Determining the dosing and the potency (strength) of your remedy is important. Finding a balance is key. You need to make sure the body is not pushed too hard, causing symptoms to get more intense (also called an aggravation). Yet, you need to ensure that it is supported well enough to heal at a good pace.

How potent is the remedy? What do the numbers and letters mean?

The higher the number, the stronger and more energetic the remedy is. For example, a 12c is a lesser strength than a 30c. The letters also indicate strength. Think of the Roman numeral system: X=10, C=100, M=1,000. The higher the number, the more potent and more energetic the remedy is; so a 12x is a lesser strength than a 12c.

The remedies can be safely used in conjunction with conventional medication; there is no known interaction.

The number of times you take a remedy will depend on the severity of symptoms and the potency you have available. In general, the more intense and severe the symptoms are, the higher the potency or frequency of the dose. For general colds, teething, fevers and illnesses, if you have a 12c or 30c, take the remedy 3 to 4 times per day, dissolving under the tongue. Avoid eating or drinking at least 10 minutes before and 5 minutes after taking the remedy.

For very high fevers or injuries, you can take the remedy as often as needed. The general rule is to take it more often for a more severe fever or injury.

Two Examples:

  • If a child has a mild fever of 100° or 102°, you may give a 30c of the indicated remedy 3 to 4 times per day, realizing that the remedy will not necessarily take down the fever, but will support it and the healing. If the same child has a fever of 104° or more, you may take the indicated remedy every 5 minutes until the fever drops to a safer level.
  • If you get hit on the leg with a baseball, you might take Arnica 30c every half hour for a couple hours to minimize pain and bruising. If the same baseball hits the head, you would want to take it every 2 to 3 minutes for the first 10 minutes, and every 10 to 20 minutes thereafter for a couple hours.

For help with choosing remedies, see my article on HOW TO SELECT AND USE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES.

If you have any specific questions, need help selecting a remedy, or need to purchase a remedy, please call my personal line at 651-246-1209.

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