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    Homeopathyís Best Kept Secret by Luc De Schepper

    You were trained as a Western medical doctor. What made you turn to homeopathy?

    Dr. Luc: When I was a young doctor fresh out of medical school in Belgium, I thought I knew everything. But then I started seeing patients whom Western medicine just couldnít help. One young girl of 15 got headaches every time the weather changedóand in Belgium the weather changes three times a day! She had everything in Western medicine you can dream of, but nothing helped. Another lady, I will never forget it, she came in my office absolutely dripping with sweat. The sweat was pouring off her and dripping onto the floor. Western medicine could do nothing for her. Another lady could not speak. There was nothing physically wrong with her. Her family said she had not spoken a word since looking out the window and seeing a funeral processionówith her best friendís husband walking behind the hearse. The sudden shock of her best friendís death made her mute. I wanted to do something for these patients, but my Western medical training gave me no answers. So I went to a bookstore to look up alternative medicine and found a book on homeopathy. I wish these patients would walk through my door today, because these would all be easy cases for homeopathy.

    What would you suggest for someone who wants to get started with homeopathy but feels bewildered by all the different remedies?

    Dr. Luc: Get to know one or two remedies and all the different things they can be used for. Arnica would be my first choiceóitís king of the trauma remedies and king of the sports remedies. Arnica is good for the whole family for bumps, bruises, pulled muscles, and overuse of muscles, like someone who has a desk job and then gets 14 days vacation and wants to be a hero playing sports with his kids. Itís even good for elderly people who get spontaneous bruises, because as we get older the capillaries become fragile and burst easily.

    Some lesser known uses of Arnica include overworry, overuse of the voice when someone is speaking all day, and for the flu, especially when there is a bruised feeling. Arnica is for bruises in general, and for illnesses with a bruised feeling, like when you feel as though a tank just ran over you and everything is sore, you donít want to be touched. Arnica is also a great absorber of blood. For example, my patients have had amazing experiences with their kids who bump their heads and get a big egg on their forehead, which of course means there is a hematoma, a leakage of blood. With Arnica the swelling goes right down and then they donít have to take their kids to the emergency room. So Arnica is great for the whole family starting from Day One. In fact itís a great remedy for Day One! Give Arnica 200c to the mother for bruising from the delivery and give it to the baby for the trauma of coming through the birth canal.

    Any other favorite remedies?

    Dr. Luc:Arsenicum would be my second choice, especially for traveling. Never leave home without it! Itís the top remedy for travelerís diarrhea and for food poisoning. Some people get diarrhea just from the change of diet when they travel. Arsenicum has rescued many, many a vacation, especially in the Middle East, China and South America where the water can be contaminated. Arsenicum is also great for the first stages of a cold or flu, when you are just getting a scratchy throat and your nose is running like a faucet with a clear, watery discharge. Arsenicum will nip it in the bud. Arsenicum is one of the top remedies for asthma and for shortness of breath in general, especially when you feel as though you are going to die because you canít catch your breath. And itís one of the best remedies for people who wake up after midnight, anxious and restless and unable to get back to sleep. But in both these cases people shouldnít diagnose themselves. For example, in homeopathy we have so many remedies for anxiety. The remedies are so precise, depending on whether the patient has fear for the future, fear of death, of disease, of failure, of flying, of taking exams, and so on. This is the kind of thing we will teach in our school.

    Whatís the best way to take the remedies?

    Dr. Luc:This is one of homeopathyís best-kept secrets: take the remedies in water. When you buy a little tube in the store with 80 pellets, the label says to take 3 pellets 3 to 5 times a day under the tongue. (There is no secret door under the tongue!) But it will work much better and much faster if you take one pellet and dissolve it in 4 ounces of water. Take one teaspoon as neededóas often as every 20 to 30 minutes in acute cases such as high fevers and accidents. One cup will is good for 24 hours. If you need the remedy again the next day, make another cup. Putting it in water makes it reach more nerve endings. As soon as it touches the mucous membranes it starts to work. If someone canít swallow, you can even swab it on their skin.

    What if you run out the same day, can you make another cup?

