Taking Homeopathy? Do’s and Don’ts You Need to Keep in Mind While Taking Homeopathic Medicines


Dr Saurav AroraDr. Saurav Arora, BHMS (Gold Medalist), Founder: Vivid Homeopathy 

Dr Bharti Arora

Dr. Bharti Arora, MD (Hom.), BHMS (Silver Medalist), Co-Founder: Vivid Homeopathy 

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In This Issue

  • Commonly Prescribed Forms of Homeopathic Medicines
  • Common Scales
  • How to take
  • Time gap
  • What to Avoid
  • Taking Homeopathy along with Allopathic and other therapies
  • Two Prescriptions at a Time
  • Storage
  • Expiry
  • General consideration
  • Report Unusual

Commonly Prescribed Forms of Homeopathic Medicines

1. Liquid – Dilutions: The dilutions are commonly available online as well as on homeopathic pharmaceutical stores. The potency of each medicine is indicated on the label, along with the name of the medicine. It must be carefully read and understood before taking medicine. For example Belladonna 30 or Spongia tosta 30cH. The liquid potencies are usually available as:

  • Centesimal: denoted by ‘c’, ‘ch’, ‘CH’ or simply nothing i.e. numerical potencies – 6, 30, 200 etc. are same as 6c, 30c, 200c or 6cH, 30cH or 200cH.
  • LM/Fifty Millesimal scale: The medicines are denoted either LM/1, LM/2, etc. or 0/1, 0/2 and so on. These medicines are highly diluted and can be taken several times a day in liquid form only.

2. Pills (Globules) soaked with liquid dilutions:

  • This is probably the most common method of dispensing homeopathic medicines.
  • Usually, plastic or glass vials are used.
  • There are various sizes of pills (globules) such as 10, 20, 30, 40 etc. and the dosage and repetition is decided by the treating physician.
  • Pills are easy to administer and can be easily given to every age group.
  • Pills are made up of sucrose/lactose sugar and are naturally white, therefore, if you note any change in their colour you must not use them anyway.

3. Biochemic tablets: Biochemic salts (also known as Schussler’s salt are commonly prescribed as homeopathic or add-on to homeopathic prescription. Their dose depends upon condition and chronicity of the disease. For almost all biochemic salts and bio-combinations the dosage is mentioned on the leaflet provided with them.

4. Powder form: The powder used in homeopathic prescription is made up of milk sugar and is completely safe, even for kids. The liquid medicine or few medicated pillules are added to the powder as a dose.

5. Mother tinctures: Mother tinctures are the crude/base potency of homeopathic medicines. These are diluted with water in less to moderate doses. Prolonged usage of mother tinctures are not advisable without physician’s advice.

6. Triturated Tablets: Triturated tablets are form of homeopathic medicines containing low potencies of medicines in a suitable base (e.g. lactose). These are consumed either by chewing or crushed and mixed with water. Triturated tablets are commonly denoted with ‘x’ along with name of medicines e.g. Thyroidinum 3x, Insulinum 6x, etc.

Common Scales

  • Decimal – denoted by ‘x’ such as Calcarea phosphorica 6x; Aal serum 7x, etc.
  • Centesimal – liquid potencies.
  • LM/Fifty Millesimal – liquid potencies.

How to take

  • Homeopathic medicines must be taken as per the advice of a registered homeopathic practitioner only.
  • Pills must be taken in the cap of the vial or plastic spoon first and then put in the mouth.
  • The idea behind not touching the medicine is to keep medicine safe from contamination of any kind.
  • Liquid potencies must be diluted in water before consumption. Usually, 04 drops of liquid dilution are diluted with 2 – 4 tsp water and 20 drops of mother tinctures are diluted in one cup of water, but this dilution factor may vary from practitioner to practitioner.


Time gap

  • There must be an ample time gap between meals/eating and homeopathic medicines.
  • The basic logic is that lesser the smell in the mouth more effective the medicine would be.
  • As a general advice, a patient need to give a gap of 20 – 30 minutes before and after taking homeopathic medicines.
  • However, there is no restriction on having water immediately before or after taking medicines.

What to Avoid

  • In general, there is no restriction to onion and garlic (as commonly asked by the patients), provided patient maintains an ample gap between meals and medicines (before or after taking medicine).
  • In some cases, there are specific restriction of certain food/environmental items, which shall be told by your treating physician.
  • Strong smelling food items must be avoided before or after taking homeopathic medicine.
  • One may take Tea, Coffee, etc. (in less-moderate quantity), if not asked by treating physician to restrict.
  • Tobacco (chewing and smoking), alcohol, drugs are to be strictly avoided while taking homeopathic treatment.
  • You may avoid strong smelling perfumes, medicated soaps, scented hair oils etc., only if asked by the treating physician.

Taking Homeopathy along with Allopathic and other therapies

  • As per latest research and experience, homeopathy can be taken as Add-on or complementary therapy along with other therapies or allopathic medicines.
  • An half an hour gap is advisable between homeopathic and other medications.
  • These situations are common when the patient is on essential medicines such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac disorders, Thyroid disorders or life-saving medicines as in accident or post-surgery, in such cases, you must follow your treating physician’s advice.

Two Prescriptions at Same Time

  • Many a time patients ask about taking prescription from two homeopathic practitioners at the same time for two different problems. This must not be followed.
  • A patient must follow a single homeopathic practitioner/prescription at one time. However, if required, second opinions may be obtained from other homeopathic professionals.


  • Homeopathic medicines must be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, heat, radiations such as microwave, TV, or strong odors such as camphor, solvents, paint, and chemicals etc.
  • Homeopathic medicines should not be refrigerated.


  • Nowadays every homeopathic medicine comes with a pre-defined expiry especially biochemic tablets, combinations, patents and mother tinctures.
  • If there is any change in colour of the pills, biochemic tablets or change in consistency/colour change in liquid dilution/tinctures, one must not consume them.
  • For liquid dilutions, if by adding liquid to pills dissolve them immediately, the indication is to discard the liquid dilution.

General considerations

  • Homeopathic medicines are completely safe but must be taken with consultation only.
  • A qualified homeopathic practitioner knows the dosage, repetition and potency selection and therefore helps a patient with right medicine – right dose – and right repetition.
  • Self-medication must be avoided.
  • Many times, people keep on taking mother tinctures in substantiate dosage for long without consulting a physician. Such a usage is not advisable at all.

Report Unusual

Homeopathic medicines are amongst the safest medicines with no side effects, however, there may arise a condition when your symptoms may get aggravated due to other factors (self-medication, progressive medical condition, side effects of other medicines etc.). If you feel any other symptom or deviation from health, you should immediately report it to your treating physician.


This article does not intend to replace the in-person consultation. The facts are for general purpose and public awareness only, and must not be taken as Medical Consultation in any form. For consultation, treatment and specific queries you need to contact your healthcare professional.

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