What Can You Expect After Taking a Homeopathic Remedy?

It's often helpful to remember the "peeling the onion" analogy when you are receiving homeopathic treatment by me.  We are treating one "layer" at a time, in a certain order, an order that is unique for each person.  A "layer" is often a specific miasm, although it can also consist of one or more other issues that require healing attention.  It is fine to treat just one or two "layers" and then stop treatment for a while, or to do a series of treatments, or to seek treatment only when you are feeling the need for it.  People can have different experiences after taking homeopathic remedies, and below are the most common things that tend to occur.

1.  Certain symptoms gradually improve.  Most commonly, a week or two passes with no discernable changes in symptoms, and then gradually improvement is noted.  After this improvement, several other things can occur:  a) The symptoms never return.  This means that only one "layer" was causing these symptoms, so only one treatment was required.  b)  After weeks or months of improvement, the same or very similar symptoms return.  This usually means that the treatment worked and cleared a "layer," but that more than one "layer" is contributing to the symptoms, and therefore more than one treatment will be needed.  c)  After weeks or months of improvement, different symptoms become worse, or new symptoms arise.  This means that another "layer" of the "onion" has surfaced and is now ready to be treated.  Symptoms are the body's way of speaking.  They are the language of our bodies, and they tell us when something is out of balance and needs treatment.

Pulsatilla gives us one of our most cherished homeopathic remedies

Pulsatilla gives us one of our most cherished homeopathic remedies

2.  There is a one-to-three day aggravation of certain symptoms, and then the symptoms gradually improve.  "Aggravation" means the symptoms intensify, and this happens occasionally after a person has taken the correct remedy.  It is a positive sign that the body is reacting to the healing force of the remedy.

3.  No improvement is felt by the patient.  Over a six-week period of time, no symptoms appear to improve.  This usually means one of three things.  a)  The remedy was antidoted (made ineffective), in which case it will need to be given again.  b)  The wrong remedy was given (not a common problem).  c)  The remedy worked and cleared a "layer," but nothing was perceived by the patient.  An example of this is high cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.  People don't feel symptoms that tell them their cholesterol is high, but treating the miasm/s causing it will eventually lower their cholesterol.  Another reason a person may not feel a change after taking a remedy is that the symptom is caused by two or more "layers," and major improvement won't occur until each one is cleared.  In A Case of Migraine Headaches this very common phenomenon is clearly presented in the discussion section at the end of the article.