Is There One Homeopathic Remedy Needed Throughout a Person’s Life
I received a question from a client asking: Is There One Remedy Needed Throughout a Person’s Life?
Here is my response:
Dear Catherine (name made up),
Your question Is There One Remedy Needed Throughout a Person’s Life? is such a wonderful one. Thank you for asking it.
Question: “Would a person’s constitutional remedy be the same remedy that they were as a healthy baby? Or even just the remedy that fitted at the time of birth, would this remedy be constitutional throughout the person’s life?”
Answer: I was recently at the labor of a young woman and during her labor and after the birth, she needed five different remedies. We used Nux vomica at first because her labor was not progressing and she had a frequent need to go to the bathroom. The Nux vomica helped her dilate from 2 to 10 in an hour, whereas before she labored for five hours and did not advance beyond 2. Then she needed Belladonna for the pushing stage, because it was again stalled. She was able to push the baby out with the Belladonna shortly afterward.
After the baby was born she had a lot of blood loss, so we gave her China officinalis, which is for ailments from loss of vital fluids. This helped her regain her strength, and reduce the bleeding. Two days later we gave her Arnica montana for the shock and trauma of the difficult labor. Four days later we gave her Ferrum metallicum for the anemia she was experiencing from loss of blood.
I am telling you this story so you can see that people often need more than one remedy, particularly in a crisis situation. This young woman and her baby are doing fabulously now.
I, personally, have taken many remedies over the course of my life, and I feel that I benefited from almost everyone I took. Certain remedies, however, worked much deeper than others, and I really felt that I was healing core wounds with the remedy. I could feel the profound healing taking place on the mental, emotional, and physical levels, and I could feel the dreams working through many issues in the subconscious realms. Maybe one can call such a remedy a deep acting constitutional remedy.
I have had that feeling of deep healing from eight or nine remedies I have taken, so I cannot say that there is only one remedy for each individual for the course of their life. Each remedy has a gift to offer, when something in it resonates with the receiver of the remedy. I believe that many people can respond positively to a variety of remedies, and that some people may need only one remedy.
This idea that there is only one remedy for each individual has probably not served homeopathy, nor the patrons of homeopathy well, because it sets people looking for a panacea, something that will remove all their ailments for all time, and then they feel disappointed when they do not experience that panacea. A more healthy and mature attitude would be gratitude for the healing that they do receive from a remedy, and an understanding that we are complex multi-dimensional beings, with multi-dimensional traumas that can be addressed with different homeopathic remedies.
The beauty of homeopathy is that it is a science and art that reads the signposts of our symptoms. These symptoms indicate where we are stuck at this point on life’s journey. When the homeopath reads the signs, he or she tries to figure out what they are pointing to, and what remedy has similar symptoms that would resonate with the person and help ease their way along the journey.
There are many opinions about this question. My answer stems from my personal experience with homeopathy and the experiences of my clients spanning three decades. Please send me your questions. I may feature them in an upcoming newsletter.
In the Spirit of Friendship,
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Peace be with you,
Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)
Thank you for writing with your excellent question. Many things can influence what your constitutional remedy is. Also the constitutional remedy is not a fixed thing for life that cannot change. Sometimes genetics plays a part in determining what the constitutional remedy is. Sometimes trauma, attitude, life events determine this.
My suggestion is to work with a homeopath to try to figure what the current state is and treat that. Then if there is something underneath it will appear as the upper layers clear away.
Lycopodium is a polychrest (meaning remedy of many uses) and antipsoric remedy that covers a significant percentage of people. Some of the guiding symptoms to Lycopodium are:
4 to 8 p.m. agg.
Right sided symptoms.
Lack of self confidence.
I hope this answer is helpful. I wish you and your family all the best.
In love and service,
Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)
After reading several of your articles, I strongly believe that you might answer my question which was established in my mind when my daughter was recently examined by a homeopathic practitioner and prescribed her constitutional remedy as being LYCOPODIUM.
As a wise mother,I then searched through for the characteristics of this personality and was quite surprised to find out that 60-70% of these apply to me, too.( An article by VITHOULKAS who is highly respected here in Greece, especially struck me).
I would therefore like to ask how is one’s constitution formed,is it inherited or affected by family-environment?
I have not been told what constitution I fall into, although I have taken some homeopathic remedies over the last 2 years- cystic salts and hepar sulphur for a lactation issue.
Thank you in advance for your attention.