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Homeopathy Matters

Over 200 million people worldwide use homeopathy.
Homeopathy: The world's second largest system for medicine

The founding principle of homeopathy

The Law of Similars dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC), and this was further developed by German physician, Samual Hahnemann, in the 18th century. ‘Like treats like’ means when a substance is given to healthy people, that produces symptoms similar to a disease, it can also treat that disease.
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The symptoms experienced by the patient, not the disease name, leads the homeopath to the correct remedy.
Homeopathy Matters

The homeopathic remedy

Belladonna can be used to treat a high fever, when the symptoms of the fever are similar to the symptoms that Belladonna in its raw form would produce. That is a very high fever, sometimes to the extent of delirium and very dilated pupils, often with a throbbing headache, and the patient feels hot to the touch; often the heat is radiating from the face, which is very red.

This principle is sometimes used in conventional medicine. For example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Homeopathy uses specially prepared medicines in doses so small that toxic side affects are avoided. 

Hahnemann’s research lead him to discover and develop an important set of principles upon which homeopathy is based. When these principles are followed, homeopaths can determine an appropriate remedy to treat the patient holistically and stimulate their healing energy.

Please refer to the FAQs to learn more about homeopathy. 

Obstacles to cure

Integrative Homeopathy

For the last few years, I have been practicing Health Coaching and homeopathy as separate modalities. However, time and again, I find myself coaching my clients through their treatment.

This is largely because despite treatment, we cannot fully heal if we continue making choices that harm us. Pioneer of homeopathy, Samual Hahnemman, described these choices as “obstacles to cure”.

As a health coach, I help my clients uncover these obstacles and we work together to remove them. Homeopathic medicines support the process and promote healing. I now practice integrative Homeopathy.

When you book me for your homeopathic treatment I will

Work with you to review your health goals
Encourage you to set goals, and make positive changes
Review your medical history
Perform a wellness assessment
Help you to discover, and remove any obstacles to cure
Help you become self aware through our therapeutic conversations
Work with you to find the best way to achieve your health goals
Prescribe individualized homeopathic medicine to work with your body’s vital force and promote healing
Integrative homeopathy

Integrative Homeopathy empowers you to participate in your own healing.

Conventional medicine practice is much less individualized and patients often receive a generic medicine for a named condition, and are left to work through their issues alone.

In my practice I encourage patients to take the reins and be in charge of their healing while I guide them through a journey of self-discovery, offering support, assisting at checkpoints, and providing remedies when appropriate. 

Reaching optimal health is a journey that demands dedication and patience, and it can also be stimulating and fun.

Integrative Homeopathy

Integrative Homeopathy is my Premium Package. It is the most in-depth healing package I offer, and requires a huge amount of commitment from both myself and my patients.

Illness does not happen in an instant. The disease process slowly builds in the body, sometimes after decades of assaults that we did not realize were affecting our long-term health.

For this reason, we cannot expect to heal overnight. However, once changes are initiated, and I help you identify and work through these, you will start noticing more energy improvement.

To qualify for this type of treatment you must be ready to commit to your healing journey and remain accountable throughout. I will be here to support, empower and encourage you, and to help you navigate roadblocks. Your part is to be accountable and committed.

I ask that you review the Homeopathy FAQs also available to download. This will help you understand how the homeopathic part of this process works, and how you can help me to help you, by providing important homeopathic information. 

The information I collect from you is used to find an appropriate remedy. Integrative homeopathy includes coaching throughout the program, and includes some weekly, and some biweekly check-ins as well as live conversations. 

Integrative Homeopathy requires a 6 month commitment, and the investment for the entire healing program is $1590.

This provides us with an opportunity to learn a little about each other and decide if we fit well together for this very important journey in your life. 
Sharon Switzer
"Cheryl Sherry has been my Homeopath for nearly 15 years. I find many people are not familiar with homeopathy in Canada. Cheryl studied to be a Homeopath in England where there are hospitals and many clinics dedicated solely to homeopathic treatments.

