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Over-the-Counter Homeopathic Remedies: How do I know how much to take?


Homeopathy is a form of medicine that utilizes natural remedies to treat various health issues. Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies are widely available in pharmacies and health food stores and can be used to treat a wide range of ailments such as headaches, colds, and digestive issues. However, it is important to ensure that these remedies are taken in the correct dosage to achieve the desired results. In this blog, we will discuss proper dosing for over-the-counter homeopathic remedies.

What are Homeopathic Remedies?

Homeopathic remedies are made from natural ingredients such as plants, minerals, and animal substances. These ingredients are diluted to various degrees and prepared in a specific controlled manner to create homeopathic remedies. The goal of homeopathy is to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and promote overall wellness.

Proper Dosage for Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are typically sold in pellet form and can be taken orally in a dry dose format or in water.  Many of my patients tell me that when taking a homeopathic remedy of their own choosing, they follow the instructions on the label.  Well, that won’t hurt you but it may not solve your problem!  Health Canada is required to print dosage instructions on the label and they are as generic as possible.  Homeopathy is very individualized so the dosing needs to be individualized as well.  The correct dosage will be based on the specific remedy, the ailment that you are taking it for, the intensity of your symptoms, and the seriousness of the event

Most people self-prescribe for acute, urgent conditions.  For example, a kitchen burn.   In this case you may want to take a pellet of Cantharis or Urtica urens under the tongue every 15 minutes until you notice relief.  For less urgent acute conditions, a dose of the remedy every hour until relief is achieved should suffice.

 A common misconception is that you need to take multiple pellets at a dose.  One is enough.  Believe it!   Anything more and you are really just wasting the remedy.   Of course, it won’t hurt you to take 5 pellets but it really is not necessary.

Choosing the Right Homeopathic Remedy

Before taking a homeopathic remedy, it is important to choose the right remedy for your specific ailment. Homeopathic remedies are chosen based on the individual’s symptoms and overall health. For example, if you are experiencing a headache, you may choose a homeopathic remedy that is indicated for headaches specifically. If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraine, then it is best to consult a registered homeopath who will consider the totality of your symptoms rather than only focusing on the headache.  It is the totality of symptoms that will dictate the appropriate remedy in chronic situation. 

Combination Homeopathic Remedies

Combination homeopathic remedies are products that contain multiple homeopathic remedies in one tablet or pellet. These remedies are designed to treat a range of symptoms, and can be a convenient option for those who are unsure which specific remedy to choose.  These types of remedies tend to cater to the masses rather than focusing on specific individual symptoms.

Precautions and Side Effects

Homeopathic remedies are generally considered safe when taken as directed by a professional.  There are very few side effects.  However, there are certain remedies that should not be taken following another remedy.  Your homeopath will know this and will also look at other medications you are taking to ensure your safety.   Most homeopathic remedies will not interfere with prescription drugs.


Homeopathic remedies can be an effective and natural way to treat a range of health issues. Proper dosing is important to ensure that these remedies are effective and safe. If you are not sure of the correct remedy for your particular ailment or how to administer it, contact your homeopath.   

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