Originally Posted by penstamon
Thanks! That's very encouraging. I had bought a Hylands blend last week but when I looked up all the ingredients, most of the herbs were contraindicated during pregnancy. So I took it back.
From my new understanding of homeopathy, its diluted so much that the actual compounds are not present anymore? It's confusing....
How do you go about choosing the right homeopathic medicine? The descriptions are extensive but none of them match my symptoms.
It's really helpful if you can speak to a homeopath or a naturopath with experience working with homeopathics when trying to figure this out. What might be the perfect remedy for one person is different for another, they are so individual.
Homeopathic medicines are created by first infusing an ingredient in liquid (usually water, sometimes alcohol, depending). Then one drop is placed in, say, 1 liter of water. One drop is taken out of this mixture, and added in another liter of water, and so on and so on. When you see a dosage, i.e. 30C or 200C on the bottle, that is referring to the amount of times the active ingredient has been diluted. The more diluted it is, the more powerful it is thought to be. To make the little sugar pellets, they are coated in the solution and dried (this is why it's important never to touch the pellets with your hands).
Homeopathics use such a small amount of the active ingredient that they are supposed to stimulate your own immune response. The theory behind it is "like cures like". For example, if someone had a runny nose, you could give them a homeopathic preparation of something that makes their nose run (such as onion) to encourage their body to mount a response and stop their nose from running.
Clear as mud?