Tami Herndon CCH, RS Hom(NA)
Have you ever wondered, what exactly IS a homeopathic remedy? Actually there is
more to the sweet- tasting little white pellets than meets the eye.
Homeopathy, like all truly natural therapies, seeks to stimulate the innate healing power
of the individual, so that all systems function at their best. As the person moves toward
his or her optimal level of vitality, he or she feels better. Homeopathic remedies do not
directly treat a symptom or condition. Instead, the remedies simply help initiate the
process by which the person heals himself or herself. Simply stated, the remedy acts
as a message to the person‟s vitality for it to begin ordering and balancing itself. Since
the remedy is a messenger rather than a treatment, as little remedy as possible should
Homeopathic remedies are derived from simple plant, animal product, and mineral
sources. These substances are prepared by a process of repeated dilution and
succussion (firmly striking the bottle on a hard surface). After a substance has been
through this repeated process, it becomes a clear liquid. This clear liquid is put onto
small sugar pellets, which are then packaged in vials sold at natural food stores. Note:
The „x‟ and „c‟ in the potency notation of a remedy stands for 10 and 100
dilution/succussion processes, respectively.
It is believed that succussion releases the energy of the substance with none of the
effects of the physical substance remaining. Homeopathic remedies, in potencies
above about 24x and 12c, have no chemical molecules of the originating substance.
Homeopathic remedies, therefore, are “energetic” in action. Any substance that can
support the vitality of a person can be made into a homeopathic remedy. A quick look
at the remedies available gives one an idea of the broad range of substances used.
There are remedies derived from plants, like Rhus toxicodendron a.k.a poison ivy;
remedies derived from minerals, like Natrum muriaticum a.k.a. sodium chloride or table
salt; and remedies derived from animal products, like Apis mellifica a.k.a. the stinger
from a bee. These remedies are available over the counter at most natural food stores.
As always, if you are taking medication prescribed by a medical doctor, do not
stop taking the medication without consulting a medical doctor.
No matter the source from which it is derived, the remedy must be chosen according to
its homeopathic indications for the whole person. Homeopathic indications for a
substance are obtained via a series of experiments called “provings”. In a proving,
groups of individuals with well-ordered vitalities take small doses of a substance daily,
recording all effects the substance has on them including physical effects, sleep,
hunger/thirst, body temperature, feelings, thoughts, etc. As I‟ve mentioned before,
classical homeopathy is based on the premise of “like treats like”. This means that any
homeopathically prepared substance that can produce a group of characteristics in a
well-ordered vitality can address and support the total state of a disordered vitality.
Homeopathic remedies are made at FDA-regulated and approved homeopathic
pharmacies, according to very high standards of purity. Every remedy is produced
exactly as the remedy used in the original provings to ensure retention of the
homeopathic “whole person” indications as defined in the provings.
The FDA requires that all over-the-counter medications have indications printed on the
label. Since homeopathy views a person‟s health as a reflection of the entire individual,
rather than in terms of the presence or absence of disease, there is no specific
disease indication for any homeopathic remedy. A homeopath selects the remedy
based on a thorough understanding of the person‟s group of unique characteristics, also
known as a person‟s “total state”. Therefore, a remedy, recommended to support a
person‟s vital force during an acute cold or flu, may be labeled as indicated for
constipation. This is quite confusing to the consumer so it is best to seek guidance in
the selection of a remedy homeopathically indicated for the whole person.
Classical homeopathy employs only one remedy at a time because it is difficult to
predict how two or more substances might hinder or alter each other‟s action upon the
vitality. Having said this, there are many “combination remedies” available to the
consumer. These products contain a mixture of many single homeopathic remedies in
various potencies. Results from these products are varied and unpredictable as there
have been no provings done on the combination of remedies in a given mixture.
When taking a remedy, never handle the pellets with your hands, as they have no
protective coating. Pour the pellets into the cap of the vial, and then tip them from the
cap under your tongue. Do not take water with the remedy. There should be no strong
taste in your mouth: allow 15 minutes before and 1 hour after meals or the use of any
strong flavored substances such as toothpaste, tobacco, menthol, mouthwash or herbal
teas. Also, it is best to store the remedies in a cool, dark place away from strong
smelling medicines or lotions, especially camphor.
So the next time you place a homeopathic remedy under your tongue you‟ll know there
is more to the little white pellets than meets the eye!