I admit: I’m on the fence when it comes to choosing a side between single versus combination homeopathic remedies. I’ve had good luck using straight arnica on my bruises. But I’ve also dodged flu-like symptoms with Oscillococcinum, and I've soothed muscle pain with Traumeel.
On one hand, the combination remedies, which are meant to address multiple symptoms in one formula, make it simple for a person to saunter into a store and pick a solution to fit his or her needs—and this solution might even work for another family member who suffers some same and some different symptoms. Its broad brush stroke seemingly makes life easy, but with that convenience comes a potential downside: The ingredients in a combination could interfere with each other, according to some experts.
Single remedies (classical homeopathy), on the other hand, are more targeted. Yet, a person often has to see a homeopathic doctor to get the right recommendation for symptoms.
In my experience, both have their place and both can work. Can’t we all just get along?
In this video, Kristy Anderson, NMD, medical advisor bioregulatory medicine for Heel, compares single and combination homeopathic remedies. Heel is a homeopathic company that specializes in combination formulas.