Sometimes the positive effects of a homeopathic remedy are accidentally antidoted – by plane travel, paint fumes, dental work, MRI’s, or even by taking another remedy.
Why would someone want to antidote a homeopathic remedy? In some cases, a person can have a negative response. They may be too sensitive to a particular remedy, or may have taken it in too high or low a potency. In rare cases a healing aggravation may trigger a symptom that on some occasions (interview day, for example) may need to be stopped.
Please note that it is important to distinguish whether a symptom is a “proving” of a remedy, a healing aggravation, or whether it is simply a worsening of the condition, independent of the remedy. (True healing aggravations will be discussed next time).
There are several methods traditionally used to antidote a homeopathic remedy. It is not so much a factor of the method itself – it is more often contingent upon the sensitivities of the person.
Drinking a lot of coffee or strong mint tea in some cases may antidote a remedy. This does not work for everyone. Regular coffee drinkers who get no adverse effects from coffee, such as rapid heartbeat, seem to be able to continue drinking coffee without it antidoting the remedies that are working for them.
Rubbing camphor on the chest (for example, Vick’s VapoRub) may act as an antidote. Use with caution as directed. Lactating mothers should not use this method.
I know of a case where someone needed the remedy Sepia but took too much Sepia in a 200c potency. The Sepia symptoms worsened. But she still needed Sepia. In this case, taking one dose of Sepia 12c resolved the situation within minutes. This only works if it is the remedy the person actually needed in the first place.
Antidoting remedies with other remedies is not generally the best route to take. In fact, when you see antidotes listed under “relationships” in a homeopathic material medica, it is the substance being referred to, not the homeopathic remedy. For example, the remedy Mercurius Solubilis is listed as an “antidote” to Antimonium tartaricum, Aurum Metallicum and Dulcamara, to name a few. This means the remedy MAY be helpful in situations where a person accidentally took too much of one of those substances in its raw form, not the diluted homeopathic form. Of course, accidental poisonings should always be referred to the appropriate medical care.
If you are cautious with homeopathy and don’t take more than the required amount, you will probably never face a situation where you need to antidote. Taking the minimal amount needed is a good rule of thumb. In fact, that is one of the basic tenets of classical homeopathy.
(The above information is for educational purposes and is not intended to replace services of healthcare professionals. It does not constitute medical advice or medical opinion. Please contact your licensed medical practitioner when needed.)