Homœopathic remedies are usually dispensed as little white sugar pills. There are different ideas of how many pills to take as a dose. Should you take 2, 3 or just one? I have always taken just one pill as one dose and have found it works just fine. This method ensures that your vial of remedy lasts longer.
How often to take a remedy? This depends on the type of situation you are taking the remedy for.
In an acute situation you can repeat the remedy as frequently as every 15 minutes if the symptoms are very intense. This is usually done for the first hour and then the time between each dose is lengthened, to every hour, three times a day, twice a day, daily as the symptoms start to resolve the repeat dose is spaced out more.
Another way to assess the repetition of the dose is to observe the symptoms. If symptoms ameliorate (become better) after a dose, wait until the symptoms start to get worse again before taking the remedy again. Usually the time between each repetition lengthens slightly as the body starts to recover. It is a good idea to keep taking the remedy until all the symptoms have cleared up.
For example in a fever you may take the remedy frequently to bring down the fever and then use once or twice daily until energy has returned and you feel fully on the mend.
When repeating the dose you can take a pill as each dose or you can use a water dose. Place one pill in half a glass of water (approximately 60mls), stir the glass and take a teaspoon as one dose. Stir the glass each time a subsequent dose is taken. If your travelling, place a pill in a disposable water bottle and succuss (strike the bottom of the bottle against the palm of your hand twice) before taking another dose. This method is a gentle way of administering the remedy and again helps your first aid kit to last longer.
When taking a remedy for a chronic condition the repetition will be determined by your homœopath. The repetition depends on a number of factors – how long you have had the condition, pharmaceutical drugs you may be taking to control your condition, your level of vitality / health, the potency being administered. Generally low potency will be prescribed more frequently and high potency less so or even just a single dose.
Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. Sources include published literature and anecdotal experiences of myself and other men, women and animals. The information is not intended for the treatment of any particular individual person or disease. If you are suffering any particular complaint please consult professional help.