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Dealing With Difficult Remedy Reactions — 56 Comments

  1. Hi Amy. I was prescribed lycopodium for joint pain and tingling 30c twice weekly and it caused my symptoms in feet to get worse with no improvement 3 weeks after stopping. Homeopath said to start taking it again anyway was fine for 5 weeks until big flair up in arms. Does not feel good and I am concerned. Homeopath isn’t answering emails. Can I take menthol sweets to antidote this bad effect it is too much for me. Thanks. Chris.

    • Chris. Sorry I’m so late in responding to this — there have been problems with my WordPress notifications and I’m working on resolving them.

      Yes, I would try to antidote. It might at least help the aggravation subside. I think taking 30c twice a week might be WAY too much. One dose of 30c can often hold for a month or more if it’s correct. Such frequent dosing should only be done in water dosing or lower potencies or when really necessary to get improvement or in acutes (illnesses like the flu, etc.). Has this remedy actually helped with your joint pain? If so, perhaps you simply need to work on modifying the dosing and potency. If not, you might need a different remedy. You might read Chapter 6 of Impossible Cure to understand dosing better. I hope this helps. -Amy

  2. Hi,

    I was prescribed arcenium 30c a month ago for panic attacks which worked for the most part. Those attacks came back a few days ago, but I was prescribed arcenium album 200c diluted in water for a recent stomach bug which proceeded to acid and burning pain. I took 6 teaspoons over the course of two days. It’s almost like I have gotten the stomach flu again, severe diareah and violent urges to vomit. I stopped this remedy three days ago, the diareah subsided however the severe nausea is still there. Is this an aggravating period? Why would it last so long? My homeopathic said he is not sure if this was the right remedy but wait a week to see if I turn back to normal. Not sure if this is an aggravation or did I just get another stomach flu after three weeks? The burning sensation has gone.

    • Kim, I’m sorry I did not see this until now. I was not getting WordPress notifications for a long time and didn’t realize it.

      I’m sorry you have been suffering so much! My guess is that you took way too much Ars.200. That is actually quite a lot of repetition of a strong remedy and potency. It is not surprising that the aggravation has lasted several days. I hope it is over now. It is really hard to know if it was merely an aggravation or whether you need another remedy. But the fact that the Ars.30 was helpful for you is an indication that it could help with the stomach bug. I understand your homeopath’s reasoning.

      Just keep working with your homeopath. It’s possible that the 200c potency wasn’t right for you and you just need to adjust potency and dosing. This is why it’s important to work with a homeopath and not just self-treat.


  3. I gave my dog liquid flea control and within four to five days she had a UTI. Previously this had happened and I gave her nux vomica and it worked well. This time it did not. So I tried a mercury based remedy…it got worse. I then read up on some stuff and noticed my dog in the morning was off balanceand afraid to come down the stairs …I then went to my home opath and tired picric acid….. instructions seems To say give a dose every two hours..I gave one dose at end of day…next day she seemed a bit better, gave another dose and now she is very uncomfortable and peeing every five steps…no urine though. What should I do, she is very uncomfortable and it is nearly time to go to bed.

    • Lorrie, Sorry I did not see this message until today… My WordPress notifications have been broken.

      My suggestion is to talk to your homeopath again! Or try a veterinary homeopath. They really do understand how to treat animals better than regular homeopaths. You can find a referral list here: http://www.theavh.org

      p.s. The flea control stuff is really toxic as you are finding out… My 1st dog had fleas (this was before homeopathy). My 2nd dog, who we treated homeopathically, never had fleas…

  4. i had poison oak for 1st time april 2016,it came thru neighbors fence&on my dogs fur to me.got in blood stream on entire body,had to get celestone shots,had 5 shots&skin thinned,skin tore easily,hair broke off ,anxiety was sky high,had hysterectomy 2009&take estrogel&feel it amplifies side effects of shots,in aug still had on underwear line(after shots was only putting on calamine with zinc no proximine in it.&my dr s receptionist said to take rus tox pill, explained to pharmacist what i went thru&she said it will get rid of remainder on body, i broke out in a horrible rash on whole crotch area,which i figured is poison ivy with water bubbles ,tried itch x,bendryl cream,calamine with praxamine,asked my dr for script for kenlog cream&got .5%,my skin is torched&hurts to touch&winkled&red bumps are on whole crotch&wrapping around back of legs,i dont want to get shots again, we are flying on vaction in dec&i get very dizzy from shots &afraid i may have a bad spell on air plane,shots increased my backpain 10 x,i have bulging&herniations all through spine&disc degeneration&spinal stenosis,my skin on crotch looks like a 90 year old. i dont want to take prednisone,the weight gain of 40 1bs is too much. please help

