Homeopathy FAQs

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Classical Homeopathy

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Can I benefit from homeopathic treatment?
Just about anyone can benefit from Constitutional Homeopathic treatment as it helps to strengthen the immune system and bring a person into balance on all levels, body, mind and spirit.

For children, homeopathy is a gift which can set them on the path to a lifetime of good health. For adults, homeopathy can assist in the individual’s quest for self understanding and personal growth as well as with physical health.

In the practice, I have seen people with a wide variety of conditions benefit from homeopathic treatment. These include but are not limited to:

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Breastfeeding Problems
Chronic Abdominal Pain
Musculoskeletal Pain
Ear Infections
Failure to thrive or gain weight
Food Allergies
Gastro-esophageal Reflux
Headaches, including Migraines
Interstitial Cystitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
“Leaky gut”
Menopausal Symptoms
Menstrual Symptoms
Panic Attacks
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Premenstrual Syndrome
Sleep Problems
Tourette’s Syndrome

Please call if you would like to discuss your particular situation and what you might expect from treatment.

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What is Classical Homeopathy?
Classical homeopathy is a safe, effective system of natural medicine that is used by millions of people worldwide. It was developed over 200 years ago by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathy follows certain established principles of natural healing and has hundreds of years of homeopathic research (called “provings”). Recent controlled trials have also shown it to be effective for a number of conditions. Classical homeopathy is both scientifically validated and intuitively coherent.

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How does homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?
Homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like.” That is, if a substance can cause symptoms of disease in a healthy person, then it can cure a sick person suffering from similar symptoms. Homeopathy regards symptoms as the body’s attempt to restore itself to balance (or homeostasis). A homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms — rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. For example, Allium cepa, a homeopathic remedy prepared from onions is very effective for allergies when the symptoms include watery eyes and nose.

Homeopathy recognizes that each person manifests illness in a unique and slightly different way, so two people with the same illness will not necessarily receive the same treatment. A homeopath chooses a remedy that matches a person’s unique symptom profile — including physical, mental and emotional symptoms.

According to a second law of homeopathy, the medicines are given in extremely dilute amounts, just enough to stimulate a healing response without producing any side effects. The patient’s response is then observed and further treatment is prescribed, if needed.

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What happens at a homeopathic appointment?
The initial consultation is the longest. We explore all the details of your complaints including any patterns that have been observed. It’s also important to look at your past history and to understand how you react to various factors, including temperature, hunger, thirst, weather conditions, social environment, emotions and sleep. Details, no matter how small, are relevant. For example, we want to know not just that you have a headache but where it hurts, when it hurts, what it feels like, what affects it, etc. Based on all the information provided research is done to match the best remedy.

Follow-up appointments will be recommended periodically, usually every 4 to 6 weeks initially. These visits are important to assess your response to treatment, adjust the medication and assure that you continue to make good progress.  When beginning homeopathic treatment you should expect to commit to at least 3 to 6 months of regular visits in order to see best results.

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How are the medicines made?
Homeopathic remedies are made from a variety of natural substances including herbs, minerals and animal products such as milk and bee venom. In contrast to herbs and nutritional supplements, homeopathic medicines are regulated by the FDA and must be manufactured in specialized homeopathic pharmacies according to standard guidelines. Homeopathic medicines are free of side effects and easy to administer.

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Can homeopathy be safely used at the same time as other medications and treatments?
Yes. Homeopathic medicines do not interact with conventional medications and may be safely combined with prescription and/or over the counter medications as well as with herbs. Often, as a person’s health improves with homeopathic treatment, other medications may be reduced or eliminated.

Homeopathy often works well in combination with other therapies, for example, craniosacral therapy and special diets. In fact, other therapies may work better and more quickly when a person is under constitutional homeopathic treatment.

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Can I treat myself with homeopathic medicines?
Many acute self-limited conditions respond well to self-treatment with over-the-counter homeopathic medications. There are a number of excellent books available to the consumer. For chronic conditions, however, the help of someone trained in homeopathic medicine is necessary for best results. It is also important for people who are under constitutional care with a professional homeopath to check with their practitioner before taking any other homeopathic medicines.

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How do we know when treatment is completed?
Treatment is complete when the individual has good health with freedom on all levels, physical, emotional and mental. The length of treatment varies with the individual and the condition. The longer a condition has been present, the longer treatment will take. For more longstanding conditions treatment can take a year or more. Many people find that in addition to helping with physical, emotional and mental health, homeopathic treatment can be a tool to assist them in their ongoing quest for self-understanding and self-actualization.

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Discover more about homeopathy at the National Center for Homeopathy’s website.