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CLASSIFY SYMPTOM TO DETERMINE DOSAGE
Think of your most pressing health concern and sort into 1 of 3 categories:
A) RECENT. Ask is the problem recent, "Did the problem just occur, such as an injury, trauma?
Is this a first-aid situation, an emergency? Cold, flu? Recovery from surgery, dental work, etc.?"
B) SEASONAL. Ask is the problem a seasonal problem, "Does the problem occur at regular intervals,
occur more during one time of the year such as hayfever / allergy to grass, tree, weed pollen?"
C) CHRONIC. Ask is the problem a chronic problem, "Have you had your health problem a long time?
Does the health problem appear to be a chronic, degenerative, or hereditary problem?
The dosing suggestions, included on the side of a remedy bottle, generally show a range of dosing.
This range is inclusive of the 3 categories above and I will explain the dosage guidelines as they
relate to the 3 categories.
Next are great product suggestions for each of the 3 categories:
A. Remedies for recent health problems:
accidents; injuries; stress
; sudden illness; recovery from a surgery; coughs;
illness when traveling such as food poisoning, colds, sore throats, sinus-allergies
jet lag, motion sickness; sunburn, insect bites, swelling itching, Ledum to prevent mosquito bites.
B. Seasonal health problems:sudden illness remedies, Dulcamara for illness with change of weather,
spring colds, hayfever,
specific allergy help for your region,
C. Chronic health problems include illness and disease that have settled in the
body. This includes low grade infections from lingering symptoms after the flu, hereditary weakness,
arthritis/degenerative diseases, a wound that isn't healing or skin problems that are not clearing up.
EVALUATE and RECORD SYMPTOMS
In assessing the effectiveness of a single remedy or a combination product, use my
systematic method of tracking symptoms:
First step: Write down current symptoms by recording or journaling. Information written
down at the beginning creates a baseline.
The effectiveness of a homeopathic medicine can now be measured from this baseline.
To create your Baseline, write down
1-the symptoms you are concerned about
2-when the symptoms bother you the most
3- what is happening prior to the symptoms.
I'll take as an example, an arthritis problem. The baseline might read:
-pain, stiffness, inflammation in joints [what symptoms are bothering me]
-worse in the morning [when they bother me most]
-inactivity precedes the stiffness and pain [what the situation is prior to the symptoms].
(For the arthritic condition above, use Rhus Tox 30C, or Arthri Fix .)
Keep your notes handy (maybe next to your remedy), so you can add information as needed.
In summary, your baseline is the information you record at the beginning of using a remedy.
This creates a reference point for charting progress.
Having a tangible record of your symptoms will prevent confusion later.
Second step: In your journal, list the date that you take the remedy. Include the potency.
Include general time of day, if you feel it may be significant.
For example, "May 6, 2006 took 3 pellets Rhus Tox 30C potency".
Third step: As you notice changes in your symptoms, take a moment to record what
feelings, sensations, emotional changes and/or physical changes you notice.
For example, "May 7, 2006 felt stiffer in the morning; May 8, 2006, moving left shoulder was
easier than usual. May 9, 2006 had a sense of well being, more strength".
Short notations are best, just jot down your response or lack of response to the remedy.
In summary, baseline and journaling is used:
a) to note patterns in symptoms, modalities, etc. A helpful aid in remedy selection.
b) to chart response or lack of response to the remedy.
c) to measure progress in healing.
d) to determine if dosage should stay the same or change.
e) to know how to respond in the future to similar health situations.
f) when asking a health professional, such as myself, for additional assistance.
An example of what a remedy journal might look like:
4/1/06-took the suggested dosage of 3 pellets 3 times a day.
4/6/06- since my symptoms are worse in the morning, I am taking the doses in the evening
and before bed.
4/8/06-felt less stiff in the morning.
4/9/06-felt less stiff in the morning.
4/10/06-felt less stiff in the morning.
This section includes dosage guidelines for each symptom category.
Homeopathy products are sold in tablet, pellet, liquid or oral spray form.
One dose is generally considered to be - 3 tablets / 3 pellets / 10 drops /or 3 oral sprays.
For example, if my remedy is in pellets and the directions say to take one dose 3 times a day,
I will be taking 3 pellets in the morning, 3 pellets around noon, and 3 pellets in the evening.
