- What if all my patients have similar questions that go unasked?
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How often should I be taking my remedy?
1. If you felt you were getting better since taking the remedy, but now feel that either no more changes are occurring, or that you are actually slipping back toward the same state of dis-ease.
For example, if your chief complaint begins to improve gradually but continually for several weeks after you take the first dose, but then begins to get worse again, you'd need to take another dose. If it at this point again starts to improve, then wait.
2. If you've not felt any change (positive or negative) in any area of your life
3. You're having an acute attack of your chief complaint, and you haven't yet taken it.
4. You're having an acute attack of your chief complaint, and you've taken the remedy one or more times, but feel it has produced only very minor changes, or none at all.
Please wait at least a few minutes between doses to give your body a chance to experience a change!
In my experience, typically the more acute something comes on, the faster it should respond to a remedy and leave.
If you've had a chronic condition of gradual onset since childhood, therefore, I wouldn't be expecting sudden rapid changes, but instead equally gradual, long-term healing.
Basically, the only danger with redosing too often is that you'll push the healing to occur too quickly, which is one of the reasons someone might have a slight aggravation.
It's like when you bump your arm and get a bruise, with the associated inflammation and swelling.
On one hand, it's extremely important for that inflammation and swelling to occur.
Since the inflammatory process is really the same thing as the healing process!On the other hand, if you were to take the homeopathic remedy and eliminate any of these suppressive agents, you would likely start to see the problem resolve as rapidly as it potentially could.
Of course, under the stimulation of the homeopathic remedy, and without the suppressive agents there to mask the problem, this healing process might create a bit of an 'inflammation' because it is simply healing so fast!
If you were then to push this healing process even further by taking repeated doses (even though your systems were already reacting as fast as they could), you could essentially 'force' the body to heal faster than is humanly possible, thereby creating more inflammation / aggravation.
Nonetheless, I often find that a truly well-prescribed homeopathic can completely eliminate the pain alongside speeding up the healing process, and that the ideal remedy can be repeated as often as is desired without any ill effect.
The bottom line is that - in general, for homeopathy like everything else in life - some level of moderation is important.
If your healing's already been stimulated and is moving along smoothly, there's probably no need to take another dose.
I think that pretty much covers it! Other than the scenarios described above, I cannot think of a situation at present in which one would want to redose.
However, this is not to say that one does not exist - if in doubt, by all means contact me, and we can figure it out together.
As you can see, this is a highly individualized process, and something that I typically evaluate on a case-by-case basis with patients.
Therefore, although I understand and am attempting to meet a desire among several of my patients to have hard-and-fast written 'instructions', the specifics of dosing are actually something best decided over the phone, via Skype, or in person, where I can provide an answer that is custom-tailored to each patient's particular needs and situation.
If you're ever in doubt, please contact me at 778-805-6655 with your specific concerns and situation, and I can give you a much more concise and targeted answer!