* What is the difference between a Homeopath and a Naturopath?
* What training has a Registered Homeopath received?
* Who can use homeopathy?
* Can homeopathy cure any disease?
* What are homeopathic medicines made from?
* How do you take homeopathic medicine?
* Why shouldn't I touch the pellets?
* What should I expect in my first visit?
* What happens in follow-up visits?
* How long do I have to keep taking the medicine?
* I've heard that I shouldn't use mentholatum while under homeopathic treatment?
* What other things should I know while under homeopathic treatment?
* What about vaccinations?
What is the difference between a Homeopath and a Naturopath?
The term "naturopathy" means addressing health issues via natural means. Naturopaths are general practitioners of natural medicine. Depending on a patient’s health needs, a Naturopath may include homeopathy in an individualized treatment plan, but it is only one of many treatment methods. Homeopaths are trained solely in homeopathy and their education involves intense training in homeopathic medicine only.
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What should I expect in my first visit?
First Visit: When you book your first appointment, you will be given/sent an intake form to fill out and bring with you to the first visit. You can expect your first visit to last approximately 2-3+ hours. During this time, we will discuss your health history, current health concerns and lifestyle in detail. You will be asked all kinds of questions - some that may seem strange - but it's all part and parcel of getting to know you and what makes you the unique individual that you are. It's imperative to be as thorough as possible so that we have all the information needed to choose the medicine that best matches your "total symptom picture". We will discuss the strategy for your addressing your condition as well as next steps. Your homeopathic prescription will be ready for pickup within 48 hours. You'll be asked to pay attention to any symptoms that change - better/worse, as well as anything that is a "new" symptom or one which you haven't experienced in awhile. This helps us determine how the healing is progressing as well as can be an indicator when we need to change the medicine, change the dose or change the frequency of dosing.
Why shouldn't I touch the pellets?
The pellets are made of milk sugar with the medicine on the outer surface, so it is preferable that you do not handle the pellets. It's possible that the oil from your fingers may interfere with the medicine on the pellets thus affecting the efficacy of the medicine.
What are homeopathic medicines made from?
Homeopathic medicines are made from plants, minerals and organic substances – which are prepared in a unique way to heighten their healing properties while at the same time are highly diluted to remove any possible negative side effects. They never lose their potency or efficacy because they are made from all natural components and are not combined with any unnatural substances that can cause unpredictable side effects.
Who can use Homeopathy?
Everyone...including animals! It's safe during pregnancy, safe for infants and children, well-suited for the elderly and even for people with serious, chronic or life-threatening diseases. Homeopathic medicines will not interfere with any medication that you are currently taking and is free from unwanted side effects. Homeopathy ignites the body to do it's job!
How long do I have to keep taking the medicine?
Homeopathic medicine differs from conventional medicine in that you don't keep taking the medicine forever. You only take it until the body is doing the healing and then we back off. The medicine will be repeated or changed when the healing begins to slow down or stops completely. The length of time depends very much upon your condition and how long you've had the condition. A very slowly developing complaint will not disappear overnight, but other complaints can go quite quickly. For example, an individual who has been suffering from IBS or eczema for 10 years will experience healing in a slow and gradual progression, in contrast to a child with an ear infection or an adult with acid reflux - who may experience results in just a couple of days. Generally, we expect to see a reaction within 2-4 weeks. We encourage you to be patient! Remember, we're addressing the cause NOT masking the symptoms. Every case is different, just as no two people are alike.
What happens in follow-up visits?
Your follow-up visits are critical in order to ensure you get the most out of your homeopathic treatment. The number of follow-up visits will vary depending on the condition, but in the beginning there should be at least 4 follow-up visits scheduled between 2-4 weeks apart. This allows us to see how the body is responding to the medicine and adjust the medicine and/or dosing and/or frequency of dosing to get the maximum results.
NOTE: Consistency is extremely important at the beginning of treatment. You want your treatment to be successful, so consistent follow-ups are the way to achieve good results. Those who continue with their homeopathic treatment consistently get the best results.
How do you take homeopathic medicine?
Make sure you always read the prescription instructions carefully to find out how many doses of the medicine you are to take and when. Homeopathic medicines are typically dispensed in either dry pellet or liquid form. Take your remedy 15-20 minutes away from food or drink or brushing your teeth (before and after).
In pellet form, a single dose is usually two pellets. From a vial, shake a dose into the cap and drop the pellets directly into your mouth. From an envelope, use a spoon to remove the 2 pellets.
Allow the medicine to dissolve under the tongue. Do not chew or swallow. The medicine is absorbed through the mucus of your mouth
In liquid form, you will follow the dispensing instructions since it can differ. Always use clean water and a clean spoon when taking the medicines.
Can Homeopathy cure disease?
Homeopathic medicine can offer relief in many stages of illness from acute trauma (i.e. sprained wrist) to childbirth to long-term, chronic conditions. There are, however, limitations to cure. For example, in certain progressive pathologies such as ALS or severe heart disease, homeopathy may provide some relief or even slow down the progression but diseases which are "end stage" or involving advanced structural changes may only be palliated.
What training has a Registered Homeopath received?
A Professional Homeopath has completed a 3-4 year intensive training program at an accredited Homeopathic College. This program covers anatomy and physiology, pathology, nutrition, physical examination, intense advanced homeopathic studies, extensive clinic hours and research/project work. Yearly continued education is mandatory.
What about vaccination?
The subject of vaccination is a very personal one. My recommendation would always be to become well informed in both the pros and cons of vaccinations by discussing this subject with your family physician. Then you can make the best decision for you and your family.
Should you decide not to vaccinate, there is an "Immunization Exemption Form" that you must sign and submit to your regional health office. Service Canada should be able to tell you where to send/take the form. Click on the RED button above for a copy of the form.
I am here to support you and your family whether you decide to vaccinate or not.
Remember that vaccination is YOUR CHOICE but always discuss with your family physician.
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I've heard that I shouldn't use mentholatum while under homeopathic treatment? What other things should I know?
This is true! There are certain substances which we have found can interfere with homeopathic medicine - in fact, can antidote the treatment. Substances such as camphor, Vick's Vaporub, eucalyptus, tiger balm, tea tree oil, oil of oregano - just to name a few - can interfere with treatment. Also, it's important to discuss other therapies with your homeopath because they too may interfere. Since homeopathy is considered an "energetic medicine", it's important to discuss other treatments that you may also be doing such as Reiki or Acupuncture.
It's also recommended that you let your homeopath know if you will be having any x-rays or dental procedures while under treatment.