Jul 16

How to Take Homeopathic Remedies

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How to Take Homeopathic Remedies

There are as many opinions on the subject of how to take homeopathic remedies as there are homeopaths. Understanding homeopathic posology is not easy, and it really takes years of practice to get a feeling for it. The goal of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was to prescribe in a way that would be as gentle as possible, while keeping the healing moving forward.

In fact, his advocacy of the minimum dose, which is one of the cornerstones of homeopathy, was to try to find a way to eliminate the toxic side effects that people would experience from crude doses of substances, hence his use of highly diluted remedies. He tended to work with lower potencies throughout his life, like 6C’s and LM potencies. Only toward the end of his life did he begin to use 30C potencies, and I believe he only used the 200C a few times.

The American homeopaths, such as James Tyler Kent, tended to use much higher potencies, because they wanted quick and dramatic results, and were not as concerned about gentleness as Hahnemann was. I was very influenced by Kent in the early years of my practice, but now I am leaning more toward the gentleness that Hahnemann advocated. Please read below to understand how I try to achieve that gentleness.

How Soon to Repeat the Remedy

- Never follow the dosage instructions on the bottles of homeopathic remedies that you buy in the health food store. The FDA requires this information to be printed on the bottles, but it is overdosing for homeopathic remedies.

- For constitutional treatment a single dose of a homeopathic remedy can hold many months without needing to be repeated. I would only repeat a remedy if the symptoms that had improved after taking the remedy begin to relapse. After taking a remedy there is usually an initial reaction period that can last several weeks or months, depending upon how deeply rooted a symptom is. I allow this initial reaction period to unfold without any interference. At six to seven weeks after taking the remedy, I evaluate the response and make a base-line chart of the patient’s symptoms. I would then only repeat the remedy, if the symptoms that had improved on the base-line chart begin to relapse, as that is an indication that the remedy has gone full circle and has run its course, and it is now safe and advantageous to repeat.

-I stress the above point, because many people treat the fluctuations in the initial reaction period as indications that it is necessary to repeat the remedy. This is not accurate and slows down or interferes with  the healing process.

-For acute ailments after administering the remedy, I observe the patient for 48 hours. In most cases there should be noticeable improvement within 24 hours. In other cases it can take longer. I do not repeat the remedy frequently during acutes, as many homeopaths do, because I have found that if the remedy is working and the person is feeling better, repeating the remedy can aggravate the situation unnecessarily. I find it very rare that a repetition of a remedy is needed during an acute illness. I would only repeat if the symptoms that had gotten better were definitely moving backward for quite a while.

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Boiron Remedy Bottles

-When a remedy is taken, the remedy will cycle through the patient’s repertoire of symptoms as it looks for what it needs to work on. It will find the most recently experienced symptoms first, and it will work on older symptoms later on. Generally, you will know that the remedy has located a symptom and is working on it, because you may experience a brief intensification in that symptom. That is a sign that the symptom is being worked on and that it will be better soon. Many people misinterpret this and regard the aggravation that occurs in the first few days or weeks after taking the remedy as a sign that the remedy is not working, and then change the remedy, or repeat it too soon. This is a very common mistake. When changes are taking place, whether you interpret them as good or bad, the rule is not to interfere, but watch and wait to see how things settle. Do not interfere during transitions.


Evaluating the Sensitivity Level of the Patient and Adjusting the Remedy Accordingly

-Following the advice of Samuel Hahnemann in the Organon of Mediine*, I always administer the remedy diluted in water. When given in water reactions are more gentle and aggravations are minimized.

The potency of the remedy used,  the quantity of pellets used, the amount of water used to dilute the remedy in, the quantity of the liquid dilution that the patient drinks are all factors that the homeopath can adjust based on his or her intuition about the strength of the vital force of the patient, or the sensitivity level of the patient. The goal is to keep aggravations or reactions to a minimum while moving the healing forward in as gentle a manner as possible.

For a highly sensitive person, I would use a low potency remedy, choosing between a 6C, 12C or 30C potency or LM potency. I would use only one pellet, diluted in two, four or more ounces of water and give one teaspoon or more of the liquid to start with, as the patient gets accustomed to the remedy, and then reassess the quantity used when a repetition is needed.

