DO’S AND DON’TS WHILE TAKING HOMEOPATHY

Commonly Prescribed Forms of Homeopathic Medicines

  • Liquid – Dilutions: The dilutions are easily available online and on homeopathic stores. The potency of each medicine is indicated along with name such as Belladonna 30. The numerical potencies – 6, 30, 200 etc are same to 6c, 30c, 200c or 6cH, 30cH or 200cH.
  • Pills soaked with liquid dilutions: This is the most common method of dispensing homeopathic medicines. Usually, plastic or glass vials are used. On an average, if a person takes 04 pills of globule size 30, thrice daily – One dram of the vial is sufficient for a week’s time.
  • Biochemic tablets: The commonly prescribed dose of biochemic tablets (as used at many clinics) is 04 tablets as one dose, repeated as per the need of a case. This may vary according to the treating physician.
  • Powder form: The powder used in homeopathic prescription is made up of milk sugar and is completely safe, even for kids

How to take

  • Homeopathic medicines must be taken as per the advice of a registered homeopathic medical practitioner only.
  • Pills must be taken in the cap of the vial or plastic spoon first and then put in the mouth.
  • Never touch the pills with hands, not because their potency will reduce, but your hands may be dirty and medicine may be contaminated before entering your body.
  • Liquids must be diluted in water before consumption. Usually, 04 drops of liquid dilution are diluted with 2-4tsp water and 20 drops of mother tinctures are diluted in one cup of water, but this dilution factor may vary from doctor to doctor.

Time gap

  • As a rule, there must be a time gap between meals/eating and homeopathic medicines.
  • The basic logic is that less the smell in the mouth more effective the medicine would be.
  • As a general rule, a patient may give a gap of 20-30 minutes before and after taking homeopathic medicines.
  • However, there is no restriction on having water before or after taking medicines.

Avoid

  • In general, there is no restriction to onion and garlic (as commonly asked by patients), provided patient maintains a gap between meals and do gargles before taking medicine.
  • In some cases, there are specific restriction which shall be told to you by your treating physician.
  • Strong smelling food items must be avoided before or after taking homeopathic medicine.
  • You may take Tea, Coffee, etc. (in moderate quantity), if not asked by your doctor to stop.
  • Tobacco (chewing and smoking), alcohol, drugs are to be avoided strictly with homeopathic medicines.
  • You may avoid strong smelling perfumes, medicated soaps, scented hair oils etc., only if asked by the doctor.

Taking Homeopathy along with Allopathic and other therapies

  • As per latest research and experience homeopathy can be taken as Add-on or complimentary therapy with other therapies or allopathic medicines.
  • A half an hour gap must be kept between homeopathic and other medications.
  • These situations are common when the patient is on essential medicines such as for Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac disorders, Thyroid disorders or life-saving medicines as in accident or post-surgery, in such cases, you must follow your treating physician advice.

Two Prescriptions at a Time

  • Many a times patients ask about following two homeopathic doctors for two different problems. This must not be followed. A patient must follow a single homeopathic doctor/prescription at one time. However, if necessary, of deemed fit, second opinions may be taken from other homeopathic doctors.

Storage

  • Homeopathic medicines must be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, heat, radiations such as microwave, TV, or strong odors such as camphor, solvents, paint, and chemicals etc.
  • Homeopathic medicines should not be refrigerated.

Expiry

  • Nowadays every homeopathic medicine comes with a pre-defined expiry, however, if you note the color change in pills, biochemic tablets or consistency/color change in liquid dilution/tinctures you must not consume them and contact the treating physician/pharmacy immediately.

General consideration

  • Homeopathic medicines are completely safe but must be taken after consulting a qualified homeopathic practitioner. Their improper use may not do any harm in any way, but may not benefit you as either.
  • Self-medication must be avoided!
  • Many times, people keep on taking mother tinctures in substantiate dosage for long without consulting a physician. Such a usage is strictly condemned.