1. What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a natural complete medical system that employs medicines derived from plants, minerals and animals. In extrememly small doses the remedies stimulates the body’s natural defense mechanism in response to the sickness. Homeopathy is based on the fundamental Law of Similars, which states that “Like cures like”. Homeopathic medicine rests upon a vast amount of empirically derived knowledge and prooved effective through over 200 years of successful clinical experience. The old literature is an abundant source of highly regarded scientific information on homeopathy and it’s application as a complete medical system in the treatment of diseases. The case taking is the art of interrogation conducted by a trained homeopath in a specific way in order to obtain all necessary information about the person and the totality of their physical, mental and emotional symptoms. The practitioner’s goal is to find the profile of a substance that given in it’s crude form to a healthy individual is capable of producing symptoms similar to those sought to be cured in a sick person. The advantage of homeopathic medicine is that those remedies are given in sufficiently low doses in order to avoid the risk of potential side effects, while at the same time promote a healing reaction by stimulating the body’s own natural immune response in combating the illness.
2. What conditions and diseases does homeopathy treat?
Homeopathic medicine is a complete medical system treating the individual as whole. It is applicable for a very wide range of physical, mental and emotional maladies. Homeopathy is extremely effective in both acute and chronic cases. The homeopathic medicine is aimed to bring quick relief of symptoms in acute cases of inflammation, trauma and injury and to address the underlying causes of illness in chronic conditions by resolving the state, which served as a soil for the chronic in the first place. There are several different approaches in homeopathy including acute, constitutional prescribing; organotherapy, lesional prescribing and homeoprophylaxis. Ask a qualified homeopath how they can help with your particular condition.
3. Are homeopathic medicines safe?
Yes. Homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle in their mode of action. They are derived from natural substances: plants, minerals and animals. There is a sufficient research on their toxicology and effectiveness. The homeopathic Materia Medica contains over 4,000 remedies. Homeopathic products are highly energetically potent substanes aiming to restore balance and health. For best results and long-term resolution of your health problem we recommend that you seek the professional advice of a qualified homoepath.
4. How long will it take to see results with homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an individualized approach and as such every case is different. The timeline of progress and improvement depends on the vitality of the individual, the nature and compexity of their illness, the causation, duration and the medical history of the patient (e.g. Acutes would repsond and resolve within the course of few days to several weeks, while chronics might take 4-6 months to experience positive results). Some people see dramatic improvement shortly after commencing the treatment, others – get better after a longer course of homeopathic care. There are no stricts rules and you are encouraged to ask your homeopath about the prognosis and anticipated timelines in your particular case.
5. Can homeopathic medicines be taken together with conventional medicines?
Yes. Homeopathic medicines can be taken together with conventional drugs. It is recommended that you consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner to ensure you receive professional advice and guidance when constructing individualized treatment plan. Homeopathic products are virtually unlikely to interefere with your conventional prescription, but the reverse is possible as some drugs are extrememly powerful and might cancel the action of the homeopathic remedy. Your homeopath will work with you to ensure your remedies are prescribed in the correct potency and dosage. It is possible to experience a minor aggravation of your symptoms, which is known as a healing crisis. Your homeopath will guide you through this process and assist you in managing and minimizing the discomfort during the course of your treatment. As the body gently restores balance it is expected that the patient will need less of their prescription medication and this can be addressed by asking their attending medical doctor to adjust the dosage. In many cases as the healing process succeeds the conventional drugs will eventually become unnecessary. Always consult with your family doctor before reducing or discontinuing your medication.
6. What is a healing crisis?
A healing crisis also known as a homeopathic aggravation is the initial intensification of the symptoms experienced by the patient when taking a remedy. It is transitory and lasts only a few days (2 to 4 days). It is considered a positive sign indicating that the chosen remedy is correct and it initiates a healing response in the body. It generally causes minor discomfort and should not interefere with your daily life. Make sure you inform your homeopath at the commencing of the aggravation to ensure proper case management (e.g., if they need to change your potency and/or dose or change the prescription if they deem necessary) and for further instructions.
7. Are homeopathic remedies safe for children, pregnant/nursing women and elderly patients?
Absolutely. Homeopathic reemdies are gentle and safe for use in pregnant/nursing mothers, infants, children and elderly patients. In fact, it is a great alternative to using conventional prescription drugs, which are generally not recommended due to their toxicity and possible side effects, especially in expecting mothers and children. Homeopathy is extremely helpful in treating the elderly and assist them in maintaining a fairly good quality of life, especially in more complex conditions and in cases of terminal illness.
8. Why not just treat myself and buy homeopathic remedies from my local health food store?
Homeopathic medicine is a very complex system and requires in-depth understanding and experience, therefore it is recommended that you seek the advice of qualified homeopath. In most cases more than one remedy is required in order to resolve a case.
Some people feel comfortable with self-prescribing for mild acute conditions. Ask your homeopath if they can offer a short course on self-care for acutes. This will provide you with invaluable information and a greater level of comfort with administering homeopathics for yourself and your family. Most health food stores carry a limited stock of remedies in widely available potecies (e.g. 30X, 30C and 200C), which can be limiting and might not produce the desired results. Always consult a homeopathic practitioner in order to ensure effective homeopathic care and successful results.
9. Is there anything specific I need to do during the course of my treatment to increase the effectiveness of my homeopathic prescription?
Homeopathy is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Chosing healthy, wholesome, clean and organic food will improve your general health and well-being. The acnients advise us that our food is our medicine. It can not be more true in today’s world, where we are facing with so many temptations and possible choices. A balanced diet and moderate exercise are essential for vitality and longevity. It is important that you inform your homeopath about the nature of your habits and lifestyle, which will help them better understand how your disease evolved and assist in choosing the right remedy for you.
10. How to handle, store and take homeopathic medicines?
There are certain general guidelines that apply to handling, storing and taking remedies.
Please do not eat or drink for about 15-20 minutes before or after taking your remedy.
Contamination: PLEASE AVOID TOUCHING THE DROPPER with your lips or tongue or fingers. If you are taking a dry dose, pour the pellets into the cap or a clean spoon rather than handling them with your fingers. When giving a remedy to an infant, you can put the drops on a clean spoon to dose or crush pellets in the corner of an envelope and use the powder.
Because of airport security machines, it is best not to carry a water potency when traveling. Dry pellets are far less sensitive to electromagnetic fields. If you will be traveling, we can provide you with your remedy in pellet form.
Coffee or Chamomile, Camphor, Tea Tree or Eucalyptus: All of these substances may interfere with the action of certain remedies. Please let your practitioner know if these are things you use often.