I was introduced to the concept of like treating like when I took an introduction to homeopathy course with Cheryl in 2008. Since that time I’ve found I respond very well to the treatments that Cheryl has prescribed me over the years. I’ve worked with Cheryl on long standing constitutional problems as well as acute sickness and I’ve always been more than satisfied with her approach and wealth of knowledge."
- Sharon Switzer Portage La Praire, Mb

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If you are not quite ready to invest in Integrative Homeopathy, you may be interested in one of my other programs to get you started on your healing journey.

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Common questions

Homeopathy FAQ

On this page I attempt to answer questions about homeopathy and how to take remedies as well as things that are helpful to know if you are seeing a homeopath. It is an important resource page for all homeopathic patients. So welcome everybody and please refer to this page whenever you need. I will continue to update it as time flies by, and I welcome questions and suggestions for further input.
What is disease?
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Summary: Dis-ease is a disturbance in an individual’s vital energy, causing a disruption in their ability to thrive or reach their fullest potential. 

This disturbance can result from a variety of factors. A minor disturbance in the Vital Force isn’t likely to cause a chronic disease, but it may have an acute effect on the person, such as diarrhoea as a result of food poisoning, or a cold after catching a chill.
If not properly treated, disturbances can build up over time, in layers, weakening vitality and possibly causing severe disease in the long term. Sometimes a series of poor lifestyle habits could be enough to weaken the vitality so that the person’s vulnerabilities begin to show through. Finally, a stressful emotional event, or an accident, or a shock, are all examples of incidents that may ultimately drive the vital energy away from protecting the body from these other vulnerabilities, effectively exposing the individual to deepening disease.

A family history of heart disease, diabetes, or cancer,  or any other condition, does not mean that you will also suffer from it. The susceptibility will likely be there, but scientists now know that genes can be switched on or off. Practicing certain lifestyle habits, that are known to increase vitality and protect the body against disease, can prevent these genes from switching on.

Sometimes a person could be exposing themselves to incompatible substances, for years, before these substances become an issue. This is because the body is able to compensate for these assaults and they go unnoticed. Commonly consumed foods that quietly cause problems in many people include, gluten, dairy, and sugar. 

They can cause inflammation and slowly damage various organs and tissues, including the gut lining. Signs and symptoms are often so mild that they are not considered serious, and the body is able to do a quick repair job to protect you from illness in the short term. Yet as with any repair, continued duress, weakens it, and eventually it gives way.

Homeopaths can assist in identifying these these long term assaults, referred to as Maintaining Causes, which besides foods, can include all kinds of lifestyle or emotional habits. Maintaining Causes must be removed before complete healing can take place.

Summary: Anything that has in the past or present upset the individual on a mental, emotional, physical or spiritual level, including grief, emotional or physical shock, any type of trauma, food intolerances and more can disturb the Vital Force. For more read this FAQ: What are some negative forces that can weaken the Vital Force?
How does the homeopath treat disease?
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Using homeopathic principles the homeopath revives the integrity of the vital force*. This involves diagnosing a remedy that matches the totality of the current state of the patient, also known as the Totality of Symptoms**. The most appropriate remedy is called the similimum.  Treatment also involves removing obstacles that are likely to prevent improvement, and dietary or lifestyle changes may be encouraged.

*The vital force, is the essential energy that maintains harmony and optimal expression between the functions of the physical body, the mind and the spirit. For more read this FAQ: What is the Vital Force?

**A collection of symptoms that express the dis-ease state of the individual. They represent disturbances in vitality on all levels: mental and emotional, physical and spiritual. For more read this FAQ: What is the totality of Symptoms?
What is the Totality of Symptoms?
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Summary: The Totality of Symptoms is a collection of symptoms that express the dis-ease state of the individual. They represent disturbances in vitality on all levels: mental and emotional, physical and spiritual.

Disease is characterized as a disturbance in the Vital Force, and is expressed by signs and symptoms. Whereas conventional medicine typically focuses on gross symptoms, such as a respiratory infection, or a skin rash, or pain and so on, homeopathy focuses on signs and symptoms on all planes. That is to say, homeopaths examine the mental and emotional state, as well as the physical, and sometimes the spiritual welfare of the individual. They take into account how the person is feeling energetically and they explore any recent changes in how they present emotionally, such as sudden onset of  irritability, or overwhelming fear, or anything else which is considered unusual for that person. 

