What are homeopathic medicines?

Remedies = Medicines

Homeopathic remedies are the only mode of treatment.  So, a word about remedies is necessary in order to describe treatment.

What kind of medicine is given?


Plants. Mineral. Animals’ extracts.

Homeopathic medicines are called remedies.  Remedies are made primarily from plants, animals, and minerals.  The original sources of homeopathic remedies were traditional medicines.  Once the principle by which remedies were tested and used in the clinic, many other substances were added to our remedy choices with both predictable and surprising results.


Dilutions and shaking increases the strength of remedies.

The amazing aspect of extreme dilutions used in homeopathic medicine is:  the more diluted the medicine is, the stronger the effect.  This is because each time the medicine is diluted, it is shaken.  If you did not shake between dilutions, the dilution would have little effect.

Scientific decision making always reduces the number of variables.

A human patient is not a test subject. But this basic principle of scientific experimentation is fundamental to medical decision making. Giving multiple pharmaceutical drugs or multiple remedies confuses medical decision making. In some situation, several drugs given at the same time is unavoidable. Also, modern homeopathy typically works when patients are taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs. Even homeopaths give two different remedies in close sucession.  Nevertheless, reducing this confusion is always a goal in homeopathy.

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Classical homeopathy only uses one remedy (medicine) at a time. In scientific research, reduction of the number of variables is essential to understand what is causing change. Classical homeopaths honor this fundamental principle.  One pill that covers the most fundamental pattern related to what the patient needs at the time of treatment.  Polypharmacy only confuses doctors.  Both the patient and the doctor should be asking “What really works?”

Meet the Author

Ellen Madono

Ellen Madono is a homeopath working in Tokyo. Currently, her work in homeopathy focuses on healing. She was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and went to West High school. At Oberlin College, she majored in Asian History. Her Ph.d. is from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a special interest in Asian Culture, language and Japanese apprenticeship. Skills in phenomenological cultural analysis have easily transferred to homeopathic case analysis. She keeps up her health through Meditation, Yushiki Breathing Practices, Classical Homeopathy, Accutonics, Akido and Parasara Yoga.

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