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shares her passion for helping families stay healthy through homeopathy and nutrient-dense
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I’d love to learn about how long I should use a homeopathic remedy before I try a different
one. I’m assuming there’s a difference between chronic and acute conditions so let’s talk
about acute conditions first and then move on to chronic conditions. I’d like to mention that given the depth
of this subject, that we’ll have the written blog or show notes for more detailed information,
so that you may study this further. I get asked a lot of questions that demonstrate
beginners’ and even those with more experience, there’s confusion about what kinds of results
to expect when they begin relying on homeopathic methods. People want to know how long they
ought to continue with a particular remedy, how many times to administer it, how to tell
if they have chosen the correct remedy or protocol and what kinds of obstacles might
be preventing results. Sometimes people make the mistake of not sticking with a protocol
long enough, other times the mistake is sticking with a protocol too long. I’d like to lay
out some guidelines to help you have a clearer idea of what to expect.
So lets begin with the difference between acute illness and chronic. Acute illness is
something that is generally shortlived on its own. For example, a bee sting, a sore
throat, otitis media, (ear infections), etc. usually there’s a great show of vitality,
such as pain, fever, exhaustion, swellings, etc.
When treating an acute problem we should expect to see results within minutes, hours or days,
depending on the type of malady we’re addressing. So for example, with nausea from say food
poinsoning or an ear infection we would hope to see results within minutes or hours. With
a cough or sprained ankle or urinary tract infection it’s more reasonable to expect
results within hours or days. It would obviously be silly to expect months of treatment to
clear up an acute problem, since in the normal course of events acute problems will clear
up on their own within that time frame, with or without homeopathy.
The goal of homeopathy in the case of acute issues is threefold: to alleviate the distress
of symptoms, to aid the body at regaining health more quickly than it often can on its
own, and to avoid the negative repercussions of drugs and other suppressive treatments. What if there is only a small improvement?
Should I continue the remedy or change to another? Now when I use the term “results”, what
I mean is a movement toward improvement. So for example with a headache, one might very
well achieve a perfect result within minutes – headache totally gone and life is back
to normal. On the other hand, one might find that after two doses of a remedy over the
course of 30 minutes the headache is still present, but it has become more bearable.
It is no longer throbbing so intensely, the pain is still there but one can get back to
some normal activity. This is an indication that the remedy is working, and you’d continue
with the remedy. Or let’s take an acute rash as an example,
maybe an outbreak of contact dermatitis from washing dishes with a harsh detergent. You
know, dsomething that you don’t’ experience dialy because you don’t use such prodcuts.
“Results” in a case like this often means that after a few minutes or hours the rash
is still visible, but the itching has become much less intense. In this case I would continue
with the protocol until the rash was fully healed, but perhaps reduce the frequency.
But let’s say on the other hand, that one is suffering from a migraine and one is taking
one of my favorite Banerji Protocols, Picricum acid 200 mixed with Belladonna 3 every 3 hours.
What if three hours go by and there is no noticeable improvement? How many doses should
one take before moving on to a different remedy? How many doses ought I use? Generally, the number is about 4 doses. Remember,
this is considered an acute condition at the moment. That means that if by the 4th dose
no improvement is seen, the remedy ought to be abandoned and replaced with another. If
however, wellness is seen after any of the doses, the use of the remedy ought to be halted.
Why? Because the remedy has acted and the work is done.
If improvement is realized, even a small amount, don’t abandon the remedy choice. Continue
with a 5th and 6th and even more doses until the symptoms are completely gone.
Now, as improvement ensues, the space between each episode might be better placed approximately
every 6 hours or so. Other words, we use the remedies when needed. As the symptoms return,
the gentle stimulus is used to move things along.
How fast should I expect results from a homeopathic remedy for an acute condition? And as always, we look to cure, not suppress.
This is the colossal appeal of homeopathy. Because regardless of the length it takes
to resolve the condition, in the end we have genuine health instead of covered up symptoms
that often return with renewed vigor. The vigor is in the person, not the illness.
Now isn’t that what we would hope all medicine would deliver?
In the next installment of this series I’ll address chronic issues and what I call Obstacles
To Cure – the impediments that may be blocking efficacy, even though our choice of remedies
is correct. What about chronic conditions? How long should
I continue the remedy? How do you recommend I spot the improvements
and know that the remedy is working with a remedy taken over 8 weeks or more? Are there things that could hinder the remedy
from working as quickly as possible? When should I give up
on a protocol and try something else?
Thank you so much for all the information that you share through your blog, this podcast,
courses, and more. Do you have some final words of encouragement for our listener learning
about this exciting world of homeopathy? Theres power in words. Theres’ power to
the word “can’t”. It can’t be done, syas modern medicine. You can’t cure strep
thorat without antibiotics. You can never cure allergies. “there no way” , Says
the doctor.. don’t fall for that conard. this kind of thiking holds you and keeps you
from moving forward or even trying. It subjects you to forfeiture yourself to drugs. My message
is that you CAN cure your family of what appears to be incallcitrant conditions. I’m not
saying that every illness can be cured. Of course not! But far too many can be addressed
with homeopathy and other methods that are not approached because the thinking is After all, whos job is it to take care of
ourselves and others anyway? Does the job belong to the doctor, the government? Someone
else? I say , no, no and no! This method o f thinking helps you plot out
illness and gives you the tools as to how to approach it.
Once you know how to put these pieces of the puzzle together, it presents in a tidy fashion
and works admirably. This way of thinking will keep you from feeling as
though illness is an implacable foe. Instead, when presented
with illness you’ll approach it nimbly. So now go home and cure your family self. Thank you for listening to this podcast with
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