Homeopathy: getting “worse” before you get better

Not a lot of people know what homeopathy is. Others immediately dismiss it, deeming it daft or calling it “witchcraft”. And then there are those who have seen homeopathy in action. These people begin to understand how it works and witness how it can heal.


A few years ago, I was introduced to a couple of very talented homeopaths, who are part of a wonderful holistic centre (The Lifeflow Centre). I attended, mainly because of depression, but also for the extremely uncomfortable, painful, and all too regular kidney infections that I’d been afflicted by. If possible, I also wanted a boost of energy. And if they could sort out any of my many other problems, that was cool too. I’m delighted to report that my energy started to increase, my confidence has never been better, and I have a brighter outlook on life. My world is lit up with possibility now. As if all that isn’t enough, the kidney infections have ceased. My periods are regular for the first time ever, as are my bowels. My skin, hair and eyes have more lustre and sparkle. And the dermatitis that had plagued me from the tender age of 10 has almost completely disappeared! I am no longer taking any medication (I used to be on antidepressants and the pill, and I have used many steroid creams over the years for my skin. And, like most people, I popped painkillers whenever a hangover, headache or period pain came my way).

My aunt is another example of how homeopathy can improve someone’s quality of life. Before introducing herself to this alternative medicine, she was taking 17 tablets daily! These included antidepressants, sedatives, sleeping tablets, steroid creams for the psoriasis that covered her entire body, pills for her bowels, and for blood pressure, cholesterol, fluid, stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, arrhythmia, and vertigo. Now, she doesn’t take one single pill. And she didn’t drop dead, like the doctors had her believe. The psoriasis is completely gone. She’s looking better than she ever did and she’s a lot more relaxed. Her enjoyment of life has increased dramatically. She is more alive. Her vital force has been reignited.

Homeopathy fascinates me. I attend a full day of class, twice a month, which is given by four homeopaths, who are so passionate about their work that they don’t even charge for the course. I read books on the subject, sit in on cases with a homeopath whenever I get the chance, speak to people who have used homeopathy, and observe, with interest, my own journey.

I won’t go into much detail about the history or principles of homeopathy because that is readily available on the internet. I want to talk more about how to proceed once you’ve decided you want to go down the natural route of getting better. However, I will introduce you to the concept. The principles of homeopathy were first proposed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. While conducting  an experiment, Hahnemann took four units of Peruvian bark twice a day, for several days. He began to develop symptoms identical to those of malaria without coming down with the disease. This led him to the conclusion that effective drugs must produce symptoms in healthy people that are similar to the diseases they will be expected to treat. Six years after the experiment, he formulated the theory of homeopathy.¹

Today, this principle is known as the “Law of Similars” and is the basis for the use of the term homeopathy (“similar suffering”). The idea of treating “like with like” can be explained further. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause agitation, sleeplessness, and even palpitations but, when made into the homeopathic remedy Coffea, it is used to treat all these problems. You may have come across this concept in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Rilatin being used to treat ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollen being used to desensitise allergic patients. However, one major difference in homeopathy is that substances are used in such tiny doses that they are completely non-toxic.²

How does a homeopath know what remedy to use? Think of it like this. We are all made up of energy. Within us, we hold on to every type of energy that has existed on the planet since the start of time, which may make more sense to you after watching this clip.

We access the energy of an animal for times when we need to exhibit aggressive behaviour. We need the energy of a mineral for the structure that we require in our lives. We tap into the energy of a plant to access our sensitivity. However, it is when we become stuck in one of these energies that we get into trouble, and this is when illness arises.

The job of the homeopath is to discover which energy you are stuck in. He/she will then give you a tiny dose of that energy (treating like with like) to blast you out of it. Imagine being stuck in a groove of a record, going over and over the same thing and not being able to get out of it. The homeopathic remedy will lift you out of that groove and move you on. This becomes apparent when you have taken a deep homeopathic remedy. You suddenly feel as if you have arisen above the problems you once thought you were forever trapped in, and you are now looking down on them impassively. When you are no longer caught right in the middle of them, they don’t have as much power over you.

The Sankaran method of homeopathic case-taking is an excellent way for a homeopath to find an individual source (or constitutional) remedy. This method was devised by an Indian homeopath, Rajan Sankaran. The homeopath focuses on the descriptions the patient gives of his/her pain, the sensations experienced in their dreams, and the language the person uses to speak about their passions and fears. Hearing these sensations enables the homeopath to recognise which remedy is needed. This is a very deep and powerful form of homeopathy and I have seen it cure disease and change lives for the better.

Rather than suppress symptoms, as is the norm with conventional medicine, homeopathy gets to the root cause of disease and pushes it out. We can go no further without explaining Hering’s Law of Cure. Healing takes place from top to bottom, from the inside to the out, from greater organs to lesser organs, and in the reverse order in which the symptoms appeared. Watch this for a simple explanation. 

We live in a society that’s obsessed with doing, achieving, and keeping busy. As a result, we demand quick fixes. Conventional medicine speedily suppresses symptoms but it doesn’t get rid of them completely. The disease must go somewhere so it burrows deeper into the body. If you have a rash on your skin, be thankful that it is located on your most external organ, where it cannot harm you as much. However, if you decide you want to get rid of it quickly, you may be prescribed steroids. These drugs will remove the visible symptom from the skin, but will push the disease inwards. Personally, I would rather not take a drug that merely suppresses symptoms, upsets my stomach and puts pressure on my liver.

Alternatively, if you use homeopathy to treat disease, your experience will be very different. Because of Hering’s Law of Cure, once you’ve started a remedy, you will briefly revisit your symptoms in the reverse order in which they appeared. You may develop a rash or get diarrhoea (which is good as the toxins are being pushed out of your body). The pain in your hip may come back for a short period, as will the kidney infection. The earache you often suffered with as a child will return for a short time too. Remind yourself that this is an excellent indication that the homeopath has found a good remedy for you and that things are happening in perfect order.