Homeopaths are also interested in learning about how the individual expresses physically, even if these expressions do not appear to relate to the chief complaint. For example, do they have warts, do they get cold sores, do they suffer from abdominal bloating, how do they respond to the weather, and do they have any food cravings, intolerances or aversions? This helps the homeopath to understand the individual’s disease expression as a whole, and builds a Totality of Symptoms which can then be used to find the simillimum - a remedy to match the symptoms.
Potency: what it means and how it is chosen
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Summary: Potency refers to the energetic power of the homeopathic remedy. There are four main scales used, and within each scale, a number determines the potency. The higher the number, the more energetic the remedy. The scales, which you may have noticed when shopping for homeopathic remedies are represented as X and C. Other potencies used by homeopaths include LM and M.

Sometimes people confuse potency with dose. Potency refers to the energetic power of the homeopathic remedy, and the homeopath selects a potency that resonates well with the energy of your Vital Force. The best match is when the energy of the remedy is very slightly higher than that of the Vital Force. This will provide the most gentle healing, and comes with the least risk of a healing crisis.

The potency of the remedy is created in an unconventional way that is often misunderstood by scientists. This is a topic for a future article. Here, I will determine how to understand the difference between various potencies.

  • There are a number of scales for measuring potency, and these relate to how the remedy was energized when it was made. Common scales are X, sometimes referred to as D, C, sometimes referred to as CH, LM, and M.
  • Each potency is given a number to determine its strength. Higher numbers are typically prescribed to match a Vital Force that is highly active. This is especially true in first aid situations, or in acute disease. Lower numbers are typically given if the Vital Force is weak, or if the patient is sensitive and a slower response is needed to avoid a healing crisis. Numbers are not to be compared between scales. For example a 30C is not the same as a 30 X or a 30 M. For home use, most remedy kits contain 30C remedies, and health food stores often sell lower potencies up to 30 C or 30 X. 
  • The LM potencies are always provided in liquid form and must be succussed*. They are usually dispensed by a homeopath. The Centesimal scale (C potencies) have a higher energetic vibration than the Decimal scale (X potencies). Potencies in the Millesimal (M) scale resonate with the Vital Force at a very high vibration and are often used for mental and emotional symptoms, in first aid events, acute disease, or in situations where the patient has a very energetic Vital Force. The M scale is usually used by qualified practitioners. 
  • Water potencies**, can be used to increase the healing potential of the remedy. There are various advantages to using water potency.

    *Succussing is the act of vigorously agitating the container of the liquid remedy against a resistant surface, such as a book, also known as dynamising the remedy. For more read this FAQ: what is succussing

    **Liquid homeopathic remedies must be agitated in a particular way, known as succussing, each time it is administered. The healing potential the remedy increases after each use. For more read this FAQ: what is a water potency?
Dose and dose size
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Summary: a dose of a homeopathic medicine is the act of taking the remedy. The amount you take is rarely of importance, but the number of times you take it, is of great significance, even if you take the doses 5 minutes apart from each other.

When taking conventional medicine the size of the dose, for example, the number of milligrams, is important whereas with homeopathic medicine it is the number of doses that count. To clarify: if a patient takes 5 pills now and 3 pills in 10 minutes (i.e two doses) that is more significant than taking 8 pills now. The main reason a classical homeopath will tell you to take a certain number of pills, is to ensure you get a large enough area size of medicine to be able to absorb the medicine’s healing energy, and to mitigate taking pills that inadvertently may not have been medicated.

Often, people who are used to conventional medicine find it difficult to understand this concept. To illustrate this misunderstanding I will share with you a story I once read. A skeptic was trying to debunk homeopathy and did an experiment to “prove” it doesn’t work. He took a whole bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills and expected it to knock him out as would have been the case with conventional sleeping pills. However, what he didn’t take into account was that homeopathic remedies have to resonate with the person who is taking them, for them to have an effect; also the quantity taken is usually irrelevant.

That’s the beauty of homeopathy, it can’t harm you, although be aware you can overstimulate the Vital Force* and cause a healing crisis, or a homeopathic aggravation.
Therefore if your homeopath tells you to take 5 pills under your tongue, and you only have 4 pills left, don’t worry, 4 is as good as 5, but don’t take 2 now and 2 tomorrow as this will upset the intended prescription.