    • Wow, Deborah. It is hard to parse your message, but it looks like you’ve suffered a lot from all kinds of things. Sorry I am late in responding but I didn’t get WordPress notifications for a long time and am catching up.

      My main suggestion is to get treatment from a proper homeopath and not just self-treat based on an off-hand suggestion like you did. Your situation is pretty complex. If you tell me where you are located, I could perhaps recommend a practitioner so you can regain your health. Or, visit the referrals list on my site: http://www.impossiblecure.com/referrals.php. Hope this helps! -Amy

  5. Amy – I left a post with a question about aggravations which I see has been deleted or not yet posted. A number of days went by where it was being reviewed, I guess….
    Then I suppose it was decided you would not to bother posting it. Anyway, needless to say I never got a response. I went ahead and gave my cat the lowest dose possible of Nux Vomica 6x. It did make his current symptoms worse and it brought back some old ones. This lasted for 3-4 days. I waited for healing to take place afterwards and none did. He simply returned to the same symptoms he’d had before I gave him the remedy. So FYI, it is also possible to have an aggravation and NOT see any improvement after the aggravation is over. You might want to include that in an article to let people know this can happen.

    • So sorry once again. I wasn’t aware of your comment because I stopped getting notifications.

      Yes, of course, an aggravation doesn’t ALWAYS lead to healing, but it often does.

      Like I said in my previous message, I think your best bet at this point is to work with a homeopathic vet.


  6. hi amy,
    i took cannabis sativa 30c about seven times in a seven months period.
    after a month i started to have severe anxiety , confusion and depression. 3 months after i stopped the remedy its still no good. i think i am proving the cannabis sativa.
    do you think the symptoms will stop? is there any way to antidote. i tried camphor and coffee. no help.

    • Itay, I’m sorry I’m so late in responding to this — there have been problems with my WordPress notifications and I’m working on resolving them.

      Did you start having these symptoms after 7 months of taking the remedy, or after the 1st month?

      In any case, it may or may not be from the remedy. But regardless, you should see a homeopath, not treat yourself. Sometimes the only real antidote for a remedy is another remedy that is fitting your current symptoms.


  7. Thank-you for this encouraging article. It makes me feel a little better as I recently gave my cat Nux Vomica 6x and it brought about an aggravation of symptoms he experienced 3 years ago and again 18 months ago as well as similar symptoms he’s recently been struggling with.

    It pains me to see him all crouched in the “doorstop” position and it is all I can do not to antidote the remedy, but according to your article, he’ll make it through.

    When I took him in three years ago he’d had incontinent green watery diarrhea and a prolapsed rectum for months. One does of Arsenicum Album 30c brought the prolapse back in and in 2 days he could make it to the litter and his stools were getting better. Two days after that he actually had a formed stool. I thought he was permanently healed. Of course I’d been complementing the remedy with diet and herbs feeding him chicken broth and Slippery Elm gruel and a bland diet leading to eventually feeding him mostly raw. All seemed well. Other issues like parasites seemed to be solved with herbs. His brother came to live with us.

    After a year and a half I noticed he’d become really constipated. I gave him Nux Vomica 30c and he immediately was relieved of his constipation but hours later his explosive diarrhea and prolapsed rectum returned. All I could think to do was to put him back on the Arsenicum Album 30 c which I did and repeated the protocol I gave him when I first got him. He got better in a similar fashion as he had initially. However, I always wondered what would have happened if I’d let him ride out the Nux.

