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Five Myths to Avoid When Using Homeopathy!

by | Jan 19, 2021 | Acute Illness, How Does Homeopathy Work?, Uncategorized

Homeopathy is incredibly complicated yet quite easy at the same time, once you know the rules. Avoid buying into these myths about homeopathy and you will be more successful treating your acute illnesses and in working with a homeopath for chronic conditions.

Diagnosis Equals Prescription

Teething remedies–lots of selections

This is true in Conventional, western medicine.  If I have this diagnosis, this must be the thing that helps it.

  • Got a Headache? Take Advil.
  • Feeling down? Take one of five or so anti-depressants.
  • Not sleeping? Take a sleeping pill.

In homeopathy, we look for the remedy that best matches the totality of symptoms you are currently experiencing.  I remember a client who was struggling with a really sore throat, better from cold drinks, and her uvula was swollen.  She had tried a couple remedies herself before calling me for help.  I collected her physical symptoms and then asked, how is your mood?  She said, “Well, I just got done mopping the floor.”

Hmmm.  Feeling sick enough to call, but mopping the floor?  The remedy I chose for her was Apis.  This is a remedy made from worker bees.  How do we refer to bees?  “Busy as a bee.”  It also matched all her physical symptoms.

Her self-diagnosis was “sore throat”.  Her homeopathic diagnosis was that she was in an Apis state.  So I gave her Apis.

So if you ask me, “what have you got for ______________ (fill in the blank)?”  The answer will almost always be, “Lots of things!”  There are 870 remedies in the symptom Throat, Pain.  Yep.  I definitely need those other symptoms to isolate what remedy to give.

There Are A Set Number of Doses that Will Help

We are so used to looking at the bottle of Tylenol and seeing how many doses how often and what the limit is.  Part of the reason for that is because Tylenol is hard on your liver and you can actually cause your liver to shut down by taking too much.

Research was done decades ago to help recognize how long Tylenol and Advil last for the average person—it is four and six hours, respectively. But the reality is, for some folks, it lasts longer.  On the rare occasion I need to take Advil (I never take Tylenol due to a scary response to it—more on that later) it actually lasts 36 hours for me.

Similarly, homeopathic remedies may last a longer or shorter time for you than another person in your family.  Or, a longer or shorter time than it did last time you had a cold.

For acute care, using 30c potencies, I have come to recognize that if you give a remedy 3 tries within 3 hours and you don’t have a positive response, you need to move on.  However, if you get better with one or two doses, don’t repeat. Check in with yourself!  See how you are feeling!  Please read this important and popular blog post to learn more.

If One Pellet is Good, Five Must Be Better

While this may be true for really sensitive people, homeopathy does operate on the principle of the least possible dose.  When you are taking homeopathic remedies, one or two pellets is generally sufficient, unless the pellets are quite small.  But with the ones you purchase in the store, or in the kits I recommend, one dose is sufficient.  The only reason to take more is to make sure that your pellet hasn’t been “missed” when it comes to coating the pellets with medication. (The medication is on the outside of the pellets.)

I do recognize also, that there are some people who are really sensitive and cannot take more than one pellet, and they can feel a difference, as there is more energy in 3 pellets than 1 pellet.

In homeopathy, repetition is more important than volume of pellets.  I recall a client who questioned the number of pellets.  The first two doses weren’t working with one pellet, so she upped it to to three pellets. The remedy worked then so it must have worked to give more pellets.  Nope.  It was the third repetition that worked.

There is an exception to this rule, and that is when you are taking low X potencies, such as cell salts or organ therapeutics.  You are taking both material doses and energetic doses with the low X potencies, so I encourage you to follow the dosing instructions on the bottles in those cases.

You Only Have One or Two Symptoms

There are always more symptoms.  It is one of the reasons that people choose to work with a homeopath.  As homeopaths, we are trained to not only root out symptoms, but see the patterns in the symptoms.

If you have a kit, and are trying to find a remedy for yourself or a family member for an acute illness, Lotus Homeopathy has a list of questions to ask yourself to help narrow down the remedy.  It is also helpful if you answer these questions BEFORE you call for help.

If You Can’t Decide On A Remedy, Take a Bunch of Different Remedies.

This is the “throw everything you have at it and hope it sticks” version of homeopathy.  Most of my clients, over the years have often been told to alternate the remedies when sick with an acute illness, or more often an injury.  This is a good way to see which helps more.  Or maybe they both help, but in different ways.

In homeopathy, there are remedies that are inimical to each other.  This means that they can cancel each other out. We don’t know what all those remedies are, first of all.  Second, you don’t have access, generally speaking, to that information.  Third, if you did have access, you wouldn’t think to look it up.

I understand that if you can’t figure it out, or you don’t have the correct remedies on hand, it is nice to think that you can just use what you have on hand. Homeopathy doesn’t work that way.  You need to invest in remedies if you want to do it right.

What Next?

There are many more mistakes to avoid, but if you can avoid buying into these myths about homeopathy, you will be more successful treating your acute illnesses.

Next time you are struggling with acute or chronic issues, schedule an appointment with Lotus Homeopathy.  Get on the path to healing more quickly.




Meet Kathryn Berg the Classical Homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy, Inc.


Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.

Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.

At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.

It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.

At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.

While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.

After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.

So that is about my business. Now, a little bit about me.

I have two adult sons in their early twenties, so I have shed the title of “Soccer mom”. My husband and I are empty nesters living in Woodbury, MN. For fun, I like to play piano, sing, sew, garden, hike, and travel. I am in a community choir. I also enjoy cooking healthy meals and, out of necessity, am an expert at cooking for special diets.

If you have any questions about homeopathy or my approach to homeopathic case taking, please feel free to put some questions in the comments below.

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