Hahnemann stated that life is based on the vital force within us. Once the vital force is in harmony, it keeps us healthy. An irritation of this, however, leads to illness. The homeopath’s primary function is to fire up the vital force in each of his patients. And the manner of achieving this will be different for every single person. Mohinder Singh Jus (2006) explains that homeopathy perceives the individual root of disease. In order to be able to do this, one must explore the personality of each patient. Holistic medicine concentrates on the person as a whole. A homeopath will therefore examine the patient’s mental, emotional and physical state so he/she can discover what is upsetting the vital force.

As strange as it sounds, you should be thankful to your disease for pointing out that something is wrong and that you need to change. If you don’t make the necessary adjustments, the disease will keep coming back, no matter how many drugs you take or operations you have. Until you let go of the control, shame, anger, fear, resentment, blame, or whatever it is that’s eating away at you, you will not heal. Thankfully, a good homeopathic remedy will allow your mind to expand and your attitude to shift so that you will adapt to a healthier way of thinking, thus making it easier for you to change. The remedy will also relax you and allow you to finally accept yourself for the way you are, causing the guilt and shame you’ve been dragging around to dissipate.

Understandably, some people grow impatient or get scared when they are being treated with homeopathy. They wonder how long it’s going to take and they fear the return of old symptoms. Here are some tips to follow when you make the switch to homeopathy:

1) Be patient

It takes time but know that you are getting better. Be thankful that you are using a natural medicine that is not going to fill your body with chemicals and harmful side-effects. Remind yourself of Hering’s Law of Cure and take note of the symptoms you are experiencing.

2) Rest

If you are one of the many who constantly pushes yourself, this is going to be very hard for you. However, how hard you are on yourself is probably one of the main reasons why you are sick. A good homeopathic remedy will make you very tired. If you feel like you’re walking through mud and you can barely move any of your limbs, that is a good sign. Your energy is now flowing to your most important organs in order to heal them. So, it’s in your interest, and in the interest of your vital organs, to rest as much as possible.

3) Treat your homeopath like a doctor

Keep in contact with your homeopath as you journey through Hering’s Law of Cure. And if you’re feeling seriously agitated or have any doubts or questions, pay him/her another visit. A good homeopath will want to keep tabs on your progress and he/she may need to administer more medicine or adjust the potency or remedy.

4) Don’t panic

You may feel worse than you ever did and more tired than you thought possible, but don’t panic. Others may urge you to go back to the doctor and because this medicine is so new to you, you may be inclined to agree with them. But give homeopathy a chance. Contact your homeopath. Seek out support from people who’ve already been treated with homeopathic medicine. Give it time. You’ll soon realise that you needed to go through the tiredness and that brief reoccurrence of symptoms in order to heal.

5) Reclaim your power

Take the power back into your own hands. Most of us have grown up in a society that looks up to doctors, surgeons and consultants. Many of us live in extreme fear of tests and results. We take drugs without question. We pump our bodies with antibiotics, steroids, painkillers, and much more. We presume that the man in the white coat knows best. Who are we to question the reasons for taking this medicine and its potential side effects? So, why not educate yourself on medicine, both conventional and natural?

Some of you have been using homeopathy without even being aware of it. Perhaps you have already used Calendula and Arnica for cuts and bruising. Why not take this self-medication further by investing in a homeopathic first aid kit?You’ll save a fortune on doctors’ visits. Start getting rid of your pains and sicknesses by searching the easy-to-use handbook for your symptoms and treating accordingly. I once had such a bad headache, I could hardly see. I made up a homeopathic remedy and drank it down. The headache disappeared in seconds! Children do very well on homeopathic medicine. They love the autonomy that comes with finding medicines for themselves. Homeopathy is also very effective in treating animals. For a deeper constitutional remedy, however, consult a homeopath.

Many people scoff at homeopathy. They dismiss it before trying it for themselves. They wonder why it is not more popular. It is in the interest of rich doctors and powerful pharmaceuticals for homeopathy not to become recognised as a valid, effective medicine. I might ask why so many people believe so strongly in conventional medicine. Can you honestly tell me that you know exactly how a painkiller works? Or an antidepressant? Yet, many of us swallow them without thought. We rarely ponder on where the pain goes or what side effects the drugs will have.

We have become victims of scaremongering. We are so fearful of dying that when we hear the dramatic news reports on the most recent “pandemic”, we rush to get vaccinated. But how many people suffer horrific side effects and even death from these vaccinations? According to this next clip, conventional medicine is the biggest cause of premature death in the U.S.

When a person is sick, the most important thing that needs to be changed is the mindset that is creating the disease. Listen to the way you describe your symptoms. You complain, “I am constipated” instead of stating, “My bowels are constipated.” Is your body ill? Or are you ill? You are what the homeopath is interested in. Naboru Muramoto explains this beautifully:

“Western medicine divides the human into categories and regards each malfunctioning part as separate from the whole. In the Orient, we believe that it is impossible to isolate a part without considering what effect it will have on the whole. We do not concentrate on the illness, but on the entire body. We do not label disease. Because all diseases come from the same source- an imbalance of energy flow throughout the body.”

To me, homeopathy is synonymous with freedom. It is liberating to remove the pedestal that had been so firmly placed beneath doctors and consultants. To no longer live in fear of a test result. To not have to face going under the knife. To be free of the medication that would only serve to dampen my vital force. And, more importantly, to be released from the mindset that had held me captive for so many years.


