Frequently Asked Questions about Classical Homeopathy
What is Classical homeopathy?
Classical homeopathy is a distinct healing art and science that was developed in Germany by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). It is based on the law of similars “Like Cures Like”. The idea is that a substance in minute doses (the “remedy”) will cure the same symptom picture that it causes in high doses. The energy of the body is stimulated by the remedy to address the root cause of the “disease”, pushing it out of the body for good. Harmony is restored, allowing improved functioning and balance of mind/body/spirit.
How is homeopathy different than conventional medicine?
Conventional medicine tends to focus on each part of the body separately and views symptoms as problems that need to be eliminated. Drugs are prescribed for each individual symptom or disease. Symptoms may disappear but this often happens not because the individual is cured but because symptoms are suppressed – and the illness moves deeper inside the body. The individual as a whole is unfortunately not moving toward improved health and new, more serious symptoms and diseases may appear later. Homeopathy, on the other hand, views symptoms as signs that the individual is out of balance. Rather than suppress symptoms, the chosen remedy corrects the imbalance. To arrive at the appropriate remedy, the homeopath looks at each individual’s physical, mental and emotional characteristics and selects a remedy for the person, not one specific problem. Healing occurs at a deep level and addresses mental, emotional and physical issues.
Is homeopathy safe?
Homeopathy works with the body’s own healing ability, giving it a gentle push in the right direction. The remedies are safe. They are non-allergenic, non-toxic and do not interfere with prescription medications. They are prepared from plant, mineral and animal substances by homeopathic pharmacies under strict FDA guidelines. Remedies are prepared using a series of dilutions and are succussed (vigorously agitated by shaking) after each dilution. When the process is complete, the original substance of the remedy is so tiny that often no atom or molecule remains. With homeopathy it is actually the energy of the substance that provides the healing effect, not the substance itself and the remedies work on an energetic rather than a biochemical level. As the remedies are diluted and succussed, the energy of the substance increases while the physical properties decrease.
How are homeopathic remedies taken?
Remedies are taken for short periods of time. It is important to follow the dosing directions that your practitioner gives you. You may be instructed to take the remedy one time only or perhaps once a day depending on your situation and various factors like whether or not you take conventional medications and the specific prescriptions.
What is an appointment like?
During your initial appointment which is up to 2 hours long, you will discuss your health concerns and symptoms. Judy is most interested in how you experience your complaints rather than the diagnosis and will ask such things as what brings them on and what makes you feel better or worse (other than medication). Judy will ask about your medical history and about symptoms throughout the body. You will also be asked about subjects like emotions, fears, major life events and your reactions to them, likes and dislikes, sleep and food cravings. It may seem like an odd collection of topics but it all helps to form a complete picture of you and the remedy that’s called for.
What happens after the initial consultation?
After your first appointment, Judy will carefully work up a case analysis and determine the remedy that best fits your unique combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics. Then you will receive a remedy recommendation and instructions on where to purchase it and how to take it. Once you have taken or started to take the remedy, be sure to get back in touch to schedule a follow up appointment.
In what situations can homeopathy help?
Homeopathy has helped many people with a wide range of symptoms, both chronic and acute. Examples of chronic complaints include migraine headaches, digestive problems, sleep problems, anxiety, recurring infections, PMS, peri-menopause/menopause symptoms and chronic pain. Homeopathy can also help people recover more quickly from acute conditions like the flu, bronchitis or a sports injury. The disease diagnosis is not very important because homeopathy treats the individual not the disease. As such, homeopathy can help even when there is no clear diagnosis. And sometimes it can help an individual when conventional medical treatment has not produced results.
How long will it take to heal?
The amount of time it takes to completely heal varies from person to person. If the selected remedy is correct, positive changes will begin within a month. One of the premises of homeopathy is that healing moves from the deepest core of an individual to the exterior. Mental/emotional symptoms are considered deeper than most physical symptoms so you may notice improvements at the mental/emotional level first. Your general well being should improve and you may have more energy or feel calmer. Acute physical conditions often improve within a few days while long-standing chronic conditions may take some time. Everyone is different.
How many appointments are necessary?
The first follow up is four to six weeks after the initial consultation. After that, appointments are generally recommended every six weeks to three months until symptoms and issues are well under control. If the person has a long history of illness or many complaints, it may take repeated doses or a higher potency over a period of time or even a change of remedy to achieve the desired results. But improvements are experienced along the way.
Does insurance cover homeopathy?
Insurance generally does not cover homeopathy. You are responsible for payment at the time of the appointment. A few plans will reimburse for the appointments and an invoice marked paid can be sent to you to submit to your insurance company. Flexible spending accounts can sometimes be used if you have one.
What forms of payment do you accept?
You may pay with cash, a check, PayPal or Google Wallet.