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Staying Healthy With Homeopathy For Flus


Dear Friends,

We are right in the midst of the winter flu season and I know it has been traveling around the neighborhood, visiting my house and my neighbor’s houses. Well, what can we do about it? How do we protect ourselves and our loved one’s? How do we hasten recovery? Having just gone through this in my household, I would like to share some defensive and offensive strategies that may be helpful to you. Here are some ideas of homeopathic and folk remedies for colds and flus.

The best offense is a healthy body? How do you get that? Eat right; sleep well and sufficiently; exercise to keep the vital energy moving; pay heed to your spiritual life; nurture your relationships; and be on a good homeopathic constitutional remedy.

Let’s say you are doing all of this, but yet you wake up one morning, and your nose is running, or you notice a cough that wasn’t there before. This may be the first sign of a cold starting. There are various things you can do to try to nip the cold in the bud at the incipient stage. Here are a few suggestions:

What to take at the First Sign of a Cold or Flu

1) Take Windbreaker. Windbreaker is a combination Chinese herbal formula put out by Kan Herbs and formulated for children, but of benefit to people of all ages. This formula is only available by prescription, so please let me know if you are interested in this for your family. Many of my clients and their families are using this herbal formula and finding that it does the trick. From my experience it does not interfere with homeopathic remedies.

2) Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy in the 200C strength made from the heart and liver of a duck. Taken at the first sign of a cold, it can work very well to nip your cold symptoms in the bud. If you are not on a homeopathic constitutional remedy already, it is fine to take this remedy at the onset of cold symptoms. In many people it works miraculously. If you are on a constitutional remedy there is a risk that this remedy will interfere with it. The other potential downside of this remedy is that if it does not stop the cold immediately, it can make it more difficult to determine the homeopathic remedy that you need for your flu as it can mask some of your symptoms.

3) Influenzinum is a remedy formulated anew every year, just like the flu vaccine, which is supposed to contain flu strains that people in laboratory’s believe are mostly likely to be prevalent that year. The Influenzinum the homeopaths use is usually made to match the flu shot for that year. Which flu shot will be prevalent that year is just an educated guess, but this poses fewer risks than the flu shot, because it is administered in miniscule homeopathic dynamized doses and does not contain the preservatives that the flu shots contain.

The Homeopathic Philosophy about Acute Illnesses:

As homeopaths we are taught that when a person develops an acute illness, one of two things can be going on: First, this may be an exacerbation of their chronic complaints. If this is the case, generally speaking, the chronic symptoms may persist during the acute illness, but with the cold or flu symptoms added on. In this case, what often helps the patient is a repetition of their constitutional remedy. We are warned, however, not to administer the remedy at the onset of the illness, but at the end, because the flu symptoms can be aggravated initially. From my experience, yes, this does happen, and sometimes it doesn’t happen. What I have seen is that there often is an increase in symptoms for a number of hours, followed by a rapid improvement in symptoms, and also in the chronic health situation as well.

Pure Acutes

The second thing that can happen is that the acute illness is what we call a “pure” acute. In this case the chronic symptoms of the patient are suspended. For example if they suffer from chronic back problems or chronic bad temper, all of a sudden these symptoms are much better and they are a joy to be around. The chronic symptoms are replaced by a new set of symptoms, which are the symptoms of the cold or flu. When this happens the patient usually needs an acute or flu remedy.

Acute Miasm Remedies

How does one know which acute remedy the patient needs? The acute miasm remedies are characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms. They were feeling fine and now they are terrible. This type of illness usually happens to healthy children. They come down suddenly, violently and dramatically with the illness. Two of the most commonly used acute miasm remedies are Belladonna and Aconite.


Belladonna is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, high temperature, redness of the face, dilated pupils and the patient is hot to the touch. This remedy also has a 3 p.m. aggravation time, a desire for lemons or lemonade and excited mental activity, which can include hallucinations. The symptoms come on suddenly, acutely and violently, and the patient can also be violent, with a desire to kick, bite or strike. They are aggravated by the jar of the bed. They can have throbbing right-sided headaches, and pulsating carotids.

