What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a form of alternative health care that uses specially prepared remedies made from natural substances to stimulate your body’s natural healing intelligence and support your overall well-being.  The homeopath’s goal is to find the remedy whose curative qualities exactly match the total picture of your state -- physical, mental, and emotional -- so prescriptions are highly individualized. Two people who have an identical diagnosis from a conventional doctor might receive two very different remedies from a homeopath.  Another way to say this is that homeopathy treats the person, not the disease.


Remedy choices are based on the principle of “like cures like.”  An example is the remedy made from wild onion, which is used for allergic conditions with symptoms similar to those experienced by a person slicing onions: watery, burning eyes.  Because remedies are highly diluted, they do not produce negative side effects such as those a person can experience when using conventional drugs.


What conditions can homeopathy address?

Homeopathy is effective for almost any ailment, mental or physical, including conditions for which conventional medicine has few curative options, such as persistent skin conditions, allergies, arthritis, depression, and menopausal and menstrual difficulties.  Homeopathy is effective for both people and animals.


What can I expect if I seek homeopathic care?

Homeopathy understands health as freedom to experience the sensations and emotions of life in a state of mental clarity and to express our individual creativity, without becoming stuck in any one state or unduly susceptible to pain or illness. 


The initial homeopathic interview takes 2-3 hours for adults, less for children and animals. You are invited to speak about all areas of your life: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.  The totality of your state is what the homeopath tries to match with a remedy.  In other words, the interview focuses as much on you as a person and your experience of life as it does on any particular condition or illness.  Typically, a follow-up appointment of 60 minutes is scheduled 4-8 weeks after the initial interview, and regular follow-ups continue for at least 6 months.  Follow-up appointments, and, in some cases, initial appointments, can be done by phone or video call.


For acute illnesses such as flu, a remedy can bring relief within minutes or hours. For long-term health issues, healing is typically gradual, and multiple remedies may be needed, although some improvement is usually felt within the first few weeks after taking a remedy.

 
 


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