Directions may slightly vary with manufacturers, but my information above can always be used.
Do not confuse dose with potency. Online Potency Information
A dose is 3 tablets/ 3 pellets/ 10 drops/ or 3 oral sprays, regardless of potency and generally
is the same no matter the weight of the person or animal.
*Do not confuse dose with potency by thinking you can take more pellets because the potency is low.
*Do not think that you can equal a 200C with increasing the dose of a lower potency - you cannot.
*A dose is how much you consume at one time. So whether you take 3 pellets, 20 pellets, or one bottle,
when taken at one sitting, it is considered as one dose.
A. Dosage for Recent Health Problems such as sudden illness, injury, fever, coughs is
one dose 3 times a day. Symptoms may change rapidly and be indicative of needing a different
remedy to continue moving the illness out of the body.
Question, "I am really sick, what do I do?
Answer, "Use my acute dosing of taking four additional doses in quick succession.
Quick succession means a series of 4 doses 15 to 30 minutes apart. If no response at all, review
symptoms and try a new remedy. If response is good, continue with the basic 1 dose 3 times a day.
If response was mild to good, but symptoms come right back after a short time, you can repeat the
four doses 15 minutes - 30 minutes.
Question, "But won't I be taking too much?"
Answer, "No. Acute dosing is continued for a short time in 1st aid conditions to know if remedy is correct.
Question, "I feel better with the remedy, should I stop the remedy?"
Answer, "A good rule of thumb is to continue 3-4 days after all symptoms are gone.
This method avoids rebound illness or lingering problems.
Use this rule of thumb for sudden illness, recovery from trauma, surgery, infection, injuries.
B. Dosage for Seasonal Health Problems such as hayfever, seasonal allergies is meant
to gradually desensitize the body against allergens.
One dose a day for 1 month prior to the pollen season is an effective method.
During the season, take one dose right before exposure, plus one dose right after exposure to the allergen.
This works equally well for food and environmental allergens, such as chlorinated water
For more information on grass, tree, weed, mold allergies see Seasonal Allergies
Combination Formulas by BHI and King Bio are very effective for seasonal illness.
C. Dosage for Chronic Health Problems is one dose 3 times a day. Homeopathy can
help alleviate symptoms or provide palliative care of arthritis, pain, hot flashes, tinnitus, or
multiple health concerns. Some long term problems will respond rapidly to homeopathics
and some problems need gentle nudging over a longer period of time.
As you record your response to remedies, improvement may be seen. If you see small or slight
improvement, then continue with the same dose and potency. Products for complex problems
such as Ring Stop for ear ringing and Nerve Fix for nerve pain have been
clinically shown to show most improvement when taken regularly over 3 months time.
Consult a health professional if you are interested in higher potencies such as 200C or 1M.
Potency Information page on when to choose 6X, 30X, 30C;
difference in potencies; which is stronger 30X or 30C, etc.
See faster results with the addition of supportive Cell Salts.
To find which Cell Salt you need most, order the Cell Salt Consultation, includes a 500 tablet bottle of your personal Cell Salt!
INTERVALS BETWEEN DOSES
The interval between doses can be measured in minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or longer.
If taking the basic 3 times a day the dosages can be spread out evenly in the day, or given close
to the time that the symptoms are worse.
If the problem is worse in the late afternoon, you could take all 3 daily doses close together in the
early afternoon, before you have symptoms. For allergies, take doses before and after exposure
to the allergen. To avoid soreness after gardening, take the remedy before working.
In the arthritis example (see the evaluation section above), the person is worse after inactivity and in
the morning, the person will find best results taking the remedy at bedtime to help prevent morning stiffness.
Question, "Can I go on a maintenance dose?" "What would be the maintenance dose?"
Answer, "You can use a maintenance dose for support of organs, glands and
products that support the immune system.
Maintenance dose is one dose daily. Re-evaluate every month.
Remedies that can be used on a maintenance level include:
Bioplasma. Use for general health and immune system support,
Enzyme for improved energy and oxygen utilization,
Lymphomyosot supports lymphatic system,
Organ and Gland Support, includes support for the thyroid, thymus, adrenal, pineal, pituitary gland,
Constitutional Enhancer is a blend of remedies for strengthening the body.
