Often times we hear that homeopathy is the safest medicine. It is a little naive to think that something as powerful as homeopathy could cause no harm. Correct homeopathic treatment is safe but must be used very judiciously in the hands of a skilled homeopath, otherwise harm can come from homeopathy. Let me explain.
Most homeopathic remedies that are purchased are over the counter from health food stores. These remedies are usually prescribed by the person using them or a store employee who is NOT trained in homeopathy. Thankfully the potencies that are most available are lower and require repeated dosing with a remedy that is not so well indicated to create a proving. But it is entirely possible to have someone come to you who has taken the same remedy for years in the same potency, often daily. I have seen this many times. Without proper knowledge of the indications for the remedy, the person did not know that some of their newer symptoms are from the remedy.
Other ways to create harm with the remedy are to give it in too high of potency, thereby creating an aggravation that could be life threatening. This is especially dangerous when there is any swelling of the larynx or pharynx that could restrict the passage of air and cause suffocation. Conditions like asthma must be handled carefully especially with an acute expression. You will have less of a chance for aggravation with lower potencies (6C to 30C) and given less often. The appropriate time to repeat dosing is when you have seen a response and it is no longer being maintained. As always seek the aid of advanced medical care of hospitals in any emergency. Make this the first thing you do and get help in acute cases.
In chronic treatment it is always necessary to evaluate the person and their vitality. This will really help you know what to expect after giving the remedy. If the person is not that strong on the vitality scale be sure to handle them with care. Lower potencies or LM potencies in water will be the most gentle way to inspire healing. Avoid high potencies in any case that has a life threatening condition. The chance of aggravation goes up considerably when the remedy is given in the higher potencies of 1M and above.
James Tyler Kent may have said it best when he wrote, “After you have seen a great many cases, you will find that you have killed some of them. If our medicines were not powerful enough to kill folks, they would not be powerful enough to cure sick folks. It is well for you to realize that you are dealing with razors when dealing with high potencies. I would rather be in a room with a dozen savages slashing with razors than in the hands of an ignorant prescriber of high potencies. They are means of tremendous harm, as well as of tremendous good.”
Thankfully I can say I have not known of any deaths attributed to my homeopathic prescribing. I was trained early on to the power of high potencies and their use. I can honestly say as the years have passed I have become even more cautious especially with high potencies. Use this information wisely and you too can have a lifetime of valuable work helping others heal and not causing harm.