For very strong people I would use a 30C potency, or possibly a 200C. I tend not to go to higher potencies unless the person has worked up to it over time. In this case I may dissolve 2 to 3 pellets of a 30C or 8 pellets of a 200C, as the 200C pellets tend to be much smaller than the 30C pellets from certain pharmacies in 4 ounce of water, and have the patient drink anywhere from a teaspoon to the entire amount, depending upon what I perceive to be their sensitivity.

-I have found that the quantity of the remedy taken can affect the duration of action of the remedy, but not always. For some people one teaspoon of the remedy can hold longer than a year, and for other people three to four ounces only holds a few months. In general, however, I have found that the quantity of the remedy consumed can affect duration of action of the remedy, and how soon a relapse occurs.

One Should Never Repeat the Remedy in Exactly the Same Form

-According to Samuel Hahnemann one should never repeat a homeopathic remedy in exactly the same form. He recommended altering the dose slightly when it is repeated. I accomplish this in several ways:

Pharmacist with Homeopathic Remedies

Pharmacist with Homeopathic Remedies

I vary the quantity of water used, so if I used 4 oz. of water to dilute the remedy for the first dose taken, I will use 6 oz. of water for the second dose, and 8 oz. for the third dose, 10 oz. for the fourth dose, and then I start over again at 4 oz.

I always succuss for the second and subsequent doses. I do not succuss for the first dose, unless I am using LM potencies. The way I succuss is that I dissolve the remedy in a glass jar or plastic bottle that seals tightly, and then I bang the jar against a book. Then I ask the patient to drink the amount that I feel would be appropriate for them, with the intention of keeping aggravations to a minimum. I ask them to swish the liquid in their mouth for 15 to 20 seconds before swallowing each spoon. I also recommend taking the remedy by olfaction, which would be to breathe over the solution for a minute.

In the past I used to use dry doses. What I found was that dry doses do tend to hold quite a bit longer than doses dissolved in water, but they can cause unnecessarily strong aggravations. When I switched to dosing in water, I have found that the remedies work much more gently, even if they need to be repeated sooner than they would with a dry dose.

-There are some patients who are very afraid of taking homeopathic remedies. One way I have found to help them get comfortable with the remedy and overcome the fear is to put the entire vial or a few pellets of the remedy in an envelope under their pillow for an hour or so, or even the whole night. In this manner they enter the energetic field of the remedy, without needing to ingest it. Once they feel the benefit of this, they are more likely to accept taking the remedy orally.

Sample Prescription

Here is a sample of a first prescription of a typical 30C strength remedy in a person with average sensitivity:

Instructions for Taking the First Dose of a New Remedy

1)    Please dissolve 2 to 3 pellets of (Name of the remedy) in 4 oz. of water in a small cup. You can use a disposable cup if you wish.
2)    Once the remedy has thoroughly dissolved in the water, please stir it well. It may take 15 minutes for the pellets to thoroughly dissolve.
3)    Please drink 3 oz. of the liquid.  Hold the liquid in your mouth for 15 or 20 seconds before swallowing each sip. You may drink regular water after that if you would like.  Please do not eat an hour before or after taking the remedy.
4)    In addition to taking the remedy orally, you can also take the dose by olfaction, which would be to breathe over the cup for one minute.
5)    Please discard the remainder of the liquid on the ground outside, and clean or dispose of the cup carefully, so as not to expose anyone else in the household to the medicine.

The remedy will begin to cycle through your repertoire of symptoms while it looks for what it needs to work on.  When it does so the symptoms may intensify for awhile before they get better. That intensification is a good thing, as it shows you that the remedy has located what it needs to work on and is addressing the symptoms. The cycling process can take weeks or months depending upon how deep rooted the symptoms are. It is normal for symptoms from the past to show up during the cycling process, but they should resolve on their own in a short time.

Here is a sample of a second prescription  of a typical 30C strength remedy in a person with average sensitivity.

Instructions for Taking the Second Dose of Your Remedy

1)    Please dissolve 2 to 3 pellets of (Name of your remedy) in 6 oz. of water in a glass jar or a small disposable water bottle container.
2)    Please give the bottle 10 firm succussions.  You do this by hitting the bottle or jar against a book.
3)     Please drink 3, 4, or 5, oz of the liquid.  You should hold the liquid in your mouth for 15 or 20 seconds before swallowing each spoon. Please do not eat an hour before or after taking the remedy.
4)    In addition to taking the remedy orally, you can also take the dose by olfaction, which would be to breathe over the bottle for 1 minute.
5)    Discard the remainder of the liquid on the ground outside, and clean or dispose of the bottle carefully, so as not to expose anyone else in the household to the medicine.

