There are more than 3,000 base substances used in the preparation of homeopathic treatments. Each substance is classified by its international scientific name, which is expressed in Latin (e.g., Arnica montana, Apis mellifica) so that health care professionals around the world can identify it quickly and accurately.
Homeopathy uses natural substances derived from plant, mineral and animal sources. But homeopathy is also considered to be a natural form of medicine because it works in conjunction with the body, supporting and stimulating its built-in defence mechanisms to fight illness.
Homeopathic vaccinations do not exist. There is no such a thing as a “homeopathic vaccination,” and no homeopathic medicine can be substituted as a vaccine. None of Boiron’s homeopathic medicines are labeled or promoted as homeopathic vaccines. Both Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada continue to promote and actively support vaccination of Canadians to protect themselves from vaccine‐preventable illnesses.
Health Canada has not authorized any nosode as a vaccine alternative. Authorizing homeopathic medicines, including nosodes, for traditional homeopathic care is very different from authorizing them as alternatives to vaccines. Like the other Boiron single medicines available in Canada, nosodes do not list indications on their labels.
Yes. When used for acute, occasional illnesses, homeopathic medicines can take effect very quickly, especially if administered as soon as symptoms appear. For chronic conditions such as asthma, migraines, allergies and rheumatism, longer treatments are needed to see sustained relief.
When taken sublingually, the ingredients in the pellets go directly to your bloodstream, which then immediately carries them to the rest of your body. If you swallow or chew them, they must pass through the digestive system before they can start to take effect.
“CH” is the abbreviation for the Hahnemannian centesimal scale. It indicates that a medicine has been prepared using the serial dilution process invented by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. The number that appears before the “CH” indicates the medicine’s potency, or the number of times the main substance has been diluted.
The Hahnemannian method involves using a series of flasks, the number of which corresponds to the number of times a substance is diluted, also known as its potency. To obtain a potency of 9CH, for example, you would need to dilute a substance nine times using nine flasks.
In the first flask, one part mother tincture is mixed with 99 parts alcohol. The mixture is then shaken vigorously or “succussed.” This process is known as potentization or dynamization. The resulting potency is 1CH. If the solution is then transferred into a second flask and again mixed with 99 parts alcohol and succussed, the potency would be 2CH.
The process is repeated until the desired dilution is achieved. For a potency of 9CH, the same operation would have to be performed a total of nine times.
There are generally no contraindications to taking allopathic and homeopathic simultaneously. In case of doubt, your doctor and pharmacist are there to answer your questions.
Even if homeopathy alone is capable of treating a variety of conditions, your healthcare professional may, depending on the case, prescribe medicine other than homeopathic medicines. These different medicines can be complimentary.
Korsakovian dilutions are produced using a similar technique, only without multiple flasks. One part mother tincture is mixed with 99 parts alcohol and shaken to obtain the first potency level (1K). The contents of the flask are then poured out. What remains (i.e., what adheres to the sides of the flask) is considered to be one part, to which another 99 parts of alcohol is added, using the same flask, and succussed. The result is a potency level of 2K. The operation is repeated to achieve 3K, 4K and so forth.