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Homeopathy & Alcohol & Alcoholism

by | Oct 18, 2018 | Uncategorized

Is Homeopathy Okay for Alcoholics?

Last week’s blog, Is Homeopathy Okay for Vegans? caused this question to be asked by one of the readers of this blog. As promised, she will receive a free remedy in the mail, and also as promised, I wrote this blog post.

Every remedy you take has some alcohol in it.

Yes, that is true.

The last step of potentization of a remedy occurs in approximately 95% alcohol rather than water because when the potentized remedy is added to the pellets, the pellets will melt if it isn’t a high percentage of alcohol. Remember from the last blog, the pellets are either sucrose, lactose or a combination of both. Sugar dissolves in water.

However, by the time you take the remedy, the alcohol has evaporated from the pellets and all that remains is the energy of the remedy.

A freshly made remedy bottle drying out in a safe space.

If you are a client of mine, you may have noticed an alcohol smell from time to time when you opened the 1 dram bottle of remedy. This is because, as a practitioner, I purchase pellets with no medication and I purchase remedies in “medicating potency”, meaning liquid form that has a high alcohol content. I then add the drops to the pellets in the bottle. If you are concerned about the alcohol on the pellets, unscrew the cap and leave it open in a safe place away from the cat and the kids for a few hours. It will evaporate.

Remedies can also be purchased in liquid form in stores and they have about 15% alcohol as a preservative. You would take drops orally from the bottle straight to your mouth. One can’t really avoid the alcohol this way, so I don’t recommend you take them if this is a concern for you.

The most important thing for you to remember about remedies in general is how absolutely small a dose is needed for a homeopathic remedy to have an impact. Two drops are all that is needed in a bottle of a remedy.

What About LM Remedies?

LM Remedies were one of the last discoveries/creations of Dr. Hahnemann before he died. He wrote about them in the 6th Edition of The Organon, which is like the bible of homeopathy. The 6th Edition wasn’t published for more than a century after his death. The idea of using pellets was pretty engrained and the use of LM’s took some experimenting to see exactly the best way to make it work.

LM refers to the 50th Centessimal (thus, LM). What all that means is unimportant. The most important thing is that it is taken as a liquid remedy and once again, it is preserved in about 15% alcohol. However, the process for taking LM’s is that you take up to 7 drops daily, mixed into ½ cup water. Once the remedy and water are stirred vigorously for 15- 20 seconds, you take one spoonful of the water, swish it in your mouth and swallow it. The amount of alcohol that is in a dose of an LM remedy is miniscule. As a substance, it is unlikely to have an impact on your body. However, it still has a taste of alcohol, so if that is problematic for the alcoholic, then the LM stock bottle from the pharmacy can be made without the alcohol, you just have to request that.

What kind of Alcohol is used in Homeopathic Remedies?

Grain Alcohol or Vodka. Bach Flowers, some of which are potentized, are always preserved with brandy.

Can Homeopathy Help Someone Who has An Alcohol or Drug Addiction?

Yes! Absolutely!

Homeopathy helps on the mental, emotional and physical planes. Most people who are addicts are self medicating to get over a trauma (forget or ignore something) or a feeling that there is something wrong with them or a repetitive negative feeling that pops up from time to time for seemingly no reason at all.

All people get trapped in their minds in ways that we cannot understand. This is true with all people; we all have delusions that affect our world view. Some of the solutions to these delusions are more self-destructive than others. This is especially true with people who have addictions, as they see taking a drink or a drug as the way out of the trap. These are all delusions that can be overcome with a remedy that matches the delusions that the person has and are causing problems for him or her.

There are also the opioid addictions which come from having an injury or chronic pain and becoming addicted to the highly addictive opioid drugs. The Opioid receptors are craving the drugs.  These types of addictions are a little trickier.  It is best to seek homeopathy for the pain BEFORE needing the opioids.

There are 82 remedies listed in the homeopathic Materia Medica for drug addiction. There are 178 remedies for Alcoholism listed in the same Materia Medica. A skilled practitioner, such as myself, would be needed to determine which remedy is best.

Bottom Line

Not only is homeopathy okay for alcoholics, it could help them get sober and stay sober. It would be the best thing someone with this problem could do! Watch for the few things I mentioned above, and homeopathy will cause no problems for alcoholics and drug addicts.

If you or someone you love has an addiction problem, contact Kathryn at 651-748-1556, or click here to schedule an appointment.



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.

If you have a health issue you need help with, please click the Book Now button on my Facebook page or Main page of my website and schedule a complementary consult to see if homeopathy can help you!



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