You may experience a time in the first weeks after taking the remedy when your symptoms might be up and down. This is the remedy cycling through your repertoire of symptoms and looking for what it needs to work on. Each time you take a remedy the cycling process gets easier, but I wanted to make you aware that this is a normal process after taking a remedy. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the initial reaction period.

I am sharing this information about homeopathic posology and how I dose with you, because there is a lot of confusion about this amongst homeopaths and the public. I have had many years of experience with homeopathy and I would love people to have positive, safe and gentle experiences with it. This is the way I have found to accomplish this goal.

In love and healing,

Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)


* There are many translations of this book and the titles are different. Here are a few translations on Amazon.com

This one is called the Organon of Medicine and combines the Boericke and Dudgeon translations. 

A recent translation is Wenda Brewster O’Reilley’s translation called The Organon of the Medical Art.

There is another translation by Kunzli and others, also called the Organon of Medicine:





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  1. Favi


    My sister was struck by a car 48 hours ago. Her injury is mainly in the lower part of her abdomen. Her pelvis and hips were injured extensively, She is going to be placed in a metal device on both sides of the hips to help the fractures of the pelvis area. Please could you help me to see if Arnica or Hypericum perforatum or other would help her with the injury trauma. She does not live in the US.

    Many thanks.



  2. Swati

    Hello Deborah,
    Its a very informative article. Thanks. I would like to know if someone is given silicea 1m on the basis of his symptoms.. and one of the symptom is nasal congestion happening very frequently because of low immunity may be.. and if he develops the similar symptoms along with coughing and fever, after 2 days of taking the dose, could it be because of the administration of the medicine. Can one take crocin or paracetamol for fever to settle down? Hope thats not going to come in the way of the treatment of homeo medicine?

  3. Dorene Gratton

    My son fractured his wrist. He has taken arnica when it first happened and now is in a cast. Very bad timing for him with playoffs, districts and possible camp coming up in 4 weeks. I am confused about the dosage to take of symphytum officinale, I was only able to purchase 6C at our local health food store. Should he be on a different dosage. 30C or 200ck? I have found 200ck online and want to get your opinion to see if he should be taking that before purchasing

  4. Deborah Olenev

    Dear KT,
    I am happy that you found this article helpful. My suggestion is to stop taking the remedy and allow the healing process form it to unfold. I suggest evaluating yourself in three weeks to see if you see any changes from the 6C. See what is better, the same, worse, old or new. Note down all of these symptoms. You would only need to repeat the Sepia 6C if symptoms that were better moved backward for three to four days. If you repeat a remedy too soon, or interrupt an active dose, you can cause an unncessary and a long aggravation, even with a 6C strength of the remedy.

    If the Sepia at the 6C level has been helping, but it does not feel strong enough, the next time you need a remedy you may consider going up to a 12C or a 30C strength. The higher you go in the potency the longer you need to give the remedy time to work and to evaluate. I would not evaluate the 12C or 30C before six or seven weeks. By evaluate I mean to make the chart of symptoms, where you see what is better, the same or worse, and only repeat when symptoms that are better move backward for a few weeks.

    A 30C strength remedy can hold several months to years. You have to understand the power of homeopathic remedies, and use them with sensitivity and great care.

    I hope this answer helps.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  5. KT

    Hi Deborah, this is an incredibly helpful article. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and for answering our questions. I am 37 and have had hormonal issues since my twenties. I was on birth control for 16 years followed by infertility treatment. I believe I am a Sepia type. I dissolved one 6c tablet in 12 oz of water this morning and drank 3 oz, 3 times throughout the day (total of 9 oz.) I am very sensitive to everything so I wanted to start off slowly. I’m not sure if I feel anything. Would you suggest I keep slowly adding until I feel a change? Try a higher potency? How do you know when it’s time to move on to a different remedy? Thank you in advance for your help.