Aconitum napellus

Aconite is characterized by tremendous restlessness and fear of death. They can have panic attacks and unaccountable fears. Tossing or turning in bed is one of the big signs of the need for this remedy. The pains are terrible and drive him crazy. The face is red, hot, and flushed, or they can have one cheek red, the other flushed (like Chamomilla). The parts can feel numb, tingle and burn. They are worse at night. This illness can often come on after a frightful experience.

Another important thing to be said when selecting an acute remedy for a person is to keep in mind the relationship of remedies. For example:

Calcarea carbonica will often go to Belladonna, Pulsatilla or Rhus tox in acute illnesses.

Natrum muriaticum people often go to Bryonia or Apis in acute illnesses.

Sulphur people often go to Nux vomica or Arsenicum album in acute illnesses.

Sepia often goes to Nux vomica in acute illnesses.

Some constitutional remedies are also excellent flu remedies, such as Rhus tox, Nux vomica, Arsenicum album, and Pulsatilla. In this case, repeating the constitutional remedy during the flu can lead to very good results.

Flu Remedies

We have some excellent “flu” remedies in homeopathy. They are excellent for the flu because their symptoms match flu symptoms very well. The main flu remedies are:

Gelsemium sempervirens

Gelsemium: This remedy is a great remedy for anticipatory anxiety, and for people who are really having a hard time recovering from a flu. They have never felt well since a bout of influenza. The symptoms calling for it are a great feeling of weakness and of heaviness in the lower limbs. They are so weak that they can tremble from weakness. They feel dull, drowsy and dizzy. They are usually thirstless, with profuse urination and their face looks flushed, or dark red. They have heavy droopy eyes. They can have a headache that begins in the back of the neck, extends over the head, with pulsating pains in the forehead and eyeballs.

Bryonia alba

Bryonia alba: One of the big symptoms calling for Bryonia is irritability. The patient often wants to be left alone. He is worse from movement, so he prefers to lie still. He is also worse from pressure and lying on the affected parts. This patient is usually thirsty for large quantities of cold water. He also feels better from perspiration and wet weather. They have to hold their head or chest when they cough, due to the aggravation from the coughing motion. The mucous membranes are excessively dry. They are often worried about business or finances.

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Eupatorium perfoliatum: The symptom that will usually guide you to Eupatorium perfoliatum is the bone pains. The patient has an aching in the bones, with a feeling as though they are broken, aching or bruised. They have to move constantly to relieve the soreness. This is in contrast to Bryonia, which needs to lie still. Another difference between the two remedies is that Eupatorium perfoliatum has scanty perspiration, while Bryonia has profuse perspiration. They can have an intense backache, as if it is broken. Like Bryonia, they also have to hold the chest when coughing and are thirsty.

This is a very good remedy for flus and other febrile illnesses characterized by bone pains.

One way to help determine, which of these flu remedies to prescribe, is simply to ask, what is the worse thing about this flu for you? If they say the weakness, prescribe Gelsemium, if they say the bone pains prescribe Eupatorium perf; if they say the aches and pains in the body that are worse on motion prescribe Bryonia.

Sore throats and Asthma Remedies:

What if your cold or flu has other remarkable features, such as a sore throat or asthma and breathing difficulties? In the case of a flu with a strong sore throat component, remedies such as Mercurius and its salts, Lachesis muta, Lac-caninum and Phytolacca come to mind? If the asthma component is very high remedies like Arsenicum album, Ipecacuanha and Antimonium crudum and tartaricum come to mind.

As you can see homeopathy is vast, and this is just a very brief summary of what it has to offer in the flu season to those who want to stay healthy and are looking for alternatives to taking the flu shot. If you are interested in learing about epidemics and homeopathy, please click on this link:

This Year’s Genus Epidemicus According to Paul Herscu:

There are homeopathic remedies that can be taken with great effectiveness during an epidemic as a preventive. Once the genus epidemicus is discovered this remedy can be taken by everyone. This method of taking remedies prophylactically is considered highly effective when you are in the midst of an epidemic. It is less effective in preventing the disease if you are not actually in the midst of an epidemic.