    Fast forward to now. Always having had an insatiable appetite, eating too quickly and eating things he shouldn’t be, in March he started vomiting beginning with vomiting up the end of a zucchini he must have found in the disposal which led to several episodes of vomiting throughout the next few days. On the second day there was an episode where he vomited bright red blood. I didn’t have Ipecac or Veratrum Album which seemed to me like they’d be more appropriate than what I had. So I gave him another dose of Ars Alb 30 c. It seemed to stop his vomiting blood but not the vomiting. After those first few days feeding him only broth and Slippery Elm gruel and tiny bits of boiled chicken helped him to get through a week or so without vomiting. I thought he really needed to rest his stomach and fast or eat only liquids but the vet, who’d diagnosed him with Ulcerative Colitis said he needed to eat. So for 6 weeks I fed him about 3/4 of his usual “raw” diet after beginning with a bland diet. He gained back a little weight but he now vomited every other day. I finally decided to give him just chicken and bone broth and Slippery Elm gruel with a few herbs and gradually added in tiny amounts of boiled chicken. Giving him only trace amounts of food and hand feeding it to make sure he ate slowly seemed to help. He went for 10 days at one point without vomiting.

    A few days ago he started vomiting every day and a couple times a day. So I thought this would be an opportunity to try a low dose of Nux Vomica to hopefully redirect his vital force and put an end to the chronic vomiting since the 30 c had “resonated” with him the time before by bringing back his awful initial symptoms but I interrupted it by giving him Ars. Alb.

    I’d wished I’d had either Ipecac or Veratrum Album on hand then to give him during the first three days when he first started vomiting but since his symptoms had changed and the vomiting wasn’t bloody (but usually a hairball) I didn’t try Ipecac. Nor was it debilitating and he generally did not have diarrhea at this time, I didn’t think Veratrum Album fit.

    However, now that I’ve given him the Nux Vomica 6x it has brought back both vomit containing bile and some blood to make it pink and he had an episode of diarrhea, I was considering antidoting it. But having read your article, I’m less inclined to do so. I did give him an herbal antispasmodic after he vomited three times this morning and 5 hours later I let him have water which unfortunately he threw up a half hour later. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I hope I figure out the right thing to do. I wish I lived in a part of the country where there were experienced homeopaths who could help me figure this out.

    • Emily, I’m sorry I’m so late in responding to this — there have been problems with my WordPress notifications and I’m working on resolving them.

      I hope you’re doing better. My only other recommendation is to work with a homeopathic vet. Most of them will work remotely with you (I never met my own homeopathic vet!). Go to this site to find one: http://theavh.org/referrals/


  8. My daughter has had eczema for a few years now….which i believe was caused by the DTAP vaccine. She has taken Theridion In the past and she is now taking Theridion 1M. I see her symptoms come and go and get more aggrivated one day to another. I feel it’s the right remedy but not sure about the dosing….I read in your previous comments that dosing can aggrivate symptoms, which i believe is happening. I sometimes feel that her symptoms are “stuck” cause they come and go. Is that a good sign or a bad one? Also, she definitely gets more itchy when she is emotional….Is there remedies specific to emotion and habit?
    Thank you.

    • Karine, I’m sorry I’m so late in responding to this — there have been problems with my WordPress notifications and I’m working on resolving them.

      As far as the “stuckness” — it is hard to say. One approach is to change the potency. Some homeopaths think that you must always go up in potency, but I disagree. It’s possible that you need to go down to a 200 or 30 or even 12. Each potency has its own qualities. Another possibility is that you need an “intercurrent” to get things moving again. It could be a nosode or it could even be the DTaP vaccine in potency.

      As far as the itchiness — every remedy has emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms. Itchiness with emotions is in lots of remedies. In fact, it’s also a very common symptom of eczema.

      I would discuss all of this with your homeopath. If you remain unsatisfied after several months, it may be time to switch to a new homeopath.


  9. Hi Amy,
    My daughter is 20, and has dyspraxia. We have had great success with biomedical treatment, but decided to start homeopathy. It has been about 6 months now. Our homeopath prescribed baryta carbonica 12 c. Honestly the original results were nothing short of astounding. We switched to 30 c and then LM4. It started giving her a metallic taste in her mouth. She was very agitated. Then with every cycle she has developed a burning UTI. Lots of water retention. The homeopath then phos something 12c. It made her absolutely vile. She then ordered calcerea carbonica 30c. She seems to do ok, but it still seems to kick up agitation. Trying not to give unless I see symptoms. I’m kind of at a loss. The beginning results were astounding. Now it seems to be in a holding pattern, but for the chronic UTI. She gave Nux Vox for the UTI and it made her absolutely awful. Any thoughts.

