The principle of homeopathic remedies is known as the "Law of Similars" (or "Like cures like"). What this means is that substances that cause healthy people to get symptoms can cure diseases that have these symptoms.
In conventional medicine, the symptoms are considered to be a manifestation of the disease. The drugs are given to kill the bacteria causing the symptoms. Homeopathic medicine, on the other hand, see the symptoms as the body's attempt to heal itself. It's a positive sign that the body's defense mechanism is trying to fight the disease. It's part of the healing process and hence the symptoms should not be contained or suppressed.
That's why when you use homeopathic remedies, you may feel worse before you feel better. Unlike conventional medicines, homeopathy remedies act first on the emotional symptoms, before they cure the physical ones. In essence, it is the opposite of traditional medicines.
Here is an example to explain the principle of the Law of Similars: Let's assume you have developed a severe rash. Let's also assume you have taken a prescribed medication to dissipate the rash. Suddenly you experience side effects from this medication and research its ingredients. Now, let's assume once again that your spouse has a terrible cold. You find that the ingredients in the medication you took for the rash can get rid of a cold, provided it is prepared by a homeopathic professional and given in a small dose.
Furthermore, anyone who is using homeopathy to cure an illness should be aware that there are certain foods and drinks to avoid because they counteract the remedy's potency. For example, homeopathic practitioners advise not to drink caffeine or eat anything with mint as this can suppress the remedy and render it ineffective.
When you seek homeopathic remedies from practitioners or pharmacies, remember to ask questions about the remedy. For example: What foods or drinks should be avoided? A homeopathic professional should be able to give you detailed instructions on the use of the remedy and how it affects you according to the information you give them.
Thus, the reason you may feel worse after utilizing a homeopathic remedy may be because you are consuming other ingredients that are in direct conflict with the remedy itself.
Finally, with most prescribed medications, the doctor will tell you to continue to take the medication even though you are feeling fine. Conversely, with homeopathic remedies, the opposite is true. Once you are fine, stop the remedy. If the remedy doesn't help you, try another. You will feel better, but only after you feel worse.