January 15, 2017
A few questions will help you decipher when to take your remedies and moreover what dosage to consider with each phase of treatment:
- Are your symptoms changing?
- How severe are your symptoms (both physical and mental- this is very important)?
- When did you last took your remedy?
I began taking two remedies at the same time- Ignatia 200C and Arsenicum 30C- when I noticed I felt better doing so. This may seem like an obvious route, but classical homeopaths, including my own, advise against this. I had no intention of going against her word, and in fact stuck to her word even when I knew in my heart what worked best for me, but I realized one night after I had impulsively taken Arsenicum over the full moon that it helped me sleep. She had told me to only take Ignatia (the remedy I was on at that point) when I couldn’t sleep, but I knew Arsenicum was treating my overgrowth and my symptoms associated with that remedy always intensified the week prior to and over the full moon. When I took Ignatia instead, it always led to an unnecessary aggravation- and in the beginning stages of my treatment, aggravations were incredibly uncomfortable. Furthermore, the anxieties of Arsenicum and Ignatia were so oppressive that I simply could not stand to allow Arsenicum’s to run its course while under the treatment of Ignatia; thus, I differentiated between the two anxieties as well as the mentalities they purported, and took each remedy accordingly. If you embark on a homeopathic regimen, you will likely take one remedy at a time; however, the guidelines I elaborate on in this article will still apply, and will help you gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying your treatment.
KNOW THE SYMPTOMS YOUR REMEDY TREATS
The first step to knowing when to take your remedy based off of recurrent physical or mental symptoms is to familiarize yourself with the symptoms your remedy treats. Get active- engage yo’self in the healing process! I spent months researching homeopathy prior to and during my treatment, especially the remedies I took, because I literally could not relax until about four months into it, which actually wasn’t very fun but payed off. I began to associate the need for Arsenicum with a few key words, which allowed me to keep track of when I needed to take my remedy if the symptoms associated with it stagnated:
- Restlessness (racing thoughts, inability to relax, always writing in my spare time although not necessarily enjoying it- restless fulfillment).
- Irritability (often characterized by sensitivity to external impressions, dislike of being spoken to when I didn’t want to converse, annoyance brought on by people trying to control me or who wouldn’t listen to me, no give when family members tried to make me laugh when I was in a bad mood, etc.).
- Urgency (I would think, everyone needs to be healed! It would literally overwhelm me when I thought about all my friends and family members that needed to see my homeopath. Furthermore, if I had a set schedule, no matter what I was doing, I would think about the next task at hand even if I was out having fun).
- Desire for control (dislike of constipation, dislike of weight brought on by healing process, waiting until just the right moment to do things, wanting to drive to shows instead of carpooling with my friends, etc.).
- Worrying (over money, over health of family members, over my health, over the unwashed dishes in the kitchen, if I had eaten the “wrong” thing, even if my homeopath told me I could but I knew it fed pathogenic overgrowth, like medjool dates).
- Physical manifestations (loss of appetite, aversion to food, hard/dark stools, constipation brought on by these stools, thirst for little sips of water at a time, insomnia characterized by desire to move from room to room in seek of sleep (whereas Ignatia felt like my brain was wired to run on and on and on, even if I wasn’t thinking)).
- Moodiness (numbing depression, pissy mood, quarrelsome with others).
- Detachment (suicidal thoughts, inability to connect with others, always wanting to go home when out, bleak outlook on life and the future).
- Lack of motivation (inability to focus on writing, immobile, will wait until I can’t wait anymore to get up and do something).
- Non-communicative (straight to the point, don’t feel like “putting in the effort” to socialize, can’t think of the right words to say and don’t really care (lol), not elaborating even when I know people aren’t “getting” me, stuck in my own head, etc.).
- “Hysteria” (this one is weird and hard to explain, but ranging from mild to severe I would feel unstable, completely out of my mind, like I didn’t know myself, like I couldn’t get a grasp on my thoughts or make sense of them, etc.).
- Physical manifestations (constipation due to stools getting “stuffed up”, extreme flatulence, insomnia due to wired brain, fluttering in the chest, twitching of muscles, jerking of limbs, knife-like sensations in the abdomen and rectum, headache like nail in side of head).
IF SYMPTOMS ARE STILL CHANGING…
Don’t mess with it.
While aggravations indicate a healing response, they are generally to be avoided because they place unnecessary stress on an already-depressed vital force. This is even more relevant to patients that begin at a debilitated state. When an aggravation is not achieved but symptoms improve, this is a good sign and an indication the remedy should not be taken again.
Prior to my treatment with Phosphorus, I began to research some of the symptoms Arsenicum nor Ignatia seemed to treat. I also picked up on the parts of my personality that corresponded with Phosphorus, such as anxiety upon witnessing others in physical/emotional pain (particularly at night), the desire to be around people, sensitivity to the feelings of others, harboring their negativity as my own, etc. Quite frankly, I enjoyed this prospect after feeling like such a piece of shit for so long with Arsenicum. I also recognized some physical manifestations, such as long and narrow stools, as well as cravings for cold drink and food. I knew these symptoms were not changing, so I didn’t take my remedy to try and fix them. In fact, when they became fully expressed (long stools replacing the small ones of Arsenicum, cravings for cold replacing cravings for hot), I knew I was progressing. Thus, do not take your remedy when an unpleasant symptom persists as such throughout your treatment with it, especially when you still show obvious indications of healing in other respects. Your remedy is still working through the parts of the disease process it will rectify; you will cause an aggravation if you mess with it. Coping with ramifications of fixed symptoms can be annoying, but follow the advice of your homeopath first and foremost.
I committed one of the ___ deadly sins while under treatment: I took two remedies at a time. And here’s why I did it: because I found I was happier doing it. veryone’s got an opinion. would like to get multiple opinions on that
depression when not taking one remedy