In my over 20 years practicing homeopathy, I have encountered a number of situations where well-chosen remedies didn't elicit much of a reaction, or I saw a good initial reaction which didn't last. Previously, I would continue prescribing what ended up being less helpful remedies (of course, I had prescribed the most similar remedies first), to the frustration of both the patient and me!
As the years passed, I began to see that there were two major types of interference in getting a sustained healing reaction from a patient who had been prescribed a good remedy: one is dietary stress and the other is emotional stress, specifically ongoing anxiety and worry. Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy's founder, wrote in the Organon at the end of aphorism 3: “…. Finally, the physician must know the obstacles to recovery in each case and be aware of how to clear them away so that the restoration of health may be permanent."
I have begun using two different tools to get around these problems, so the patient can have a deep and sustained reaction to the homeopathic remedies, which continues to be the mainstay of my treatment. The first tool is a food intolerance test. The lab I use examines IgG and IgE antibody reactions to 95+ foods via a blood test. If food intolerances are uncovered and the foods can be eliminated, I find the reaction to the remedy is much more evident and the healing uninterrupted.
The second tool now in my toolbag is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
I’ve often seen patients respond well to a remedy, but their intractable anxiety and worry undermine their progress. While emotional state can get somewhat better with homeopathy, I find that anxiety and worry is often a bad habit.
Studies in neuroplasticity over the years reveal that we can change habitual thinking with awareness and intent and I have found that EFT can actually release stuck emotional patterns and stuck ‘tapes’.
While of course there are numerous other potential obstacles to cure, general lifestyle coaching (good sleep, a mostly plant-based diet, regular exercise, day to day stress management, etc) can readily address those.
So, if you are a person not having as much success with homeopathy as you'd like, try considering food intolerance testing and finding some way to address stuck or blocked emotional issues and then see if better results with homeopathy are available to you!
About Dr. Lisa Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a weekly column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as remotely using Skype.