Some pills are very soft and can be crushed into a powder. If you have a number of pills in the packet and some of them get crushed, simply use the tip of a small spoon, or similar, to administer a small amount of the powder under your tongue.

*The remedy gently nudges the Vital Force along a journey that brings about healing. The energy of the remedy must be slightly stronger than the energy of the vital force, in order for healing to happen. For more go to this FAQ: How does the remedy act upon the vital force?
What is a water potency?
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Summary: Liquid homeopathic remedies must be agitated in a particular way, known as succussing, each time it is administered. The healing potential the remedy increases after each use.

There are various advantages to using a water potency. One use is when a high potency is required, but not available. A more active response can be created by placing about 5 pills into a small clean bottle with about 50ml of water. Ensure the bottle is not completely full so that there is room for succussing (energizing the remedy). Next succuss the remedy, and either using a dropper, or a tea spoon, pour a small amount under the tongue, allow it to sit for a few seconds, then swallow. Succussing before taking your next dose, increases the potency by a minute increment. If the potency is lower than needed, you may take a dose every 5 to 15 minutes, until you notice a response. A response can be very subtle, and is different between patients and can be different between doses. Some people notice a feeling of warmth, or peace overcome the body, momentarily. If you are in pain, the pain may disappear. Stop taking the remedy once it has started working. Familiarizing yourself with an understanding of how remedies can act upon the vital force, will help you to make decisions about when to repeat the remedy. For more go to FAQ: When should I repeat the remedy?
How should I prepare for a consultation, what happens at the consultation and when will I receive a remedy?
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Summary: You will most likely be asked to complete an intake form prior to meeting with your homeopath. An initial homeopathic consultation normally takes 1.5 to 2 hours, and is a deep exploration of who you are. The homeopath makes notes which will be used to diagnose a remedy. The remedy will be sent to you after the homeopath has completed the analysis.

Most homeopaths provide an in-depth intake form that gathers information about you, your chief complaint, other symptoms, and yours, and your family’s medical history. To understand the types of questions that may be on the form, and how to answer them in a way that will optimize your homeopath’s ability to help you, please review these

What kind of symptoms can the Vital Force produce? 
How should I describe my symptoms to the homeopath?

All information provided is confidential according to a code of ethics followed by all professional homeopaths.

Homeopaths are highly trained in listening skills. Be prepared to have a therapeutic conversation with your homeopath who will continue to gather information from you, and deepen the exploration of the intake form. Sometimes this very process can be healing as many people never have the opportunity to talk about their deepest feelings, concerns, problems, desires, etc., in a safe environment.

The initial homeopathic consultation usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours, and notes are made, which will later be reviewed and analysed by the homeopath in order to determine a remedy and this often takes several hours. Once the remedy is decided upon, it will be dispensed along with guidelines on how to take the remedy, and what to expect. Most homeopaths ship the remedy within a week of the consultation.

If you are visiting a homeopath for an acute illness, such as a cold, or an accident, the case taking is much simpler and you will often receive the remedy immediately.

Please be prepared for your follow up consultations by checking this FAQ : What will the homeopath need to know at future consultations?
What are some of the methods used for taking a homeopathic remedy?
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Summary: Homeopathic remedies are an energy medicine and the goal is to absorb the healing energy of the remedy. They can be taken orally, transdermally or by olfaction.

Normally remedies are taken orally but in some situations other routes of absorption are needed. This may be the case when it is inappropriate or difficult to give the remedy orally, as may be the case with babies, animals or unconscious patients.

Most prescriptions arrive in pill form or as a liquid.

Generally if the remedy is taken orally it is placed under the tongue for best absorption, where it sits for a few seconds or longer. If it is taken as a liquid, it is also placed under the tongue, or in the area around the gums, and must be succussed each time, it is taken.

Water potencies*, can be used to increase the healing potential of the remedy.

Your homeopath will provide guidelines on when to take the remedy. For additional tips, please go to FAQ: When should I take the remedy?

*For more go to FAQ: What is a water potency?
What is succussing?
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Summary: Succussing is the act of vigorously agitating the container of the liquid remedy against a resistant surface, such as a book, also known as dynamising the remedy.