    Dr. Luc:You could but you shouldnít need to, because as you start to feel better you slow down and take a teaspoon only maybe every hour or two. If you donít see any improvement by the time you finish the cup, it probably means you have the wrong remedy. (It could also mean the potency is too low, but this is something you will learn from experience.)

    So why donít they say this on the label?

    Dr. Luc:Maybe because they can sell more tubes this way! Or maybe because they just donít know. Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, developed this method of taking the remedies in water at the very end of his life, and the manuscript in which he described it was lost for nearly 100 years. Even now it is not well known. The people who work in the pharmaceutical companies have probably never read it.

    Are there any situations when itís better to take the remedy dry?

    Dr. Luc:Only if itís impractical to take it in water. When I play tennis I keep Arnica and Rhus tox. in my pockets in case I sprain my ankle. I can take some pellets and keep on playing, then as soon as I have a chance I put them in water.

    Hereís another secret: if you are going to be out all day, driving around in the car, put the remedy in a water bottle and take it with you. Then each time you take the remedy you can succuss it (give it a hard thwack, a ďslam-dunkĒ). This gradually increases the potency of the remedy and it will work even better this way.

    How many pellets, say for a typical 16 oz. spring water bottle?

    Dr. Luc:Just one. You donít need four just because there is four times as much water. We are dealing with energy, not with molecules. Itís a little more dilute this way, but succussing it will keep increasing the potency of the remedy.

    Should you reduce the dosage for kids?

    Dr. Luc:Not at all! In fact kids need higher potencies than adults. Never hesitate to give a child a high potency. Itís the opposite of Western medicine, where our dosages are based on bodyweight. In homeopathy the dosage is based on the vital energy of the patient, and kids usually have much stronger vital energy than adults. Look at how fast a child can spike a fever. That shows how strong the vital energy is.

    Letís say someone looks up in a homeopathy book and figures out that Lachesis is the best remedy for her left-sided headache, but when she goes to the store to buy it, the tube says itís for hot flashes.

    Why is that?

    Dr. Luc:Each of the major remedies (the polycrests) has many, many different indications or uses. The pharmaceutical company can only fit one or two of them on the label. The good thing is that they have the freedom to do that, unlike vitamin companies, because homeopathic remedies are under a different law and the FDA allows this kind of labeling.

    Do the remedies have side effects?

    Dr. Luc:No, again because we are talking energy, not molecules. When you use potencies over 24c there is not even one molecule of the original substance left, and then when you put it in water it is even more dilute. You can get what we call a similar aggravation, though, if you take too much. An aggravation is a temporary intensification of the symptoms. Itís unlikely to happen in acute cases, because you are using up the remedy so fast. You would have to really take a lot, maybe 3 or 4 cups of the remedy in a row, to get this kind of reaction.

    If you do get an aggravation, just stop taking the remedy and your body will use up the excess. Itís like speeding in a car. Itís not a bad car, just a bad driver! You need to get used to the car. As you get experience using the remedies, you will get to know how fast you can take repeated doses.

    Some people say you have to go through an aggravation to be cured with homeopathy. Would you agree with that?

    Dr. Luc:Not at all! Hahnemann developed the water method to save people from the discomfort of aggravations.

    Can you be allergic to the remedies?

    Dr. Luc:No, for the same reason. Sometimes my patients say they canít take Sulphur as a remedy because they are allergic to sulfa drugs. An allergy to sulfa drugs is actually a good indication that the patient needs Sulphur!

    What if someone is allergic to lactose, can they have a reaction to the lactose the pills are made from?

    Dr. Luc:Not usually, but if they are extremely sensitive they could have a reaction if they take the pills dry. Itís another good reason to take the remedies in water.

    Can you develop a tolerance to the remedies the way you can to a drug?

    Dr. Luc:As long as you need the remedy, it will continue to work. If your baby is learning to walk, all the time falling and smacking his head, you can give Arnica every day and it will continue to work. If a remedy stops working, it means you no longer need it.

    Can the remedies be addictive? There is not one patient in a Betty Ford center addicted to homeopathic remedies!

