Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from a consultation?
Expect to be listened to, that's the main thing. Appointment length is generous (2 hours for adult new intakes, 1.5 for children) so you have plenty of time to share your symptoms in full, health history, and any other relevant issues- physical, emotional, etc. I follow the patient's lead, while incorporating my own questions when appropriate. Some consultations finish up in half the time allotted, others take the full session, many in-between.
Appointments for children may be broken up into two segments- a short session with both parent and child/teen, and a second session with just the parent, if that's appropriate.
Many people find that the consultation itself is has a supportive, healing effect. There are few 'medical' encounters where listening is the priority, nothing is considered irrelevant, and the goal is not to diagnose and sell.
I take my time with each case to study in depth and with detail, to determine the best remedy to start with. Expect a remedy suggestion within 48 hours, or up to one-week for difficult cases.
Follow-ups are scheduled as needed, typically 15-30 minutes, depending on the progress. I do my utmost to keep care affordable, while being efficient and thorough. You are always welcome to schedule a longer appointment if you desire the space.
How is homeopathy different from other holistic modalities?
There are many wonderful healing modalities out there, each with its own strengths.
Homeopathy is unique in its breadth and depth. It's effective for acute, short acting conditions, many of which can be managed by the patient at home with guidance from the homeopath; there's no need to go to the office or visit in person to make adjustments. This is especially helpful for children, seniors, the house-bound and injured, etc.
No diagnosis required: homeopathy is symptom based. That is, what you are feeling directs the care. Remedies are recorded for the symptoms they produce and cure, not the *conditions.* We can determine remedies for conditions after the fact, so we do have clinical evidence and history of groups of remedies for certain conditions/diagnoses.
The benefit is that we can work with those cases that are sent home from the doctor because 'it's all in your head'
'there's nothing wrong with you'... which is so frustrating to someone who is in pain!
Other modalities can work with this to some extent, but homeopathy has a direct relationship to the patient's language and expression (because of the process of 'provings') which is unique to homeopathy.
As an energy based modality, homeopathy has the ability to scale in strength and potency, as well as address issues that are very physical in nature (aches and pains), emotional, spiritual, or even hereditary.
What are remedies made from?
Remedies are made from any type of natural source- plant, mineral, animal, fungus, bacteria, and viruses. Remedies are also created from man-made products, such as pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, chemicals.
Each remedy (I prescribe) is made from a *single source.* No hidden ingredients, no combinations. The beauty of the single remedy is that we can determine exactly what is helping (or not).
Remedies cannot be patented or proprietary, because they come from nature. Though there is some variation from pharmacy to pharmacy, remedies are reliably consistent both in quality and price from homeopathic pharmacies around the world.
Are there side-effects?
There are no side-effects like pharmaceutical drugs have side-effects. That is, you are not ingesting a material dose of a set of chemicals designed to change your body in a specific, pre-determined way. For example, anti-inflammatories go to work on targeted processes in your body to achieve a certain outcome. But you cannot metabolize something and isolate it from other systems, therefore 'side effects' may, and often DO occur. Some minor, many harmful.
Likewise, we cannot 'isolate' how you respond to a remedy. Your whole body responds. The difference is that a remedy is prescribed with your WHOLE BODY in mind. Not just your specific symptoms, but the general nature of yourself as well. In this way, the remedy is individualized to you, and so it's a better fit.
For over 200 years homeopaths have observed the response to remedies, and have found predictable patterns, such as a brief return of old symptoms, fleeting symptoms that are new- yet typically minor and mild- that pass off easily, and most often (with a good, well selected remedy) and host of beneficial effects such as better sleep, greater energy, clarity of mind, and a general sense of well-being. Oh- and a relief from that pesky back ache you came in for in the first place!!
Though your chief complaint is a priority, homeopathy seeks to shift the underlying cause of your symptoms. It is not sending in an army of chemical soldiers to suppress, kill, and alter your system. As an energetic stimulus, the remedy- selected on the healing power of 'like cures like'- will gently provoke your own healing capacity.
How long will it take?
Every case is different. Healing is often in proportion to how long one has had the condition. A new, not-very-serious symptom or set of symptoms will resolve faster than a deep-seated depression of many years.
A flu or recurring respiratory infection that typically would drag on for weeks may be resolved within days. Life-long asthma may improve upwards of 50, 75% within a few months. A good remedy will deliver perceptible results pretty quickly; it's the long-game, that is, sticking with it to full resolution, that takes time and patience.
Many factors will impact 'how long' it will take to achieve resolution- consistency with treatment, the complexity of the case, life stress and complications, history of suppression of the symptoms and use of medication.
Homeopathy is comprehensive, and seeks to address the whole person and to shift underlying causes. As such, sometimes 'minor' issues have roots in bigger causes, and so the healing process is longer- but deeper, and more effective- than one originally thought.
My intention is not to be vague, but honest. Every case is different, and so to make projections or promises would be mis-leading. Any suggestions I make are based on past experience, but I do not make assumptions about any case.
I've tried remedies before, they didn't work for me, but they do for my friend. Why?
It could be the 'wrong' remedy. With over 5000 proven remedies, typically only 25-50 are available in well-stocked health food stores. Though the remedies typically available are what we call 'polycrests,' have a long track record and are effective for many people, a stock of 50 remedies is only 1% of the possibilities.
Also, taking a remedy is different than taking an over the counter drug. When to repeat, how often, and determining a response- or not- takes some skill. My quarterly newsletter- 'Homeopathy Habit' - was created with the intention of sharing that crucial information and helping people develop the skills to use remedies more effectively.
Remedies can be less effective if taken inappropriately- right after or before eating or drinking, for example. For some sensitive people, coffee or other stimulants will interfere with their body's ability to sustain a response to the remedy.
Will the remedy interfere with my medication?
Remedies do not typically interfere with medication; conversely, medication is more likely to impact your system's ability to respond to the remedy. This doesn't mean that homeopathy and conventional medication cannot be taken concurrently, but it does require careful observation and management on my part, and a willingness on behalf of the patient to engage with their prescribing doctor about their homeopathic care, and for both to consider changing protocols with improvement.
Many who come to homeopathy also use other supportive modalities, such as massage or acupuncture, reiki, etc. The best course of action is not to start more than one approach at a time, so as to allow time for the body to respond to the treatment, as well as to allow a clear field of observation to assess the response.