Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Guide for homeopathic remedies

Homeopathy – Your Remedy Will Work Best if You:Homeopathic_medicine

  • Keep bottle out of direct sunlight, as this can antidote the remedy.
  • Don’t touch the remedy with your hands ­– pour it into the cap or a paper cup.
  • Don’t eat or drink for 10 minutes before and after taking the remedy (this includes gum and water).
  • Follow the directions on the bottle. Most homeopathic pills are meant to be dissolved in the mouth.  Some can be swallowed without dissolving first.

When possible use your remedy separately from the following activities, as these may reduce effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. Or, you may simply need to take your remedy again to renew the benefits.  Please ask your practitioner if you have any questions.

  • Major dental work
  • Prescription drugs
  • Recreational drugs
  • Strongly aromatic over-the-counter preparations which can include herbs, vitamins and other non-prescription drugs
  • Electric Blankets
  • Camphor products like Vicks, Tiger Balm, Karmex and chapsticks that contain camphor
  • Tea tree oil and other pungent remedies
  • X-ray machines in airports (Try to hold the remedies separately. We can give you a note for the airlines but this may not work. A photo leaded type bag may help.)


  1. Pui Yee Law says:

    Why we cannot touch remedy with hands? is it we may contaminate them? Can we use metal spoon if we take the remedy?

    • Lana says:

      Touching the remedy with the hands can sometimes antidote it. Best to put the pellets into the cap and pour them into the mouth from the cap (this can be done without touching the cap to the lips). The cap on most homeopathic remedies is made in a specific way to make this easy. A wooden spoon would also be quite fine, but then there is always increased risk that the pills could bounce off the spoon and onto the floor. Also, it’s possible that some homeopathic remedies would interact with the metal in the spoon.

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