    Dr. Luc:Whereas there are many treatment centers and detox centers for people addicted to Western drugs. Itís scary how easy it is for people to and get addicted. All it takes is one hospitalization, and they give you painkillers sleeping pills without your knowledge or your permission. Before you know it youíre addicted. I have seen it many times in my practice.

    What do the numbers meanó6c, 30c, 200c?

    Dr. Luc:They represent the successive dilutions the remedies go through. ďCĒ stands for centesimal and it means a dilution of 1 part of the remedy to 99 parts of alcohol at each stage. The remedy is succussed, or shaken, 100 times at each stage so that the energy of the remedy is imparted to the liquid. The higher the number, the higher the dilutionówhich in homeopathy means a more powerful remedy, because the vibrational energy is higher. Usually in health food stores you find 6c, 12c and 30c potencies.

    Whatís the difference in how they are used?

    Dr. Luc:I would rather see 30c and 200c in stores. I encourage my students to get 200c kits once they are familiar with the remedies. 30c is better when you are first starting out because if you take the wrong remedy in a 200c, you could get an aggravation. 6c and 12c are too low to do any good for acute situations. 6c and 12c are only indicated for chronic diseases, and people should definitely not diagnose or treat themselves for chronic diseases. Only a professional homeopath can do that.

    Is that because 6c and 12c could be dangerous?

    Dr. Luc:Not at all. Itís because a layperson could not prescribe the right remedy for a chronic situation, in which the choice of remedy depends not so much on the physical symptoms as on the mental and emotional onset of the disease. For example, if I have four patients with chronic fatigue, one may be never well since taking birth control pills, another never well since overwork and overworry, another never well since multiple operations, and the fourth never well since heartbreak. They may all have the exact same physical symptoms and the same diagnosis in Western medicine, but they each get a different remedy from me, because homeopathy is so individualized to the patient.

    What do you mean by acute and chronic?

    Dr. Luc:Acute is something that just happened within the last day or two, within the last several weeks at most, that is self-limiting (it will go away by itself). In an acute disease, the vital energy of the patient is usually strong enough to overcome it. If not, it can turn into a chronic condition, one that develops over a long period of time and does not go away by itself. In a chronic condition there can be a steady overall downfall of the patientís health unless it is opposed by the right remedy. Other times there can be acute symptoms of a chronic state of imbalance or disorder in the system, such as PMS. A woman can have acute symptoms each month which can be treated with acute over-the-counter remedies each timeóbut if her overall constitution is treated by a professional homeopath, her symptoms will not recur. I have seen this many times in my practiceóI do not even address the patientís PMS symptoms directly because they go away automatically with the well-chosen remedy.

    A lot of times health food stores have combinations that have 6 or 8 different remedies. Wouldnít that be better than a single remedy, since you would be sure to cover your bases?

    Dr. Luc:Actually, no, because the remedies can cancel each other out. I would rather see people become familiar with the single remedies. For example, Iíve seen a combination for Grief that has one remedy, Pulsatilla, for people who are very clingy and needy of consolation, and another, Nat. mur., for people who just want to be left alone in their grief. How can one person possibly need both?

    Many homeopaths say you canít use mint, camphor or coffee when you are taking remedies. Would you agree?

    Dr. Luc:Coffee is the only one I put the accent on in my own practice. If someone is drinking more than one cup a day, I get them off the coffee first (with Chamomilla, Nux vomica or Coffea). Decaffeinated coffee and other caffeine-containing foods like chocolate and cola are okay (not in other ways but in terms of canceling the remedy!) Mint and camphor are only important for the high potencies used by certain professional homeopaths, the Kentian prescribers. They wonít make much difference in acute situations where you are repeating the doses frequently.

    Some homeopaths tell their patients not to do acupuncture or polarity or take vitamins while on a remedy. Why is that?

    Dr. Luc:I tell my patients to do anything they can to support their vital energy while they are healing. Any healing modality such as acupuncture that follows the same natural laws as homeopathy will do nothing but help. The only thing is, they shouldnít start doing these things the same week they start the remedy. That will muddy the picture. Then if they have a reaction, itís not clear what they are reacting to.

    Iíve heard that remedies are prescribed based on the symptoms present. So does that mean the remedies canít be used preventively?