  6. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Jessica,
    Thank you for writing. You understood most of what I have written about giving the remedy correctly. You don’t necessarily have to start with a very low potency. The important thing is to start with a remedy and potency that resonate well. Some people resonate well with the 30C, others with a 200C. This cannot really be determined intellectually though many people have tried to do that. I select the potency intuitively, but since I have not met your daughter, it may be safest to give her a single dose of a 30C remedy and evaluate how she is doing in seven weeks. I hope your daughter will have a very good response to the remedy. Here is a link to an article on How to Take Homeopathic Remedies.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  7. Jessica

    Hello! Thanks for this post. After much reading, I think my 10 year old would benefit from Nat Mur constitutionally. She fits most of the descriptions I read, and interestingly, this is the remedy that my homeopath chose for me several years ago. So am I understanding you correctly when you say I should start with a single, very low dose and observe for 6-7 weeks, and repeat the remedy (in a slightly varied way) if her symptoms relapse? How do you observe someone well when it’s not for one specific symptom (like knee pain), but for a general constitution (social inhibition, body tension, fear, and more)? I homeschool, so I am around her a lot, but I guess I just hope I’ll be able to observe the changes. If not, do I assume I have the wrong remedy? Although, I really think this is it! Thanks for your help!

  8. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Ismael,
    Thank you for writing with your question. From my perspective you are taking too many remedies at one time. This is not a classical homeopathic approach. It is contrary to the way Samuel Hahnemann the founder of homeopathy, recommended remedies to be taken. He advised to take one remedy at a time, and only to repeat when symptoms that had gotten better move backward for a while.

    My feeling is that you are working with a person who is not trained in Classical Homeopathy, and does not understand the rules of how to use this beautiful system of medicine safely. I would recommend finding a more knowledgeable homeopath.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  9. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Dinorah,
    Thank you for writing with your question about how to take Sepia 30C. If you were my client I would administer the remedy only one time by having you dissolve 3 pellets in 4 ounces of water and then drinking the whole thing. Then I would evaluate your symptoms seven weeks later to see what changes there are. I would only consider repeating the remedy if 3 or 4 symptoms that had gotten better at the four week point move backward for two weeks.

    A single dose of a 30C potency remedies should be able to hold anywhere from a few months to a year and longer.

    I hope the Sepia works well for you.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RShom (NA)

  10. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Alena,
    Thank you for writing about your son’s enlarged tonsils and adenoids. These conditions can be improved with homeopathy. My suggestion is for you to work with a classical homeopath who can take the complete case and guide in its managememt. There are 164 remedies listed for enlarged tonsils. It is impossible to prescribe on one or two symptoms alone.

    If you are interested in working with me for help with your son, please complete the pediatric questinnaire and email it back to me. That way I will know that you are ready to proceed.

    I wish you and your family the best of health.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  11. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Rukshinda,
    Thank you for writing about your little princess. It sounds like your homeopath is knowledgeable and that he is trying his best to help your daughter. I would recommend continuing to work with him. With persistence and trial and error, he should eventually hit upon a remedy that will resonate well with her.

    Please read the article on How to Take Homeopathic Remedies to learn the way I prescribe and repeat remedies.

    I hope that your daughter recovers soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  12. Ismail khan Meo

    Hope you are in good spirit
    Currently I’m using the following homeopathic remedies in the 30C potency:
    Nux vomica, Antimonium crudum, Merc sol, Opium, Reckeweg R 5 and Reckeweg R 13. R 5 and R 13. I taking them in almost 10 – 15 mL water with 2 mint before meal with 30 minute gap. Rest of dilution I take 3 drops directly on tongue with no water with no gap take all dilution after and after. Is that right? Is there anything in dose direction.
    Thank you

  13. Dinorah

    Hi Dr. Olanev,
    I am taking Sepia 30C 15 drops in water, one spoon diary.
    My condition is Fibromyalgia, I have bone pains, my skin is yellow, my mood is swing, I am very antisocial, and I have xanthelasmata on both eyes, it is not for cholesterol, because the doctor makes already tests.
    In my early years, my Homeopathy doctor said I am Sepia.
    My question is is the correct dose what I drink? and what you recommend?
    Thank you!

  14. Alena Hammond

    I am trying to find a homeopathic help for my son’s enlargened adenoids and tonsils. He
    is 6 years old and mainly breathes through his nose. What would you recommend and how many times a day would I give him the remedy? Thank you in advance!


