Homeopathy Papers

Questions Patients Ask- 9

Written by Elaine Lewis

Elaine explains errors in case-management that lead to aggravations and spoil the case.

I Just Don’t Get It!

Hi Elaine.  I’m very skeptical on homeopathy.  I hope you would give me some insights as I can’t comprehend on the mechanics of homeopathy.  I just don’t understand how it is possible.

I can’t comprehend a lot of things either!  I don’t know why my cell phone works or how a car is put together but I use both of them without hesitation because it is apparent to me that they both work.

Similarly, I am equally clear that homeopathy works.  I have used it hundreds of times, in cases ranging from head injuries to strep throat.  I’ve used it on animals, including a cat with arthritis.

There are two parts to homeopathy.  One is that “likes are cured by likes”.  Everyone should have had an experience with this in their own lives at some point.  Aren’t allergy shots a matter of giving the allergen back to the patient using an injection under the skin?  Isn’t our main prescription for hyperactivity in children Ritalin, which is essentially “speed”? 

The other part to homeopathy is “the minimum dose”.  The smaller the dose, the more medicinal the substance becomes.  Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, discovered that as the doses got smaller, the more medicinal they became. 

No one has ever said, “I’ll try homeopathy when I understand it!”  People try it usually because nothing else is working and a friend says, “Here, try this, it worked for me.” 


What Discharge Can I Use For Psoriasis?

Dear Elaine,

As to your article “How To Make Your Own Remedy”

How To Make Your Own Remedy


like Dr. Mapolin, I too am interested to know that in psoriasis, can we use a remedy prepared from the person’s own discharge and if so which discharge or skin we can use?

P.S. Your article is knowledge-bearing and good for humanity.

Thank you!  I’ve never seen a psoriasis patient who had a discharge related to the psoriasis.  But, if you ever found such a person, you could certainly give that method a try.   My understanding is that you have to give the constitutional remedy or a remedy that matches the peculiar aspects of the psoriasis.  Let me be clear about what the article “How To Make Your Own Remedy” is all about.  All the examples I’m about to give have actually happened:

1. A person with allergies puts a bowl of water outside for two days to collect the pollen and other things in the air, then makes a remedy out of the water and is cured.

2. Lady with constant itch due to prescription drug (antidepressant) known to cause itching makes remedy out of the drug and the itching stops the next day.

3. Lady gets rash from pulling up weeds in her garden.  No weeds were left to make a remedy from so fortunately the rash was oozing.  Remedy was made out of the discharge and the rash went away.

4. Lady has asthma attack from eating canned gravy that contained MSG.  I told her, “Make a remedy out of the gravy!”  The asthma attack went away within 15 minutes.

5. Man is sick from fumes in auto-body shop where he works.  Bowl of water is placed in auto-body shop to absorb the fumes.  Remedy is made from the bowl of water after two days of collecting fumes and man gets well.

So, what do all or most of these cases have in common?  The cause is KNOWN.  It’s not a complicated case.  And what something can cause, it can cure in small doses.  Right?  Sound familiar?  But what causes psoriasis?  What is the causal agent?  God only knows!  Do you see the problem?  I don’t know!  Also, these examples I gave were of ACUTE complaints, and acutes are more easily cured than chronic cases!  The older a complaint gets, the harder it is to dislodge it!  It’s like the complaint settles in and makes itself comfortable and says, “I ain’t goin’ nowhere!”

That’s why I will never understand the homeopaths who say, “I don’t treat acute cases.”  Why?  It’s almost guaranteed to work!  Your patient will be so impressed, he’ll come back to you with the rest of his problems, he’ll send other people to you!  Frankly, people are very confused between acute prescribing vs. chronic or consitutional prescribing.  They think in every case, what’s needed is the remedy that matches the mentals and emotionals, the “essence”, as they say.  Since this approach rarely helps in acute prescribing, the pronouncement is made, “I don’t treat acutes!”  You simply have to be taught how to take an acute case.  See my article:

Acute Prescribing in Homeopathy–Even You Can Learn to Do It!

I just want to reiterate the purpose for my article “How To Make Your Own Remedy”.  It’s for very common occurrences that people run into all the time for which there may be no known remedy: a person is sickened by fumes, or bad water, or a drug, or an allergen… you are not helpless!  You can make a remedy from anything that has made you sick; or even when you know what remedy you need but you only have it in substance form?  Like Coffee?  You know how to make coffee, right?  Great!  So do that, and make a remedy out of it!  You can do the same thing with almost anything that’s in your kitchen—cinnamon, cayenne pepper, parsley and so on. 

You can mash up any plant, soak it in water and then make a remedy out of the water.  You can mash up a pill into a powder, stir it in an ounce of water and then make a remedy out of the water.  You can make Valium 12C to help get someone off of Valium. 

So, this article doesn’t really substitute for having your case taken in the majority of cases; and yet, knowing how to make your own remedy can make all the difference in many acute situations.


I’m Experiencing Aggravations Right Now….

Elaine, I saw your article about the Aggravation Zapper.  I’m experiencing aggravations right now, and I’ve stopped the remedy.  Should I wait or keep on dosing in a more diluted dose?  Thanks!–Daniel

Daniel, if you have had an aggravation, the remedy has acted; no need for further dosing!  All a remedy can do is act!  If it’s acted, taking it again is like turning the ignition of your car to “start” after it’s already running, what’s the point of that?  It’s not going to make the car move any faster!