There is a website put up by Paul Herscu , the author of The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, a great resource for parents and homeopaths alike about commonly used constitutional remedies for children. Paul Herscu has been very concerned about the possibility of another devastating pandemic for many years. He believes that during an epidemic many people will not have access to their homeopaths, so the best thing to do would be to put the resources that they will need to survive an epidemic at their fingertips. To this end he has created a website called Herscu Laboratory Influenza. Here he posts the latest research gathered from clinical experience about which remedy is most likely to be the genus epidemicus for that particular year. Herscu believes that the Genus Epidemicus for the 2017-2018 season are Bryonia alba and Lycopodium clavatum. The website address is

Supplements to Take To Strengthen Your Immune System:

Here is a list of supplements that may help strengthen your body. I got this list off of the internet in an article about the dangers of the Flu Shot by Greg Ciola. The link is: The article describes the risk of the flu shot very well and goes into detail about the supplements that I will just list below:

Bee Pollen
Cayenne Pepper
Essential Fatty Acids
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Mushroom Extracts (Shiitake, Reishi, D-Fraction Maitake)
Olive Leaf Extract
Oregano Oil
Royal Jelly
Vitamin C


Please remember to turn to homeopathy for your health care needs. And if you have turned to homeopathy in the past, and didn’t get the results you wanted, turn again. It is by persistence, having a strong will to health and faith that results are obtained.

In the spirit of friendship,

Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

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Travel Pack Repertory

Travel Pack Repertory

Selecting the Cream You Need

Here are some common conditions and the first aid creams in the pack that can help you with them. I list the most common cream for the complaint first. Please refer to the Creams for Common Complaints Section at for more information. I abbreviate the cream names as follows.

Arnica montana = Arn
Calendula officinalis = Cal
Hypericum perforatum = Hyp
Ledum palustre = Led
Ruta graveolens= Ruta
Urtica urens = Urt-u

First aid creams that I mention below that are not in the pack are:

Bellis-perennis = Bell-p
Rhus toxicodendron = Rhus-t
Symphytum = Symph
Staphysagria – Staph

I also mention the homeopathic remedies that repertorize highest for the condition, or are well known first aid remedies that I do not carry. This information is incomplete and not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please refer to a homeopathic materia medica or homeopathic repertory for a more complete list of remedies for any given symptom. Please see your homeopath or doctor for assistance if your symptoms persist. The remedies in bold are very important for the condition.

