Globuli - what makes the little pellets so popular?

The so-called globules belong to the homeopathic medicines. Many doctors and alternative practitioners prescribe the white globules precisely because they bring a very gentle mode of action. For this reason, they are also equally popular with patients. In addition, the ingredients are based on natural ingredients. The globules from DHU are also both lactose- and gluten-free. This is especially beneficial for allergy sufferers or patients with a diagnosed intolerance.

What are globules?

But what exactly is behind the medical globules? First of all, the term globuli is derived from the Latin word "globulus". This simply means "globule". Globules have a white color and are very small. Their main component is sucrose, i.e. sugar. Depending on the effect, the sucrose is then equipped with a so-called homeopathically potentized active ingredient or even a complex of active ingredients. There is a large number of active substances that can be used in the preparation. The majority of these substances are of herbal nature. In addition, there are also active ingredients that have a mineral content or are of animal origin.

The production

The processing to a globule is subject to a strictly controlled regulation, the HAB or Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia. In the production of the drug, the 10th regulation of the HAB applies, which says something about the composition or the mixing ratio of a globule. Accordingly, 1 percent of the dilution may be used for 100 globules. The liquid dilution contains the desired potency. At the same time, this potency must have a minimum alcohol content of 60 %. This is followed by impregnation. For this purpose, a coating kettle is used, into which the globules together with the potency are placed. A rotation starts, so that by means of a precise application process all globules are equally provided with the active substance. Overall, the globules can be produced in different sizes. The usual size is 3, in which the common C and D potencies are applied. A globule has an average weight of 8 mg and a diameter of about 2 mm. Globules are only one way of applying a dilution. In addition, there are other forms of administration of a liquid nature, tablets or preparations for targeted external use such as creams, ointments or tinctures.

The effect of globules

Homeopathy has its own theories on how people can be healed and how diseases can best be fought. The main focus is on the self-healing powers. Homeopathy also recognizes that each patient is an individual with personal needs. For this reason, the treatment not only considers the clinical picture and its symptoms, but also includes the personality with its traits and life circumstances. This assessment is done by a non-medical practitioner or also a doctor practicing homeopathy. The principle of homeopathy was founded by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. From his mouth comes the thesis "Simila similibus curentur", which translated means "Let similar things be cured by similar things". According to his theory, substances that produce certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure a similar symptom in a sick patient.

The potencies in homeopathy

Potentization is a central area of homeopathy. Under this is understood the preparation of a drug by dilution and shaking. This procedure produces a different result than would be the case with a pure dilution. The difference lies mainly in the step-by-step procedure. One particular potency can be achieved per step or stage. The most common potencies are C and D. D is the abbreviation for decimal and C for centesimal. The D potency has a dilution ratio of 1:10. The C potency, on the other hand, has a mixing ratio of 1:100. Homeopathic medicines used for self-medication should always be taken in a low potency. Here, the D6 and D12 potencies are recommended above all. Inquiries about suitable potencies can be made to the attending physician, non-medical practitioner or also the pharmacist.

The complex remedy vs. single remedy

These two forms are part of homeopathy. A single remedy is a medicine that has only one active ingredient. A complex remedy, on the other hand, contains the same several active ingredients, but at least two. Both forms of administration are suitable for self-medication.


In order for globules to develop their effect in the best possible way, they should be taken either 30 minutes before or after eating. It should be noted that the active ingredients already enter the organism in the oral cavity through the oral mucosa. Therefore, it is recommended not to swallow the globules like a tablet, but to let them slowly melt in the mouth. Care should be taken not to come into direct contact with essential oils. This applies especially to chamomile, peppermint or camphor. You should therefore wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth. Beverages containing caffeine also have a counterproductive effect and should not be drunk immediately. These include not only coffee and tea, but also soft drinks.

Gobuli are not miracle cures

Basically, you should be aware that the effects of globules are limited and should always be weighed with regard to the disease and symptoms. Especially everyday ailments can be well managed with globules. In addition, the globules can also be used as a complementary remedy without any problems.

Pregnancy and lactation

Overall, the number of side effects under the intake of globules is rather limited. The globules are considered to be very well tolerated. Nevertheless, pregnant women and nursing mothers should contact their doctor before taking the medicine and clarify whether the intake can be done without hesitation. The same applies if there is a desire to treat a newborn or baby with globules. Here, in addition to the doctor, pharmacist or alternative practitioner, the midwife can also help. In addition, you should always take a look at the package insert.

Globules and diabetes mellitus

The question of tolerability is obvious, since the globules consist mainly of sugar. However, if the values are transferred into bread units, it becomes clear that globules are harmless for diabetics. This is illustrated by the following calculation:

1 bread unit (BE) corresponds to 12 g carbohydrates
1 globule has 0.00069 BE and at the same time 0.0082 g carbohydrates at 0.034 kcal. To reach 1 bread unit, a quantity of 1,450 globules would have to be consumed.

Basically, however, one should always consider the individual reaction of the body. If unusual signs and symptoms become apparent, the doctor should be consulted. This is especially true if the symptoms are very pronounced or have lasted for some time. Even if the desired effect does not occur or the symptoms even worsen, the doctor should be asked for advice.

Small digression

The term "homeopathy" is a protected word. In Germany alone, over 7,000 doctors practice under the addition of homeopathy. However, one may not simply add this addition. In advance, special training and an examination by the State Medical Association are required. This examines the practical and theoretical skills of the doctor. Without this training, no homeopathic treatment may be carried out. In addition, it is necessary that both a completed medical degree can be shown and further still a specialist training was passed.