Your homeopath will advise you how many times to succuss, although five times is typical. Succussing activates the healing energy of the remedy, and must be done each time prior to administering. It causes the energy of the remedy to increase by a tiny increment, each time it is administered, which is ideal because the energy of the remedy needs to match the Vital Force as it becomes stronger.
For some very sensitive patients, succussing may need to be reduced to once or twice, or for less sensitive patients it may need to be increased. These are things you can experiment with yourself if needed.
When should I take the remedy?
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Summary: Your homeopath will advise you when to take the remedy, but as there are no hard and fast rules, go with what feels right. 

Healing occurs best when you are at rest and it is therefore a good idea to take one of your doses before going to bed, or having a nap. This can amplify the healing effect. However, some patients may find that they benefit more by taking the remedy at a different time of day.

If you are taking a remedy for first aid reasons, it should be taken as soon as possible after the event.
Do I need to avoid food when I take a remedy?
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Summary: It can be overwhelming for patients when they are given lots of rules around taking their remedy, causing them to give up. Although in theory remedies can be weakened or inactivated by certain influences including coffee or radiation, in my experience this is not normally the case. 

In classical homeopathy we encourage patients to take remedies under the tongue and a few minutes before or after eating, drinking, or cleaning the teeth. This is because it is thought that coffee, mint and foods can dull the energy of the remedy. However, if you realize you’ve just cleaned your teeth or had your morning coffee and now you want to take the remedy, it is better to take the remedy anyway, as you might forget later. Furthermore, healing demands a huge amount of attention and adding more rules to the situation might hinder the process.

To put this into perspective I want to share with you a personal story.

When I was a student of homeopathy, I had been told many such things about the delicate nature of homeopathic remedies. One theory was that radiation would damage them, and this greatly concerned me when travelling by plane to see my parents. Dad had injured his back and I was bringing remedies with me. I begged the airport security lady not put the remedies through the x-ray, and although she sympathized, it was well out of her scope to oblige and I watched my precious remedy kit travel through the scanner. Yet when I prescribed the remedy to my dad he had a profound healing effect that night. It was a a beautiful gift to know that homeopathic remedies work, no matter what they have been subjected to.
What is the Vital Force?
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The remedy is effectively a vehicle that acts upon your vital force, which is the healing energy that runs through your body, mind and spirit.

The vital force, is the essential energy that maintains harmony between the functions of the physical body, the mind and the spirit. 

It is the force that animates all living beings, and leaves at the time of death. It affects the ability of the body, mind and spirit to function optimally. 

When it is afflicted by negative forces*, this energy weakens and disease may arise. Disturbance of the vital force produces symptoms*, and it these symptoms that help the homeopath diagnose a remedy.

The goal of the homeopath is to revive the strength and integrity of the vital force, which is also recognized in other traditions, including in Ayurveda as prana and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as chi. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed to act upon the vital force, bringing it back into balance. A healthy vital force promotes optimal health on all levels for the organism.

*Summary: Anything that upsets the individual on a mental, emotional, physical or spiritual level can disturb the Vital Force. For more go to FAQ: What are some negative forces that can weaken the vital force?

**For more go to FAQ: What kind of symptoms can the Vital Force produce?
What kind of symptoms can the Vital Force produce?
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Summary: Homeopaths view symptoms as an expression of an imbalance in the vital energy of the body. The Vital Force produces symptoms as a means of providing clues to inner disturbances. Examples include mental or emotional disturbances such as irritability, fears, jealousy, weepiness and so on. Physical symptoms that appear unrelated to the chief complaint are also of interest to the homeopath. These include all bodily features that are unique to the individual, such as skin issues, pain, mucous, and so on.

Conventional medicine, often suppresses these symptoms using drugs to alleviate them. Consequently, we continue to do the very thing that is causing the symptom, and often a strong Vital Force produces more symptoms to overcome these suppressions. This ought to alert the individual to practices that are harming them, and is a signal that a cause must be treated. 

