Medication – Do Your Research

One of things I like to get clear on from the outset of working with a client is whether they’re taking medication – and if so, what is it and what effect does it have. Whether they’re emotion suppressants (for depression, grief, overwhelm, complex life change), sleeping tablets (stress & anxiety), pain management (migraines, cancer, post-ops), or nausea drugs (eating disorders or addictions) – every single one of them has a wider impact on a person’s body than simply the remit it’s being taken for.

Some years ago I moved my practice from London to Aberdeenshire. Shortly after that I was introduced socially to a delightful and smart woman who, over a period of about 18 months, went from no medication to an increasingly-complex cocktail of at least 8 different types of pills daily – initially to manage depression, then weight gain, addiction, liver challenges, thrombosis, and on and on – until she died in hospital asking to be taken out of there because ‘… all of this is too much’ (the drugs… not her life).

Go back to the beginning of that chapter, her depression began by not having access to her son because she was in conflict with her ex-husband. They had shared custody, however the husband didn’t always allow her the access she was due at weekends; he wouldn’t show up at court when she tried to hold him accountable through the present family law system; and he would speaking critically of the mum to the son further distancing them. In accumulation, this was the driving force for this woman’s stress, which in turn lead to an appeal for medical help and a first introduction to the anti-depressants and sleeping medication.

On many occasions I’ve had first conversations with clients that go a bit like this: ‘I realised it was serious when I went to my doctor and was prescribed with anti-depressants. I’m sitting here staring at them and I don’t want to start down this route… can you help?’. Ordinarily these clients will see me twice, perhaps 3 times, additionally-equipping themselves in each subsequent session, and then they leave and move on confidently with their next life chapter.

Most of us have an instinct about whether we really need:

  • a weight loss drug – or some nutritional advice and a tribe to exercise with
  • a sleeping tablet – or a meaningful, professional conversation to reduce our stress and work our best first choices
  • a pain suppressant – or some great physiotherapy and some genuine rest from our work or exercise regime

I’m not sitting here as a therapist in Aberdeen or as a counsellor in Dundee saying all medication is evil – far from it. I’m saying that in many cases heading to a doctor for advice is a great first step, and in many other cases it’s worth the time and effort to research whether there are alternatives to a pharmaceutical prescription that may help you more convincingly and faster without impacting your physical body in ways none of us fully understand.

Most of us at some point have taken time to understand the general nutritional or calorific content of our meals; how much more important is it that we do at least the same with the chemical content of our medication. Or even better, spend a few hours investigating the benefits a great nutritionist, physiotherapist, counsellor, massage therapist, bio-energy healer, acupuncture professional or chiropractor can offer you.

In this Human Givens therapist’s humble opinion, the more responsibility each one of us take for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, the more likely we are to live longer, happier, choice-filled lives

Effects of Centesimal Potencies in Homeopathy Treatment

In the process of preparation of potencies of the drug substances related to liquid, three scales are made use of. One of these scales is centesimal potency, which comprises of more than 90% medicines used in homeopathy. When the potencies are prepared from the solid substances, mostly a decimal scale is used. The trituration needs to attain a potency of 6x in order to get fit into the category of liquid potency and get treated subsequently. After 6x, when it is converted to liquid dosage form, it is usually prepared in centesimal potency.

Information on Centesimal Potencies

The scale of centesimal is largely based on the sole principle that the first and foremost potency must contain the hundredth part of the drug that is original and also each of the succeeding potencies. The designation of the scale is done by suffixing the letter ‘CH’ or ‘C’ to the number that indicates the potency. Thus the first potency will be called 1CH or 1C. This will be followed by 2CH or 2C. Thus it can be assumed that the number of the potency will be suffixed before the particular scale.

How is Centesimal Potency Prepared?

The centesimal potency has a method of preparation in order to dilute and increase the potency in a systematic way and to avoid adverse effects of crude drugs. The steps include:-

Step 1 –

A single part of the mother tincture is made to dilute in almost 99 parts of an alcohol and water-mixture (90:10 ratio).

Step 2 –

The liquid is then made to do succussion(stroke) at least 10 times in its own bottle. This is done by hitting the base of the bottle very firmly against palm or hard elastic substance. The liquid that is produced as a result of this method is called the 1C potency.

Step 3 –

One part of the 1c potency is diluted once more and then succussed in the 99 parts of alcohol and water mixture. The result is called as the 2C remedy.

Step 4 –

This continuous process of succussion and dilution is called as potentization. This process is further repeated in the same fashion in order to produce very high potencies of the remedy.

Homeopathy treatment with centesimal remedies is very common. The process which is used to produce this particular potency is so effective that it speeds up the process of cure immediately. The patient gets treated immediately and there are no side effects. Such is the efficiency of this process that it has treated millions of patients since the past 2 centuries.