Acute abscess = Arn, Cal, Hyp for abscess to coccyx, Ruta abscess to bones or periosteum. Also think of Silica, Hepar, Calc sulph.
Abdominal surgery pain = Hyp, Arn, Cal. Also think of Bell-p.
Animal bites = Hyp, Led, Arn. Also think of Apis, Arsenicum album, Belladonna, Lyssinum.
Ankle sprain or injury = Led, Ruta, Arn. Also think of Strontium carb, Nat-carb, Rhus-t.
Arthritis pain = Led, Arn, Ruta, Urt-u. Also think of Rhus-t.
Ascending pains = Led, Hyp,
Back /spine injury = Hyp, Arn, Led, Ruta. Also think of Bell-p, Rhus-tox, Symph.
Birth trauma = Arn, Also think of Bell-p.
Boils = Arn, Hyper, Led, Rhus-t, Ruta. Also think of Bell-p. The best known remedies for this condition are Hepar, Silica, Chelidonium, Lyc, Sulph, Calc.
Braces fitting = Ruta
Bruises = Arn, Led for bruises to the eye, Ruta for bruising to bones and periosteum.
Burns = Urt-u, Arn, Cal, Hyper. Urtica urens is the best remedy for acute burns. For more serious burns think of Arsenicum album, Cantharis, esp. for serious scald burns, and Causticum for the chronic effects of burns.
Bone diseases or injuryRuta, Arn, Cal. Other well known remedies are Calcarea phosphica, Fluoric acid, Hecla lava. Phosphorous, Rhus-t, Silica, Symph.
Carpal tunnel or wrist injury = Ruta. Also think of Bell-p, Rhus-t.
Chilly patient ameliorated by cold applications = Led.
Chiropractic adjustment, pain after = Ruta.
Coccyx injury = Hyper, Symph.
Corns = Arn, Hyper, Ruta. Also think of Rhus-t, Symph.
Diaper rash = Cal can sting some children in diaper rashes, so use it with care. Also think of Allantoin. Severe rashes should have constitutional treatment. Think of Medorrhinum for very severe rashes.
Eye injury = Arn, Cal, Hyp, Led, Ruta. Also think of Bell-p, Rhus-t, Symph. Also think of Aconite.
Eye strainRuta, Arn. Also think of Rhus-t and Bell-p.
Fear of sudden death = Arn. Also think of Aconite.
Foot bone pain = Led, Ruta
Foot injury = Arn, Cal, Hyp, Led, Ruta. Also think of Rhus-t.
Fractures = Ruta, Arn, Cal, Hyp, Led. Also think of Belis-p, Symph.
Ganglion = Ruta, Arn, Also think of Rhus-t, Silica. and Benzoic acid.
Gout = Led, Arn, Urt-u. Also think of Colchicum, Benzoic acid, Lyc and others.
Gunshot wounds = Hyper, Arn, Calen, Led, Ruta, Symph, Urt-u. Also think of Gunpowder.
Hemorrhage from accidents = Arn, Calen, Hyper, Led, Also think of Hamammelis, China, Ipecac.
Head injury = Arn, Hyper, Calen, Led, Ruta, Symph, Bell-p. Also think of Natrum sulphuricum, Aconite, Cicuta, Opium.
Hemorrhoid pain = Hyper, Rhus-t, Ruta. Also think of Aesculus hip, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, Hamammellis, Collinsonia, Aloe.
Hip injury = Arn, led, rhus-t
Initial motion aggravates = Led, Ruta. Rhus-tox is best known.
Injuries to areas rich in nerves (spine, fingers, toes) = Hyper, Arn, Bell-p, Calen, Led,
Insect bites = Led, Arn, Hyper, Also think of Apis.
Jaw fracture or pain = Hyper. Also think of Staph, Hecla lava, Symph.
Knee injury = Arn, Cal, Led, Ruta. Also think of Iodine, Apis, Bell-p, Bry, Rhus-t Symph..
Lacerated wounds = Cal, Hyp, Led. Also think of Plantago, Carbolic acid, Hamamellis. Staph is for clear cut wounds, as from a surgeon’s knife. Arnica should not be used on open wounds.
Ligament and tendon injuries = Ruta, Arn, Calen. Also think of Symph, Anacardium, Rhus -t.
Bed feels too hard after injury = Arn, Rhus-t.
Muscle soreness = Arn, Hyper, Led, Ruta. Also think of Badiaga, Cimicifuga, Rhus-t, Bryonia, Gelsemium, Hamamellis, Bellis-p.
Numbness following injury = Hyper, Led, Arn. Also think of Veratrum album, Ornithogalum.
Overexertion, overstrain injuries = Arn, Ruta. Also think of Rhus-t.
Poison oak or ivy = Led, Urt-u. Also think of Rhus-t, and Graphites if oozing resembles honey.
Puncture wounds = Led, Hyper, Cal.
Radiating/shooting pains from injury = Hyper, Led. Also think of Plantago and Allium cepa.
Scar prevention = Cal, Hyper. Also think of Silica, Graphites, Thiosinaminum.
Sciatica after injury = Hyper, Ruta, Arn. Also think of Rhus-t.
Shock after injury = Arn, Hyper. Also think of Aconite, Camphor, Opium, Gelsemium, Lachesis, Veratrum album.
Shoulder injury = Arn. Also think of Rhus-t and Ferrum metallicum.
Snake bites = Led, Hyper, Arn, Urt-u. Also think of Cenchrix contortrix, Lachesis muta, Crotalus horridus, Echinacea, Plantago.
Soft tissue injury = Arn, Calen. Also think of Bellis-p, Hamamellis where veins are involved..
Splinters =. Hyp, Led, Arn. Also think of Hep, Sil, Nit-ac. Soak in Epson Salts.
Stiff joints = Led, Arn. Also think of Rhus-t, Causticum, Cocculus, Lycopodium, Sepia. Stiff wrists Ruta.
Sunburn = Cal, Hyper, Urt-u. Also think of Canth. Never well since severe sunburn = Sol.
Surgery, after, to prevent infection = Cal
Surgery, shock = Arn, Hyper. Also think of Aconite, Staph, Stront-c, Opium, Veratrum album.
Surgery, abdominal = Hyper. Also think of Staph.
Surgery, pain in the incision = Staph.
Tennis elbow = Ruta, Hyper. Also think of Bell-p, Rhus-t, and Symph.
Tooth extraction = Arn, Calen, Ruta. Also think of Hecla Lava. Excessive bleeding after Phosphorous, Trillium erectum.
Tooth pain from dental work = Hyper, Arn. Also think of Staph, Aconite, Symphytum.
Twisting injuries of tendons = Ruta.
Vaccination bad effects locally = Led.
Varicose veins = Arn, Calen. Also think of Hamammelis, Many constitutional remedies.
Wounds where bones are injured = Ruta, Calen, Arn. Also think of Symph.
Wound, cuts, scrapes = Cal is the greatest remedy for wounds in homeopathy. Hyper, Led, Arnica should never be applied to open wounds. Clean cut wounds think of Staph.
Wounds, painful = Cal, Hyper, Arn, Led. Also think of Staph.
Wounds, septic = Cal, Hyper, Led. Also think of Arsenicum album, Bell-p, Lachesis, Hepar sulph. Pyrogenium,
Wounds, slow to heal = Arn, Calen, Hyper, Ruta. Also think of Silica, Sulphur, Hepar sulph, Nitric acid, Lachesis.
Wounds, suppurating = Cal, Arn use internally, Led. Also think of Silica, Calc, Calc-s, Hepar sulph.
Wounds, old, opening and suppurating = Borax. Crocus sativus, Natrum muriaticum.