  15. Rukhshinda

    Dear sir
    I am from pakistan mu dought’ age is 2.6 almost. She has areata eolopacia scince 1 year . I treated her by homeopath he gives bacilinium 200 1 time and 3 time thilium aftrr this he gave phosphorus 30 and calcarea phos 30 alternat she has alot of spot on her head where the hair are not growing … it works but not not much more she has two main pachtec on the top of the skull and on temple reigon and many tiny spots on her full head now he suggested me phosphiric acid 200 for 1 month then lyco 200 for 1 month then wesbidein for 1 month now days i m giving her lycopodium 200 … but i dont feel any good result ….. kindly tell me what should i do for my lil princess should i continue these sugested med phophirc lyco then wesbedien or u not please suggest me some med for her

  16. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Inas,
    Thank you for writing with your question. My feeling is that you are taking the remedies way too often. Please read the article on this website entitled How To Take Homeopathic Remedies.

    At this point my recommendation would be to discontinue taking everything for two months and then observe yourself. The remedies are in your system, and this will allow the healing process on them to unfold uninterrupted.

    I hope you recover very soon from your knee pain.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  17. Inas

    I am 46 playing tennis 3-4 days/ week had right side knee pain for 5weeks started suddenly as with no particular wrong movement just felt acute pain not particular swelling , couldnt step on the foot or step up stairs ; rest elevated pain comes back when i play again . very slowly getting better but i still some heaviness and dull pain around the knee
    physiotherapist told me its patellofemoral joint pain advised to do excercise for my thigh muscles for the right leg as seems weak ms caused injury to knee he advised going to gym to do few exercises 2-3 days on machines to strengthen right leg and playing tennis the other days.

    Generally I have high pressure well controlled , diagnosed with Vit D deficiency.

    Taking 30c ruta pellicules 2 tablts / 3 days + rhus tox
    Someone recommended 200 c once daily and stop using rhus tox
    I am worried about using 200 c
    Can u please tell me exact dose recommended for 30 c
    Can i take 3 tablets every 8h instead ?

  18. Deborah Olenev

    Dear prashanth,
    I am sorry you are suffering from these conditions. If the Arsenicum album 200C has not helped up till this point, then I recommend that you work with your homeopath to find another remedy that fits the totality of your case better. Arsenicum album is a great remedy for asthma and the symptoms that you have mentioned. If it is not helping then you need to search for another remedy that fits your case better. We have many wonderful remedies for asthma and the symptoms you mentioned in homeopathy.

    I hope you recover soon from your health complaints.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  19. Prashanth red'd'i

    I am suffering from allergy, sinus, asthma, chest tightness and sleep problems. I have been using Arsenicum album 200C for a month. For how months months do I need to use this.

  20. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Alok,
    Thank you for writing. I am sorry about the muscle pin in your thighs. The homeopath you are currently working with is not using a classical homeopathic approach, because he is giving you more than one remedy at a time. A lot of homeopaths are working in this unusual and unconventional manner these days, and I think it is unfortunate. There is a belief that if you throw everything at it something is bound to work, so caution is thrown to the wind, and lack of reason prevails. I recommend that you find a homeopath who practices true classical homeopathy, which means one remedy at a time; only repeat if symptoms that have improved relapse for a while; match the symptoms of the patient to a remedy that has produced similar symptoms in the provings.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  21. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Ehsan,
    I am sorry that you are experiencing hypertension or high blood pressure. There are 524 remedies listed for this condition, so please consult with a homeopath who can take your complete case and help you with your general health and this symptom.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  22. Alok

    Hello mam,
    I have muscle pain in thighs since 2 and half years. I can’t walk or remain in standing position for more than 15min.
    My all the tests came normal like ESR, Calcium level,CRP, Hepatitis b&c, coombs test , CPK , G6PD ,ANA , LFT , Sonography of abdomen etc. Except low level of Vitamin D and high level of INDIRECT Bilirubin (4.33). My eyes are a yellowish since a year. I hv taken vit.D pills and inj. I hv tried allopathic, ayurvedic but didnt get relief.
    Now , I’m taking homeopathic since 6months. My doctor is giving lycopodium from starting of increasing potencies with china , kali.carb , bryonia 200, every other month changing the second medicine. This time he has given me lyco. 1M with rus tox 200 & causticum . There’s improvement but very little bit in 6months. I still got pain in muscles while taking stairs .i easily got fatigued very soon . Ya pain is not like that earlier shooting & cramping pain but i still cant take sour food items as it get worse my condition.

