HOW TO TAKE AND STORE YOUR REMEDY
Try not to touch your remedy but instead pour the remedy into the lid of the bottle and directly into your mouth if you have been given pillules.
For a liquid remedy, try not to let the dropper touch your mouth as this can make mouth bacteria grow in the bottle.
Remedies should be taken away from food and drink in a clean mouth - at least 15 minutes to either side of eating or drinking.
Keep your remedy away from strong smells or anything with rays like sunlight, your mobile phone or x-ray.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR HOMEOPATHIC PRESCRIPTION
Congratulations, you've been to see a homeopath! So by now you must have gathered that homeopathy works on very different principles to conventional medicine. Your practitioner has taken time to gather all your data together and has tried to understand what makes you tick and why you are experiencing symptoms that need to be cured. Your prescription is then designed on an individual basis for you personally.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US
Unlike prescriptions that you have had in the past, a homeopathic remedy does not influence the body by a direct command. For instance, if you were to take an anti-inflammatory, there would be a direct command on the body to stop an inflammatory state.
With a homeopathic remedy that is chosen correctly, you will be receiving a stimulus that encourages the body to heal itself.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
The first thing that a lot of people experience after taking a remedy is an increase in energy and well being. If this happens it is a good indication that the remedy is working.
Some people experience what a homeopath would describe as a "healing aggravation". This is due to the body's release and clearing out of toxins. If the body is sluggish then a homeopathic remedy will encourage a detox. You may experience a skin rash, or a heavy cold. If you are worried about symptoms that occur after taking your remedy, then consult your homeopath. Most practitioners are very happy to take such calls.
Alternatively, if you experience a worsening of symptoms DO NOT PANIC. In the long term this is usually a good sign; though for people on daily doses it might be time to stop the remedy or reduce it. Your body should soon balance itself out naturally and your level of health will be improved. Sometimes these situations call for the interaction of another remedy, so if you are anxious or unsure then consult your practitioner.
WHAT ELSE MIGHT I EXPERIENCE?
Sometimes miracles do happen, where people take one remedy and all their symptoms disappear but this is not the norm.
Generally, homeopaths are happy with a slow progress to health over a period of time. This is because when you stimulate the body to heal itself, it can be a subtle process, a bit like watching a cut disappear. On a moment to moment basis, it appears that nothing is happening, yet the body is in healing mode as soon as the skin is cut and in a week or so will be completely better; so much so, that you might have to be reminded about the fact that the wound existed at all!
You may find that a problem you did not expect to be helped clears up before your main complaint. This often happens and should be viewed as something very positive.
It could also happen that a problem from the past has come back to haunt you. If this is the case, take comfort, it is the body's way of presenting an internal and buried dilemma that needs to be dealt with naturally.
HOW LONG DOES A HEALING AGGRAVATION LAST?
Most of the time the discomfort is slight and short lived, although I have seen the occasional severe healing reaction especially with skin ailments these too will eventually pass.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENS?
It could be that you were given the wrong remedy, or that some sort of healing block needs to be addressed before the remedy can work.
It might be that the remedy that you have been given has changed how you feel emotionally, or has acted to change things about you in a very subtle way. Perhaps it has acted like a key to unlock the next and more curative prescription.
It could be that the potency you were given is not the right one for you and therefore not powerful enough to act curatively.
It might be that your health has improved but you have forgotten just how awful you were feeling.
Most homeopaths like to monitor their patients monthly, so after this lapse of time, if you haven't already arranged an appointment, go back and see your practitioner.
The good news is that many people have been helped enormously by homeopathic treatment. When under the caring supervision of a responsible homeopath, the remedies are completely safe and there are no side effects.