What to Expect ?
After your first dose, you may experience an aggravation. This is a good indication that the remedy is correct and your organism is responding. You may have a headache for a few hours, you may feel that you need to sleep more, sometimes for days, a rash or eczema may appear, there may be flushing, heat, you may feel more emotional. Everything will settle in a few days. Be sure to take note of what's happening and share it with your practitioner. The organism is reorganizing itself, it takes time.
In Acute situations, such as a fever, the aggravation may go unnoticed.
This is also a good time to try to catch your dreams - keep a notebook by your bedside and write everything down. Dreams reflect much of what is going on in the subconscious and your homeopath may ask you to relay repetitive dreams or those that remain with you.
WHY SO LONG BEFORE THE FOLLOW UP?
The organism needs time. One month is generally, though not always, enough time to see if there is a positive movement. You may be asked to continue without repeating or changing the remedy. This means some small changes have been observed and more time is needed to assess if the remedy is correct.
RETURN OF SYMPTOMS
The correct course of remedies encourages the organism to return to a better state of health and often this means it backtracks and expresses things which were previously suppressed if they were not completely cleared at the time. Some patients are asked to suffer through these symptoms for months, others may be advised to treat with mild allopathic medications. Please be patient. Homeopathy aims to provide patients with a deep and long-standing curative action on all levels, not simply palliation. The organism needs time to readjust.
THE EXCITING CAUSE - for resistant teens and spouses!
If you have been dragged to a homeopath by a parent or spouse and you don’t really have any true desire to be healthy and well, it’s best to be honest with yourself and your practitioner and let them know that you will probably sabotage the treatment.
You don’t have to believe in Homeopathy for it to be effective, it’s not magic pixie dust, it's an adjustments on a cellular and/or electronic level. But if you intend to continue drinking strong coffee daily or smoking or eating *cannabis, or doing whatever it is you are doing which is causing the disturbance, homeopathy probably won’t help.
One of the foundational principles of Homeopathy is to first remove the exciting cause. So if you are suffering from sleeplessness but you drink coffee every evening, homeopathy probably won’t help. Nor will it help if you are in an abusive relationship with yourself, a partner or an employer and you stay. But if you are willing to open up to the possibility that you can make changes that will positively affect your life, the correct remedy or sequence of remedies over time, will support those changes. Many have been able to leave toxic relationships, (most often with themselves) after taking the correct remedy or sequence of reedies, and you can too, but you have to agree to the treatment.
Often, after taking the correct remedy, patients turn their lives around in the most profound ways. Depression transforms into motivation, sluggishness transforms into activity, dullness into creativity. Homeopathy is holistic, and healing takes place on all levels.
But you have to be willing to take responsibility for your physical, emotional and mental health and that means you have to agree to the treatment with the understanding that you will do everything in your power not to sabotage it.
*If you are undergoing chronic treatment for an illness for which cannabis helps, your homeopath may be able to work with that.