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Before Starting Homeopathy, Read This!

Know what you’re getting into.

The more you know about homeopathy, the more successful your outcome will be!

The problem is that mainstream medicine has made us lazy.  We’re asked to do nothing but take the medicine, follow directions.  Other than that, our participation is not needed.  We come to a homeopath and expect the same thing.  Well, not so, as I will soon explain.   What I’ve done here is recount all the mistakes I’ve seen people make so that you will not become one of them!

First comes the disclaimer:  Homeopathy may not cure your case.  I know that should seem obvious, just like aspirin doesn’t cure every headache; but, people tend to cut orthodox medicine all the slack in the world when it fails, but not us!   So, why can homeopathy fail?  Here are some of the reasons:

1.  The remedy you need may not be in existence yet.  What I mean by that is, homeopathic remedies are mostly made out of plants and minerals. Think of all the plant species that exist in the world, do you think they’ve all been made into homeopathic remedies?  No, not even close.  I had a client once who developed a horrible rash from weeding her garden.  We tried all the logical plant remedies and they didn’t work!  “Make a remedy out of the weed!” I told her.  See, that weed was never made into a commercial homeopathic remedy but it was the only thing that cured that case.  And this is a perfect example of how we ask more or our patients than standard medicine does.  See my article “How To Make Your Own Remedy”, which is on my website: elaineLewis.hpathy.com.

2.  The patient may be over-sensitive to homeopathic remedies and over-react to them in just the same way that people can over-react to drugs.  There are a lot of environmentally sensitive/allergic people out there, and they over-react to just about everything.  These are people whose immune system has been overwhelmed by poisons–pharmaceuticals, pesticides, mold, chemicals–and everything you try to do for them, it seems, just makes them worse!

3.  The patient may not appreciate that the homeopath needs different types of information than the doctor needs and may think our questionnaire asks a lot of irrelevant questions and so doesn’t bother answering them fully, if at all!  If we don’t get responsive and appropriate answers to our questions, we can’t help you!

4.  The patient may be too embarrassed to tell the whole truth when filling out the questionnaire.

5.  Patients often report that the remedy isn’t working when it actually is!  The problem lies in not knowing what to look for after a remedy is given.  For example, you give a child a remedy and he falls inexplicably right to sleep.  To us, that’s a cause for celebration!  To the parent, it’s a cause for alarm!  “What happened here?!  The child has fallen dead asleep from being wide awake a second ago!”  The next thing you know, the parent has taken the child to the hospital, the child gets drugs, and the case is lost!

6.  The patient gets discouraged when the first remedy fails and decides not to see you anymore.  The first remedy failing happens a lot!  There’s a big adjustment period in the beginning of treatment with homeopathy, the patient may have withheld information, thinking it irrelevant; the practitioner may have failed to understand what was really bothering the patient in the first session.  Figure on giving homeopathy some time before deciding that it doesn’t work.

7.  The patient presents with numerous diagnoses, drug side-effects and chronic pathologies.  Such cases really require patience.  You shouldn’t expect a single remedy to cure everything in this case all at once.

8.  Auto-immune disease can be very hard to cure; everything seems to make the patient with auto-immune disease, or end-stage disease in general, worse; even carrot juice can make him worse.  I’ve often said: The only thing that homeopathy can absolutely cure is an acute disease or injury.  Once you let a condition just sit and sit, and alter it with suppressive drugs and toxic treatments like radiation and steroids, your possibility of cure becomes less and less certain.  

9.  Patients are often unwilling to change their life-styles or taper off the drugs that are causing their problems in the first place.

10.  Patients are often unwilling to buy a homeopathy emergency kit, with the excuse that they already “have remedies at home”; and invariably, they get sick, a cough, etc., and the homeopath says, “Take Spongia,” and the patient says, “I don’t have Spongia.  I’ll buy it tomorrow.”  Just because you need a remedy now, doesn’t mean you’ll need the same remedy tomorrow!  Cases change, they get worse.  Your homeopath can only help you if you have remedies!

11. At the first sign of a relapse, instead of informing the homeopath, the patient assumes that the remedy has failed, homeopathy has failed, homeopathy can’t help, and goes right to the doctor and gets put back on drugs, when all that was necessary was for the potency to be raised or the remedy repeated!  Relapses are not unusual, the need to adjust the potency and frequency of dose goes with the territory.

12. And now the last, and maybe most troubling reason why homeopathy can fail is that all homeopaths are not equal.  In fact, in some countries, anyone can call himself a homeopath, or any doctor can claim to do homeopathy, or naturopaths who had a smattering of homeopathy at naturopathic school feel entitled to prescribe homeopathic remedies much as they might prescribe herbs, and all of these types are capable of making homeopathy look really bad!  The public, of course, has no way of knowing that they’re not seeing a “real” homeopath.  To address this problem, I’ve written an article called “Shopping for a Homeopath” which you might want to read.

