are the remedies made of?
homeopathic remedy can be made from any substance that can produce
symptoms if given to a healthy person. As such, they are made from
a variety of different sources - plant sources (e.g. pulsatilla,
aconite, nux vomica, arnica),
mineral sources (e.g. gold,
aluminium, sulphur, fluoric acid)
and animal products (e.g.
cuttlefish ink, lachesis
snake venom). There is also a special group of remedies called
nosodes that are made from the products of human disease.
should be no concern when taking these remedies, even apparently
poisonous ones, because they are only prescribed in high potencies
when not a single molecule of the original product is present in
the remedy (see below).
or "Deadly Nightshade"
avoid harmful and toxic effects of some of the remedies he employed, Hahnemann
decided to dilute the remedies with water, add alcohol to preserve them,
and subject them to a series of knocks against a hard surface (called
succussion) in order to mix the solution thoroughly. This process of serial
dilution and succussion is called potentisation and may be done a few
times, or many thousands of times.
Paradoxically, Hahnemann subsequently observed that potentisation appears
to enhance the curative power of a substance.
Potencies range in dilution from 1 part remedy in 10 parts water/alcohol
(a low potency, called a 1x) to one part remedy in 1,000 million parts
water! The more a remedy is diluted and succussed, the higher the potency.
Using potentisation, we are able to utilise the curative powers of substances
which could never be safely given in their crude form. The nosodes mentioned
above are one such example, as are arsenic, belladonna
(deadly nightshade) and the animal poisons.
Additionally, Hahnemanns method of potentisation enabled the use
of common, inactive compounds for cure. This includes remedies such as
natrum muriaticum, which is made from common table salt!
He discovered that when potentised, salt was able to produce symptoms
in healthy subjects, and therefore cure these same symptoms in the unhealthy.
It has become a very important and helpful remedy.
Some remedies that are used by homeopaths are listed below with their
common names given on the right
metallicum - Gold
Bellis perennis - Daisy
Bryonia - Wild
Calendula officinalis - Marigold
Cantharis - Spanish fly
Digitalis - Foxglove
Euphrasia - Eyebright
Ferrum metallicum - Iron
Gelsemium - Yellow jasmine
Hamamelis - Witch-hazel
Hekla lava - Lava from Mount
Iodum - Iodine
Kali carbonicum - Carbonate
Lac caninum - Dogs milk
Lachesis - Venom
from bushmaster snake
Lillium tigrinum - Tiger
Magnesia sulphurica - Epsom
Mygale lasiodora - Black Cuban
Narcissus - Daffodil
Paraffine - Purified
Piper nigrum - Black pepper
Ranunculus bulbosus -
Marigold or "Calendula"
Rhus toxicodendron - Poison ivy
Sacchurum officinale - Cane sugar
Taraxacum - Dandelion
Urtica urens - Stinging
Veratrum album - White
Wyethia - Poison weed
X-ray - Vial containing alcohol
exposed to X-ray
Zingiber - Ginger
remedy will be administered either as a sugar pill, or as a liquid. You
may be given a single dose of a remedy and asked to wait a matter of weeks
to see the effects. Alternatively, you may be given a low potency to be
taken more regularly. Always be sure that you understand the instructions
given by your homeopath before commencing treatment.
To take a sugar-pill remedy, avoid touching the tablets by tipping a tablet
into a spoon and then putting it in the mouth. Let the tablet dissolve
slowly under the tongue. In the case of liquid remedies, your homeopath
will advise you how to take these.
Do not eat or drink anything (except water) for twenty minutes before
and after taking the remedy. The nature of the remedy is so finely-tuned
and subtle that strong flavours can effect the action of the remedy.
Homeopathic remedies should be stored in a cool, dry place away from strong
odours, sunlight and waves emitted by mobile phones or other electrical
Your homeopath may advise you to cut out substances such as coffee, peppermint,
and aromatherapy oils as these may interfere with the action of the remedy.
If you go on holiday, do not let your homeopathic remedies go through
the X-ray scanning machines, as it is possible that this reduces the curative
powers of the remedies.