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How to Take Homeopathic Remedies

How to Take Homeopathic Remedies Updated in March 2023

There are as many opinions on the subject of how to take homeopathic remedies as there are homeopaths. Understanding homeopathic posology is not easy, and it really takes years of practice to get a feeling for it. The goal of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was to prescribe in a way that would be as gentle as possible, while keeping the healing moving forward.

In fact, his advocacy of the minimum dose, which is one of the cornerstones of homeopathy, was to try to find a way to eliminate the toxic side effects that people would experience from crude doses of substances, hence his use of highly diluted and succussed remedies. He tended to work with lower potencies throughout his life, like 6C’s and LM potencies. Only toward the end of his life did he begin to use 30C potencies, and I believe he only used the 200C a few times.

The use of higher potencies, such as the 200C, 1M, 10M and higher were popularized by homeopaths such as James Tyler Kent. Nowadays the full range of potencies are used by homeopaths, and there are various guidelines and philosophies about choosing which potency is best indicated for the individual.

Useful Things To Know About Taking Homeopathic Remedies

Never follow the dosage instructions on the vials of homeopathic remedies that you buy in the health food store or on-line. The FDA requires this information to be printed on the bottles, but it is overdosing for homeopathic remedies. Also do not pay attention to the indications on the bottle. Any remedy can have hundreds or thousands of symptoms that it can help with, but there is only space to print one symptom on the remedy vial.

For constitutional treatment a single dose of a homeopathic remedy can hold for many weeks or months without needing to be repeated. The sign I am looking for to know it is a good time to repeat a remedy is the return of symptoms that had improved after the first dose of the remedy. When a person takes a homeopathic remedy there is usually an initial reaction period that can last hours, days, weeks or months, depending upon the circumstances or how deeply rooted a symptom is. Unless the patient is in pain or distress, I prefer not to interfere with this initial reaction period.

I stress the above point, because many people treat the fluctuations in the initial reaction period as indications that it is necessary to repeat the remedy, or change the prescription. This is not accurate and slows down or interferes with  the healing process.