1. Sing Jus, Mohinder (2006) The Journey of a Disease: A Homeopathic Concept of Suppression and Cure. Kandern: Narayana Verlag.


2. The Society of Homeopaths (2011) About Homeopathy.

*The Lifeflow Centre runs an excellent class on health two Saturdays a month.

102 responses to “Homeopathy: getting “worse” before you get better

  1. Sharon

    This blog is fantastic, really, really impressive and explained so well and simply! I shall be sharing this and even printing it out for people.
    Well done
    Keep up the good work

  2. Thank you, Monica!
    Glad you like it 🙂
    Hope it helps people to understand this wonderful medicine and to give homeopathy a chance to do its work.

  3. It is getting good comments after putting it on Facebook and it is circulating already…I like!

    • Kareem El-Shazly

      Its really amazing and wonderful u really described me in everyword u wrote my eyes was tearful when I was reading cause I’m really going into a deep depression, I just feel that I’m too idiot and lately I started to feel that when I ask someone ” I never said no to him/her ” for a favor they were doing it but they let me feel that I’m a burden on them and I ask too much but I really never did…. can I contact you even by email !

  4. unbelievable sharon, i found this very reassuring. every time i feel im getting worse ill have to remember im getting better!

  5. Hello All, I am so glad to hear this! I started a Homeopathic treatment last week. I have felt terrible. I thought about stopping the program till I read this site. I also spoke to my Naturapathic doctor who explained that I may feel bad at the beginning of the treatment and that it was a good thing. It doesnt feel good now. But, its reassuring to know that this is a normal feeling. I will hang in and continue with treatment and look forward to the benefits of the treatment. Thanks so much!

  6. Hi Michele,
    I’m delighted that you found this article helpful and reassuring.
    I wish you the best of luck with your treatment.
    Your life will be so much better as a result 🙂

  7. Sharon,
    I just found your blog on google and I’m glad that I did. I was just getting ready to do a review on my blog of a homeopathic product. It was going to be a negative review because it made my symptoms worst, however after reading your blog I realize I need to give homeopathic medicine a second chance. I now understand that things will get worst before they get better with homeopathic medicine.

    Thank you for opening up my eyes!

  8. You’re very welcome. I’m glad you came across my article and will now give it a chance to do its work. Best of luck with it!

  9. I’n much thankfull of da article it hast realy gave me a huge light of how homeophaty works! I’v jst stated sulphur homeophathy few days ago, however I’m glad to haveth found these infor thru well established article.

  10. Is learning homeopathy dependent upon belief in evolution?

  11. No, of course not. Different homeopaths have different beliefs.
    That video clip made sense to me and helped me understand things a little better so I thought I’d share it.

  12. I found this quote very fitting “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” — Louis E. Boone

  13. Thankyou so much for this! I am currently venturing into the world of alternative medicine to try and help my acne after coming off the pill. I am on my 3rd try of different remedies and my skin Is worse than ever but your post has given me hope! Thankyou 🙂

  14. Hi Sharon,

    Thanks for the blog, very helpful. I wanted to ask you do the symptoms get worse before getting better with mental illnesses too?

    Thank you! All the best.

    • You’re welcome.
      Depending on the potency of the remedy you’re taking, it can cause aggravation. If the symptoms are bad, contact your homeopath. You may need to change the potency or the frequency of taking the remedy or you may even need a new remedy altogether.
      With homeopathy, usually the mental symptoms get better before the physical ones.
      Hope that helps.
      Good luck with it!

  15. I humbly wish to know if one can take probiotic when also taking Homeopathic drugs.I think I am suffering from candida.Before i started the Homeopathy,I was taking probiotic which I must confess really helped.My sinusitis would almost immediately disappear and my tongue that is whitish/yellowish would also improve.But i decided Last December to start homeopathy and since then I stopped the probiotic thinking it would interfere will the Homeopathy.It has been two months now I started the Homeopathy;I must say i am really not too impressed with my progress so far.So i was thinking maybe i should incorporate probiotic into it.So,can one take probiotic and homeopathy at the same time?

    Moreso,it has been two months since I started taking the remedies my Homeopath gave me.I am now on the third remedy with one remedy left to go and it just seems nothing significant is happening as my tongue is getting whiter/yellowish more and more.

    • Hi Mick,
      The two will not cancel each other out or interfere with the other.
      As I wrote in the article, oftentimes, symptoms get worse or recur while healing body and mind. This is because the body is detoxing and clearing out, which is a good thing.
      If you feel better mentally and emotionally (calmer, better sleep), that’s a good sign that the remedy is working. If, however, you haven’t noticed any positive change, you may need a different remedy or a different potency of the remedy you’re on.
      Best of luck with it! Hope it helps!

  16. Is five months too long to wait until you start to feel better? I’ve been on a remedy for 5 months and feeling worse than ever. I get the “you’ll feel worse before feeling better” but I feel this is too long. Finally today my homeopath advised me to stop taking the remedy and we’ll meet again in two weeks and review.

    • There are no hard and fast rules with homeopathy – it all depends on the individual, the remedy and potency given, and the state of the patient.
      However, aggravations can occur when taking a remedy at a certain potency for a certain length of time. In this case, the homeopath may wish to tweak the potency/dosage and/or (s)he may wish to change the remedy altogether.
      It’s good that you’re meeting up with your homeopath soon so you can discuss all this and come up with a solution.
      Good luck!

