Homeopathic Antidoting, Detoxing and Nosodes Explained
Question for Dr. Leia: Can you please summarize the rules for homeopathic antidoting as a reference chart and also explain what the benefits of homeopathic detoxification are?
Dr. Leia’s Answer: Homeopathic antidoting is a term which refers to an interference with the therapeutic action of a prescribed homeopathic remedy. Usually this phenomenon occurs with higher potencies which are given by a Homeopath in a single one-time dose after a careful study and evaluation. These one-time high dose homeopathics are given as a constitutional remedy for an individual person. Usually antidoting is not observed as much with lower potency homeopathic remedies that are given in repeated doses three or four times per day or more frequently for acute problems.
When a homeopathic remedy is antidoted, then that remedy will stop working and the symptoms will return either partially or totally. We know that certain substances will cause this antidoting effect on most people, but not always on everyone. Because each person is an individual, different substances may cause the homeopathics to be antidoted or rendered ineffective.
Here is a list of common substances to avoid while taking homeopathic remedies and which commonly cause this phenomenon of antidoting in most people:
1. Coffee – the most common substance which interferes with homeopathic medicines. This includes coffee ice cream, coffee flavorings, coffee candy, coffee liquor, even in very small amounts.
2. Strong Aromas and Flavors – menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, other aromatic herbs, tea tree oil, most essential oils, cleaning solutions, paints, insect repellents, strong chemicals, petrochemicals, hair sprays, hair dyes, hair perms, mint toothpastes, lip balms, and other strong smelling body toiletries.
3. Electric blankets – because homeopathy is an energetic therapy, anything which affects the electromagnetic aura of the body will cause interference.
4. Prescription drugs and medications – includes topical and oral medications, and recreational drugs. Usually aspirin and acetaminophen do not cause any interference.
5. Surgical procedures, Injections, and Dental work – cause trauma and weakens and interferes with the body’s vital force.
6. Nutraceuticals, Vitamins, and Herbal remedies – use caution here and always ask your homeopathic practitioner if you can take these substances.
7. Acupuncture and Chiropractic procedures – there is much controversy over the effect of these procedures on homoepathic effectiveness. Some health practitioners believe that they are synergistic and assist and support each other, while others believe that each modality should be done separately rather than together.
This is not an exhaustive list of the substances which can interfere with homeopathic remedies. It is always best to use common sense and to ask your homeopathic practitioner, since each homeopath has different opinions on this subject.
Understanding Homeopathic Detoxification
Homeopathic Detoxification refers to using homeopathy to clear and cleanse different parts of the body from disease-causing substances, phlegm, and debris. There are many detoxification products out there on the market which claim to assist the body in the process of detoxification. The dilemma arises of whether they are all equally effective or not.
It would appear that homeopathy does have its place in body detoxification because of the premise upon which homeopathic principles are based. “Like cures Like.” Otherwise, the frequencies of the homeopathic medicine are made to match the frequencies of the pathogenic influences which are attacking the body.
Nosodes are the most common form of homeopathics which can help to rid the body of unwanted visitors. Nosodes refer to the actual use of a pathogenic substance in homeopathic form. For instance, if you have a case of Streptococcus or Strept throat, then the nosode used would be the Streptococcus nosode, whereby the remedy is composed of the actual Streptococcus bacteria which is diluted into a homeopathic remedy. The frequency is matched, and the causative organism will be negated or disrupted.
Nosodes can be made of any substance, including bacteria, fungus, virus, toxic chemicals, pollutants, or any other unwanted visitor. Sometimes the homeopathics will consist of hormones produced by the body, such as thyroid or adrenal substances or herbs or minerals which are noted for their detoxification and cleansing effects and properties on the body.
Here is a link to a site which sells reputable homeopathics and detox kits. As far as homeopathic contraindications go, if someone has a severe case of a particular disease, such as a viral or bacterial infection, or a more chronic problem, then she might not want to undertake a detoxification process without the help of a licensed practitioner who could guide her through the process. Sometimes, in severe cases, the problems or symptoms will be aggravated or exaggerated and one might not be able to cope with the consequences.
For instance, a skin problem may become more pronounced or severe before it gets better. This aggravation may last a few hours or days, then the rash may disappear completely if the cure was complete. Symptoms becoming worse first can be a very common effect when using homeopathic medicines, and for some people aggravations can be a frightening experience. Of course, in extremely feeble and weak constitutions and life-threatening diseases, one should seek out a proper medical practitioner and not try to self treat an illness.
I hope that this bit of information helps you to understand this unusual and complicated system of homeopathic healing.
Dr. Leia Melead