Hi folks, today we are going to discuss an interesting topic that is the expiry date of homeopathic medicines. It’s one of the most controversial topics and we want you to get a clear picture of that. Do they have an expiry date or not, if they survive forever then why there is a need for an expiry date in each and every bottle?
The assignment of an expiry date to homoeopathic medicines is a major concern for pharmacists and practitioners of homoeopathy. As homoeopathy claims that their medicines can never expire as they say their medicines are dynamic.
There is no rational foundation or scientific justification for allocating a short expiry time to homoeopathic medicines, as some nations do, especially since certain studies have found homoeopathic treatments to remain effective even after 25 years. Homoeopathic ultra-dilutions appear to have a non-material activity that is sustained throughout time, and because these have different chemical characteristics than the original beginning material, they probably have longer actions than conventional medications. Regulators should recognize this trait and distinguish the expiration of homoeopathic medical goods from that of pharmaceuticals. (Source)
If they can survive up to 25 years then “Why is there is expiry on the Homeopathic Medicine?” actually, they say that the vehicle/substrate/base they used to make their dynamic medicines has an expiration date which leads the whole mixture to expire mainly they use alcohol and water as their vehicle/substrate/base.
What do Governments / Regulating Bodies of the different nations say about the expiry date of homoeopathic medicines?
Indian medication/drug regulations for homoeopathy do not now require expiry dates for remedies, but all goods will eventually have their expiry dates. Because homoeopathic medicines are created from natural components, they will remain useful for many years if maintained properly, i.e. in a normal, cool, and dry environment away from fumes and strong odours. Because the drug may evaporate after being distributed in sugar globules, it may not remain effective for an extended period of time. In India, all homoeopathic products (except dilution) and back potencies have 5 years of expiry.
In Brazil, the 5-year expiry period applies exclusively to completed homoeopathic products, potencies used in manufacturing are exempt from the given expiry date.
That’s all, now if you are not sure about the globules-based medicine that you got from a homoeopathic doctor. Generally, due to a lot of work the doctor never put the label on which date it was dispensed sadly, the doctor should have to label it but what can we do?
So here is a small trick for you, if you don’t have a clue what to then just take out one of the globules in the cap and check the colour if it’s yellow then just don’t use it, talk with your doctor. If it’s white then it is quite normal.
(Kindly note: if you are not sure about any medicine don’t take it randomly always consult your homoeopathic physician first.)