Complex vs Simple homeopathic remedies
What is the difference between a classical homeopath and those that use complex remedies? Essentially, sometimes there doesn’t need to be a lot of difference in that number one, their training is probably from the same – either from one of the two institutions that I’ve mentioned – but it would be more in the prescription. Homeopathy, I mentioned earlier, has three main pillars: like cures like is the first and then you’ve got the infinitesimal dose or the least dose that you need to affect a cure or a change in a patient and then a single remedy. And according to homeopathic principles, if you find that single remedy and you give it in the least dose that is required (the minimum dose) you can affect the greatest cure. And that is essentially what we have termed or coined classical homeopathy – to give one remedy at a time and at infinitesimal doses. What has happened is that we now have got another term loosely, that we call clinical homeopaths – if I can use that term. And what we’re seeing is when we’re unsure of the remedy – so perhaps the patient isn’t able to articulate as much, perhaps it’s a child and we have to use observation or perhaps there’s someone who’s not accustomed to all the questions and they don’t know the detail that needs to be known for the homeopathic doctor to make a prescription or it’s an over-the-counter medication and it’s someone saying, ‘Well, I have just a sore throat, and what do I do?’ What you see is a whole lot of remedies that can have an effect a specific symptom or a group of symptoms or a type of illness that can get grouped together in one complex. It can be argued that it’s just on the method of delivery but I think essentially if one looks again at the ‘Organon’ and you read the teachings of Hahnemann you see that in essence, when you can, the best and highest calling is to cure and in order to do that it’s the single remedy with infinitesimal dose. And that you really need to get to the right answer. Wow. Yes. That’s where the experience and of course all the training but the experience I think comes in. When you’re talking about tonsillitis and you’re looking at Apis, there’s a remedy called Tonzolyt and it’s a complex remedy – so it’s there in case it’s not Apis there are other remedies. And then just explain a little bit about taking a complex remedy. So a lot of the over-the-counter medications have been specially formulated from different companies to make sure that firstly there are no two remedies that are inimical (that cannot be used together). Number one, they have been thought through. And secondly, if you’re taking a complex remedy for something like tonsillitis and you are not seeing an improvement, it means that the remedy you required is probably not in that complex – and that keeping on taking it and pushing through isn’t necessarily going to affect a cure. So it can be great especially for moms or people who instead of grabbing something suppressive or something that will just mask the symptoms to start with what you’ve got at home. And if you can ameliorate it or you can cure it, and you can heal yourself and that’s great. But if not, you need to seek the advice of a homeopath. Sure. And get that right remedy. It’s important because you’ve got to have a lot of guts to stick with homeopathy if you are a terrified young mom and your child is screaming its head off and it’s in pain. You have to have a lot of courage or a homeopath on speed dial. That’s it, you need support. And I think if we look at the manner in which a lot of homeopaths and I’m speaking generally now, I don’t know for sure. But if we look at the time that a homeopath spends with each of their patient. If we look at the relationship built and the depth to which a homeopathic doctor knows their patients. You’ll understand that it’s not so difficult to deal with a screaming child with an earache or a sore throat when you have a homeopath who is your family doctor because they are there for you and they support you through the process. Right. I’m going to ask you, you mentioned it’s sometimes that you end up with a product with two conflicting remedies inside it. What would be an example of that? An example of two inimical remedies would be Silica and Merc Sol. So you couldn’t put them in a complex together because they would – for want of a better term – cancel each other out so you wouldn’t get the healing response. And that’s where we come back to the whole thing about classical or clinical or complex homeopathy – and when you know the remedy you just need that remedy. Well, I’ve seen it work. Me too. I’ve had three children and they pretty much, I used herbal and homeopathic remedies for almost everything.