In most cases, I like to evaluate the response to the remedy at seven weeks from when the patient received the remedy, That is when I usually schedule the first follow up consultation. At that time I make a base-line chart of the patient’s symptoms that tracks what changes have taken place. I would then only repeat the remedy, if the symptoms that had improved on the base-line chart begin to relapse, as that is an indication that the dose of the remedy has gone full circle, exhausted its action, and it is now safe and advantageous to repeat.

In many cases a remedy is not needed at the follow up consultation, because the patient is doing well, there is no evidence of a relapse and the healing process is unfolding well. In other cases at the first or second follow up consultation or some time down the road, there may be a sign that the remedy given has worked well, but that symptoms that had gotten better are starting to return, and the patient feels ready and the homeopath feels that repeating the remedy would be a good idea.

A Second Prescription that is Not a Repetition of the Previous Remedy

Another scenario would be that we discover that the dose given has cleared off a layer and a new symptom picture has emerged underneath. This layer has always been there, but now it stands out in full relief and we can see it clearly. We now have a reliable basis on which to make a second prescription, which is not a repetition of the previous remedy. The homeopath recognizes this symptom image as one corresponding to a particular remedy, and in accord with the patient moves forward with a new prescription.

Treating Acute Illnesses

After administering a remedy during an acute illness, I observe the patient for 48 hours. In most cases there should be noticeable improvement within 24 hours. In other cases it can take longer. I only repeat the remedy if symptoms that had improved following the initial dose show signs of relapsing, and the relief the patient felt initially is waning.

If a repetition of the remedy is required during an acute illness, then the remedy can be repeated in water, but I vary the quantity of water used and the number of succussions given, per my description below about how to repeat the remedy in water.

Alternatively I may recommend that the patient do a pocket or room dose of the remedy to bring them easily and gently back under the influence of the remedy. Please read the article I wrote about the pillow, pocket and room dose. Here is a link to the article.

What to Expect After Taking a Homeopathic Remedy

When a person takes a homeopathic remedy, the remedy will cycle through the patient’s repertoire of symptoms as it looks for what it needs to work on. It will find the most recently experienced symptoms first, and it will work on older symptoms later on. The patient may experience a brief intensification of the symptoms as the remedy works to address them. This aggravation should be followed by an amelioration of the symptoms, and an improved sense of well being in the patient.

Many people misinterpret the aggravation that occurs in the first few days or weeks after taking the remedy as a sign that the remedy is not working, and then change the remedy, or repeat it too soon. This is a very common mistake. When changes are taking place, whether you interpret them as good or bad, the rule is not to interfere, but watch and wait to see how things settle. Do not interfere during transitions.

Evaluating the Sensitivity Level of the Patient and Adjusting the Remedy Accordingly

Following the advice of Samuel Hahnemann in the Organon of Medicine*, I prefer to administer the remedy diluted in water. When given in water reactions are more gentle and aggravations are minimized. Many homeopaths use the dry dose method and that is also fine, but from my experience administering the remedy in water is more gentle.

The potency of the remedy used,  the quantity of pellets used, the amount of water used to dilute the remedy in, the quantity of the liquid dilution that the patient drinks are all factors that the homeopath can adjust based on his or her intuition about the strength of the vital force of the patient, or the sensitivity level of the patient. The goal is to keep aggravations or reactions to a minimum while moving the healing forward in as gentle a manner as possible.

Highly Sensitive Patients

For a highly sensitive person, I would use a low potency remedy, choosing between a 6C, 12C or 30C potency or LM potency, or a pillow or pocket dose of the remedy.

If I am treating a highly sensitive person with a water dose, I would use only one pellet, diluted in two, four or more ounces of water and give one teaspoon or more of the liquid to start with. As I observe the response of the patient to the remedy, I will reassess the quantity used when a repetition is needed.

The Size of the Pellets and the Quantity to Use

From my experience quantity often does make a difference. If more pellets are used the remedy tends to hold longer. If I am using the larger sized pellets, which are more common these days, I tend to use one pellet for sensitive people, and between two and four pellets for everyone else. For children I tend to use two pellets.

The reason I pay attention to the quantity of pellets used is that I want to be gentle and effective, and at the same time I do not want to cause an unnecessarily strong reaction, which can happen if too many pellets of the remedy are given. It is a balancing act.

