I am posting the following correspondence to stress the fact that homeopathy can be powerful medicine. A good homeopath will always respond to the sensitivity of a patient. While a patient’s response to a particular potency or remedy can’t always be predicted in advance, there are ways to antidote or mitigate aggravations, and then to adjust the dose.
While an aggravation that lasts just a few days is no problem and can even portend healing coming your way, if you are experiencing prolonged suffering from homeopathic treatment, your homeopath may be giving you the wrong remedy, too many remedies, too frequently, or in too high doses. Any of these are possibilities and your homeopath should respond appropriately.
I have been under the care of a classical homeopath for my anxiety for five months and it has been a living hell. I have only had one good day, sadly. We’ve gone through five remedies that have only caused my anxiety to skyrocket consistently for these five months. I am exhausted and don’t know what to do. I had to stop driving a month ago because I’m so tired, and barely make it to work. Before this I was very active and loved strenuous physical exercise, but have not been able to do any in five months. My homeopath just tells me not too worry, be patient and this will pass. Meanwhile I’m suffering and am depressed that I can no longer do the things I love. I feel trapped and would never advise anyone to try homeopathy. What has gone wrong? What should I do to end this horror? Thank you for your time.
I’m so sorry to hear about your situation. My advice is to stop taking any remedy immediately. Hopefully, your symptoms will subside after a few days. If not, you may need to antidote the remedy, e.g., by rubbing Vicks on your chest. You are probably having really bad aggravations, and the dosing begin given to you is likely way too much for you.
Your homeopath should be adjusting the dose or having some response to your situation. In the meantime, it looks like you really need to stop the remedy. You might find that after it wears off, you start feeling better than before.
Thank you so much for responding so quickly Amy. Even though my friend did great with [homeopath] after two years (for Lyme), she admits she suffered terribly especially during the first year. Now I’ve heard homeopathy is the gentle medicine and thought it might get a little rough, but I could handle it. I never expected to miss so much work along with what I mentioned in my first email. I feel like I’ve lost control of my life. It’s been very hard. Once again, thank you for any help, it is very much appreciated. Just hearing from you gives me hope.
I have never heard of [the homeopath mentioned], nor does she have the credential that I prefer to see in a homeopath (CCH). Unfortunately, some homeopaths have a kind of “no pain no gain” attitude about things. Perhaps your friend’s Lyme required that kind of thing, but it sounds like it’s all wrong for you.
On the positive side, and not to make light of your experience, but no one will be able to convince you that homeopathy is a “sugar pill”!
I do recommend [new homeopath], who I believe is not that far from you. Feel free to tell him I sent you. And please tell him how you reacted to these other remedies. I hope this helps!
[Followup: Irene responded later that she is doing much better with the new homeopath.]