    I appreciate your any advice like test or medicine .
    Thank you .

  23. Ehsan

    Dear i have high bp kindly suggest me homeopathy remedy

  24. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Amit,
    I am very sorry to hear about what happened to your relative, and about your reaction to it. Here is a list of remedies for fear of dying during sleep.

    Ledum palustre
    Lachesis muta
    Nux moschata
    Aconitum napellus

    Please work with a homeopath who can take your complete case and chose a good remedy to help you recover your health and peace of mind.

    I hope you feel better very soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  25. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Robert,
    Thank you for your question. Yes, I would give the dog a single dose of Phosphous 30C. You can dissolve 2 pellets in 2 ounces of water and let him drink it, or drop the dissolved remedy into his mouth with a dropper. I would wait seven weeks before evaluating the dog. Hopefully you should see a reduction in his fears after that. If the fears return some time down the road, you can repeat the remedy.

    I wish you and your pet the best of health.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  26. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Tomas,
    I am sorry to hear about your injury. I would suggest waiting three days before considering changing the remedy, because sometimes the symptoms will aggravate for a few days in an acute situation, but by the end of the third day, you should see improvement if you are on a good remedy. If there is no improvement, you can try the next remedy. If there is improvement, it is important not to change anything, and just allow the healing process on the remedy that you took to unfold. You should not repeat the remedy that has helped unless thee has been a definite relapse that lasts several days, because if you repeat a remedy too soon, you can needlessly aggravate your condition.

    Some good remedies to consider besides the Arnica are Ruta graveolens, Rhus tox, and even possibly Bryonia, if the part is very aggravated from motion.

    I hope that you recover quickly from your injury.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  27. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Riyasat,
    Thank you for writing. Please read the article I wrote on How to take Homeopathic Remedies to answer your question.

  28. amit

    Hello Doctor
    I am 36 year old, weight 85kg,height 6 feet.Last one year i am suffering very hard day in my life, before 1 year ago my relative died in sleeping condition (may be) or side effect of medicine in night. as I heard this, my mind went into shock. I go to depression very seriously. Due to this my mind catch one feeling that I will die in sleeping condition. This idea disturb me in all night, when i go to bed this attack is more, i am in depression, loss of confidence, bad memory, loss of sleep, not sleep properly. All the time my mind creates a picture of this happening to me also. I have been lost my power to life. My digestion system also very disturbed. No sex power.
    Please help me
    I want get rid of this. I believe in Homeopathy. Anxiety is at its peak all the time for me.

    Please help me Thank you.

  29. Robert

    I am wanting to help a dog who is very afraid of loud noises, specifically fireworks. I see that Phosphorous 30C is recommended. Can you indicate what schedule for him might work? Should I give him a single dose in water and just wait? If there is no effect, then what course of action is recommended?
    Many thanks Deborah

  30. Tomas

    Hello, I suffered a tiny chip type fracture at the base of the fibula about 2 weeks ago. Immediately following the incident I took Arnica 1M. The following day I could walk normally with little pain. However, the pain became worse after about 3 days and someone talked me into using ice, which was a mistake and immediately aggravated the injury. Lately there is a lot of swelling, and pain, and the foot turns red and pain increases whenever lowered. I was given a list of remedies and bought them. I have just taken the first one. How long do I wait to try a different remedy if there has been no improvement from the last one?

  31. Riyasat Ali

    Please suggest the best way to take homoeopathy medicine epigaea 200ch in case of cyctitis.

  32. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Vishal,
    From your explanation, you are saying that 8 out of ten symptoms improved and two symptoms did not improve after taking Sulphur 200C. You are also saying that after 65 days you are not seeing a relapse of symptoms. Here are the possibilities, which I see:

    1) You should wait longer, because 65 days is not that much time for a homeopathic remedy. The 200C strength of a remedy can hold one, two or more years without needing to be repeated, so if you are not seeing a relapse, but improvement in 8 of ten symptoms, it may be wise to wait much longer and see if the remaining symptoms improve, and also to be grateful for the healing you have already experienced.