  17. Hello Sharon. I have been suffering from acute recurring depressions for over 25 years now. Earlier I have tried, unsuccessfully, several allopathy medicines like Prozac, Lithium carbonate etc. I have been on Dr. Sankaran’s treatment for over 5 years now. Although much better, I’m not cured as yet. I see Dr. Sankaran every 2 months for his observation as to how I am doing. If it’s taken so much time for a legend like Dr. Sankaran to as yet fully cure me, I guess there must be something very major wrong with me. Please reassure me that Dr. Sankaran should be able to cure me since I am getting fairly tired of this “baggage” I have been carrying with me for over 25 years. Jayant

  18. Hi Jayant,
    First of all, well done for persevering.
    I also tried allopathic medicine, which made me feel better briefly, then numb and, finally, worse than ever before.
    With homeopathy, I felt worse before I felt better, and it was a more gradual improvement.
    I’m so grateful to be off allopathic medication as there are no side effects with homeopathy and I am bettering my health rather than damaging it.
    The journey of disease of the mind is a long one in so it makes sense that it’s not a quick journey back out. Homeopathy doesn’t promise a quick fix.

    You said it all when you said you’re much better. I hope you continue to improve. Trust that you are always getting better and that there is no going backwards.
    Everybody has off days when they feel depressed. This is what it is to be human. Don’t fear that these normal emotions are a return into the depths of depression. What you resist persists, as they say. Accept that that is the way you’re feeling. Observe your thoughts and how your body reacts to them.
    Ultimately, you cure yourself. Homeopathy brings your body and mind back into balance and, once you’re more centred, you feel better.
    Hope that helps.
    Good luck, Jayant!

  19. hi sharon,
    iam a patient of plaque psoriasis.i had been suffering from this disease for the last 6 years since when i was in 10th grade.. i tried conventional type of medicines which gave me relief for sometime but reappear again.. Recently i started homeopathy treatment and within one week of the treatment i had an aggravation of the existing symptoms but iam still continuing the treatment for almost two months.Iam confused because the symptoms are so bad and they are not decreasing with this treatment. shall i stop the treatment or continue? i dont know if the treatment is really working because i read so many times in books and websites blogs that aggravation is common in chronic disease and is good sign that the body is responding well to the medicines.. iam confused please help.

  20. Hi Kino,
    With homeopathic treatment, it can seems like symptoms get worse initially. This is because the body has gone into healing mode and is pushing out disease. The skin is often the last part of the body to get better because it is the most external organ. This is a good thing as the disease is moving far away from your internal vital organs.
    The most important thing to notice is if your mind is feeling more at peace, if you’re sleeping better, etc. If so, everything else will follow.
    However if you’re feeling very unwell, I would check in with your homeopath who may want to change the potency/dosage of the remedy you’re taking.
    In the meantime, try taking baths with bread soda in them. This should also help.
    I hope this helps and I hope that you see an improvement soon.
    Good luck!

  21. Thanks for your beautifully written blog and detailed explanation of homeopathy. I’m currently being treated for glandular fever by my homeopath and was just starting to lose hope. So thank you!! 🙂

  22. Reblogged this on BODHI and commented:
    Great article on homeopathy!

  23. I am being treated homeopathically for Lyme’s disease. I definitely got worse before getting better. Sometimes you just need to cut down the dosage. My homeopath calls them “flares.”

  24. Hi, great sight! Very interesting! I need some advise as I’m on the verge of giving up. I’ve been going to a homeopath since December for PCOS. I’ve broken out in such bad acne & my skin has never been worse. Its actually so depressing. I feel like quitting & going back to contraceptives. I actually don’t know which way to turn. Please help

    • Hi Meisha,
      I feel for you. As the title of this article suggests, the symptoms can become worse before you get better. There may be a lot of poison that needs to come out of your body and it’s doing so through the skin. You can help the symptoms but, rather than doing it by masking the symptoms, you could do it with diet. Try eating more anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, cooling foods like pears, pear juice and cucumbers. Avoid red meat, alcohol, cigarettes, sugar and any other foods that add heat to the body. And half a teaspoon of bread soda is excellent for alkalising the body, which should help too. Keep in touch with your homeopath too.
      Best of luck!

      • P.S. I meant half a teaspoon of bread soda in water a day.

      • meishab@mtn.blackberry.com

        Hi thank you for responding. Just that its been 4 months on meds & no results & no improvement. I feel as if I’m fighting a losing battle. I’m not sure if the Vitex is causing a breakout. I’ve exhausted my medical aid in the hope of success. The homeopath is treating my PCOS so will this cause acne break outs? Thank you
        Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

  25. Hello,

    I started homepathy at the end of February of this year, I mainly went for anxiety and my sinuses. I was given two pellets of sulfur to start off with. My anxiety got worse for a few days and my sinuses were not that affected. But after a few days I dont feel any anxiety at all so I was super excited about that.

    Now today though he has increased my dosage of sulfur to drink 4x a day, and for the past few days my sinuses have felt worse than ever, that is normal ya?

    • Hi Roy,
      Yes that’s normal. Your symptoms may seem to get worse before they get better but it’s good because the energy is moving, your vital force has been stimulated and it’s bringing stuff up in order to push it out. The main thing is that the anxiety has passed and the physicals will follow suit too.
      Best of luck with it!

  26. Just read this again. Great read, thank you 🙂

  27. I really liked this article. Thank you. I recently took a leap of faith after western medicine left me worse off. I am at step one so this encouraged me to hang in there despite the pain and tiredness I am feeling all over again.
    Thank you Sharon. 🙂

    • I’m glad that this article helped you and gave you faith to keep going with it. I wish you luck, health and healing.

      • Hi….I just started my medication 15 days back..n I was feeling so tired that I was anxious as to what is wrong with my body as t thought Homoepathy pills don’t even make us feel tired! Until I read ur article…tq so much for d details n bringing back my confidence n hope to get myself free from acidity problem !

      • Hi, I’m so glad that the article has helped you and given you the confidence to stick with the homeopathic treatment. I wish you all the best with it.