    • Mary, I’m sorry I’m so late in responding to this — there have been problems with my WordPress notifications and I’m working on resolving them.

      Of course, I don’t know your daughter’s case, but my gut instinct is that Bar-c was the correct remedy and your homeopath abandoned it too soon. With LM’s, once you get an aggravation like the UTI, the correct answer is to STOP DOSING for a while. There is often a big leap and improvement at that point (read the chapter on Max’s case — chapter 3). The UTI should then subside. It’s also possible that LM4 was too strong. You could have gone down to LM1 or switched to another c potency in water, etc. There are lots of options for removing aggravations with water dosing — less shakes, more dilution cups, less amount, etc. (See chapter 6 of Impossible Cure). I hope this is helpful. -Amy

  10. I have peptic ulcer, caused by h pylori and my homeopath gave me pulsatilla 30c to be used as 3 drops mixed in a table spoon of water, thrice a day, for 20 days.
    I have learned that he has a tendency to give high doses to his patients and even though I believe I am having proving symptoms, I am afraid to go back to him.
    I have become extremely agitated and having “out of myself” experience.
    Please suggest an antidote for pulsatilla do I can get over this awful feeling.
    I have been on this medicine for 9 days.
    Thank you so much

    • I’m sorry I didn’t see your message until today because of problems with this site. You must stop the remedy. This is obviously too much for you. Dosing so much with 30c is a lot of remedy. Your reaction should subside after a few days. If it does not, you can try to antidote with a camphor rub (like Vicks Vaporub). Sometimes, however, a new remedy is needed to antidote. It depends on your symptoms and profile; there isn’t a single remedy that will necessarily work. I would also contact your homeopath, or perhaps select a new one if you don’t trust this man anymore. Good luck! -Amy

  11. A homeopath prescribed a remedy for me that has overwhelmed my already weakened body. I explained this to her, but I don’t think she gets how sick this has made me. I frankly am calling her qualifications into question in my mind. Can you recommend a homeopath with whom you’ve had great results? I need someone who can work with me via Skype as I am so ill that I am bedbound.

    • It sounds like your homeopath may not understand how to tailor dosing, etc. to fit your needs. I don’t make recommendations online like this, but if you email me (lansky at impossiblecure.com) then perhaps I can make a recommendation. Tell me where you are located. -Amy

  12. My homeopath is convinced that my remedy is cal carb (chronic, multiple issues) but I dont agree. So far I had it for a month and nothing. He then changed to a different remedy for a few days and put me back on the cal carb. I dont understand why.
    He doesnt like explaining, and I dont understand.
    The remedy he gave in between is, in my opinion, a terrible match. It did nothing either. Im starting to feel hopeless about this whole thing…
    I know I need to talk to him more, he just insists he’s right. Im definately not a cal carb but how long do I have to keep taking it before he’ll realise? I wondered what your thoughts might be on how long to give it. Thanks

    • Anne, I’m sorry I haven’t replied in almost a year! The notifications from this blog were (and still are broken) and I haven’t figured out why yet. Anyway, how long have you been on Calc carb? You’d be surprised how broad a remedy this is — it might be helpful for you, even if many of the symptoms or general personality profile do not exactly fit. However, if you have gotten no help and it’s already been a couple of months on the remedy, then yes, your homeopath may simply be a bit stubborn about this. If you can’t communicate with him, you might need to find a new practitioner. If he is so bad at communicating with you, then he probably isn’t “getting” your case either. I hope this helps…

  13. i am taking the treatment of mpb, past 2 months,when i begin the treatment hair fall alot but texture and dryness was improved… then continue hair fall worse and worse but hair texture, shine and quality improved….
    but i am unable to understand weather i am on track or not… becuuse sometimes hair becomes very healthy strong and shiny and sometimes very week dull and dry… i am on treatment please help…. am i on write track…

    • Jatin, I’m afraid I have no idea. In general, I’m not sure that homeopathy can really help with balding if it is not a pathological process. I have heard of remedies causing hair loss to improve, but I’d say this is pretty rare. I would discuss this all with your homeopath. -Amy

  14. Hi Amy,
    I loved your first book; it was required reading at the beginning of my classical homeopathy studies. I couldn’t put it down! I plan to get your new one too.

