FAQ's: What potency or dosage should I take?
As a general
rule Chronic illnesses (i.e. those that you've had for a long
time) should be treated with low potencies (i.e. 6x or 6C)
and Acute conditions (i.e. those that are relatively new) with
high potencies (i.e. 30x - 200c.) There are exceptions, particularly
where an accident started off the symptoms and you might give
the body a kick start with a high potency dose such as Arnica
200c first and then follow with a lower potency remedy.
Other factors are also relevant for choosing a potency, such
as the homeopathic sensitivity of the patient (more sensitive
patients take lower potencies), and the particular remedy being
taken; if in doubt, see your homeopath.
If you are not 100% sure which remedy to take, usually a low
potency, such as 6X, should be taken before a high potency and
the patient observed carefully. If symptoms improve, but not
fully, the same remedy should be taken in a higher potency (such
as 30C). If, after taking the low potency remedy, relief is
not felt, or the condition changes, a different remedy should
be taken in a low potency.
Really high potencies, such as 200C, are normally taken in
very low doses (typically once per week) whereas lower potencies
are taken every few hours for a few days. It is generally considered
to be a bad idea to take high potencies often.
Homeopathic remedies should be taken on a clean palate. Strong
flavors, such as coffee or toothpaste can disrupt the working
of a remedy. Once relief from the symptoms is felt, stop taking
the homeopathic medicine. Only take it again if exactly the
same symptoms come back.
If symptoms worsen or persist, consult your doctor.