  28. Hi, I’ve started my homeopathy treatment 5 weeks ago. I have chronic vaginal yeast infection and poor metabolism since I can remember. My homeopath discovered 4 types of yeast in my body and some food intolerances/ allergies. After 4 weeks she did check-up and said lots of allergens were pushed out of my body but still should avoid rye flour products and glucose syrup. Also yeast still remained in the body. Apart from yeast infection that recurred again I started to feel dizzy, light-headed, sudden weakness feeling, like about to faint. I have this since 3-4 weeks. As soon as I’m in warm room I feel like I am about to collapse. My hands start to sweat and I can hear/ see worse (almost like being drunk). I did blood check together with EKG but results are fine. Can it be that the homeopathic treatment causes this feeling? I was taking for 1 month E5 D200 for strength, LYC C30 for bowels improvement and D12 for yeast. Since 1 week I take D5 Mucokehl. Please advise.

    • Hi Mary,
      Yes definitely avoid sugar. Try taking bread soda (bicarbonate of soda) internally and take baths with it in it too. Coconut oil would help too.
      Often, patients feel worse before they feel better. They can get very tired and go into what’s called a healing crisis.
      I would contact your homeopath and report your symptoms to him/her so they can decide whether to change the remedy/strength of remedy/or dosage. He/she can explain and reassure also.
      I hope that helps.
      Best of luck with it!

  29. Palwasha Asmat

    Hi. I started homeopathy for diabetes and hyperthyroidism-which also included medicines for helping me gain weight-since I’ve lost loads of it due to both these issues. It has been 2 weeks now. But just 2 days ago I was given Neo-Mercazole (for Hyperthyroidism). I have since started having nerve burning sensations all over my body. Feels like my nerves are on fire. I am dead scared. I wonder if this is the symptons of homeopathy getting worse at first or if it has something to do with neo-Mercazole. Please reply and let me know…this is freaking me out!!!

    • Hi, I have heard of people experiencing burning sensations as a side effect of taking neo-mercazole so I would advise you to go back to your doctor and tell them what’s happening. I would also advise you to go back to your homeopath who can help you manage your symptoms and hopefully help you heal from the inside out. Best of luck.

  30. Thank u so much dear for explaining the stages of treatment. I am having a bad skin infection on my face. I have been to four derms with different opinions. Now I am taking homeopathy. Its been three weeks. My symptoms are now worse. I had a panic attack but now I ll be calm and wait for the healing to happen as promised by my homeopath. Acc to him it ll take 2 to 3 months to return to normal and the complete healing will take one year. He is my last hope….

  31. Hi all-I just want to if the meds my homeopath gave are any good.Beginning the yr I started having BAD PANIC attacks: ( she gave me Aconite/tran quill capsules and Effect D capsules -I took them for 3 days and felt worse than before.so I went to my GP and she gave me sleeping tabs/ tranquilisers/ and an anti depressant.Now I’m wondering if I should give homeopathic meds a try now- can anyone help me -I hate taking the GP’s tablets

    • Hi Kim,
      Sorry to hear you’re going through a tough time. I’d definitely give the homeopathy a chance. It’s your decision whether you decide to stay on the GP’s tablets as well.
      Best of luck.

  32. Hey Sharon,

    Very informative article. Certainly has given me hope that my symptoms will dissipate if I’m patient with the homeopathic remedy I am on. I am taking the UNDA numbers as of 2.5 days ago for anxiety/depression (on the more severe side of things after no success with anti-depressants). I have been feeling worse for wear for the most part and aggravated. I didn’t expect to feel like this and my homeopathic doctor told me I wouldn’t feel worse when starting the treatment. Is this a normal response? How long does it typically take for the bad feelings to pass? Thank you.


  33. Hey Sharon,

    I started a combination of UNDA numbers two and a half days ago for anxiety and depression issues that have been plaguing me since I stopped smoking marijuanna. I am feeling worse and more aggravated since starting the treatment but I trust what you are saying in this blog. I tried anti-depressants which made me worse and gave me horrendous side-effects and am hoping this can give me the boost I need to resume my life and have that elusive clarity that seems so foreign when dealing with these issues. I’m hoping I can start seeing some improvements soon as Christmas is coming up 🙂 Is this normal? Thanks.


  34. Thanx alot for this post.
    It is really helpful and has boosted up my energy knowning that it is a good sign to get worse before getting better..!!

  35. Hi. I chance upon your blog on homeopathy. I felt encouraged. I just started homeopathy for my eczema around my mouth, neck and fold of arms. My homeopath doctor started me off with clearing my sinus. That improved a great deal. But my ezcema itching got so bad. My friend did tell ne it gets worse before it gets better. The itching can get very annoying especially when the weather is hot. I instead to persevere dispite the intense itching. I put a neem/turmeric paste with water for 30 minutes before bed to control the itching so i can sleep at night. After washing it off, i rub pure coconut oil. Its helping a lot. It will be 2 months in 4 days time since starting on this journey. I am now round 2 of the homeopathic medicines. Sometimes i use cold compress in the day time to help me with the itching. It takes a lot of patience.

  36. Hi. Its been 11 weeks since I started my homeopathic treatment for my eczema on my neck, around my mouth and 2 elbows. My eczema is circular, dry and very itchy. The homeopathic doctor is so positive in treating his patients. I rotate between oganic unrefined sweet almond oil and pure unrefined extra virgin coconut oil for my skin. The itchiness has gone down 20% out of 100%. I make an oatmeal, neem leaves and turmeric paste or a neem turmeric paste to put on my eczema for 30 minutes. It helps me with the itchiness.
    Sometimes I feel like giving up and get discouraged as to why suddenly i am suffering from eczema as an adult. But…..knowing that i am in good hands for the treatment of my eczema spurs me on. I don’t know how long it will take before it’s completely cured.
    I have taken steps to cut out preservatives, and whatever else my homeopathic doctor advised. I hope to report back on my progress regularly to encourage others not to give up.