    Anyway, in reading through many of the comments here, I’ve noticed that there are many instances of people taking a 30c remedy “three times per day”, which in most cases is way too much for chronic treatment. I think the reason why this is happening (at least in the US) is because these are the instructions that the FDA requires for OTC remedy purchases, which completely short circuits the healing. In advising my cases, I find that people will ignore my dosing advice and follow what’s on the bottle when they buy the remedy themselves. It almost seems like since one can buy this medicine OTC, it’s hard for people to make the mental shift into understanding that there is an entire principle behind this treatment that cannot be contained in two lines on a bottle. So in a way we can’t blame people for doing this but it’s frustrating as a homeopath to get people to make the mental shift from allopathic to homeopathic that you so wonderfully describe in your book.

  15. I had an old tooth sinus infection that lasted even after the tooth extraction and after 2 years of many many doctors, some are modern medicine and some are homeopathic no one was able to help. few days ago I bought from the pharmacy a Homeopathic medicine called Sinus Relief from http://www.homeopatija.com I only took for one day and the next day my nose got so swollen and red. I stopped the remedy but the next day my eyes got swollen and parts of my face and today the second day after stopping I have heat in my nose and my lips and gum inside my mouth are swollen as well plus itchy feeling in my face skin.
    What can I do????
    The contents are Allium cepa 9D, Eupharasia officinalis 9D, Sticta pulmonaria 9D, Nux vomica 9D, Hydrastis canadensis 4D, Thuja occidentalis 4D, Hepar sulphuris calcareum 9D

    • Theresa,

      There were problems with the blog, so I only saw this message today (a year late!) THis kind of reaction is unusual to a remedy with such low potencies. Did this wear off? It should have. However, your reaction does point out some very important points:

      1) Some people are very sensitive to even low potencies

      2) Mixed over-the-counter remedies aren’t always a good idea. They are not matched to your particular symptoms, only some very general symptoms, and are combined in a kind of “shot gun”, “one of these might work” way. They can work, but in general, it is a poor form of homeopathy. I discuss this in more detail in my book.

      My suggestion in a situation like this is if you are under the care of a homeopath, call them. Regardless, stop the remedy immediately. If you don’t have access to the advice of a homeopath, you an Try to antidote the remedy using a camphor rub (like Vicks). Eventually it should all go away.

      By the way, these deep tooth infections can be very difficult to treat. Sometimes, a surgical draining is needed.

      I hope you are doing better now!

  16. I tried 30c rhus tox 3 times a day. I have arthritis in my fingers and ankle. Also sciatica and herpes.

    I got a reaction of herpes and its cleared then I got so much pain and depression crying all time.
    The pain and stiffness in my fingers was unbareable. My neck is still so stiff.
    I have had to stop the rhus tox as I could not cope . I do match the side effects of rhus tox very well…but I don’t suffer depression.

    Do you think the reaction was good or bad?

    • Vanessa, In my view, you have overdosed yourself and gotten a “proving” of Rhus Tox. 30c is not a low dose — one dose could easily last for a month. You should stop the remedy immediately and hopefully the symptoms will abate. You might try rubbing your chest with Vicks Vaporub to antidote the Rhus Tox. It would help you to read my book to understand homeopathy better. In general, you should take ONE dose (1 pill) and see what happens. If you get improvement, then DO NOT REDOSE UNTIL SYMPTOMS RETURN. You do not need to keep taking it over and over. Homeopathy does not work like conventional medicine. If you don’t get any response on one pill, you might try a few more doses and see what happens. If nothing happens, or if you get worse, it is the wrong remedy and you should stop. And certainly if, for some reason, you need to take a remedy more frequently, you should use a lower dose, like 12c.
      Finally, you really should be seeing a homeopath and not self treat. I hope this is helpful. – Amy