If the pellets are the medium sized ones, I tend to use eight of them. If they are the tiny ones, I tend to use ten to twelve pellets as a dose.

Selection of the Potency for People Who Have Average Sensitivity

Guidelines have been developed over the centuries about how to determine the potency for the patient. Here are some Guidelines:

Take into consideration how much experience the person has had with homeopathy. The goal is to be efficient, effective and gentle. It is good to test the waters with a new client and start low or with a medium strength potency, unless you have great confidence in the prescription and in the vitality of the patient. The 30C and 200C strengths are considered to be medium strength potencies.

The weaker the person is, the older the person is, the sicker the person is, and the lower their vital energy is, the more appropriate it is to use the lower potencies, such as a 12C or 30C strength.

The younger a person is, the stronger a person is, the more vital a person is, the more clear their symptom picture is, the more the patient can benefit from medium to higher strength potencies, ranging from the 30C to the 200C to the 1M and the 10M strengths. I very rarely venture into potencies above that.

Selecting the Remedy Potency Intuitively

The way I select the remedy and potency for my clients is an intuitive process, which is backed up by many years of experience. The reason I go deeper than my intellect to do this work is that I have been shown time and again that the ego is not a completely reliable guide for selecting the remedy and potency. One of the ego’s functions is to take a position and defend it. It can defend a correct position and an incorrect one. This is why I rely on study and analysis, but ultimately intuition and higher or inner guidance to make sure that I am not being led by my ego in making a prescription. I place top priority in nurturing my intuition through a daily meditation practice, because it is crucial to my doing my work as a homeopath well.

One Should Never Repeat the Remedy in Exactly the Same Form

According to Samuel Hahnemann one should never repeat a homeopathic remedy in exactly the same form. He recommended altering the dose slightly when it is repeated. I accomplish this in several ways:

I vary the quantity of water used, so if I used 4 oz. of water to dilute the remedy for the first dose administered, I will use 6 oz. of water for the second dose, and 8 oz. for the third dose, 10 oz. for the fourth dose, and then I start over again at 4 oz.

I always succuss for the second and subsequent doses. I do not succuss for the first dose, unless I am using LM potencies. The way I succuss is that I dissolve the remedy in a glass jar or plastic bottle that seals tightly, and then I hit the jar against a book.

I ask the patient to drink the amount that I feel would be appropriate for them, with the intention of keeping aggravations to a minimum. For people of average and high vitality I usually ask them to drink all of the liquid. I also instruct the patient to swish the liquid in their mouth for 15 to 20 seconds before swallowing each sip, so that the mucous membranes in the mouth are bathed in the liquid. I may also recommend taking the remedy by olfaction, which would be to breathe over the solution as it is dissolving in the water.

In the past I used to use dry doses. What I found was that dry doses do tend to hold quite a bit longer than doses dissolved in water, but they can cause unnecessarily strong aggravations. When I switched to dosing in water, I found that the remedies work much more gently, even if they need to be repeated sooner than they would with a dry dose.

People Who Are Afraid to Take Homeopathic Remedies

There are some patients who are very afraid of taking homeopathic remedies. One way I have found to help them get comfortable with the remedy and overcome the fear is to take a pillow dose, pocket or room dose of the remedy. Here is a link to an article I wrote on how to take the remedy in this way.

Sample Prescription

Here is a sample of a first prescription of a typical 30C strength remedy in a person with average sensitivity:

Instructions for Taking the First Dose of a New Remedy

1) Please dissolve (number of pellets) of (name of the remedy) in 4 oz. of water in a small cup. You can use a disposable cup if you wish. (The quantity of pellets depends on their size. If they are the large ones, please use 3 or 4 pellets. If they are the medium sized ones, please use 8 pellets; if they are the tiny sized ones, please use 12 pellets).
2) Allow the remedy to thoroughly dissolve in the water. It may take half an hour or longer to dissolve. (Stirring is optional. My reasoning is that the water receives the information from the remedy as soon as it comes in contact with it, so I do not believe stirring makes any difference).
3) Please drink all of the liquid and swish it around in your mouth before swallowing each sip. Please do not eat an hour before or after taking the remedy. It is okay to drink water. (I adjust the amount of water I recommend the patient drinks from the solution, based on my perception of their sensitivity level).
4) In addition to taking the remedy orally, you can take the dose by olfaction. You can do this by holding the cup and breathing over it while you are waiting for the pellets to dissolve.
5) Please dispose of the disposable cup.