An example would be: a man leading a stressful life, burning the candle at both ends. He starts to develop mild headaches, and takes medications to alleviate the pain. After a few months, he begins to suffer from migraines and sleeplessness. The self-medication becomes more frequent, and now includes sleeping pills. All the while, his body is becoming more stressed, and isn’t fully recovering after each day’s events. After a few years, he is diagnosed with hypertension and his doctor prescribes blood pressure medication. I hope you are understanding where this is going? If the man had dealt with the headaches appropriately a decade ago, by addressing the underlying cause, his health would likely been in better shape today.

The above example is an illustration of why rooting beneath the signs and symptoms, to find causation may improve outcome. Symptoms include obvious physical, mental or emotional symptoms, such as headaches, depression, sadness and so on, but also includes more subtle changes in your physical and emotional wellness that you might not normally pay much attention to. 

Mental or emotional changes, including jealousy, fears, irritability, anger, feeling rejected, weepy or clingy, are all of interest to your homeopath. Even dreams can be an expression of a disturbance in the Vital Force.

Physical symptoms that may not be bothering you at all can be early manifestations of a deeper disturbance, and are also of interest to the homeopath.

Examples are not limited to, but include:

  • Skin conditions, including warts, styes, carbuncles, cold sores, eczema and so on.
  • Pains or mild sensations, and the location of these sensations.
  • Allergies or intolerances
  • Changes in appetite or thirst
  • Gut issues: bloating, gas, abnormal stool, constipation, diarrhea
  • Discharges: mucous, expectorants, skin discharges etc
  • Body temperature: hot, cold, perspiration
How should I describe symptoms to the homeopath?
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Summary: Most of the time, symptoms alone are of little use to the homeopath, and being descriptive is essential. If you can provide individualizing information about the symptom, it will lead to a more precise prescription. The homeopath will ask questions, to gather more details about your symptoms.

Some examples of information that makes symptoms more unique include:

  • A time of day when the symptom affects you the most, or feels better / less aggravating: eg: in the morning on waking; in the afternoon around 4; at bedtime;
  • What makes it feel better or worse? Eg better after eating, better when laying on the side that hurts, worse after a hot bath, better in cold weather, worse in damp weather, worse in bright light; worse when walking down the stairs, but doesn’t affect me going up the stairs and so on.
  • Describe the sensation, rather than only saying “it’s sore”. Eg: a sharp sensation, or even better: a sharp sensation that starts in my left calf and shoots up to the back of my thigh; or it feels like I’ve been beaten up, or a nail is being banged into my head, and so on.
  • Describe the colour of discharges, the appearance of the skin condition; is there swelling, does it itch, does it burn, or feel hot, cold, tearing etc
  • How does the weather affect you? Do you have any symptoms that appear, worsen or that are alleviated during any particular season, or in certain weather conditions?
How does the remedy act upon the vital force ?
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Summary: The remedy gently nudges the Vital Force along a journey that brings about healing. The energy of the remedy must be slightly stronger than the energy of the vital force, in order for healing to happen.

To help you understand how the remedy acts on your vital force, think of a diagram of a steep hill, pointed at the top, with an equally steep descent. You are pushing a ball up the hill, with sufficient force to provide enough momentum to get it rolling upwards. You follow along, and when the force of your push expires, the ball slowly comes to a halt before rolling backwards towards you. A second push provides more energy to move it further along, yet the ball eventually starts to roll back towards you again.

This analogy explains how the remedy acts energetically upon the healing journey. You are the remedy, acting upon the vital force (the ball) which is acting upon the hill (the disease state). The goal is to summit the hill without losing control of the ball. You don’t want to push the ball so hard that you lose control of it and it rolls down the other side of the hill, and you don’t want to miss your opportunity to catch the ball when the initial force of your push expires and it rolls back towards you. In fact, the most perfect situation would be that you continue to slowly nudge the ball up the hill with gentle pushes, and you stay steadily in control, so that when the momentum ceases you are there in time to give it another nudge before it rolls too far backwards. You certainly don’t want to push the ball so hard that you lose control of it down the other side of the hill. This would be analogous to taking the remedy too often, or in too high a potency, and can severely disrupt the course of healing.

What may happen after taking the remedy?
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Summary: There is often a change in symptoms after taking a remedy. This could manifest as a disappearance of symptoms, an amelioration, a change in order of symptoms, a return of old symptoms, an aggravation of symptoms, or something else. If you notice a severe aggravation of your symptoms after taking the remedy, you should stop taking it and discuss this with your homeopath as soon as possible. 

