Understanding Remedy Relationships in Homeopathy

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Understanding Remedy Relationships in HomeopathyAs the host of the Homeopathy for Mommies podcast, I’ve had the privilege of discussing a wide range of topics related to homeopathy. One topic that has always seemed to confuse many of our listeners is the concept of remedy relationships in homeopathy. I remember feeling overwhelmed by this subject when I first started studying homeopathy, and I’ve decided it’s time to address this important topic head-on.

The Basics of Remedy Relationships

Remedy relationships refer to how one remedy interacts with another. Dr. R. Gibson Miller from Glasgow, Scotland, has created a printable chart of remedy relationships (http://www.homoeopathie.in/wp-content/uploads/relationship-of-remedies-dr-rgibson-miller.pdf) , which is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in this topic. I also recommend John H. Clark’s clinical repertory (https://amzn.to/3FcqcBJ) , which includes a section on clinical relationships that mirrors the chart.

In essence, complementary remedies enhance or emphasize each other’s qualities. Remedies that follow well are best given after a particular remedy, while inimical remedies are opposed in character and cannot exist together. Antidotes are remedies that counteract the effects of another remedy.

Practical Examples of Remedy Relationships

To illustrate this concept, consider the relationship between arnica and belladonna, which complement aconite. The order in which these remedies are given can significantly impact their effectiveness. For instance, giving one remedy before another can cancel its effects. Understanding these relationships is crucial when giving a series of remedies to aid healing.

The Role of Antidotes in Homeopathy

Antidotes in homeopathy are remedies that cancel out the action of another remedy. They can be used to counteract any negative effects or unwanted symptoms caused by a previous remedy. Some remedies have specific antidotes listed, while others do not. Interestingly, cell salts, which are essential building blocks of the human body, are not typically affected by other remedies and do not have antidotes.

Comparing Remedies: A Useful Tool for Beginners

In classical homeopathy, the term “compare” or “similar to” is often used to indicate a group of remedies that have similar properties or uses. While I prefer to be more specific in my remedy selection, comparing different remedies can be a helpful tool for beginners or those starting out in homeopathy.

My Personal Experience with Complementary Remedies

I’ve personally experienced the power of complementary remedies. When I broke my leg, my homeopath prescribed the “famous five” remedies: arnica, hypericum, bryonia, rhus tox, and ruta. These remedies not only complemented each other but also had the potential to antidote each other. Despite this, they worked together effectively and aided in my healing process.

Complementary and Inimical Remedies: A Delicate Balance

Complementary remedies work well together and can be given in alternation or combination to treat a particular ailment. In contrast, inimical remedies should not be given together as they can cancel out each other’s effects or create unwanted reactions.

For example, for sore, burning, or broken out skin, remedies like Rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy) and Apis mellifica (bee venom) are recommended. However, these two remedies are inimical to Nux vomica and Chamomile. Another example is Carbo vegetabilis (vegetable carbon) and Kreosotum (creosote), which are inimical to Acidum hydrocyanicum (cyanide) and Lachesis (snake venom). It’s crucial to be aware of these inimical relationships when prescribing remedies.

The Power of Antidotes

Antidotes can counteract the effects of another remedy. For example, Camphor is a powerful antidote that can neutralize the effects of many other remedies. Understanding the role of antidotes in homeopathy can be a game-changer in your healing journey.

In conclusion, understanding remedy relationships in homeopathy is a complex but rewarding endeavor. It requires careful study and practice, but the potential benefits to your health and well-being are immense. I hope this deep dive into remedy relationships has been informative and encourages you to explore this fascinating aspect of homeopathy further.


  1. Thank you for this podcast, and all you do to keep us on the health track.
    Jan B ❤️🙏

  2. I loved the info about the famous five. Do you take them all together at once?

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