You may experience a time in the first weeks after taking the remedy when your symptoms might be up and down. This is the remedy cycling through your repertoire of symptoms and looking for what it needs to work on. I wanted to make you aware that this is a normal process after taking a homeopathic remedy.

Here is a sample of a second prescription of a typical 30C strength remedy in a person with average sensitivity.

Instructions for Taking the Second Dose of the Remedy in Water

1) Please dissolve (number of pellets) of (name of your remedy) in 6 oz. of water in a glass jar or a small disposable water bottle container. Please wait 30 minutes to make sure the pellets have completely dissolved.
2) Please give the bottle 10 firm succussions. You do this by hitting the bottle or jar against a book.
3) Please drink all of the liquid. Hold the liquid in your mouth for 15 or 20 seconds before swallowing each spoonful. Please do not eat an hour before or after taking the remedy. (I adjust the amount of water I recommend the patient drinks from the solution, based on my perception of their sensitivity level).
4) You can also take the dose by olfaction, which would be to breathe over the bottle while you are waiting for the pellets to dissolve.
5) Please dispose of the bottle or jar.

You may experience a time in the first weeks after taking the remedy when your symptoms might be up and down. This is the remedy cycling through your repertoire of symptoms and looking for what it needs to work on. Each time you take a remedy the cycling process gets easier, but I wanted to make you aware that this is a normal process after taking a remedy.

Instructions for Taking the Third and Subsequent Doses of Your Remedy in Water.

For each subsequent dose, I add 5 succussions to the bottle, as follows:

1st dose – no succussions
2nd dose – 10 succussions
3rd dose – 15 succussions
4th dose – 20 succussions and so forth.

Alter the amount of water used with each dose to further change the stimulus slightly.

For example:

1st dose – 4 oz. of water.
2nd dose – 6 oz. of water.
3rd dose – 8 oz. of water.
4th dose – 10 oz. of water
5th dose – 4 oz. of water.
6th dose 6 oz. of water, and so forth.

The Pillow Dose, The Pocket Dose and The Room Dose.

These are methods of exposing yourself to the remedy, which I developed over the years of my homeopathic practice and which I find to be very effective. I find the pillow dose, in particular, to be equally as effective as the traditional dry dose or water dose of the remedy. Here is a link to an article, which goes into depth on how to take remedies in this fashion, and explains when one method may be better than the other.

LM Potencies

I have written extensively about LM potencies, as I used them quite a bit in the past. These days I no longer use this method, because I find it puts many people on something of a roller coaster ride. It is extremely difficult to work with, and requires a lot of supervision by the homeopath. This is a method that Hahnemann came to in his later years and which he wrote about in the 6th Edition of the Organon of Medicine (which goes by various names, depending on who translated the book).* Here is a link to an article I wrote about LM Potencies.


I am sharing this information about homeopathic posology with you, because there is a lot of confusion about this subject amongst homeopaths and the public.There is always more to learn about homeopathic posology. My understanding of this subject is constantly evolving. I am sure that if I were to rewrite this article a year from now, I would find many things that needed to be changed, because of having acquired more experience.

I would love people to have positive, safe and gentle experiences with homeopathy. I have said this before and I will say it again. Homeopathy is Divine Medicine. It is Spiritual Medicine. It is Non-material medicine. It is Effective Medicine. I see miracles every day in my practice. Why? Homeopathy is also Miraculous Medicine.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)

* There are many translations of this book and the titles are different. Here are a few translations on

This one is called the Organon of Medicine and combines the Boericke and Dudgeon translations. A recent translation is Wenda Brewster O’Reilley’s translation called The Organon of the Medical Art.

There is another translation by Kunzli and others, also called the Organon of Medicine:

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