    Dr. Luc:No, in fact hereís another little-known tip. They can be used ahead of time if you know you are going to need them, but in this case take 3 pellets dry in the mouth. For example, Arnica should be taken before and after strenuous sports for someone who is not in shape, or for weightlifters, football players, soccer players and others who are likely to get pulled muscles or bruises. And if one person in the family comes down with a flu or cold, everyone else in the family can take the same remedy. If you know there is a flu coming to your area, before it even hits you can start taking Arsenicum or Oscillococcinum, the two top preventive flu remedies. Take 30c doses, 3 pellets dry once a day during an epidemic.

    Whatís your basic approach in finding a remedy for your patients?

    Dr. Luc:I have them make a timeline with all the major traumas in their life, whether mental, emotional, physical, financial, or whatever. Any event that causes lasting symptoms will need to be treated eventually. We call it a layer. We start with the most recent layer first and work backwards, every time treating the Never Well Since (usually a mental or emotional trauma that triggered the onset of symptoms).

    You are both a homeopath and an acupuncturist. What do you see as the connection between these two healing modalities?

    Dr. Luc:They both work with the healing energy or vital qi, and they both follow the same natural laws of healing. For example, we know the patient is healing if the disease goes from the inside to the outside. Also both disciplines accent the mental and emotional origins of disease (unless there is a direct physical trauma like a cut, blow or burn). In both, each organ has certain emotions associated with it, like the liver and anger. Each of the main homeopathic remedies has a place on the Star of the Five Elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Homeopathy is so similar to acupuncture that Hahnemann must have read the acupuncture texts that were available to him in translation.

    Does someone have to be a medical doctor to practice homeopathy?

    Dr. Luc:In terms of licensing, it varies from state to state. In terms of knowledge, many of the greatest homeopaths of the past have been laypeople.

    Can you share one last secret with us?

    Dr. Luc:Hereís a great one for sports injuries: if youíre a basically healthy person and have a serious acute injury, like a pulled muscle, take Arnica 30c, then 200c, then 1M, each time 3 pellets dry, 4 hours apart. I did this once when I pulled my thigh muscle while playing soccer. The muscle swelled up and turned hard as a rock. By the time I was through the Arnica it was back to normal again! I learned this tip from a Swiss-French homeopath and very few people in this country know about it.

    ē If your local health food store doesnít have the remedies or potencies you need, try Baileyís Pharmacy in Allston, (617) 782-7202, or call Boiron Labs at 1-800-BLU-TUBE, or call Natural Living Products for Homeopathic kits at 1-888-624-8590.
    ē Dr. Lucís introduction to homeopathy, Human Condition Critical, is available from Cambridge Natural Foods, (617) 234-4327, or by mail order from the New School.
    ē For a list of homeopaths in the Greater Boston area, call the New School.

    Luc De Schepper, M.D., Ph.D., D.I.Hom., C.Hom., Lic.Ac. is a Western medical doctor, acupuncturist and homeopath with over 200,000 patients in 25 years of practice. He is the author of ten books on homeopathy, acupuncture and holistic health care, including Candida: the Cause, the Symptoms, the Cure; Acupuncture in Practice; Peak Immunity; and Human Condition Critical. He has been a popular guest on numerous television shows in the United States and abroad as well as being interviewed on dozens of radio shows.
    Sheri Nakken, R.N., MA, Classical Homeopath

  • #2
    Dr Luc de Schepper changes my outlook on Homeopathy

    I enjoyed reading the article on Dr Luc de Schepper and would like to share with readers an article that I posted on the ABC Homeopathy Forum on March 19th 2005, shortly after I first met him a few weeks ago when he visited Sri Lanka to help the survivors on the Tsunami. I would like to confirm again what I stated in this article that I have observed that the Split Dose method that Dr Luc uses is far more effective than the normal dry dose method that we Homeopaths have used for ages. I am indeed very grateful to Dr Luc for having introduced this Split Dose method to Sri Lanka and I know that some homeopaths who met him here and others whom I spoke to have adopted this method which they have also discovered is more effective in helping to cure ailments that the dry dose method.