    2) The second possibility is to repertorize the remaining symptoms to see if they are symptoms that are covered by Sulphur, or if they are listed under an different remedy. If they are not Sulphur symptoms these two remaining symptoms may be pointing the way to an underlying remedy layer that also needs to be addressed.

    3). Personally I would not change anything until you see a relapse of symptoms that had improved, because you do not want to interrupt the active 200C dose that you took. Also jumping to the 1M may or may not be a good idea. The reason is that your body has clearly shown that it resonates with the 200C strength. It may not resonate as well with the 1M stregnth.

    I would trust in the judgement of your homeopath, who has done very good work for you so far.

    I hope the remaining two symptoms improve soon.

    In love and servicem

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  33. vishal

    Thank you maam for your wonderful blog.but I am still confused.My question is if a remedy consists of 10 symptoms in the repertoire. but on some potency ( like sulphur 200ch) only 8 symptoms improved, 2 remain standstill or slightly improved and person waited for 65 days, now those 8 symptoms are not seemingly returning (as u said symptoms improved should return for a awhile to consider new dose) but 2 symptoms of same remedy are standstill or very marginally improved after 65 days.now my question is person should wait more for returning of improved symptoms or he should jump for higher potency like 1M( those 2 symptoms are mental symptoms like clenching teeth in anger for some minutes daily and sexual dysfunction). thanking u in advance.i m not asking this ti my homeopth, because he may feel pressure and will say what i want.i just want real genuine textbook anser and i believe only u can give.

  34. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Junaid,
    I am sorry that you are suffering from sciatica. There are 424 remedies listed for this condition, so unfortunately, I cannot make a recommendation, except to suggest that you work with a classical homeopath who can select a remedy for you and guide you in your treatment. I hope you feel better soon.https://homeopathyforhealth.net/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  35. junaid


    i am suffering sciatica pain last 2 years please suggest medicine and dosage describe

  36. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Sherry,
    Thank you for writing. Is the wrist pain you are having from repetitive strain injury? You may want to consider Ruta graveolens for this, if that is the cause. Ruta graveolens has a strong affinity for trauma to the wrist. I sell a Ruta graveolens cream on Amazon and at the firstaidcreams.com website. You can also take Ruta graveolens in potency.

    I hope you recover soon from your wrist pain.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  37. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Riti,
    Thank you for writing with your question. My recommendation is to take the remedy in water, according to the directions in this article. Some homeopaths use dry doses, which is also fine, but from my experience not as gentle.

    I hope you have a very good response to the Graphites 200C.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  38. Sherry Gajos

    I really liked what you said about how a lot of homeopathic remedies only need one dose for many months to be effective. I’ve been having no luck with treatments for some muscle soreness, so I want to try a homeopathic one and see if it can help ease my wrist pain. Thank you for the information about how you would only repeat a remedy if the symptoms returned.

  39. Riti

    How to take graphites 200ch dilution?with or without water?

  40. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Amruta,
    If you take the Mag carb or Mag phos 30C (You did not specify which remedy you are thinking of), please allow the remedy to work for seven weeks without repeating it. At that point evaluate your response to the remedy. See what is the same, what is better, what is aggravated, and only repeat the remedy if symptoms that had gotten better at that point move backward for two weeks. In this way you do not interrupt an active dose, and you give the remedy sufficient time to cycle through your symptoms to look for what it needs to work and to address your symptoms.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  41. Amruta

    Can we repeat mag 30 if we find some similinum like constipation, hot feel in stomach headache ingesta

  42. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Nass,
    Thank you for writing and sharing your experience with homeopathy. The homeopaths that you have been working with have been repeating the remedies with way too much frequency, and in a routine manner, rather than basing the repetition on whether the last dose has exhausted its action evidenced by the fact that symptoms that had gotten better have begun to return.

    My suggestion is to be careful with the recommendations you get from homeopaths in the future with regard to repetition, and follow the guidelines I have written about in this article. You can also share this information with your homeopath.

    With homeopathy less is always more. Unfortunately homeopaths themselves have trouble grasping this and believing it, and they are not familiar with the original homeopathic writings from Hahnemann and Kent and others.