Shopping For A Homeopath


The more our patients know about homeopathy, the better our results are, for the simple reason that it’s better to have two people working on a case than just one! 

To begin with, you have to be willing to buy a home remedy kit or we just won’t be able to manage your case!  You know, it’s like, your medical doctor assumes that all his patients have certain things in their medicine cabinet: aspirin, tylenol, motrin, bandaids, cough syrup, nose drops and other things commonly associated with allopathic practice so that when he tells you to take an aspirin, he assumes you’re going to be able to do that, that you’re not going to say, “What’s an Aspirin?  Where do I get it?”  We would like to be able to make the same assumption!  When you call us and say, “I have a dry cough, I sound like a seal barking,” I would like to be able to think that if I say, “Take Spongia,” you’ll be able to do that!  How can you work with a homeopath if you have no remedies?  But you would be surprised how many of my clients have no remedies besides the one I gave them!

It’s also important that you read my articles on case management, like this one and

“Homeopathy: Frequently Asked Questions”

Homeopathy: Frequently Asked Questions

And, as stated above, here’s the other thing you’ll need: A 30C Emergency Kit

which you can order from www.a2zhomeopathy.com and other places as well, I’m sure; and you’ll need an acute prescribing book to go with it.  In fact, most people have more than one acute prescribing book.


How else will you know what remedy to take in the middle of the night when you get sick?

Some of you will say, “Can’t I just take Motrin or Tylenol?”  Since when has Motrin or Tylenol cured anything?  These “medicines” are palliative at best, they don’t cure; and in fact, they don’t even palliate that well!  Wouldn’t you prefer an absolute cure where you could say, “A few minutes ago I was sick, then 10 minutes later, I was well!  It was a miracle!”  That’s what you get with homeopathy!

The acute prescribing book I recommend is: Homeopathy: an A to Z Home Handbook by Alan Schmukler, available at www.amazon.com

Rx drug use?  That just makes my job harder.  I not only have the complaint to worry about but the damage your drugs are causing, which could be immense!  The goal of any homeopath should be to get his patients off drugs.  They are addicting and make you worse.  According to JAMA, correctly prescribed Rx drugs cause over 100,000 deaths per year and literally millions of injuries and secondary diseases.  Here’s a typical scenario:  You go for your annual check-up.  Your blood pressure is slightly elevated, 140/85–and maybe only because you’re nervous about seeing your doctor.  Immediately you’re put on the full array of blood pressure medicines, drugs that can cause fainting, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, loss of minerals, muscle cramps, frequent urination, dehydration, etc. for a minor issue that could have been cleared up with diet and Transcendental Meditation.  This panoply of prescriptions will be the beginning of a downward spiral in your health and well-being, it’s like when you hire an inept contractor for renovations and suddenly nothing in your house works!    

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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  • I’m a skeptic trying to keep an open mind when it comes to homeopathy; I’ve no experience with the practice but the concept fascinates me. I’ve read a few of your articles today and I just wanted to let you know that for the first time its actually starting to make sense. Thank you for taking the time to write!

  • I have a question about making wet doses with pellets vs. purchasing the liquid remedy. Joe De Livera says this about using the liquid-in other words he says using the pellets to make a wet dose will result in a less effective remedy. I couldn’t really understand why even after I read his explanation which is this: “The Wet dose of any Homeopathic remedy is made as follows:

    Order the remedy in the Liquid pack in Alcohol, also referred to as Liquid Dilution in a bottle preferably with a dropper arrangement.
    Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
    Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
    Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard at least 6 times before you sip a capfull of the bottle or a large teaspoonful which is the dose.
    Shaking the bottle hard is homeopathic succussion and this enhances the effect of the remedy on the user.

    The reason why the Alcohol pack of any remedy is more effective than the dry pellets is because the pellets are activated by using the Ethanol product of which a few drops are inserted on the dry lactose pellets in the ratio of about 4 drops on 100 pellets. It will be seen that when 4 activated pellets are inserted into a 500ml bottle of spring water, the concentration of the original liquid Ethanol in which the remedy is carried cannot equate the 3 drops that I recommend.

    I have had instances where the patient’s ailment was not responding to the pellets but reacted positively as soon as the 3 drops of Ethanol were dropped into the same bottle which he had originally activated with the pellets.” This is the website this quote came from: http://www.joedelivera.com/?p=273 Does this make sense or is the solution made from the pellets just as potent? Thanks!

