Frequently Asked Questions
When should I use conventional medicine?
Q: What diseases can Homeopathy treat?
The short answer is that we don’t treat diseases, we treat the person. Meaning that Homeopathic treatment stimulates the body to heal itself. Homeopathy does not just get rid of your symptoms, it deals with why you have them.
Experience has shown that Homeopathy can be effective for many people with serious and chronic conditions, as well as common and acute illnesses. For a listing of the kinds of conditions we have treated in our practices, see Conditions.
Q: How does Homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?
- Treats your symptoms, not the underlying cause
- Brief office visits
- Medicines with side effects
- Routine treatment, not individual
- Treats the root cause of illness as well as your symptoms
- Safe, natural, energetic medicines
- Gives you the time you need to tell your story
- Individualized treatment
Q: What can I do to speed my recovery?
You can support your body’s ability to defend itself and heal by:
- Taking time to rest when you feel tired or ill
- Eating a healthy and varied diet
- Drinking water regularly
- Getting regular exercise
- Avoid substances that can stopthe action of a remedy
Avoid making major changes in lifestyle, routine, medications and supplements while we are evaluating the action of a remedy.
Avoid substances and situations that you know will trigger your particular conditions.
Q: Should I change my diet?
Eating a nutritious diet will support your healing process. We encourage you to make healthy food choices such as eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and eliminating foods with chemical additives, trans fats and high sugar content. You should also avoid substances that could interfere with the action of the remedy:
- Coffee: both regular and decaffeinated can antidote a remedy if you are very sensitive to it. If you drink coffee, discuss this with us.
- Caffeine: such as in teas, soft drinks and chocolate. Used in moderation is OK unless you are very sensitive to it.
- Herbal Teas: avoid those with menthol
- Alcohol: used in moderation is OK
Q: Can I take prescription medications?
Some conventional medicines interfere with the action of the homeopathic remedy so we will review your medications at the initial consultation and at each follow-up visit. Many people find they can reduce or eliminate some prescription medications once they are on a healing path with homeopathy, e.g., daily use of inhalers for asthma or topical skin creams. Do not stop prescription medications without discussing this with us and with your doctor. It is also important that you call us if you are considering taking any new medications.
Q: Can I take medication for pain or headaches?
While it’s best to let the body express any symptoms without interfering with them, sometimes in the beginning of treatment pain medication may be needed. If pain or headaches are a recurrent symptom, be sure to let us know in our initial interview so we can discuss how to address this.
Q: What should I do if I get a cold or the flu?
If an acute illness occurs, avoid taking any drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal or flower remedies or supplements as you might have done before. Call us first, especially if you are considering a doctor visit. An acute remedy may be called for to support healing and can often replace the need for antibiotics and other drugs. If you are using an LM remedy, discontinue the remedy and call us.
Q: Can I use Homeopathic medicines from the store?
Classical Homeopathy focuses on healing the deep imbalance in the person. Only one homeopathic remedy at a time is used, the one that matches the totality of the patient’s symptoms—physical, mental and emotional—which leads to deeper healing. Over-the-counter homeopathic medicines are aimed at a few symptoms and often include a combination of remedies. We prefer that our clients not self-prescribe unless we have agreed ahead of time. Remedy relationships are complex and what may seem innocuous could actually interfere with the healing process.
Q: Can I use herbal extracts or flower remedies?
Herbal extracts are safe to use but please let us know that you are using them, and do not change the amounts at the beginning of homeopathic treatment while we are evaluating the action of your remedy. Flower essences are energetic so are best not mixed with Homeopathy.
Q: Can I get acupuncture or chiropractic treatments?
Any therapies that are energetic are not advisable while using homeopathic treatment because they make it very difficult to read the response of the remedy. Therefore, we request that you suspend treatments such as acupuncture, Reiki and network chiropractic for six months. You may go for a massage or regular chiropractic adjustments. After a time you might find that adjustments are unnecessary because as balance is restored in the body, the skeleton also tends to fall into alignment.
Q: How long do I have to be under Homeopathic care?
This is very difficult to predict, as we are all individuals and respond differently to treatment. We ask for a six month commitment and that you recognize that natural healing is a process, not an overnight fix. As you return to health, we recommend that you update your constitutional remedy yearly.
Q: Is it just placebo effect?
Homeopathy’s effectiveness with infants, unconscious individuals and animals indicates that the remedy’s action cannot be attributed just to the placebo effect.
Q: When should I use conventional medicine?
There are conditions for which conventional medicine should be your first choice for treatment. Homeopathy can still complement these treatments to support the body’s healing efforts.
- When a situation is life-threatening or emergency treatment is needed, e.g., deep wounds requiring stitches, severe blows to the head or body, protruding broken bones, hemorrhaging, unconsciousness, severe flair ups of chronic conditions, etc.
- For diagnosis
- For conditions requiring surgical intervention
- For extreme pathologies that have resulted from the complete breakdown of the body’s healing mechanisms, e.g., deep and worsening infection, autoimmune disease, cancer, etc.
Homeopathy is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor and we recommend that you be under the care of a medical doctor at all times.