DO HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS?
I am often asked if homeopathic remedies cause side effects. I would like to address that question here.
Unlike traditional western medicines Homeopathy has no side effects. A side effect is a secondary and usually adverse effect of a drug or therapy and is not to be confused with phenomena that may occur while under homeopathic care: proving symptoms, aggravations, or return of old symptoms.
Proving symptoms sometimes happen when a person taking a remedy develops symptoms characteristic to the remedy but not symptoms that they have ever experienced. Proving symptoms are usually short-lived.
Proving symptoms are symptoms that have been identified in homeopathic provings of remedies. A “proving,” or “proofing,” is a drug trial or a systematic way to test a remedy and to discover a its healing properties. Remedy proving is a technique that was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy. A group of healthy individuals take a single remedy repeatedly until they start to experience symptoms that are not their own. The symptoms are carefully documented and compiled into the catalog of remedies used by homeopaths, referred to as the Homeopathic Materia Medica.
Aggravations are a worsening of the symptom/s the person taking the remedy already has. Aggravations are also usually short-lived and result in a healing response. The aggravation will soon pass and the person will soon get well.
RETURN OF OLD SYMPTOMS
Sometimes on the path to wellness a person may experience a symptom they have had in the past but have not had recently. These too are usually short lived and result in a healing response of the person who is taking the remedy.
Your homeopath is the best person to unravel the experience you have while taking homeopathic remedies.
Yasgur’s Homeopathic Dictionary and Holistic Health Reference, by Jay Yasgur, RPh,
Copyright © 2010 –, Myra Nissen.
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