Homeopathic remedies are made from a number of different substances. Some are made from plants, or minerals, and some are made from animal sources. There are thousands of homeopathic remedies that exist and new remedies are created and discovered every day.
LEGAL FOR MORE THAN 115 YEARS
Homeopathic remedies have had legal status in the United States since 1897 and are made in accordance with the law under the guide lines of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). One often finds HUPS printed on the label of a homeopathic remedy. More about HPUS.
HOMEOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICAE
Descriptions of homeopathic remedies are cataloged in materia medicae, or medical matter, ordered alphabetically by their Latin names. Most materia medicae include information such as remedies’ common names, their origin, a description of what they are, how they are made, and the healing properties they impart. Also included are the names of the homeopath who discovered the remedy and the ones who have studied them for their healing properties. An example of a materia medcia which is commonly known around the world is Homeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory written by Dr. William Boericke and was first published 1901.
A DOSE IS VERY SMALL
Homeopathic remedies are made from small amounts of substances that have been repeatedly diluted and shaken in a process known as succussion. Often substances have gone through this process hundreds of times. By the time a remedy is taken by a client, there is only a minute portion of the remedy left. Yet this small amount of remedy can have a large healing effect. Remedies can be taken orally, by olfaction, as well as topically.
HOW REMEDIES LOOK
Homeopathic remedies are made in pharmacies world wide. Not all the remedies are available at all pharmacies. In my practice I utilize approximately 10 pharmacies each with their own packaging and labeling styles. Some are tablets that come individually laid out on a sheet covered with blister-wrap. Some come in glass bottles, plastic bottles, others in small vials or tubes. How to care for homeopathic remedies.
What are the pellets made from? Usually sucrose or lactose or a non-sugar substance such as xylitol. The tablets or pellets are usually impregnated with the remedy in liquid form. The pellets are so small that a person is usually not affected by the sugar or lactose. If a client is sensitive to sugar or lactose, remedies can be ordered in a non-sugar base or as a liquid. Remedies in pellet form have a shelf life that can be longer than 10 years. If remedies are properly stored and cared the integrity of the remedy can last even longer.
Other remedies come as a clear liquid. Liquid remedies are usually packaged in a dropper bottle. They can also come in a bottle with a screw top lid. Liquid remedies are usually mixed with distilled water and about 20% alcohol.
The alcohol is used as a preservative. Usually when one takes a liquid remedy only a few drops are used. Drops are further mixed with water so the alcohol content is very dilute. If a client is very sensitive to alcohol, some times pharmacies can specially prepare the remedy with distilled water. Some pharmacies use vegetable glycerine. Liquid remedies have a shelf life of approximately 10 years. However, remedies prepared without alcohol or vegetable glycerine have a shorter shelf life.
Note: I asked a lab about the alcohol they use. It is grain alcohol. The alcohol manufacturer states that the product is gluten free, but the lab does not test alcohol for the absence of gluten. If the remedy is prepared in 20% alcohol then 1 oz (30 ml) bottle contains approximately 6 ml pure alcohol. A complete dropper (1 ml) then it contains approximately 0.2 ml pure ethanol alcohol. However, a dose is rarely a complete dropper, usually a dose is a few drops in a small amount of water. There are methods that allow the alcohol to evaporate without altering the properties of a remedy. (Source: Ohm Pharma)
I am often asked how to open container that comes with a self-dispensing lid. There are several types of self-dispensing lids. One common type is used by the homeopathic pharmacy, Boiron. Boiron is known for their “Blue Tubes.” Blue Tubes are small blue cylindrical plastic vials, about 2-drams in size with a clear self-dispensing cap. Blue Tubes are also referred to as “multi-dose” containers, because they contain enough pellets for many doses.
HOW TO DISPENSE A PELLET FROM A SELF-DISPENSING LID
1. Break the seal on the bottle.
2. Hold the bottle with the lid facing down.
3. Twist the lid until 1 pellet drops from the vial into the lid.
4. The pellet is now in the lid. Remove the lid slowly, take care not to tip the remedy out of the lid.
Note: Not all self-dispensing containers are the same. They vary between manufacturers.
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If you have questions about taking a homeopathic remedy or need help understanding how to use a particular type of container, please, contact Myra. To find out what homeopathy can do for you contact Myra to schedule a 30-Minute Homeopathic Wellness Assessment. Sign up for monthly news & tips.
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