Hippocrates taught that like cures like, the main theory behind the action of homeopathic remedies. A properly chosen remedy will resonate with the body's efforts to return to balance, or homeostasis. One of the early masters of the practice of medicine, Aristotle, taught his students that “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” urging them to treat the patient, not the disease.
According to patient studies, or provings and the meticulous notes of Hahnemann, other early and modern day homeopaths, as well as millions of people over the past 200+ years, a well trained homeopath can often treat conditions, improve quality of life and even cure conditions for which there is no cure.
Many experienced homeopaths have first studied and practiced conventional "western medicine", then studied homeopathy for an additional few years (up to four or more). In order to practice homeopathy in the United States, a homeopath must pass a rigorous written licensing exam. As is the case with conventional medical doctors, not every homeopathic doctor is a "fit" for every patient. Find one who you feel is the most qualified. Additionally, there is nothing to stop you from asking questions about their expertise. Many people join homeopathy study groups, either locally or online. I encourage you to do so if you want to self-treat for minor health challenges such as minor stomach upsets, bruises, motion sickness, bee stings, etc.
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An initial consultation, or first visit, to a homeopath usually takes up to two or two-and-a-half hours and will most likely include, but may not be limited to, these questions:
1. What is your chief complaint (CC)?
2. When did this problem begin? What happened in your life around that time? What do u think caused it?
3. What aggravates the CC? (certain types of foods or weather,movement,light,noise,heat/cold, or anything else that you can think of )
4. At what time of the day or night is CC the worst ?specify an hour if you can
5. What symptoms can you identify the accompany the CC?
6. Which position do you dislike the most; sitting, standing, and lying?
7. Do you perspire a great deal? if so, when and where on the body >(feet,head,hair,armpits,etc)
8. What time of day tends to be a down time for u?
9. What do you worry about how do you deal with worries?
10. Do you tend to be neater and more fastidious than those around you, more casual?
11. Do you cry easily? in what situations
12. When you are upset, do you tend to tell a lot of people or keep it to yourself?
13. On what occasions do you feel despair?
14. In what circumstances do you feel jealous?
15. When and on what occasions do you feel frightened ?any fears ?(darkness. being alone,altitude,flying,elevators
16. What is the greatest grief’s that you have gone through your life? How did you react?
17. What are the greatest joys you have had in your life?
18. In what situations do you feel the blues, depressed, sad, and pessimistic?
19. What bothers you most in the other public ?how if at all, do u express
20. Do you have lack of self-confidence and poor sense of self worth?
21. Do you have any recurring dream? What is the dream?
22. What would you need to feel happy?
23. What do u do for work,(ideally, what would to you like to do )
24. If you had an expected week from work, and 1000 what would you do?
25. How do other people view you?
26. What would you like to change most about yourself?
27. How do you feel before, during and after meals? How do you feel if you go without a meal?
28. What would you most like to eat (if you did not have to consider calories, fat, anything you have read about the right way to eat)?
29. What foods do you dislike and refuse to eat?
30. How much do you drink in a day? Includes soda, juice, coffee, tea, milk, and alcoholic beverages as well as water .how much thirsty you feel?
31. What hours do you sleep? Do you tend to wake up at particular time? Why? What makes you restless or sleepy?
32. Do you do anything during sleep ?(speak,laugh,shrick,toss about, grind your teeth, snore)
33. How do you feel in the morning?
34. No. of pregnancies, no of children, no of miscarriages, no of abortions
35. At what age did your menses begin? If you have gone through menopause, at what age?
36. How frequently do they (or did they) come?
37. What about their duration, abundance, color, time of day when flow is greatest; any odor or clots?
38. How do you (did you) feel before, during and after menses?
39. What medications are you taking at present?
40. How frequently do you get colds and flu’s?
41. Have you had any childhood illness twice, or in a very severe form, or after puberty?
42. Have you had vacations since the standard childhood ones? Have you ever had an adverse or unusual reaction to vaccination?
43. Have you had any surgery? What and when?
44. Have you had at anytime (mention year); what therapy was given?
a) Warts: where? When? How treated?
b) Cysts: where? When? How treated?
c) Polyps: where? When? How treated?
d) Tumors: where? When? How treated?
45. Do you tend to have any discharges (nasal, vaginal, etc)? color, consistency:
a) Do you tend to need a smaller dose of medications than most other people?
b) Do you need fewer anesthesias than others, or have a hard time coming out of it?
c) Do you tend to react to vitamins and herbs and/or need hypoallergenic vitamins?
d) Are you sensitive to paint fumes, exhaust, dry cleaning fluid, fragrances, etc.?
47. Family history: mention diseases, causes and ages of deaths of father,mother,sisters,brothers and grandparents on both sides
48. What else would you like to tell me about yourself or your condition?
"Redefining Homeopathy - The Lessons of History",by Peter Morrell, can be read HERE
May 25, 2013
Learn about the difference between homeopathy vs naturopathy HERE
March 11, 2013
Information about the homeopathic treatment of radiation exposure can be found HERE
February 20, 2013
A great 5 minute explanation of homeopathy and how it works by Dr. Samet
December 10, 2012
Homeopathy is a BARGAIN! Read this very convincing article by Dr. Meyer HERE
December 5, 2012
An article (published in the National Journal of Homeopathy) discusses how strange, rare and peculiar symptoms can sometimes pinpoint a specific remedy that best suits the person. The article can be found HERE
December 4, 2012
The initial visit to a homeopath requires that you be detailed in your description of your symptoms, including the mental and physical ones. A very detailed outline of what the homeopath needs to know in order to better prescribe the best remedy can be found HERE
December 3, 2012
All about healing with homeopathy. Want to know more? Visit THIS site.