  17. Hi Amy,
    My 21 year old son who was a brilliant, gifted child fell into bad company in university and indulged in some drugs and aalcohol. He had a psychotic breakdown and quit school. He was depressed for two years and not communicating much. He had counselling which seemed to help some. But he was still morose. A classical Homeopath prescribed tantalum metallicum which seemed to help with his suppressed anger. He was on the remedy for about 8 months and was back in school but he never regained his earlier brilliance. Recently he suddenly started behaving bizarrely like smiling and laughing to himself. He seems very spaced out and not aware of what’s going on around him. The Homeopath gave up !!!
    Another Homeopath after a consultation prescribed Lac Delphinum 200 C once a week. I gave him a dose last week. My boy seems to be getting worse. I am worried. Do you think the remedy is wrong for him? Is this an aggravation?
    Please I need your advice! I am at my wits’ end.

    • Terra,
      It sounds like your son, unfortunately, may be dealing with some severe mental illness issues. You should have him evaluated by a psychiatrist. I have no idea if the remedy is correct or not. You need to work with your homeopath. You might also consider finding a new homeopath who is also a psychiatrist. There are a few. It is challenging to treat severe mental illness, but many homeopaths do have success. However, it’s possible that some allopathic meds may also ultimately be necessary as well. You should also doing some reading about mental illness. The onset often occurs between the age of 18-21. So it might not be the drugs and alcohol to blame. I wish you good luck in this! If it’s any consolation, the cases with severe psychotic breaks in youth actually have a better prognosis for eventual recovery.

  18. HI my son who was premature born at 29 weeks . he is now 4.5 yrs old and has been diagnosed with autism . his autistic symptoms were visible from age of 3 . It was more noticeable after he had very high fever and shivering at age of 3. he was not speaking much only few single words at that stage. so we started his homeopathy treatment after all of these story’s where autism is cured with homeopathy . since we started treatment he had MMR course which aggravated his symptoms lot .then after few weeks he back to normal symptoms but did start speaking little more than before. then we waited nearly 2 months until 3 weeks ago we started DPT 30 which aggravate his symptoms lot like Hyperactive banging object to walls lots of spitting and scratching, biting ,pinching . did gave him Baryta Carb 1m after 2 days of DPT also . week later again we gave him DPT 200 And Baryta Carb 1M after two days. This time symptoms were same again aggravated but on day six and seven he was little calmer than before . in 3rd week gave him 1M and Baryta Carb 1M after 2 days. this time symptoms aggravated lot again he is very hyper and spiting lot and few of his old symptoms came back also . Now my main question is is this normal to have all those bad symptoms at high level after DPT if it is how long it takes to clear this . since we have not noticed any big change in his symptoms other than he was finally Potty trained after 2 years since we been try to train him . Please if you can give us your input on this . Thanks Hope to get reply .

    • Manish,

      Having an aggravation after a remedy is not that unusual and as you noticed, it is often followed by improvement. Being potty trained finally is significant. Still, it sounds like the treatment you are using is extremely aggressive and very high potencies. I myself am not a fan of aggressive detox of vaccines, etc. as a first approach either. So my main comment is that perhaps your practitioner needs to use lower potencies, perhaps in water, and be less aggressive in repetition, etc. Use of high potencies frequently like this is more common in India, but most children in the USA cannot tolerate it. I hope this is helpful. -Amy

  19. Very interesting to read thank you. I have taken calc carb 30c three times daily for a week. symptoms like dreadful thirst at night and cold knees, swollen abdomen and bloating improved but I’ve come out in dreadful acne, blind spots, swollen painful weeping. So have stopped taking the remedy and the sots have cleared up. But the symptoms that had improved have returned!! Am unsure if I took the remedy too often, am I proving it, or is this a positive cleansing reaction? I will add that I have suffered this kind of acne for periods of time in the past so it’s not a new symptom. Question is what do I do now? I would be so grateful if you could give me some advice. Many thanks.

