Although the principle of “like cures like” is well established clinically, and philosophically fits within the naturopathic paradigm, the increased efficacy of extremely dilute substances has been less well described. There do exist a few research papers which demonstrate the increased efficacy of diluted and shaken solutions, such as “Thermodynamics of Extremely Diluted Aqueous Solutions” (Elia and Niccoli) and “The Structure of Liquid Water; Novel Insights from Materials Research; Potential Relevance to Homeopathy” (Roy et al). These papers imply that water itself can take on different organizational structures, and perhaps this is the mechanism of energetic imprinting in homeopathy. But the process may very well be quantum mechanical in nature – which is an easy way to say, we don’t really know how it works!
The goal is that homeopathic treatments required with the right remedy will be fewer and farther between until health is restored. In practice, however, it is more often the case that each remedy represents only a layer in the clinical picture. We continue treating with a particular remedy as long as you react and react positively to the remedy. Once you no longer react or once symptoms begin to change, it may become necessary to switch remedies.
I incorporate homeopathic treatment within broader naturopathic protocols, based on labs when necessary or clinical presentation when that is sufficient. Your protocol will most likely include diet and lifestyle changes, and perhaps also nutritional supplements, home remedies and treatments, botanical medicines, and occasionally prescription medications when necessary.