October 7, 2012
September 25, 2012
"A session begins by taking the patient's history in their own words. Then, the homeopath asks specific questions to understand what makes the symptoms better or worse, e.g. do the symptoms vary from time of day or season, rest or activity, temperature, bathing, position, perspiration, eating, thirst sleep, intercourse, external stimuli and emotions, etc. Also noted is the patient’s eye contact, body posture, breathing patterns, voice quality and expressions. A homeopathic doctor does not perform a physical examination per se, as does an allopathic doctor. Rather, he or she will talk with you and ask you questions that will lead to what is known as a "symptom picture."
Questions a homeopath may ask include:
● Family, social, occupational and past medical/surgical history including the results of any recently performed tests. A history of the use of medications and other therapeutic modalities is also sought.
● Generalities and characteristics of the patient as a whole, including food likes/dislikes, favorite weather, best/worst times of the day, type of skin and hair, their sleep patterns, degree of perspiration, type of appetite for food, drink or sex, favorite activities or hobbies.
● If the patient feels critical, unassertive, timid, angry, sensitive, etc. These questions are often the most difficult yet the most revealing. The homeopath does not put a value judgment on the patient's self-description. The descriptions give the homeopath an understanding of the patient's personal style or modus operandi within the context of the patient’s world as defined by the patient themselves.
● Questions about the patient's personality, how they behave at work, what kind of parent, child or spouse the patient is. How the patient copes with stress, their fears or worries. The client’s mental functioning e.g. memory, learning ability, retention, etc.
● Questions about PQRS symptoms (peculiar, queer, rare, strange symptoms) to individualize the patient e.g. nausea with hunger.
After analyzing the case and arriving at several probable remedies, the homeopath determines if the patient's problem is acute, chronic, an inherited illness or an illness due to suppressive effects of previous treatment. The homeopath then blends their natural science training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, etc. with their observation of the patient and their understanding of the patient's self description.
The selection of any homeopathic remedy is made on the TOTALITY of symptoms presented by the patient. The ART of homeopathy is in the capacity of the homeopath to process this information into a synthesis, a "remedy portrait" or gestalt, which corresponds most closely to the remedy likely to stimulate a healing response. The CHALLENGE of homeopathy, even in the treatment of apparently purely physical conditions, is to select a few probable remedies from thousands of possible remedies.
The GOAL of the homeopath is to REMOVE the symptoms AND eliminate the underlying CAUSE of the problem by stimulating the body’s natural curative powers. This is the reason for obtaining such a detailed analysis of the patient to understand the cause of the problem.
After a dose of the indicated remedy, the patient and homeopath must now wait. Depending on the patient, the nature of the problem and the potency of the remedy, a return visit is scheduled approximately a month later. While there have been miraculous homeopathic cures after just one dose of a remedy, most chronic cases take months or more. The process is highly individual.
Constantine Hering MD (1800-1880) was the "father” of American homeopathy. He observed and concluded that the curative process occurred in a specific "Direction of Cure”. From above downward, from the body center to the periphery, from more vital organ to less vital organ and in reverse order of the appearance of the original symptoms (reverse chronological order).
The patient's reaction can be: nothing, or an aggravation followed by nothing or an aggravation followed by improvement, or by simple, gradual, and gentle improvement. Old symptoms and even mental and psychological complexes may return briefly then be relieved or eliminated. As improvement occurs and as the remedy potency is increased the patient returns less frequently until they only need to come for treatment of new acute problems.
You will know you are getting better when you feel a greater sense of well being on all levels, not just the levels that bothered you when you came for treatment. Homeopathic care goes much deeper than most types of treatment. Changes in life long problems, both physical and emotional are reported by satisfied patients. Personal note: I am one of those satisfied patients - a homeopath saved my life when allopathic (more commonly known as "Western medicine") medicine failed, now almost 25 years ago.
Homeopathic treatment encourages the body to return to a natural state of balance and health. Like the missing pieces of a puzzle, homeopathic medicines help "fill-in" the gaps in the body to stimulate the body’s own healing potential and energies." Article SOURCE
More.... What is a homeopathic consultation like? Read another answer HERE.
October 6, 2012
A link to a patient questionnaire to complete before seeing your homeopath (from ABCHomeopathy.com on the internet) can be found HERE October 27, 2012
A very informative article entitled The Myths and Apprehensions About Homeopathy, by Dr. Neala Peake, can be seen HERE
October 12, 2012
September 25, 2012
article by Dana Ullman, MPH is lengthy, but one of the best. Bookmark his site. You will want to return, promise.
This article, also by Dana Ullman, MPH tells the reader about the notables in early America, including Abraham Lincoln, who were believers in homeopathy.
The 1918 Flu Epidemic and the role of homeopathy
The death rate was kept to a bare minimum in those people treated with homeopathy. Read the article HERE
The purpose of this blog is to offer informational material only. It is not meant to replace proper diagnosis, treatment, prevention or cure of any illness. People with serious conditions should consult with their licensed health care provider.