My Basics of Homeopathy newsletter includes information on:
when to take remedies, including timing of doses, myths about waiting after a meal, etc.
Also how to maintain the potency of your product; can you chew pellets instead of placing under
the tongue; contamination; antidoting; how to give a remedy to a child or to a pet and more.
Determining dosage and when to alter dosage takes experience, practice and study.
The hallmark of homeopathy is individualization. If this newsletter doesn't answer your
self-prescribing dosage questions, I offer a Dosage Consultation.
I give dosage information based on your individual health concern, your general health, your
sensitivity to remedies and assessment of baseline and journaling information, if available.
HOW TO MODIFY DOSE AND WHEN TO INCREASE OR DECREASE DOSE
I often find when helping clients that they have been too impatient and too quick in altering the dose.
Question, "I was doing well and stopped the remedy, now the symptoms are returning".
Answer, "When Changing Dosage, SLOWLY Increase/ or SLOWLY Decrease."
In this case, the customer had stopped the remedy too quickly (review A in the guideline section above).
For example, you are using Pertussinum and a chronic cough has gone away. Instead of abruptly stopping
the remedy, you drop 1 day and redose, drop 2 days and redose and so forth. On the 5th day,
you start to cough. This is your new dosage level, one dose every 4 days.
Question, "I feel better with the remedy, can I increase the dose?"
Answer, "No need to increase the dose, since your body is already responding."
Question, "When Can I decrease the dose?"
Answer, "You may decrease at anytime, but make the decrease very gradual".
As you record the increased dosage intervals you will have a frame of reference/ the dosage
interval for the minimum dose needed to keep the body in balance.
When dealing with chronic, stubborn or complex health problems, your body will continue
to respond to a homeopathic remedy when the change is gradual.
If you responded to the remedy and are seeing improvement, do not stop the remedy all together.
Following are some examples of gradual increase and decrease of dose.
Example of a gradual increase
3 pellets daily for 2 weeks, then 3 pellets twice a day for a week, then 3 pellets three times a day.
If too strong of a response, go back to previous dose.
Example of a gradual decrease
3 pellets daily for 2 weeks, then 3 pellets every other day for a week, then 3 pellets every third
day for a week. If symptoms return, go back to previous dose.
WHAT IS AN AGGRAVATION AND HOW DOES IT HELP DETERMINE DOSE?
An aggravation in homeopathy refers to a strong response to a remedy. This is not at all a side effect.
An aggravation/strong response is uncommon. If it does occur it is within 24-48 hours, lasts from a few
minutes to a few days and manifests as a slightly stronger symptom of the current health concern.
A strong response signals that the remedy has been correctly chosen and is addressing the illness or
blockage to health. This extinguish burst is the increase in activity right before it is eliminated.
A homeopathic aggravation is NOT a side effect because the response is not causing a new problem,
but is a natural response to the vibrational medicine as it pushes against a blockage in the body.
In the early years of homeopathy, homeopaths liked to see aggravations because they then knew
the correct remedy had been given. Combination remedies use supportive remedies and low potencies
to correct problems without an aggravation. Aggravation may also be prevented by taking the remedy
on a weekend or a less stressful day.
How does an aggravation determine dose?
If you respond strongly to a remedy with a temporary aggravation,
then the remedy is correct and no further dosing is needed.
Often improvement is noticed soon after the aggravation.
Include this improvement in your journal. Improvement may continue for some time.
Here is how you find your dosage interval following an aggravation:
If and when you notice symptoms returning, you take a second dose.
The time between the first dose and the new second dose marks the dosage interval.
For example, if it was 4 weeks between the first and second dose, the dosage interval is 4 weeks and
the third dose should be taken in 4 weeks.
For more information on increasing length of time between doses, see the section above
If the time and symptom return was not recorded, then the person most likely would be frustrated
to see the symptoms return and not sure of what to do.
For example, I took a remedy and next day felt worse. I do not take another dose. The third day, I note
an improvement in symptoms. I continue with my recording of changes and note after 2 weeks that my
progress has stopped. I note that my new dosage level is 1 dose once every 2 weeks.
Written by Kathryn Jones DiHom Diploma in Homeopathy, M. Ed., Certified Health Counselor. Newsletter Copyright © 2005 Kathryn Jones
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