    • Roberta, a lot of people claim that one way of making a remedy is better than the other. Some say the remedies have to be hand-succussed; others, like Joe, say they have to be in liquid alcohol potencies; but, here’s the reality of the situation: Only the pellets are available in stores, and mostly only one brand at that–Boiron. Secondly, there are no Emergency Kits available in only liquid potencies! I am not aware of any, and imagine how big and cumbersome such a 50-remedy kit would be! So why even bother with such recommendations and warnings when they are so impractical and unrealistic. If pellets-in-water didn’t work, we’d all know it soon enough, it would become quite apparent. When a medicine doesn’t work, you figure it out in short order. I am, even right now as we speak, taking two remedies in water bottles–Penicillin 30C for an antibiotic rash (see the October Quiz), which is working and works every time I have to repeat it; and, Gunpowder 30C which I’m taking for a gum infection which is doing a good job. If liquid bottles in alcohol were essential, the whole profession would be in trouble! This doesn’t mean I doubt what Joe is saying. I have heard every story imaginable: The remedy in water didn’t work but the pellets did, only the hand-succussed remedy worked, and so on; and I don’t say these people are wrong or that their stories aren’t true; I’m only saying that we must be talking here about a very small minority of cases that this applies to.

  • One more question if you don’t mind. When we’ve made a wet dose solution, would it matter whether the dose taken from that is a teaspoon or a tablespoon? I mean, if homeopathy works on an energy level then why would a tablespoon of the solution be a bigger dose? Thanks a bunch!

    • First of all, please don’t say “teaspoon and tablespoon” because I don’t want people dosing with their good silverware! Once a remedy gets on something, it’s there for good–or how else does the remedy “stick” to the sugar pellets it’s dropped onto? It sticks to everything! For this reason, better to sip from the bottle or dose from the bottle cap. Isn’t that a better idea? Leave your glasses and spoons out of it. But, as to your question, yes, amount matters TO THE HYPERSENSITIVE PATIENT, not to the rest of us. Even though it’s just energy, yes, so true; but, you’ve experienced too much energy, haven’t you? You know they have those special power cords or strips that you plug your appliances into to protect them from “power surges”? So, apparently there is such a thing as “too much energy”, but especially for hypersensitive patients.

  • Thank you, you have been SO helpful. Ok, one more question then (I know I said that before), but I’ve read that chlorine can antidote a remedy, e.g. if you use unfiltered tap water to mix your dose. I know opinions vary about that, but if that were true, couldn’t you wash your tablespoon or teaspoon in a little bleach water to get rid of whatever remedy was on them? Disposable plastic didn’t exist when homeopathy was first started. I wonder what they did to give a wet dose. Thanks so much for your help!

  • I don’t know the answer regarding chlorine or bleach, I only know that remedies stick to things, that’s why they stick to the blank pellets. The remedy is ON the pellets, not IN them. Always use disposable items when working with remedies. When you’re finished with a remedy solution bottle, throw it away and start a new remedy with a new bottle.

  • Sorry to be a pest, but another question occurred to me. I noticed that you are taking two remedies at the same time. I only need to know this as applies to acute situations, but can you take more than one remedy at a time for different conditions as long as they are not inimical or antidotes to each other? I’ve always read to only take one remedy at a time. For example, if one of my kids has had more than one acute thing wrong, I thought I could only hit one at a time. Thanks—–again. 🙂

  • Different etiologies require different remedies. In this day and age especially, people tend to have a million things wrong with them! Imagine having a bladder infection and an injury. You’re taking Sepia for your bladder infection when suddenly you burn yourself in the kitchen. What are you supposed to do, not treat the burn? Now on the other hand, let’s say you have a lot of chronic problems. I would say to the patient, “What’s the worst thing right now? What’s bothering you more than anything?” They might say, “My headache.” In that case, I would find out the details of the headache and give a remedy for that. Often you have to put their entire case into perspective for them. “Your entire case is nothing but drug side-effects!” you might conclude. “You have to slowly wean yourself off your drugs and they have to be replaced with nutrients, supplements, etc. and we may need to actually make remedies out of some of your drugs to undo the damage they’ve done.”

    • That makes sense. By the way, if you put aluminum foil on a burn right away and keep it there overnight (tape it on or whatever), it takes the pain away and usually by the next day the burn it almost 100% healed and will keep it from scarring. (Just in case I didn’t choose the right homeopathic burn remedy on the first try.) Also running HOT water over a burn right away helps it heal faster than running cold water on it (like cures like.) I found those on earthclinic.com . Thanks for all the info!

  • Hello, I am a new homeopathy enthusiast and I am very confused as to how the remedy changes once dissolved in water. The lady I’m learning homeopathy from (Joette Calabrese) says to take 4 pills as a dose but that it can also be dissolved in water.

    What difference then would it make if i take just 1 pill dry or dilute 1 pill in water?

    When diluting a pill in water, doesn’t that increase the potency of the remedy, the same way remedies are made into 30c, 200c, etc?

    How does succession work? How many times should I bang the bottle against my palm and should I change the number of times to treat a chronic condition?

    Thank you!

  • I am suffering from daibetes since last six months,urination loss of weight, vaginal ,& bodyitching, headache etc. pl suggest homeopaty remedy

  • Dear Elaine lewis thanks alot for your precious article
    i have passed my 1st year of DHMS plz recommend me some logical books on homeopathy to make my summer vacations useful