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Treating yourself with homoeopathy

Treating yourself by resorting to homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is a soft therapeutic method that presents absolutely no risk to the human body. Consequently, the remedies used are deprived of all forms of toxicity, contraindications and harmful side effects. But since this treatment is mainly conducted for therapeutic purposes, one should always respect the prescribed doses as well as the usual precautions in order to get the best possible results.

Homoeopathy is a natural therapeutic method that can be applied to treat a variety of different pathologies. In fact, today there are over 250 existing homoeopathic remedies that can prevent and treat a vast majority of transient and chronic diseases. Developed with the utmost respect for nature and the human body, these drugs can be taken by all, regardless of age or sex. Thus, although it is always better to have recourse to professional advice, it is entirely made ??possible to only treat yourself with homoeopathy, without fear of putting your health at risk. However, to optimize the therapeutic effectiveness of the treatment taken and to achieve the desired results, it is very important to be consistent and to comply, as much as possible, to the recommendations regarding the remedies used.

It has often been said that homoeopathic self-medication was in itself a challenge, given that all of the precautions for use related to the administration of different drugs were particularly demanding. Today, not only is it possible to assert that homoeopathic treatment does not present more difficulties than following an allopathic treatment, but also that homoeopathic self-medication is much less harmful to the body than allopathic self-medication.

Toxicity of homoeopathic remedies

Since dilution is one of the basic principles of homoeopathy, the resulting drugs show no toxicity whatsoever. Indeed, during the development of different homoeopathic remedies, the parent compounds are repeatedly diluted until infinitely small doses are obtained. At the end of theses successive dilutions, the resulting solution is not only able to act effectively, but it is also free of any toxicity and no longer presents any threats to the human body. Be that as it may, it is essential to only use drugs sold in pharmacies and which have been subjected to a series of tests prior to being put up for sale in the trade. The preparation of homoeopathic remedies being in fact quite complex, it is obvious that only licensed professionals are able to manufacture these treatments in the utmost respect of the Hahnemannian tradition. In addition, note that only the drugs developed and tested by professionals are really devoid of any toxicity.

Interactions between conventional drugs and homoeopathic remedies

There is currently no known drug interactions, which means that it is entirely possible to combine homoeopathic treatment with allopathic treatment. Moreover, depending on the severity of the condition to be treated, it is useful to note that these two types of treatment are often complementary. However, in case of doubt, it is strongly advised to seek the informed opinion of a health care professional who will be able to advise you and to allay any concerns.

Contraindications and side effects

Regarding contraindications linked to homoeopathic remedies, know that there usually isn’t any restriction pertaining to the use of remedies of which the dilutions are greater than or equal to 4 CH.  As a result, these remedies are suitable for babies as well as children, adults, pregnant women or the elderly. Similarly, to this day there are no known side effects linked to the use of homoeopathic treatments. Regardless, it is still better to consult a doctor, pharmacist or homoeopath in case of doubt or concern.

Choosing the right dilutions

In homoeopathic medicine, the remedies’ therapeutic effectiveness mainly depends on the successive dilutions and potentisations to which the mother tinctures are subjected. Thus, the more a basic substance is diluted, the more the remedy’s therapeutic effectiveness will increase. Nevertheless, do not forget that each disease is unique in its symptoms and severity, and that as such the dilutions need to be systematically adapted to the type of pathology requiring treatment.

In general, priority should be given to relatively low dilutions when coping with acute disorders presenting only a few symptoms.

In the event that the symptoms prove to be much more pronounced, the used solutions will need to have a higher concentration in order to be more effective. However when it comes to treating chronic conditions, it is better to start with relatively low dilutions before increasing them thereafter. Finally, it is important to note that unlike allopathic remedies, the homoeopathic remedies’ dosage does not vary according to the patient’s age.

Taking homoeopathic remedies

For a more successful treatment, take your medication regularly, taking care to respect the indicated schedules as much as possible. This way, you will be sure not to go wrong, contributing to the treatment’s optimal effectiveness at the same time. Depending on the disease requiring treatment, certain remedies will need to be taken early in the morning while others will need to be taken during the day, in late evening, or at the onset of symptoms. In general, it is best to avoid skin contact with the drug to be ingested. In addition, the remedies should never be taken during meals so as not to interfere with their therapeutic effectiveness.

In order to reap all of the remedy’s benefits, it will be necessary to take the prescribed doses thirty minutes before or after the main meal of the day. When taking the homoeopathic remedy, it is also recommended to avoid caffeine-based beverages, as well as cigarettes and products containing mint or chamomile. Indeed, it was clearly shown that these different substances do not favour the remedies’ therapeutic action, which is why one should refrain from resorting to such products when taking a homoeopathic treatment. It is advisable to let the granules melt slowly in the mouth and to only take one remedy at once since mixing several at the same time could annihilate their effectiveness.

Precautions for use

It is good to know that homoeopathic self-medication is a priori safe. Nevertheless, one should strictly follow the various indications pertaining to the homoeopathic treatments that he or she takes, as well as the recommendations in terms of dosage. As is also the case of allopathic drugs, homoeopathic remedies should be kept away from sources of light, heat or humidity. Also know that all of the drop solutions used in homoeopathy are made from an alcohol-based solvent. Consequently, it is always best to seek medical advice before resorting to this type of medication. Finally, keep in mind that some diseases and chronic conditions require the use of specific allopathic treatments that should, in no case, be replaced by homoeopathic remedies. Furthermore, even if the homoeopathic remedies’ therapeutic effectiveness cannot be questioned, it is essential to consult a doctor if the symptoms persist at the end of treatment.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.