Homeopathic Remedy — Is One Always Better Than Many?
A true homeopathic remedy is just like the constitutional remedy — one single remedy that contains answer to all the problems that the patient now has. But finding such a remedy is time consuming, so many people opt for creation of homepathic mixtures.
If you know that there are three remedies which cause fibroids of uterus, why not take all of them at the same time? This works, big time. If you do not know how to determine the proper homeopathic remedy, you are free to choose the combinatorial approach. There are many commercially available mixtures. If you have your own remedies, you can make other mixtures quite easily.
Here are some examples that cannot be resolved through the one-remedy-at-a-time approach.
A Homeopathic Remedy for Restless and Painful New-Born Babies
Say you were blessed with a new-born baby and that he won’t sleep when you expect it. He is fussy, agitated… another night of no sleep coming to you!? You look up the homeopathic remedy and see that there are several candidates. The two seem most prominent: Magnesium Phosphorica and Chamomilla. Mag Phos has two main symptoms: better when bent to double, relieved under pressure and warmth. The other homeopathic remedy which is the candidate here, Chamomilla, is indicated when the child is better and quiets down when carried. Otherwise, the child is irritable, thirsty, sensitive, complaining… If you are not sure which remedy to “prescribe”, just make a mixture of both and give to the child. Often just one drop of such a mixture will buy peace until the next feeding.
Why limit ourselves to only remedies? We can make mixtures of three or many more remedies allright. If the mixture of two does not produce the desired effect, add another homeopathic remedy, here it could be Colocynthis, also for the pain in the stomach.
This following mixed homeopathic remedy will work on states of shock, as well as any condition resulting from fear. The theory is that while the person is under effect of the shock, the flow of blood in the body changes, forcing the blood to overfill one organ or tissue. Later, some kind of illness will develop in that part of the body. Most of the time the patient does not connect the shock with the current illness. The ultimate shock is that of coming to this world — of being born, but the shock may come from many other circumstance. For instance, when somebody died in the family, after a loss of a dog or a cat or some other house pet, after watching a horror movie on TV, after a surgery…
We are all continually “shocked” so this homeopathic remedy is a must for anyone. In our context, you can take it after you hear that you should consider hysterectomy. It contains four remedies, each of which deals with one particular aspect of shock:
ARNICA — any physical shock or trauma; any overstrain which could be a shock to the body or mind; great mental strain.
IGNATIA — emotional shock; grieving; great remedy for effects of grief and worry.
OPIUM — remaining dazed after the shock; loss of consciousness through any type of shock — physical, mental or emotional; conditions resulting from fright.
PASSIFLORA — a homeopathic remedy to quieten the nervous system.
All these remedies are in the 200C potency.
Interestingly enough, Rescue Remedy from Bach Flower Remedies is given in similar circumstances, and is also a mixture of five different essences. A very effective combination is to give a person in the state of shock both of these remedies at the same time. In other words, you are completely free to join two or more mixtures and form new remedies from them! You mentally treat them as one remedy for this and the other for that, regardless of them technically being mixtures in themselves. The only thing that matters is your intent to make a new remedy, following a well defined goal.
This can be followed ad infinitum. Suppose you had a mixture for injuries, consisting of Arnica, Bellis Perennis, Hypericum, Ledum, Rhus Tox, and Ruta, all in 200C potency. Treating it as just one remedy, you could make yet another combination for any shocked condition, consisting of Injury Mix, Rescue Remedy, and Shock Mix. These would all be in potency of 50M. Such a remedy — we can call it Paramedic Rescue — could be applied to any injury anywhere in the body, to a stroke, sudden drop in energy, heavy reactions to an emotional state and the like.
Things now get even more interesting. We can again treat it as one remedy in 50M potency and we can further combine it with the Shock Mix in 200C potency from which we started it all. This looks like a vicious circle (we have Shock Mix in two forms), but it really is not. Arnica 200C from the original Shock Mix and Arnica 50M from the Paramedic Rescue are two different homeopathic remedies, and they do not annull each other. Quite to the contrary, using one remedy in two different potencies makes it only stronger.
Does this work? It does. You do not know exactly what ingredient cured but most of the time you can live with that. The only thing that matters is whether there is a cure or not. When you add two remedies together, you actually put up their frequences, forming a third remedy — a third frequency if you like. In this way you overcome the basic flaw in homeopathy — the lack of remedies for all states the patients can be in.
There is yet another reason for creating mixtures — lack of information about the remedies. In theory, all the remedies should be studied quite well, tested on individuals etc. It just is not the case, for many remedies we know only the main effect on the body, while the mental and emotional states are not known. Here’s an example. One effective mixture for Post Nasal Drip consists of Elaps Cor, Kali Bic, Lemna Minor, Nat Ars, and Sticta. Our of these five remedies, Kali Bic is fairly well known, while the others are not. For Lemna Minor, for example, in Materia Medica we find that it is used only for post nasal dropping, there is no information what else that remedy could be good for.
The classical homeopathy purists would always like to find that one elusive and encompassing remedy, while the others are satisfied with a more realistic approach — give the patient something similar enough and let the body sort it out on its own. Both sides agree that the “singles” approach is the best, and indeed, sometimes, after the dust of combined remedies settles down, a homeopath will be able to find the single remedy.