Frequently Asked Questions
Homeopathy, a complete system of healing with its own method of diagnosing and its own special remedies, was discovered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. Homeopathics have no known harmful side effects, may be used by everyone, including pets, and can be administered for both acute and chronic conditions.
Homeopathics are made from minute amounts of plant, animal and mineral substances prepared by the process of dynamization. Dynamization is a process whereby a minute amount of substance is diluted, to as much as one part per ten billion and beyond, and succussed (vigorously shaken). Scientists have theorized that homeopathy may function similar to the way enzymes or hormones function in the body. Although they are found in similar minuscule amounts, they are believed to have very powerful effects.
People are returning to homeopathy because they understand that in order to achieve health, one must discover the root cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms. Many Americans now understand that pharmaceutical drugs often interfere with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Suppressing, or merely removing symptoms, is a temporary solution at best. Addressing the “whole” person naturally is the long-term solution to modern states of disease. This is the role of homeopathy.
NEWTON complexes are the result of advanced evolution in the use of homeopathic remedies in Europe, especially in Belgium, France and Germany. Starting in the mid-1800s, through the beginning of the 20th century, the French homeopaths developed the technique of draining toxins from the body by using a series of drainer remedies. Dr. Luc took this idea and combined it with the concept of complex remedies. The use of just such a complex saved his life. His experience, as a practicing homeopath for nearly 50 years, resulted in the development of the wide range of NEWTON complexes.
There are two processes involved to make a homeopathic – dilution and succussion (a type of shaking). The number identifies the sets of dilution and succussion which is performed on the remedy. The letter indicates the dilution factor for each succussion step. The Roman numeral “x” stands for 10 and indicates a 1:10 ratio of raw material to diluent; the Roman numeral “c” stands for 100 and indicates a dilution of 1:100.
For example, a 10x final potency starts with one part of the raw material, such as a plant tincture, adds 9 parts of diluent (usually a mixture of water and alcohol) and is succussed 10-100 times. The resulting mixture is a potency of 1x. One part of this 1x mixture is then added to 9 parts of diluent and succussed again resulting in a 2x mixture. One part of this 2x mixture is then added to 9 parts of diluent and succussed again resulting in a 3x mixture. This process advances until the mixture is diluted and succussed for a total of ten times. In the final 10x mixture, there is one part of the original raw material in 10,000,000,000 parts of diluent. As the process continues, 15x remedies are one part raw material to 1,000,000,000,000,000 parts of diluent. A “c” potency is made similarly but diluted at a ratio of 1:100 instead of 1:10. Therefore, a 30c final dilution ratio is one part raw material to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parts of diluent.
It is this ultra-dilution that makes homeopathy potentially controversial but at the same time amazing if the concept is understood. Because of its high dilution ratios, homeopathy no known side effects, drug or herbal interactions. Some say homeopathy can’t work because it is so diluted; there is nothing there. However, homeopathic advocates believe it is the combination of dilution and succussion that activates the power of the remedy.
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There are no known side effects, drug or herbal interactions. The active ingredients in homeopathic products occur in such highly-diluted amounts that they are considered to be non-toxic for everyone; i.e., infants, children, teenagers, adults, pregnant women, nursing mothers, seniors and pets. Homeopathic preparations were recognized as drugs by the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act of 1938, and are regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). NEWTON’s raw materials and finished products are tested by a FDA-registered independent laboratory according to Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States guidelines.
NEWTON’s standard dose is 6 drops/pellets for adults, 3 drops/pellets for kids. We suggest that if you have environmental sensitivities or if you over-react, begin with 1 drop/pellet for a couple days, then go to two for a couple days and increase each day until you reach the recommended standard dose.
Can homeopathic remedies be taken along with pharmaceutical medications or other natural supplements?
There aren’t any known drug-to-drug interactions or contraindications with homeopathics, pharmaceuticals and/or supplements. NEWTON suggests a “15-minute” window (free from consumption of any food, drink, medications and/or supplements) before and after administering homeopathics to keep anything from interfering with the homeopathics.
Homeopathic remedies are sold in various forms and modes of delivery. A single remedy consists of one homeopathic active ingredient; a complex or combination remedy is a mixture of two or more homeopathic active ingredients. The most common modes of delivery are liquid and pellet. Liquid homeopathics are diluted with water and are required to contain a preservative. Pellet homeopathics are small sucrose pellets that are dosed with a liquid homeopathic. NEWTON’s liquid homeopathics contain purified water and a preservative of certified, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic cane alcohol. NEWTON’s pellets are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, organic beet-derived sucrose (lactose-free). Based on the knowledge that glass is inert and will not interact with homeopathy, NEWTON packages only in glass (excluding large-size veterinarian products and topicals). The FDA lists plastic containers as ‘indirect additives’. Amber glass protects the homeopathics from light exposure.
Homeopathics are highly-diluted formulations that haven’t been known to accumulate or “build-up” in the body. For chronic conditions that require daily administration, the same remedy can be taken for as long as the condition remains. There shouldn’t be any need to discontinue a homeopathic regimen, unless the condition has changed, and that regimen is no longer appropriate.
This depends on each individual situation. A person with a simple, yet acute condition such as an itchy bug bite may experience immediate results with the correct homeopathic remedy. However, a person with a long-standing complex condition such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may not see any results for several weeks or even months. Many factors must be taken into consideration including diet, lifestyle and medical history.