The number one goal after a homeopathic prescription is that you feel better. The symptoms may appear worse, but if you feel energetically better that is an indication of a great prescription. It doesn’t always mean that if you feel worse, it is a wrong prescription, as this can also happen. However, if you had presented with, let’s say, a skin rash, and after taking the remedy, the rash appears worse than it did before the remedy, but you generally feel better in yourself, then the remedy is acting positively on the disease state.

A return of old symptoms suggests that superficial symptoms that were suppressing old symptoms, have been removed, allowing these old symptoms to express. These newly presenting, “old symptoms” often go away on their own, as the Vital Force continues to do its work, or they disappear with continued treatment.

The most common responses to taking a remedy are that there is an improvement in the patient, or an aggravation. There are two kinds of aggravation. 

  1. If the person’s symptoms intensify or become worse, this is an indication that the remedy is positively acting upon the Vital Force which is working to rebalance. Improvement will follow and it is important to stop taking the remedy, and allow things to settle down.
  2. If the person has new symptoms that are not similar to the course of disease of the chief complaint, and have not been experienced in the past (return of old symptoms), this may be an aggravation of the disease state, and a new prescription may be needed.
What will the homeopath need to know at future consultations?
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Summary: Homeopathy empowers patients to take action and make decisions in the healing journey, and patients are encouraged to be vigilant, observing the way they feel and to keep notes so that they can report them back to their homeopath. It is a good idea to keep a journal* so that you can record the things you notice, as they happen. Trying to remember everything after a month or so risks forgetting valuable homeopathic information. 

Healing occurs on all levels (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual) and the healing energy of the remedy will follow the necessary healing pathway. It does not always target the symptoms you presented with, straight away. In fact, often the physical symptoms are the last to heal, because these are often caused by factors on the mental, emotional or spiritual planes. Because these such mental and emotional symptoms are the root of your dis-ease it is these that need to be healed first.

Therefore it is important to be vigilant about how you are feeling. Do you notice any subtle changes in your wellbeing, and especially in your energy levels? Are you experiencing a change in dreams, moods, emotions or any other symptoms. Is something happening on some level that seems different? The more information you can gather, the more you can help your homeopath make a full assessment of the action of the remedy and continue with appropriate treatment.

*For a journal template please go to FAQ: What information should I keep in my journal?

What are some negative forces that can weaken the Vital Force?
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Summary: Anything that upsets the individual on a mental, emotional, physical or spiritual level can disturb the Vital Force. It could be something that happened a long time ago, that has never been fully resolved or treated, or it could be a recent event. 
Some examples follow:

  • Grief due to loss, rejection, or bullying or something else can leave an impact on health. 
  • Illness or accidents can affect the vital force and sometimes the aetiology is traced back to such things as a head injury, or a virus.
  • Birth trauma, or physical or emotional issues your mother was dealing with when pregnant with you can have an impact on your Vital Force. It may not be superficially apparent, but it is part of your story and can help lead to a suitable homeopathic remedy.
  • Food intolerances, poor life style habits, environmental toxins, can all weaken your body’s defences. 

To help you thrive, the Vital Force compensates for these disturbances, and this compensation can continue for years. Therefore if you are, for example, eating a food that you have a mild intolerance to, it may never come to your attention, but all the while beneath the surface, you are assaulting your vitality each time you consume that food. Over time, when combined with other attacks on vitality, the disturbance deepens until a point is reached at which the Vital Force can no longer compensate, and symptoms become more noticeable.

In essence migraines, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and all other health conditions, result from an accumulation of assaults on the Vital Force. When these assaults reach a breaking point, the weakest vulnerabilities of the individual become susceptible to disease.

When should I repeat the remedy?
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Summary: Homeopathy empowers the patient to partake in the healing process, and familiarizing yourself with an understanding of how remedies can act upon the vital force, will help you to make decisions about when to repeat the remedy. This information can be used alongside the prescription guidelines provided by your homeopath.

It can be tempting to take the remedy more often than needed. This can overstimulate the Vital Force and disturb the course of healing. The following points will help you to make a decision.

