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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.