  37. Love this blog..
    Thank you for sharing.

  38. hello, fab blog re aggravation etc and very informative, one problem i have is, when/if i get worried about the reaction im having on the remedy, or anxiety because of the way im feeling, and i e mail my homeopath, they dont reply at all, which increases my anxiety, although on one occasion, they answered after a week and a half, by which time the anxiety had sent me to the doctor instead, does anyone else have this kind of thing with their homeopath or am i just unlucky

  39. Homeopathy is complete quackery. The placebo effect is a better explanation for why some of these remedies may seem to work. The principle that “like cures like” has been debunked. Read this article about how they came to this conclusion.


  40. Hi, I am really concerned. My homeopath has given me Lach Humanum (1M) for severe psoriasis and anxiety. I am highly senstive, very loving and sympathetic; in fact too much so. I need to stop caring so much. I have only been on the remedy two days and feel ten times worse. My anxiety has gone through the roof, I had my first ever nightly panic attack at 3 am, and I feel overwhelmed. My homeopath has assured me that it is a coincidence, not the remedy as it is too early for it to work yet. I am not convinced.
    I tried talking to her, but I feel intimidated by her. She is greek and very stubborn, and it is hard to get a word in edgeways. I am not good at confronting her, and regret choosing her now. I have no money left to go elsewhere and she is not listening.
    My concern is that I may be having a bad reaction to the remedy, and that it is either the wrong one or too strong. I am very sensitive and remedies in the past ( had homeopathy years ago) usually work very fast. If I continue with the Lach Humana could it cause permanent problems? I read this in a homeopathic paper. Sorry, Im just really worried and dont know who to ask

  41. My homeopath has given me Lach Humanum (1M) for severe psoriasis and anxiety. I am highly senstive, very loving and sympathetic; in fact too much so. I need to stop caring so much. I have only been on the remedy two days and feel ten times worse. My anxiety has gone through the roof, I had my first ever nightly panic attack at 3 am, and I feel overwhelmed. My homeopath has assured me that it is a coincidence, not the remedy as it is too early for it to work yet. I am not convinced.
    I tried talking to her, but I feel intimidated by her. She is greek and very stubborn, and it is hard to get a word in edgeways. I am not good at confronting her, and regret choosing her now. I have no money left to go elsewhere and she is not listening.
    My concern is that I may be having a bad reaction to the remedy, and that it is either the wrong one or too strong. I am very sensitive and remedies in the past ( had homeopathy years ago) usually work very fast. If I continue with the Lach Humana could it cause permanent problems? I read this in a homeopathic paper. Sorry, Im just really worried and dont know who to ask

    • Hi,
      I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing this aggravation.
      A homeopathic remedy can have an effect immediately. Don’t worry however, it definitely won’t cause permanent problems.
      As you can read in this article, sometimes you get worse before you get better. If the remedy wasn’t a good fit for you, you would experience no reaction (unless you were taking it too regularly – in that case you could start proving the remedy, thereby experiencing the symptoms you wish to alleviate).
      Did you just receive one 1M of the remedy? Or are you continuing to take it? If you’re still taking it, I’d advise you to stop. The symptoms should be relieved in a few days to a week’s time.

      • Thank you, that is really helpful. I am to take just one per week for three weeks. I wish my homeopath would believe that it is indeed possible for a rememdy to be working already, but she will not belileve it is possible. I will have to be strong and insist when I next see her.

      • Yes do and speaking your truth and being assertive is part of getting better too 🙂 Best of luck!

  42. hello greyowl, i understand how you feel, im on a 1m too, and have aggravated horrendously again, its hard work this getting better thing

  43. Hi Sharon, I must say that the article that you have published here is highly information and very motivating. I have been on homeopathy medication for 2 months now for depression and panic attacks at work for which I have even taken a break from work for a month. Now the problem is that even though I am at home I have started to feel worse and have this constant feeling of a lump in my throat which bothers me a hell lot. I was even willing to give up on the medicine due to my health getting worse but something in me keeps pushing me to keep going for it. Do you think this could be because of the homeopathic medicine that I have been taking for 2 months is making it worse. I told the doc twice about the uneasiness that the medicine is causing me, however he just asks me to continue taking it. Please advice. Thanks in anticipation of your help.

  44. Hi Su Kamra,
    Though I am not a homeopath, I have been browsing several articles on this magic therapy(with due respect to Dr.Hahneman). My heart goes for this wonderful way of treatment wherein the patient feels ups and downs during the course of treatment. These are named aggrevations, retracing, flare-ups etc., to name more. Basing on the principle LIKE CURES LIKE, the system was invented and proved to be more safer, affective and economical. As expressed by SHARON in this blog, the remedies will not fix the problem (unless it is acute) overnight and needs patience and confidence in the treatment unlike allopathy where the allopath treats only the symptom by suppressing it to the deeper levels of the body. Homeopathy treats the body, soul and spirit as a whole and reaches the root cause of the problem or disease and helps eliminate it permanently from the system. While doing so, the remedy starts it journey from the mouth to the toe touching each and every organ on it’s sojourn and first detoxifies the hidden toxins from the roots of the physique. Unless, the detoxification process is completed, the remedy or remedies will not address the underlying cause of the problem. During the process, the long forgotten and suppressed symptoms will be felt which is called RETRACING. This theory was founded by Dr.Constantine Hering in 19th century as HERING LAWS OF CURE. To be precise this can be put as THERE IS NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN.