    • Stephanie,

      My main comment is — stop the remedy! Taking a remedy in 30c potency 3 times a day is a HUGE amount! You were possibly proving the remedy. Thankfully the symptoms abated after you stopped. My suggestion is that you need to see a homeopath and not treat yourself. Homeopathy is not a ‘take this for that’ kind of treatment. I have no idea what you are treating yourself for (acne?) but even the treatment of something like acne is best done “constitutionally” — that is based on your entire symptom picture — mental, psychological, complete physical picture, etc. Chances are that you started proving the remedy and merely suppressed whatever symptoms improved. It’s really impossible for me to know, especially from this brief description. So my suggestion is to find a certified homeopath. There are lots in the UK. You might try this site: http://www.homeopathy-soh.org/
      Hope this helps!

  20. Hello all, I am very new to Homeopathy treatment. We recently brought our 4 yr old for homeopath, he has epilepsy which is suspected from a head injury. He was prescribed cicuta 30c. Use only 2 pellets in 250ml water, then get 1 tsp into 2nd cup of water, then another tsp in 3rd cup of water. We use the 3rd cup of water as medicine. 1 tsp everyday. Since started the remedy, he has seizure every 3 or 4 days which lasted less tha 2 mins (as usual). But we noticed the seizure length and intensity was SLIGHTLY improve but we r not sure and it could be the way it is. That continued for 3 weeks. Then for some reasons, we stopped the remedy for 3 days and he had a seizure lasted 5 mins!!!.That was very scary! Then on that day, we started Arnica 30C tinture 2 drops after the 5 mins seizure. Now seemz like every alternate day he has seizure which lasted less than 2 mins as usual. He did had 1 or 2 absence seizures since arnica but not very often from past experiences but it seems the duration is longer (3 to 4 mins, was 20 secs before). We are confuse and we are wondering if anyone know what kind of reaction this could be? we have a lot of confident in Homeopathy treatment for epilepsy but it is a bit scary and we are hoping to pump ourselves up with some common knowledge as well. We were advice only give Arnica 2 drops if we feel the seizure is coming (more sniffing as aura but it does not always comes with seizure. But he has this sniffing after the first seizure started and we are very positive it is associated with seizure and it is not tics) and/or everytime the seizure happens. We feel both cicuta and arnica are good for seizure from head injury but obviously we are only taking anica now. Its been 6 days since started Arnica. How soon can we see real improvements like no seizure or sniffing ? And how long can we conclude this remedy is not the right one? Do the aggravations from these 2 remedies does not falls in any good or bad reactions?

    • Hi. I’m sorry I am so delayed in responding.
      By now you probably have answers to your questions.
      My main comment is that epilepsy treatment with homeopathy requires close supervision by an excellent and well-trained homeopath — ideally someone who has treated epilepsy before. It sounds like your homeopath is proceeding with caution. It is impossible for me to know exactly what your son’s response means or how long it will take for him to be cured… But my suspicion is that once you are the right track — right remedy, right dosage — that the symptoms will slowly lessen in frequency and intensity. The sniffing symptom might mean that your child smells something peculiar before the seizure, which might be a good clue to a remedy as well. By the way, another important remedy for head injuries is Natrum Sulphuricum — but I’m sure your homeopath knows this. I would say, just stick with it and keep in close collaboration with your homeopath. I hope this is helpful and that your son heals completely!

  21. Sorry, that was a bit of a bonehead move. I’d skimmed your article and not realized you did suggest some antidotes. I’m going to try these.

  22. I happened onto your sight via an internet search to sort out an unwanted reaction to a homeopathic remedy. I’m not seeking medical advice, just trying to better understand things.

    I suffer from the complex condition known as chronic Lyme disease. As a result I’ve come to seek out all sorts of arcane treatments and approaches to improve my quality of life. So like you I didn’t just decide I was going to stick my head into energetic medicine and all the mysterious things of this world out of curiosity alone. It was desperation. However this led me on a path that has really blown my mind. It turns out I’ve somewhat of a sensitivity to some of this. And it’s addictive. I’m really turned on by understanding things, and I find these mysterious subjects especially intriguing. I intend to go over your site to see what interesting things you’ve discovered.