Now, if there’s an aggravation, and you’ve waited, and waited, and it’s still there and bothersome, give yourself a zapping dose as per the directions in “The Aggravation Zapper”, and then don’t dose again unless an amelioration follows and a relapse ensues afterwards.  (I hope that wasn’t confusing!)

Alright, so I’ll stop dosing, but I don’t get when to start dosing again.  If the aggravation goes away, and I’m improving, I can start dosing again?

If the aggravation goes away, either because you “zapped” it, or it just went away on its own, and you’re now improving, and then you stop improving, or the case stalls (never gets past a certain point) then you can dose again; but, since you aggravated the first time, you may not want to repeat the exact same dose.  Put the remedy in water this time.  Take the remedy in the 2nd cup.  Here’s a video that demonstrates how to do that:


All my doses have been liquid doses.

Do you succuss the bottle before each dose?

Yes, they’re also in a 6c potency, taken daily.

So, you’ve continued to dose despite aggravating?  Don’t do that!

Aggravation just started yesterday.  I’ll wait a while and see.  If I feel I should redose, I’ll try the second cup dilution method.

Were you ever doing OK on this remedy?

Yes. I felt fine.

As soon as you felt fine, you should have stopped and resumed at the first sign of a relapse; otherwise, you risk getting an aggravation, which is what happened.

I thought you stop at significant physical improvement, but I stand corrected.

A striking improvement of any kind means stop.  If your complaint is only physical, like a sore throat, then yes, you would be looking for physical improvement to occur.  But if you’ve taken a constitutional remedy, or if your complaint included mentals, it is likely that the first thing to improve would be on the mental/emotional plane—a lifting of spirits, a feeling of relaxation, improvement in sleep and appetite, etc.; so, that would be the sign to stop dosing.  The remedy goes on working and the physical complaint improves last, and even then in a certain order.  Pain would go first.  Whatever is most limiting would go first.  The least important for survival would go last, like a skin eruption for example.  But if the case stalls or starts sliding backward, that would be the time to redose.

Hmmm.  Interesting.  So one conclusion to come to is, take the remedy until you feel better, physically and emotionally, and stop taking it if your energy starts to dip, you feel weaker, which indicates that you’re overstimulating the vital force.  Is that right?

I think it would be better to say, “Take the remedy until you feel a striking improvement.”  Never mind “physically or emotionally”.  Once you are quite certain that the remedy is working, you can stop taking it or take it less often.  The idea here is this, you don’t want to take it so often that you actually antidote it, or go beyond antidoting into aggravation!

Think of the remedy action as a bell-shaped curve.  At the bottom left, you are sick and have just taken the remedy.  At some point your improvement scale reaches the top of the bell.  For heaven’s sake, stop there!  Because that’s where you want to be, if you keep dosing at that point, instead of surging to higher and higher heights, you will find yourself going down the right side of the bell, back down to the ground!

With a low potency, 6c, redosing would still have to be done more frequently …

UNTIL you’ve made a striking improvement, then, at the very least, take it less often and see if improvement maintains itself.  If it does, take the remedy less often still.  If good health continues, cut back some more.  Remember our motto: The minimum dose!

Let’s remember what, exactly, the remedy does: it jump-starts your immune system the way your ignition key starts your car.  If your car is running, do you need to start it again?  How does that help?  But if it stalls, yes, then you have to start it again.

If there’s no improvement to your physical ailments, and you simply “feel” better, wouldn’t it be reasonable to keep dosing (less frequently), until you see physical improvement?

No.  See, you’re unrelenting about this because you don’t understand Hering’s Law, and what you don’t understand is that it’s not the remedy that cures, it’s your own immune system that cures.  All the remedy is, Daniel, is a fake disease!  It’s not a “medicine”!  It’s not like vitamin C or carrot juice; it’s a disease “image” which alarms the immune system into action!

Once the immune system is acting, it starts at point-A (the mentals) and marches on to points B and C in an orderly fashion.  Point D, we can assume, would be the eruption on the patient’s face—the least threatening complaint and the last thing to go.  But repeating the remedy has no effect on this process, it’s only a STARTER!  Can you imagine, the starting gun at a race going off again and again once the runners are already running?  What would be the point of that? 

Either back off or at least repeat less often as I said above and gauge whether the improvement is continuing on its own.  If you feel that the case is faltering, then repeat the remedy.

Thank you for taking the time to explain.  I came across this article by the homeopath Dr Luc, his explanation on aggravations seems to match up with yours:

“You can get what we call a similar aggravation, though, if you take too much.  An aggravation is a temporary intensification of the symptoms.  It’s unlikely to happen in acute cases, because you are using up the remedy so fast.  You would have to really take a lot, to get this kind of reaction.  If you do get an aggravation, just stop taking the remedy and your body will use up the excess.  It’s like speeding in a car.  It’s not a bad car, just a bad driver!  You need to get used to the car.  As you get experience using the remedies, you will get to know how fast you can take repeated doses.”


Thanks for the quote from Dr. Luc!  I’m always interested in what he has to say!


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

Elaine takes online cases. Write to her at [email protected]

Visit her website: elaineLewis.hpathy.com

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
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:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org


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