    Without going much into the details, I opine that trauma or pain you are experiencing after the treatment is temporary which would pave way for the betterment of your health in the days to come. Be patient and allow the remedy a free hand to work. Good luck and God bless !o

    Raju Lalitheswara Valluru

  45. Thank you for writing this! I have been dealing with Lyme disease for many years. Recently, my bee venom therapist tested me for and gave me an EBV homeopathic. Since taking it two weeks ago, I’ve been the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. The fatigue is crushing, I can’t keep my eyes open for more then a few minutes at a time. Is there any timeline for how long it can take a homeopathic to clear? Being this sick and fatigued is becoming unbearable but I have no idea how long it will take to clear!

    • Lalitheswara Raju

      Hi Lemons..
      Though I am not aware about your symptom(disease), I can say for sure that the remedy administered by your homeopath started working as it is only a fortnight that the medicine is given. These symptoms or trauma are common when the remedy starts it’s sojourn into the body. Fatigue, nausea, vomtings are the common features during the course of treatment as these drugs go into the roots. Only the thing is you should allow the remedy a free hand to work. Do not try to subside the reactions with the conventional drugs unless or otherwise the situation warrants and diognised by your homeopath. He or she would be the right person to guide you throughout the course. Homeo works gently and eliminates the underlying cause permanently from the system thereby giving much relief. Be patient without hastening the treatment. Good luck and wish you a good health in the days to come…

    • Yes I agree with Lalitheswara Raju. It sounds like the remedy has taken effect and is working on your body so that it heals , which can take a lot of energy and is why you’re feeling exhausted. Listen to your body and rest as much as you can as this will speed up the process once you release resistance and allow the body to go into healing mode.
      The duration totally depends on the individual and on how long you’ve been sick. It also depends on the potency and frequency of the remedy you’ve been given.
      I would definitely contact your homeopath as he/she should be interested to get an update on how you’re doing. He/she may give you more direction as a result.
      Best of luck with it!

  46. Excellent article and does give me faith.
    My Homeopath has obviously hit the nail on the head so to speak as I had two pills for three days that was 8 weeks ago and I have been suffering asthma as bad as I have ever had it since then.
    Your article has reassured me that one day I will come out of this feeling much better, however can you reassure me that these symptoms will not last for years as I am struggling just trying to breathe.
    Thank you so much.

    • Lalitheswara Raju

      Well Jacq that you have gone through the post and develop confidence at the wonderful system of therapy. Confidence in the system and remedy is most important to achieve the best results. Let the remedy start it’s work gently where you need patience to tolerate the pain for some time to get totally cured. Where there is pain there is gain. Good luck and wish you speedy recovery !

  47. Excellent article. I find it when the time I need it

  48. Sir about a month a i started homeopathy i have been diagnose with everything normal except below:
    (enlarged prostate urine bladder distended 3.6 and impression cystitis)
    Urine report everything normal except traces of albumin and urine culture negative)

    After a month i didnt see any improvement and after month 2nd course i started 2nd course a mild change in urine sensation but just 4 days after 2nd course at night i feel anxiety fast heart beating after that i experience that at night i awake after 2,3 hours of sleep and coudn’t not sleep its been a week today of sleeping problem .Dr says that y ou r thinking too much about ur prostate problem thats why u cant sleep. i did sleep 5:30 or 5 hours sleep in sessions . in my first course i do awake at night 3 times but i sleep after the bathroom. Worstning before better happens beginning of treatment but after a month all this i dont understand . I never had this sleeping problem in my life and in between there is stomach bloating problem below rib and back people said ur anxiety could be gas problem and i want too know that. Is this worst before better or i m getting sensitive for medicine or wats is this
    After this sleeping i very concern about my health


    Hi Sunil,
    It is good that you have switched over to the Homeo treatment for your vexing problem. There are wonderful remedies in Homeopathy to treat the symptoms from the roots if properly administered by your Homeopath after thoroughly studying your physical and mental state. More or less it takes an hour or two for a professional homeopathic at your first visit to investigate into the details provided by you like your previous medical history, habits, family history, your nature of job or work and some more factors which help the doctor to determine the perfect remedy .All you need is to cooperate with him during the course of the treatment with patience and confidence. Aggravations, retracing of forgotten illness are common while the treatment goes on. Typical symptoms, psychological turbulence will also be experienced but nothing to worry about. Just keep the physician informed as and when these features are felt which enables him to monitor the treatment. Remember that without pain there is no gain. Wish you good luck and speedy recovery !

  50. Thnq vry mch 4 dis artcl. Really

  51. Hi. I started using homeopathy for Lang standing issues like allergic symptoms like sneezing ,nose block. in the initial stage it was like urticaria .Since I started taking homeopathic medication my old and initial problem of urticaria is re-appeared with in 3 days. Is it good sign or bad?

  52. I have been taking homeo medicines for acne and PCOS problem since January. I feel the acne is increasing. I don’t find any relief. The homeo doctor is changing the medicine every fortnight but I don’t find any relief. Pl. suggest what to do.


    • Lalitheswara Raju

      Hi Siobhana,
      I cud make out from your post that u developed the acne a couple of months back. You can be well treated with Homoeopathy within a short time and get rid of the concern from the roots. But you need to chose a dedicated homoeo professional who with all patience should hear you to suggest the right remedy. Like the homeopath, you too need to be patient until you feel better from the worst. You are supposed to be positive while taking the remedies prescribed. That is to say, you should not hasten the treatment for overnight results. Patience, faith in the system as well as in homoeopath promise the desired results. The conventional medicines are not bad per se, but the physicians or dermatologists most of the time err in curing the ailment.