    Taking Carcinosin 1M once a week is a terrible prescription. Please do not do that. A single dose of Carcinosin 1M taken one time should hold approximately a year. This is an irresponsible way of repeating the remedy.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  43. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Lynn,
    I am sorry for my delay in responding to your blog comment. I only have time to respond to blog comments about twice a month, hence the delay. The information you are giving me is insufficient to be able to suggest a remedy. The symptoms you are mentioning the coldness and phlegm in the throat are common to thousands of remedies.

    Please work with a homeopath who can see your father and take his complete case.

    I wish you and your father all the best.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH SRHom (NA)

  44. Nass

    Hello Deborah,

    I was happy to find your article as it helped me to understand better my sensitivity to higher potency (200C).

    In my first experience with homeopathy, about decade ago, doctor prescribed 200C, usually 3X every 12 hours, and than the same repetition after a month. I experienced strong aggravations and from some remedies amelioration, but usually my responses were strong.
    Meanwhile, moving to Italy (they use lower potency), homeopathic doctor prescribed me 30C, 5 pallets every day, and I felt more stable during that process of healing but at the same time this repetition for long time (for a year or so) at some point blur the picture of symptoms.
    Couple of years later, I am in new experience with homeopathy (back to my native country) and I received 200C (Tuberculinum), 1x week, for 4 weeks. I had strong aggravations, back to old symptoms and some symptoms are disappeared, but generally after a month still feeling emotionally bad. The doctor proposed Carcinosin as a next medicine, potency 1M, once a week.
    I am afraid of taking this high potency, and prefer to back to 30C, and finding the right frequency that suits me. And experiment with prescription you wrote in this article.

    I will appreciate any advice from you
    Thank you so much for your work and time

  45. lynn taylor

    Hello…i have a 94 yr Dad…COPD and Congestive heart , on blood thinners so is now always cold..among other medical troubles…he has a lot of trouble with phlegm /sputum collecting in his throat. It can interfere with his ability to speak. He has always been an active person…on his computer daily and conversing with e-mail and chat.Is there a remedy which could help with the phlegm?

  46. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Ami,
    Thank you for writing with your question. You have not mentioned what the strength is of the Arnica, and Sympthytum in the combination remedy. With homeopathic remedies the strength needs to be always mentioned. My suggestion is to stop and not to take any more, as no matter what potency is, you have taken more than enough. Then observe yourself for 4 to 7 seven weeks and see how you and your knee are doing. If you feel that you are doing much better at that point, please do not repeat the remedy. You would only repeat if you have a relapse.

    Please also consider Ruta graveolens as this remedy is very good for injuries to ligaments and tendons.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH SHom (NA)

  47. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Valeria,
    Thank you for writing with your question. Yes, the same rules of repetition apply to the Lac remedies. If you are not very sure of the prescription, it would be better to start with a lower potency such as a 12C or 30C strength and see how you respond to those, rather than starting with a 200C or higher. Please give the dose you take time to work, as I have described in this article.

    I hope you have a positive response to the Lac Humanum.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

  48. Deborah Olenev

    Dear Alyson,
    Thank you for writing back. Since your daughter will be getting a hep B vaccination, it would be better to wait a few days after she gets the shot to take the remedy. Silica is a very well known remedy for ailments from vaccination, so it can help if she has reactions to the vaccination.

    I wish you and your daughter the best of health.

    In love and service,

    Deborah Olenev

  49. Ami

    Hello Deborah,

    I learned a lot from your this article and your responses to the questions sent to you. I am afraid of the reactions that homeopathy can trigger, from what I hear. 5 months ago I got shooting pain in my inner knee. I took painkillers, did physiotherapy. Doctors suggested surgery if pain does not go away. I did MRI 1 month ago and found a torn miniscus. I was looking for alternatives to surgery when I came across the suggestion to take homeopathic medicine arnica/symphatum comp. (liquid). My nephew took it to heal torn ligament in his wrist. He healed himself by using this. I have started this 4 days ago. i take 15 drops in half cup water three times a day. I am confused. Do I continue or stop.

    Thank you,

  50. valeria

    Hello, I would like to start taking Lac Humanum, but in Italy it’s difficult to find an homeopath that works with lacs, therefore I am trying to get informed by myself.
    Do the same rule of the article works for Lacs as well? Should I start with minimum dosage?
    Thank you so much

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