According to the National Center for Homeopathy, the definition of homeopathy is “A system of medicine that is based on the Law of Similars.” What does this mean?

Here is an example: Let’s assume you have developed a severe rash. Let’s also assume you have taken a prescribed medication to dissipate the rash. Suddenly you experience side effects from this medication and research its ingredients. Now, let’s assume once again that your spouse has a terrible cold. The ingredients in the medication you took for the rash will get rid of the cold, provided it is prepared by a homeopathic professional and given in a small dose. This is the Law of Similars.

If you have engaged in homeopathic remedies and found that you feel worse before you feel better, here is some information to help you understand the reasons that contribute to this.

Unlike conventional medicines, homeopathy remedies act first on the emotional symptoms, before they cure the physical ones. In essence, it is the opposite of traditional medicines.

Furthermore, anyone who is using homeopathy to cure an illness should be aware that there are certain foods and drinks to avoid because they counteract the remedy’s potency. For example, homeopathic practitioners advise not to drink caffeine or eat anything with mint as this suppresses the remedy and renders it ineffective.

It is also advised that when you seek homeopathic remedies from practitioners or pharmacies, that you ask questions about the remedy. For example: What foods or drinks should be avoided? If they are good at what they do, they will give you detailed instructions on the use of the remedy and how it affects you according to the information you give them.

Thus, the reason you may feel worse after utilizing a homeopathic remedy may be because you are consuming other ingredients that are in direct conflict with the remedy itself.

Finally, with most medications that are prescribed the doctor will tell you to continue to take the medication even though you are feeling fine. Conversely, with homeopathic remedies, the opposite is true. Once you are fine, stop the remedy. If the remedy doesn’t help you, try another. You will feel better, but only after you feel worse.