      However, the holistic remedies ensure no nonsense treatment while treating the body as a whole without side effects. The remedies go into the roots of the pathology to alleviate the root cause of the problem. Yes, you may note that during the course of the treatment you may for some time feel typical physical and emotional imbalances before you feel better. This phenomenon is common in Homoeo which you should encourage. The philosophy of homoeo is ‘witout pain there is no gain ”. Hence, you may stick on to a good doctor for an affective and safe treatment. Good luck and God bless…

  53. hello!
    I am having bad water retention for almost 20 years… and I was on diuretics for at least 15 years! I got addicted to Lasix and could not stay even one single day without it. Of course it made lots of damage to my health: electrolytes disbalance, low potassium, kidney issues, dehydration, low calcium, low magnesium… etc . Then I decided to stop with Lasix forever but next day I woke up so swollen in face and whole body and I had 4-5kg more. I looked horrible and I felt even worse.
    Then I went to see my homeopathist and I got remedy – drops that I have to take before sleep. First morning I felt amazing! Not swollen at all…. second day the same…. and same like that for next 4 days…. so 6 days I was new person…. I looked better then ever, I felt like I could fly! People around me start noticing that and they even had no idea what was going on… my colleagues were telling me that I look so fresh and different. I was truly happy…I thought I got it back…got myself back from the darkness..
    BUT then it got worse…. I woke up 7th day after taking my first dose of remedy swollen again… and it is still like that… maybe even slightly worse every day. Plus I have mood swings, I go from very optimistic to totally depressed in one hours, few times per day… can`t stop reading about homeopathy and researching other people experiences…. I am happy to know there is something like “return of old symptoms” or “getting worse before gets better” but is that what is happening to me??? I can`t find online that someone actually felt much better and after only few days (6 days in my case) all went back to the same. I am swollen every day whole day…. have 4 kg more than in these 6 amazing happy days that I had on the beginning of therapy. Is that normal? How long it can take until I feel better? What was happening in first 6 days and where that has gone? Will that come back ever? Please help… x

  54. Lalitheswara Raju

    As narrated by you the experiences you had after the usage of homeo remedy , I am sure to day that it started working . The immediate result you experienced during the first six days might be the detoxification process of eliminating the stocked chemicals of the conventional drugs from your body. The manifestation of the homeo remedy started after the sixth day while continuing it’s healing process. This is the established principle if Homeopathy. Getting worse before feeling better is also a process and it is a good sign to welcome. You should feel encouraged and never try to discontinue the medicine/s . I hope that your long standing ailments will disappear but slowly and steadily. But please never try to hasten the process with supplementary drugs which delays the cure. Wish you a speedy recovery and God bless.

  55. Hello!

    I´m pretty thankful for this.

    I´m receiving a treatment in México City, a friend of mine recommended me to be treated by a homeopath and I trusted him. The remedy was sepia 0/30, and my symptoms were (lest´s say) isolated, but the main ones were bowel inflammation and varicose veins, also some psychological like scare and anxiety. I started the remedy 25 days ago. At the beginning, I felt great of the bowels, but then I started to have bowel inflammation again, and I even started to see veins in my legs that have never been there, and I started to scare and called my homeopath. He told me to take the doses more frequent but diminishing them. It was the last week, but I keep feeling the same. I do not know what to do now because I don´t want to diminish the power of the sepia by diminishing the doses. May I ask you an advice about what should I tell my doctor?

    Thank you very much & Best.

  56. Rochelle Reiss

    Thank you for your explanation on homeopathy. I was getting concerned because I just started a whole bunch of homeopathic drops and I’m getting a terrible back, neck, and headache. I guess you say I should have patience.

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  58. Kareem El-Shazly

    Its really amazing and wonderful u really described me in everyword u wrote my eyes was tearful when I was reading cause I’m really going into a deep depression, I just feel that I’m too idiot and lately I started to feel that when I ask someone ” I never said no to him/her ” for a favor they were doing it but they let me feel that I’m a burden on them and I ask too much but I really never did…. can I contact you even by email !

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  62. Wonderful article!
    My homeopath has given me Kali Carb 1M. Since next day, my older symptoms has returned. He has told me to wait. It has been 4 days and there is no improvement. Also, I used to have kidney stone. That type of pain has come back. Does it take time for older symptoms to go away?
    Can the remedy generate newer symptoms as well, which might have been old but I don’t remember?

    • Hi there,
      I’m so sorry that I’m only replying now!
      How are you doing now?
      I hope the remedy helped and you’re feeling good.
      Remedies can definitely return old symptoms briefly as the system cleanses from the inside out.
      I hope you’re well.
      Kind regards,

  63. I so enjoyed your writing on Homeopathy.
    I just started Homeopathy and working with a seasoned Homeopath and had a major aggravation that scared the shit out of me… but see how it was needed and now I’m moving forward with baby steps and I’m able to see the assistance of this DIVINELY INSPIRED HEALING MODALITY.
    I’m 51– and I’m wondering— HOMEOPATHY- where have you been my whole life!!❤️❤️
    Thanks for the article… it has encouraged me.

  64. Hi I have just begun a homeo treatment for acidity. I have been given several medicines to control hyperacidity and gastric ulcers. It seems to have aggravated in some ways but want to give it some time. Reading all your comments make me feel positive.
    My only concern is that will all these combinations aggravate it?

  65. Thanks for the article sharonvogiatzi

  66. I am concerned because I ordered homeopathic meds for my dog who has grown a rather large lipoma on her leg. Whereas she left it alone before, the meds seemed to make the lipoma irritated and red, and she started licking it incessantly, finally causing it to bleed. I had to stop giving them to her. I’m trying to shrink it without making it worse, and I was on the verge of having to take her to the E.R. (and the local animal emergency informed me that they are full, and I would have to take her to the closest E.R. about 40 minutes away, driving the freeway). Now I am trying Bentonite clay and organic apple cider vinegar. I am afraid to give her more of the homeopathic remedies.

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