  • If an improvement is followed by a regression, this is an indication that the remedy has started to act but has expired. It is appropriate to repeat the remedy
  • If you notice an aggravation of your symptoms on some level, after taking the remedy, you should stop taking it temporarily. Remember to mention this to your homeopath at your next appointment. An aggravation is usually followed by an amelioration. Think of the remedy as a means of kick starting the healing process. There may be some unwanted disturbances of the vital force during your healing journey, and this is usually a sign that it is working to remove the imbalances that had made you sick. When things settle down again you can restart the prescription.
  • If you notice yourself feeling much better, even if your physical symptoms have remained the same, or worsened, this is an indication that the remedy is acting positively. It is usually better to stop taking it temporarily. If after some time that newfound energy lapses, it would be appropriate to take another dose of the remedy. I normally ask patients to repeat the remedy at this point, although occasionally I prefer to check in with them to do an assessment. 
  • If you don’t notice any change at all, please continue to take the remedy as prescribed by your homeopath. Sometimes it can take a few doses before the remedy starts to act. In this situation, I urge you to really tune into how you are feeling and be vigilant to any subtle changes going on, such as in your dreams, moods, emotions, energy levels, or something else. Sometimes it may be somebody else close to you that notices a change, so taking note of their comments can also be useful.
  • If your physical symptoms get worse and you feel worse, stop taking the remedy, until things settle down. There are a number of reasons that this could happen. One being that the energy of the remedy is greater than the energy of the vital force within you. When things settle, repeat the dose, if that is what your homeopath had intended. The second dose should not have such an intense response. Be sure to check in with your homeopath and let them know how you are doing.
  • If you are taking a remedy for first aid purposes, it may need to be taken several times immediately after the event. A general guideline is to take it every 15 minutes, until you notice an improvement, for up to 6 doses, if in a lower potency or up to 3 times if it is a higher potency (200c and above). The reason first aid situations require a more aggressive approach, is because the body’s healing energy is high during this time. The energy of the remedy needs to at least match the energy of the vital force, to promote healing. It also needs to keep up with the vital force, but often in first aid situations it expires very quickly, which is why you would need to take it more often. You will know if you have chosen a good remedy in a first aid situation, and when to repeat it because

A. You will notice an improvement as soon as it kicks in (up to 6 doses as mentioned above)
B. When the remedy expires, you will take the next dose and you will again notice an improvement

Please note that sometimes you may not need to keep repeating the remedy. One dose is often enough to stimulate the healing process. Only take the remedy if you have symptoms or if your symptoms improve after taking the remedy, and there is later a relapse.

What information should I keep in my journal?
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It is a good idea to keep a journal so that you can record the things you notice, as they happen. Trying to remember everything after a month or so risks forgetting valuable homeopathic information. This template can be used as a guide for keeping your journal.


Date of Consultation

Remedy ________________   potency______________

Before taking the remedy please answer:

Date________________________.   Time___________________

On a scale of 1 to 10 what is your energy level like today? 
(1 = lowest)  ______________

What is your chief complaint?
On a scale of 1 to 10 how would rate your chief complaint today?
(1 is worst) _____________

Change in mood, dreams, emotions, sleep patterns;

Change in appetite, thirst, food cravings, digestion, bowel movements, urination

Change in physical symptoms

Return of old symptoms - something that used to happen, but had gone away. This is especially important to the assessment.

Any other subtle or vivid changes.

Did somebody else make a comment about your behaviour or appearance since taking the remedy? (Sometimes we don’t notice our changes, but others can help us become aware of them)

Record the dates and times you repeat the remedy 

Date______________________________ Time_____________________

Rate your energy levels on a scale of 1 to 10. Do this at least once, but as often as you like - always include the date

Date___________________      Energy level___________________

Date___________________      Energy level___________________

Date___________________      Energy level___________________

Date___________________      Energy level___________________

Rate your chief complaint on a scale of 1 to 10. Do this at least once, but as often as you like - always include the date

Date___________________      Chief Complaint___________________

Date___________________      Chief Complaint___________________

Date___________________      Chief Complaint___________________

Date___________________      Chief Complaint___________________