    But back to my reason for contacting you. Almost three weeks ago I took a remedy to stimulate my immune system and this has had a most undesirable effect. I’m wondering if what I continue to contend with is residual inflammation (as these things can often have a tail) or if the remedy might still be stimulating my immune system in a way that’s causing inflammation I can’t deal with. And if it’s the latter is there some kind of antidote.


  23. I took my first dose of the remedy my homeopath gave me this morning. Within a half hour I started to feel achy, sore throat. Normally I would reach for one of my own remedy’s which would take care of it but I know I should not do that now. Is it possible for a healing response to happen so quickly.


  24. My dog was dead within two weeks of stopping Arsenicum and Carcinosum, after horrific cardiovascular, GI, and neurological distress. None of these symptoms was present before “treatment” began. Where can I report this (national databank?, research that studies bad outcomes, etc?) so that your field can develop reliable and valid safety and contraindications data which The Naturopathic vet who prescribed it could not provide? Ditto for the other naturopaths and homeopaths (both human and veterinary) I consulted for closure after he died. And where might I find evidence of proven safety and efficacy?

    • Jenna, how horrible to hear this! It is extremely rare for remedies to kill (if indeed this was the cause… what was your dog being treated for?). In fact, this is the first time I have heard of such a thing. I do not know of a national databank that collects this kind of data, perhaps because it is extremely rare (unlike conventional medicine which is one of the top 3 causes of death in the USA). But it is also true that an inexperienced or overzealous practitioner may over-prescribe remedies, not realizing that they really DO cause effects (a skeptic would say that your dog could not possibly have been killed by a sugar pill!) This is why I advocate for classical homeopathy and very cautious dosing. Once your dog started experiencing negative effects, the remedy should have been discontinued. I don’t know what else to recommend besides perhaps seeking some remediation from this particular vet.

  25. Does Lycopodium causes dry eyes? I’ve had dry eye symptom before is this normal as a aggravation? My Homeopathic doctor is prescribing me 1M lycopodium for Chronic Urticaria and my symptoms came back but not worse but just my left eye have this dry eye feeling to it. Thanks.

    • Yes, it is a symptom of Lycopodium. It could be an aggravation, or it could be a return of symptoms — which is very good indeed! In either case, it will probably pass within a few days or a week or two. When you are on a correct remedy, you body can go through old symptoms. My own homeopath calls this “going through your repertory”. This is a very positive sign indeed, meaning for example, that the tendency to get the dry eyes may be being healed more completely. -Amy

  26. i used lm 1 potency of nux vom. with one dose i was feeling great and was almost ok. then believing i have smelled eucalyptus oil used in balm i repeated lm 1 after shaking and diluting the remedy. all the good effects vanished and original symptoms returned what should i do. need help.

  27. I am planning to treat my son’s concerns with homeopathy. But I was recommended to stop and vitamin supplements that I give him , all thru the process. Why is this . My son is nutrient deficit . What to do? Pls advice.

    • Mona,

      Some homeopaths feel that the vitamins may mask what is really going on. However, most who treat autistic children feel otherwise and usually proceed with other treatments in place, including supplements, unless they directly antidote the remedies. In fact, most know that these kids do need supplements, at least until they start doing better. Once homeopathic treatment has begun, however, you should not introduce other new treatments because the homeopath will not understand what is going on. Perhaps you need to find a new homeopath? Not sure what else to advise.

  28. I’m taking a hypothalamus remedy that’s causing reactions similar to what I had when I was on Prozac. First one sent me to ER though thinking I was having anaphylaxis. Second time was milder but still upsetting… It’s hard to distinguish which type of reaction this is.

    • When you say a “hypothalamus remedy”, do you mean a remedy made from hypothalamus, or a mixed remedy intended for the hypothalamus? In general, my view is that off-the-shelf mixed remedies are not really tuned to the profile of the patient. In any case, you should contact your homeopath and discuss it with them. A good homeopath will be able to tune treatment to your needs and sensitivity.

    • These are both good signs! Please contact your homeopath and they can help you through this process. You may need to ease up on taking the remedy for a while. In any case, if this is happening and you aren’t getting all new symptoms, you will probably notice real health improvement after a period of time. Once again, contact your homeopath. Hope this helps! -Amy

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