Fine Tuning Your Homeopathic Remedy
Why do we need to fine tune a homeopathic remedy? Because in order to keep the homeopathic healing process moving forward the potency of the homeopathic remedy will need to be adjusted from time to time. How do you know the homeopathic remedy needs to be adjusted? The symptoms return sooner than the next scheduled dose (under-dose). This is an indication that the remedy is no longer potent enough to hold the duration. Some people may make the mistake of thinking that the remedy is no longer working, but in reality you are getting better, and as you do so, the remedy needs to become stronger to keep the healing moving forward. There can also be a time when you take too much of a homeopathic remedy. That is why we need to fine tune a homeopathic remedy.
What do I do when my symptoms return sooner than the scheduled time to take the remedy? (Under-dosed)
When the Homeopathic remedy is not holding the set interval, it is considered to be under-dosed. This means the remedy is wearing off sooner than the scheduled time to take the next dose. In order to make the homeopathic remedy last longer, you need to make the homeopathic remedy stronger, and this is done by increasing the succussions. Just by increasing the succussions by 2, the homeopathic remedy will now last longer. When you increase the succussions by 2 you also need to increase the (dosage) time interval by 1 hour.
Example: You take your dose of your homeopathic remedy (10 succussions) at 2 pm and your next dose is scheduled at 4 pm (2 hr. interval). Your back pain starts to return/increase at 3:30pm (under-dose). You will take your homeopathic remedy at 3:30 pm with 12 succussions (increased by 2) and your next dose will be at 6:30 pm (3 hr. interval) with 12 succussions.
The bottom line is – Every time you increase your succussions by 2 you will increase the time interval by 1 hour. In the big picture, as the potency and the dosing interval are increased, you are at the same time, decreasing the number of times a day you take the remedy. Eventually the healing is completed and you do not need that homeopathic remedy anymore because, you are symptom free.
How Does One Overdose on a Homeopathic Remedy?
We sometimes take the homeopathic remedy too close to last dose or increase the succussions too soon. When this happens, the homeopathic remedy is over stimulating the immune system and this causes false symptoms or an aggravation; which appears as increased or intensified symptoms (overdose). An overdose on a homeopathic remedy is not the same as an overdose on an allopathic medication. A homeopathic remedy will not give you something or symptoms you do not already have. A Homeopathic overdose is simply when the symptoms you are taking a homeopathic remedy for intensify and in a matter of time these symptoms will decrease or wear off. How do you know if you have overdosed? The symptoms will intensify within ½ hour after taking the Homeopathic remedy. When your symptoms increase 2-3 hours after taking a homeopathic remedy –it is not considered an overdose. It just means it is time to take the next dose of your remedy.
For Example: If you are overdosed and taking a homeopathic remedy for a cough, you will cough more, if you are addressing pain your pain will increase, within ½ hour after taking the last dose of the homeopathic remedy.
I am a visual person and in my talks, I like to use a bicycle to help explain overdosing on a homeopathic remedy. You have a 2-wheel bicycle turned upside down. Every time you turn the pedal on the bike 1 time around, it is considered 1 succussion or tap. When you turn the bike pedal 10 times, that is considered taking a dose of a homeopathic remedy with 10 succussions. Ideally, you would not turn the bike pedal 10 more times, until that back tire is just about to stop. So, let’s say you don’t wait for the tire to stop and you turn that pedal 10 more times (10 succussions), taking another dose. Now that back tire is turning like crazy. Imagine that back tire is your immune system. By not waiting to take the next dose, your immune system becomes overstimulated. The overstimulation causes your symptoms to intensify (i.e., overdose).
What do I do if I have overdosed on my Homeopathic Remedy?
The first thing you need to do, is stop taking the homeopathic remedy. If the symptoms are too intense for you to wait for the symptoms to start to lessen or calm down, have something with mint (tea, toothpaste, gum, lifesaver etc.) to cancel out the homeopathic remedy. The rule of thumb is if your symptoms increased within 15 minutes they will begin to subside in within the next 15 minutes. Do not repeat the remedy until the overdosed symptoms wear off. Once the overdose symptoms wear off, you will experience improvement in your symptoms (amelioration) for a period of time. When your symptoms start to return, take a dose of the homeopathic remedy. This whole process will take approximately 3-6 hours from the time you took the last dose (overdosed dose), until the time you are ready to repeat the homeopathic remedy.
If the cause of the homeopathic remedy overdose was from taking two doses of the remedy too close together, you will need to add an extra hour to the dosing schedule you were following. If the cause of the homeopathic remedy over- dose was because you just increased the succussions on the homeopathic remedy, return to the prior number of succussions.
Example (Time): If you routinely took a homeopathic remedy every 3 hours, without first evaluating, and after one of the 3 hour doses, your back pain increased from a #3 to a #5 you are overdosed. After the aggravation wears off, and when the symptoms return (3-6 hrs.), you take a dose of the homeopathic remedy. You will repeat the next dose thereafter every 4-hours.
Example (Succussions): You increased the succussions from 10 to 12 and within ½ hour your back pain went from #3 to #5 (overdosed). After the symptoms improve and return, the next time you take your homeopathic remedy (3-6 hrs.), you will only succuss the remedy 10 times.
I always recommend before ever taking a dose of a homeopathic remedy to EVALUATE whether or not you need it.
I hope you will be confident fine tuning your remedies.
Stay tuned for next month’s blog “Remedy Blockers – What are They?”