    Dr Luc de Schepper has completely changed my outlook on Homeopathy especially the method that I have used for the last 30 years to dispense and use remedies to cure ailments. He arrived here in Sri Lanka early this month as a member of Homeopaths Without Borders and I took him to the areas south of Colombo which were affected by the Tsunami that had been under the care of the 2 previous teams of 3 homeopaths in each group who serve for 3 weeks and are replaced by another team. I was unable to observe him treating his patients in the area around the train disaster which is now reckoned to have taken the greatest toll of human lives in the world. On his return to Colombo en route to the US yesterday I had the opportunity of witnessing at first hand the methods he used in consultation with his patients. I was able to invite many of my friends whom I had been treating for their various ailments and was able to observe at first hand his technique which as I said before, has completely changed my outlook on Homeopathy.

    He uses the technique of succussing the remedy in water, which was first recorded by Hahnemann in his fourth edition. Dr Luc uses this method exclusively and he assured me that he discovered many years ago that this technique which is hardly used by homeopaths today, is far superior to the technique used by me and almost all other homeopaths of dispensing the remedies which are usually given in small lactose sugar balls activated with the remedy which are usually taken twice or thrice daily. I use neutral No 30 lactose balls which are 3mm ō and put in a few drops of the remedy onto these balls in a small glass container with a plastic cap.

    Dr Luc's method is to use just 2 granules of No 10 lactose balls which are just 1mm ō which he has in a remedy kit of 100 remedies in little glass vials which he informed me is available in India. He uses a 500ml plastic bottle of water of which he decants about 200 ml keeping about 20ml in a paper cup. He then puts just 2 little balls of the remedy into the bottle with 300ml water which he succusses by banging it twice on the palm of his hand. He emphasized that this succussing was the secret of his method whereby the molecules of the 2 balls of the remedy potentizes the water in the bottle which I observed bubbles from the bottom to the top with each bang on the palm. He then took a teaspoonful of the potentized water which he stirred into half a cup of the water which he had decanted previously into it. A teaspoonful of the water from the cup is the remedy which is taken every other day for chronic ailments or daily for acute ailments. He explained in detail that this succussion which must be done daily before this procedure is repeated is the secret of the viability of the cure with the remedy as this tends to lift the potency of the already potentized remedy in the bottle to a slightly degree upwards thereby making it more effective in its effect on the body. This procedure may seem complicated but when it is observed, it is really not difficult.

    Dr Luc exclusively uses the 6th potency for chronic cases which are taken every other day and the higher potencies up to 1M for acute cases both of which are succussed twice and taken if necessary every 2-3 hours.

    Quite frankly I was very sceptical of the possibility of success in curing any ailment but I had living proof that this method works in the case of my wife and her sister who had been suffering for many years from Osteo Arthritis which is familial. I had been treating them with Bryonia 6c, Kali Phos 6x and Ferr Phos 6x taken 3 times daily for about 6 months after both sisters decided that their use of drugs including the Diclofenac group and other analgesics were only making a bad situation worse by also affecting their digestive systems and perhaps the liver. The discomfort of the arthritis was reduced with the Bry 6 in a few weeks but this was replaced by Sciatica for which I had given Hypericum. This remedy helped the Sciatica but could not eradicate it. On the first day Dr Luc arrived here I took the opportunity of consulting him on behalf of the two sisters who were present for the arthritis and sciatica and he prescribed Mendorrhinum 6c which he successed according to his method. It was the almost initial response of both sisters to this remedy that really converted me to Dr Luc's method as after the second dose which both sisters took about 2 weeks ago, they both felt considerable relief from their sciatica although the arthritic pain continued as he had instructed both to stop my treatment. He prescribed Sepia 6 just yesterday for their arthritis and assured us that this problem would also disappear in time with this remedy. He also confirmed his identification of this remedy by using Radar software which he uses whenever he wants to have double confirmation of his remedy.

    I have mentioned Dr Luc's method of prescribing and using Homeopathic remedies in detail as I would like others who are interested and read this short article to also use it and post their comments on this Forum. As I stated in my first paragraph, I have changed my concept of the use of Homeopathic remedies to Dr Luc's method as I am convinced that this is an advance in the use of Homeopathy which Dr Luc and all his thousands of students use and practice in the US today which was first used and recorded by Hahnemann in his Fourth edition which we have all studied but have not used as he originally recommended.

