if you are new to homeopathy, it's common to have questions. we hope the answers below help.
WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy is based on the principle that the real cause of an infection is not a microorganism, but rather the set of conditions in a person’s body (or, their susceptibility) that provides an environment in which viruses and bacteria can survive and multiply. If you restore the natural ecology of the body with Homeopathy, the microorganisms will no longer be able to create the disease in your body.
Homeopathy uses natural substances that can cause symptoms in a healthy person to cure symptoms in a person who is ill.
This is the “Law of Similars,” which is the fundamental principle of Homeopathy. “Simila Similibus Curentur” or “Like Cures Like.” Homeopathic medicines strengthen the body’s own ability to fight the disease and restore the body to its balance.
Homeopathy not only eliminates the disease—it can bring a state of health, happiness and creativity to one’s life.
What is the medicine made from?
Homeopathic medicines, or remedies, are derived from plants, animals, and minerals found in the natural world. They are FDA approved and available over the counter, completely safe and effective.
Homeopathic remedies do not have side effects and are very cost effective. And, because of their curative action, you do not have to use them for a very long period of time.
Why choose Homeopathy over conventional medicine?
Homeopathy addresses the whole person and not just the superficial symptom. The first consultation with a Classical Homeopath will take you about 1.5 to 2 hours. Then, your remedy is chosen to fit your individual symptom picture and is totally specialized for you.
Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, affirmed that "the highest ideal of cure is to restore health rapidly, gently and permanently, in the shortest, surest and least harmful way."
How does it work?
Homeopathy stimulates your own immune system to cure itself. Homeopathic remedies enhance your immune system—in contrast to conventional medicines, which work against it.
Is Homeopathy safe?
Homeopathic medicines are FDA-approved and available over the counter. They are completely safe and non-addictive, with no side effects.
Who can be helped by Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is especially appreciated by people who have been disappointed with traditional medicine, either because of the great expense involved in the use of long-term prescriptions, the discomfort of side-effects, or the lack of substantial improvement in their condition. Homeopathy can treat the root cause of the ailment so it has a truly curative power. Also the method of case taking is very appealing to patients, because of the length of the interview and the caring disposition of the practitioner.
Do I have to change my diet in order to take a Homeopathic remedy?
We do not usually have to make a drastic change unless it's very necessary for treating your ailment.
How many sessions do you recommend?
We are all unique in who we are and how chronic our disease is. The length of the treatment is completely relevant to your needs. After administration of the correct remedy, your body determines the healing time. Follow-ups are absolutely necessary and the length of the treatment is completely individual.
How do you know how to treat me?
In order for me to treat you, I will have to find the “similimum” which means I need to match a remedy not only to your physical condition, but also to who you really are. We are all unique in every manner (our make-up, personality, hereditary tendencies, and background). Therefore we each need a different remedy to fit us and bring us to our optimum health. In order to find the remedy that matches you emotionally, mentally and physically, I will have to ask you a lot of questions and therefore the first appointment will be intense and lengthy. I will be interested to understand and know your perspective about the world, plus all the symptoms of your particular disease. After this in-depth interview, I will be able to recommend a remedy that matches you and your disease picture.
What diseases can be treated with Homeopathy?
Almost any disease can be treated with Homeopathy— physical, mental, and emotional. It also works to strengthen your immune system and works as a preventative.
Homeopathy can help heal:
- Emotional conditions such as depression (also chronic depressions resulting from childhood experiences), anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADD), obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), grief and phobias (childhood phobias and nightmares), children’s separation anxiety, destructiveness
- Asthma and respiratory conditions like recurrent cold and flu, strep throat, coughs, sinus infections, sore throat, ear infection
- All skin conditions, such as eczema, rashes, lichen planus, psoriasis, and children’s cradle cap
- Digestive problems like heartburn, upset stomach, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, joint pains, and chronic pain
- Migraine headaches and sinus headaches
- Insomnia and restlessness
- Hormonal issues like PMS or menopause
- Organ-related diseases like diseases of the liver, stomach, intestines and pancreas
Do I have to go off conventional drugs before I come to see you?
You do not have to go off any drugs until after we have started your treatment and you feel better enough that you would like to lower your medications. Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with conventional medications and in fact they can be complementary and help facilitate healing in any condition.
That said, more and more people are getting interested in treating themselves naturally and holistically, and do not feel comfortable with chemical drugs that may cause side effects.
Do I have to totally believe in Homeopathy?
All I need from my patients is to be open and be co-operative. I cannot do this work alone. I need the patient to be open to tell me who they are and what is ailing them. I do not need their complete faith. In fact most patients come to see a Homeopath somewhat skeptically and as their last resort due to the recommendation of a health practitioner, a friend or family member who believes in the effectiveness of Homeopathy. Even skeptical patients improve dramatically.
Could this be a placebo effect?
Homeopathy has been safely and effectively administered to infants, children and animals who do not have any pre-conceptions as to their efficacy. In fact it is the safest modality for infantile diseases. Also there is a vast use of Homeopathic remedies in veterinary care of horses, dogs and cats. The animals’ health improves without their having any concept that they were even sick!
do you have to be of a certain age to benefit?
People of all ages, from infants to elders, can be helped with Homeopathy because of its gentle and natural approach to healing. Homeopathy uses minute amounts of natural substances to enhance body’s immune response to cure itself. Therefore, it is the safest modality for any age group.
What else can Homeopathy do?
Since Homeopathy is truly a holistic modality and treats the whole person, usually by removing all the stumbling blocks (the old and new traumas which have shaped and molded our psyche), it has the ability to bring a person to their highest level of potential. Homeopathic treatment can provide significant emotional benefits, like having a better relationship with one’s family, or building a loving and fulfilling relationship with a partner, or manifesting an ideal romantic relationship. Homeopathy can also be a powerful modality in aiding one to succeed in achieving their ultimate goals.
Patients will not only rid themselves of a chronic or acute physical ailment; they feel healthier emotionally and mentally. For instance, some patients find that as their gastrointestinal ailments improve, their chronic sleeplessness and anxiety also will disappear.