encouraging them with gentle words can make the difference
until the remedy kicks in. By the way, my 2 top remedies for horrible vomiting is Arsenicum
album 30, or Veratrum album 30, ehour or so. These are good ones, so write them down.
Jendi: but when it’s a chronic condition, that’s got to be harder because it takes
longer, right? Joette: You have to stick to your guns (unless
of course the person is