    I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity of studying the methods used by Dr Luc yesterday at my residence in the treatment of patients whom I have been treating free of charge as I always have done for the last 25 years.

    Joe De Livera

    Sri Lanka
    Joe De Livera
    Sri Lanka


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      Re: Re: Homeopathyís Best Kept Secret by Luc De Schepper

      Dear Joe,

      I have some questions here. I understand that what's put in the cup is eventually thrown away at the end of the day but how long can you keep the 300 ml bottle which has 2 granules dissolved and potentised? What I mean is, can we keep it for future use, say over a year or so?

      In Sheri Nakken's letter - in the case of acute, you can take frequesnt doses of about 1-2 hours apart. In yours - its once a day. I would like to give this a try but still unsure which method to take.



      • #4
        Treatment of Chronic and Acute ailments

        I have not kept any remedy long enough to quote any results on keeping a remedy for a yeas as I met Dr Luc just a few weeks ago. I feel that the potentized water should keep for any reasonable length of time especially if you keep in in a refrigerator. I would prefer to use a new potentized bottle say every month just to be sure it is OK. The quantity of the remedy is so very miniscule that it does not matter even if you make a bottle up every week, just to be sure that the remedy will work.

        Your other question:

        Dr Luc suggests you use the 1M potency for Acute problems when you take the remedy every 2-3 hours apart.

        For Chronic problems it is usually the 6c he recommended be used every other day. However in the treatment of a chronic Asthmatic, I discovered that it had to be used daily to enable this man to breathe on the day after he took a dose. He was OK on the day he took the remedy (Nat Sulph 6c Split Dose) but had to use his Inhalers on the second day. I then instructed him to use the remedy every day and he does not have to use his Inhalers.
        Joe De Livera
        Sri Lanka


        • #5
          RE: Re: Homeopathy's Best Kept Secret

          Originally posted by Joe
          I feel that the potentized water should keep for any reasonable length of time especially if you keep in in a refrigerator. ...

          Dr Luc suggests you use the 1M potency for Acute problems when you take the remedy every 2-3 hours apart.

          For Chronic problems it is usually the 6c he recommended be used every other day.
          Dr. Luc does NOT recommend using ANY remedy every (or every other) day. That is a misunderstanding and should not be attributed to Dr. Luc. (I checked with him to make sure of that, Joe!)

          I have also never seen anything in writing where Dr. Luc suggested using a 1M for an acute. Surely home/lay prescribers would do better to stick to 200c max if following Dr. Luc's idea of using the higher potency for acutes?

          Mould that grows on a "watery solution" kept in the fridge (as I know from experience it can) must in part at least be due by the fact that in adding the remedy globules to the water, we have added a bit of sugar. Makes a convenient medium if no alcohol or other preservative is used.

          On the other hand, I have read many times that the globules do not NEED to dissolve for the remedy to work its magic, though if you keep it around they do. I.e., no need to wait for them to dissolve before taking a dose!

          An interesting question to me: if you use up a "watery solution" (using it repeatedly, as a chronic remedy) and have to make up a new bottle, wouldn't you want to start the new one off with more or less the same number of succussions you gave the first bottle? I think Dr. Luc may mention doing that in **Achieving and Maintaining**. I can check the book if anyone is interested.

          And another thought (this one just mine): if you add back a tsp. of filtered (or whatever) water each time you take a dose (in addition to doing the succussions, of course), then you will not run out and the remedy may gain a tiny bit in potency from being just that bit more diluted, non? I will be most happy to hear others' opinions of that idea!

          Teresa (in VA)


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            Re: RE: Re: Homeopathy's Best Kept Secret

            An interesting question to me: if you use up a "watery solution" (using it repeatedly, as a chronic remedy) and have to make up a new bottle, couldn't you want to start the new one off with more or less the same number of succussions you gave the first bottle? I think Dr. Luc may mention doingthat in **Achieving and Maintaining**. I can check the book if anyone is interested.
            Please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought this is what it says in the Organon (6th edition)? I don't have time to look it up right now, but perhaps someone else can verify?