This is a matter of personal preference. The only difference is the method of delivery. Some prefer pellets because of the sugary taste or require an alcohol-free remedy. Others prefer liquids due to its ease of use. NEWTON liquid remedies contain certified gluten-free, non-GMO, organic cane alcohol. NEWTON pellets are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, organic beet-derived sucrose (lactose-free). Pellets should not be touched with fingers or hands. The warmth and moisture of the skin may remove some of the active ingredients from the pellet. Pour pellets into the bottle cap and then pour directly into the mouth.
Historically, it has been recommended that one should refrain from consuming foods that contain strong aromatics or stimulants such as coffee and peppermint. NEWTON has found that the “15-Minute Rule” is a sufficient window between taking homeopathy and consuming food or drink. Simply wait 15 minutes before and after administering homeopathics before eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. Homeopathy may also be mixed with a small amount of clean, preferably filtered, water.
According to HPUS (Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States), due to documented heat sensitivity of homeopathic preparations, remedies should not be exposed to temperatures greater than 121ºC (249.8ºF). Refrigerating or freezing homeopathic remedies is not recommended. The best method for storage is to keep containers tightly sealed, out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat and/or electronics.
Homeopathic ingredients are written in Latin because homeopaths require precision and accuracy in identifying and describing the source of the plant, mineral or animal species of a particular remedy. Often there is more than one common name associated with a substance so the Latin name is used to assure correct identification.
NEWTON liquid remedies contain certified gluten-free, non-GMO, organic cane alcohol. NEWTON pellets are certified gluten-free, non-GMO, organic beet-derived sucrose (lactose-free). NEWTON remedies are made from high-quality organic or wild-grown herbs and medicinal substances.
NEWTON follows the guidelines set by HPUS (Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States) for preserving homeopathic preparations. For those concerned with the alcohol content, a child or small pet dose of 3 drops once a day delivers 0.001 ounces of alcohol. THIS IS EXTREMELY LOW. One six-ounce glass of wine delivers 660 times the amount of alcohol as a 3-drop dose of NEWTON complex. If there are still concerns, the dose may be placed in a small amount (approx. 1 tbsp.) of warm water, and the alcohol will evaporate within 10 minutes. NEWTON pellets do not contain alcohol and are offered as an alcohol-free alternative. Although pellets are not available in the Pets line and some other complexes, related complexes in the Adult and Kids line may be used.
Homeopathy is not dispensed according to weight or size in humans. A NEWTON standard adult dose is 6 drops or pellets. A standard child’s dose is 3 drops or pellets. Other manufacturers’ standard dosages are often more than double the NEWTON dosage. Animal dosage is based on weight due to the fact that there is so much variance in size between breeds and species. For instance, a small bird may weigh mere ounces, while a large horse may exceed a ton.
Since dosing animals can be challenging, the appropriate dosage amount of homeopathics can be added to their drinking water. If an animal exhibits a sensitivity to the smell of alcohol, add the appropriate dosage amount of homeopathics to a small amount of warm water, wait a few minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate, then add the warm water to their drinking water. Plastic droppers and/or sprayer tops may be ordered to replace glass droppers. Metal bowls or spoons may interfere with the homeopathics.
According to an excerpt from an article posted at National Center for Homeopathy entitled Homeopathic Prophylaxis? Tantalizing question, surprising answer: “Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathy's founder, initiated the use of homeopathic remedies to protect people from epidemic diseases. He recorded dealing with epidemics of scarlet fever and then Asian cholera. In both instances, once he had determined the remedy that best matched the symptoms of the epidemic, he gave a dose of it to the patients' families. In this way, he effectively prevented the manifestation of those diseases in others at high risk. For scarlet fever, the remedy was Belladonna, and for Asian cholera it was Cuprum metallicum. We note two important concepts in Hahnemann's prophylactic use of homeopathic remedies: 1) the remedies were the epidemic simillimum (the curative remedy for the epidemic, often referred to as the “genus epidemicus”), not nosodes (remedies made from diseased matter); nosodes had not yet been developed; 2) Hahnemann was not “vaccinating” the general population, but treating people who had already been exposed. Referring to the cholera epidemic, Hahnemann specifically states (Lesser Writings, “Cure and Prevention of Asian Cholera,” p. 755): The above preparation of copper, together with good and moderate diet and proper attention to cleanliness, is the most certain preventive and productive remedy; those in health should take, once a week, a small globule of it (Cupr 30c) in the morning fasting, and not drink anything immediately afterward, but this should not be done until the cholera is in the locality itself, or in the neighborhood. Hahnemann taught and demonstrated that homeopathic remedies treat existing disease states in individuals; he was not attempting to prevent states that might possibly happen sometime in the future.”
NEWTON's manufacturing and distribution has been based in the State of Georgia since its inception. A NEWTON catchphrase is “We imported the homeopath, instead of the homeopathy.” Belgian-born founder, Luc Chaltin, epitomized a hands-on business approach during his lifetime as owner of NEWTON. That philosophy continues as NEWTON remains family-owned with hands-on participation by its principals. We do, however, import most of our raw materials and packaging components due to lack of American manufacturers of quality ingredients and components. Whenever possible, we utilize American distributors of imported items.