Not usually. As each therapeutic system is working on different levels of the body there is no danger of contraindications. Homeopathic remedies work well alongside most conventional medicines. It may be important to have your doctor monitor the medications you are taking as your requirements for long-term drugs may change during the course of homeopathic treatment. You should never discontinue your conventional medications without consulting your medical doctors.
No, don’t worry. It is recommended that you stay away from food and drink for a short time before and after taking your homeopathic remedy but if you forgot with one of your doses it generally doesn’t matter.
If you are in pain and are not able to contact me, you can take the occasional pain-reliever. This is generally not a problem. You will need to advise me if you are taking pain relieving medication (especially in large quantities) on a regular basis.
It is generally not recommended to use aspirin or Tylenol to suppress a fever. Fevers are one of the body’s self-healing mechanisms and actually help your body to fight infection. As long as your temperature is not too high it is healthier to let nature take its course. While you are sick it is important to take care of yourself in order to aid your healing process. If you feel quite unwell it is wise to go to bed and stay there! Rest and sleep as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids (water or fruit juices) and eat only if you feel hungry. A light diet (fruit and vegetable soups, etc.) will give your digestion a rest and help your body to recover faster too.
If your acute illness is familiar to you, it may be a healing response (a temporary return of old symptoms) and will pass quite quickly. Please call for reassurance if you are at all concerned. If you do not have a straightforward cold or everyday illness you should check with your primary care doctor to make sure you do not have a serious infection. If the illness is unrelated to anything you have experienced in the past, and you know others who have a similar illness (there is something going around and you have “caught” it), then you might be able to use homeopathy to help you through it. You will need to make appointment for an “acute” consultation. It is always preferable (requested) to check with me before taking an “acute” homeopathic remedy.
Homeopathic remedies (including the Scheussler Cell or Tissue Salts) have relationships to one another and it is important that you don’t take another homeopathic remedy without checking with me first. The exception to this is if you are in any kind of emergency situation like an accident, in which case you can take Arnica (or any other indicated remedy) and then call me as soon as you can. Homeopathy comes in many different forms: liquid, tablets, and ointments. I discourage use of over the counter homeopathic combinations. Homeopathic remedies should be stored in places free of strong odors, including perfume, food odors and extreme of temperatures.
Moderate use of alcohol (1 drink a day) doesn’t interfere with homeopathic treatment (unless you are strongly affected by it), nor does tobacco smoking. Both alcohol and tobacco affect your health, especially if you are a pregnant woman and should be avoided.
Many people can tolerate a moderate amount of coffee and have no difficulty with drinking one cup a day. Some people are sensitive to it and find their nervous systems over stimulated by even a moderate amount. In this case their vitality and general healing responses will be affected. If you fit into this category, you might consider cutting out coffee for the duration of your treatment. Certain remedies are sensitive to the effects of coffee. Please advise me if you drink coffee, and especially if you drink more than one cup per day.
Peppermint in ordinary toothpastes and mouth washes is not a problem, neither is mild chewing gum. The stronger peppermints (like Altoids) are best avoided during homeopathic treatment. Mint in cooking is fine, both as a fresh herb in salads, etc., and in teas (on its own or mixed with other herbs).
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