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What to Expect and What to Ask / How Do I Choose A Homeopathic Provider?

What to Expect? What to Ask?

Since disease prevention is the best health insurance your money will buy, it is wisest to consult an experienced and well-trained Classical Homeopath. Choosing homeopathy as your first choice in health care, along with receiving nutrition and lifestyle guidelines, gives your system a chance to heal and strengthen before having to resort to surgery, drug or herbal therapies. Classical Homeopathy, at its origins, integrates public health prevention strategies to help you overcome deep tendencies toward illness or disease. As soon as you start feeling better, maintain optimal levels of health over time by continuing to use homeopathy as needed.

I serve adults and children alike, including entire families who seek my help at various stages of illness or recovery, often in conjunction with more conventional health care, integrative and/or psychological care. My philosophy is to see your level of health improve by building up your energy so you don’t have to return as often. I have clients who have consulted with me throughout their childhoods and far into their adult years. We work over a period of time to moderate your “susceptibilities” or tendencies toward illness, ultimately building a stronger tomorrow for generations to come. We all undergo developmental challenges, children at an especially rapid pace. When they receive homeopathic care periodically, their individual tendencies towards illness diminish as their overall vitality and resilience to disease strengthens.

Homeopathic remedies are not “herbs”; they are derived from a much wider variety of substances from nature. There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies, derived mostly from the plant world, but also from minerals and the smallest percentage from the animal kingdom. Without using synthetic additives of any kind, a single substance is taken in its natural form and diluted beyond the thousand-fold until minute traces remain and then sold in liquid or pellet form. Watch how remedies are made at Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy in London here » The FDA has regulated the manufacture of homeopathic pharmacies in the U.S. since the 1800s. Due to their popularity, however, there is a trend by some opportunistic companies to include them incorrectly in over-the-counter products. Some practitioners without proper training misunderstand how they are properly made or used. They must be correctly prepared using traditional methods in homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies approach too many conditions to list here and some conditions that do not yet have a “diagnosis.” No single homeopathic remedy suits all cases of a given disease or diagnosis. The advantage is that homeopathic remedies address your uniqueness as a whole person. You take a remedy primarily indicated by your level of vitality, personal history, family genetics, individual pace of illness, NOT based on your biological disease symptoms alone. This is why when I am asked, it is impossible to answer such questions as, “What is the remedy you would use for migraines, or acid reflux, or asthma, or menopause, or hemorrhoids, or psoriasis, or foot fungus, or warts, etc.?” “What remedy is for autoimmune disorder, inflammation, high cholesterol, chronic back pains or vertigo?” “What is a good remedy for panic attacks, anorexia/bulimia, ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) or OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), etc.?” I always answer that there are several remedies for every condition, but only one remedy used at a time in the minimal possible dosage that matches the individual’s expression as a whole of that condition.

Most health concerns, physical or emotional, will respond well to a correctly chosen remedy. But investigating and choosing a single, best homeopathic remedy can often confuse the inexperienced home prescriber or health professional due to the advanced knowledge and research required. Remedy choices differ broadly and may change from time to time, depending upon your age, lifestyle, energy levels, past medical and family health history. My aim is to improve your resilience so as to reduce inflammation or fight infections. After remedy selections are made, they must be assessed from time to time. With your help, I monitor and adjust the remedy over time, depending on how you are coping with life’s stress and strain in body, mind and spirit. Once physical or emotional issues resolve, you need only return if your level of health declines for any reason.

Your first visit is about two hours; we study your entire health history in detail. I involve you in taking a current snapshot, against the background of your long term history, and how to solve your health problems better. We explore inherited and/or acquired origins of a current illness to their past, as well as their future outcomes, to help match the best indicated remedy to stimulate the optimal healing response at any given time of need. This approach primarily involves reducing, if not arresting, chronic or degenerative complaints, ultimately saving valuable time and money by preventing them from returning.

Follow-up visits are 6-8 weeks apart at first, as we spread them out when you are feeling better. They last at least 30-45 minutes, depending on how you are feeling and what sort of complaint you have. On return visits, you bring your list of health concerns and report any changes you have noted since the last remedy to help us locate the next indicated remedy. A slowly developing complaint or one of many years may not disappear right away but perceivable healing can begin within weeks. In acute or more urgent ailments, your progress can be very fast, often within hours or overnight.

Please schedule here for a FREE 15-minute phone consult so I can answer all your questions. I offer flexible office hours to work around busy schedules. Upon initial phone contact, I disclose in writing my policies and fees to orient you to our working relationship. I am often able to see you in my Cambridge office within two weeks. You bring your list of questions or health concerns to the first visit using my brief Health Profile. If you need a home visit, please ask. I have experience in and am comfortable in many settings.

Yes. Unlike medicines, herbs or vitamins, they do not metabolize in or tax your kidneys, liver or other biochemical processes of the body. Thus, a well-indicated remedy, taken in the correct dosages, actually balances and improves energy overall. Remedies help harmonize the energetic imbalances of the person as a whole while conventional or functional medicines; herbal and vitamin regimens intervene upon the biological mechanisms of the body. Homeopathy potentially stimulates your body to decrease its dependency on unnecessary medications or supplements. I require that all my clients have a primary physician who monitors changes in health status. When appropriate, I may refer you to other practitioners if your needs fall outside the scope of my expertise, or back to your primary physician or dentist to perform lab tests or other procedures, as needed. I encourage you to discuss these changes with your primary doctor or specialists.

Common sense exercise and optimal diet aimed at longevity, sound sleep and stress reduction are part of preventing illness and living in balance. We consistently review individualized health adjustments needed to help remove unsuspecting barriers to your unique health profile. I must evaluate the effects of potential environmental hazards on your health, past or present. I offer recommendations or referrals with a particular focus on reducing internal and external toxins, stress in the “emotional environment”, adding “food as medicine” as well as adopting “green” strategies.

To protect the homeopathic client, nationally accredited professional homeopaths practice under well-established standards of best practices. The Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) is a nationally accredited examination board for homeopathic professionals with the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) that qualifies practitioners and annually renews certification in classical homeopathy (CCH) in the U.S. and Canada. The Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA) promotes excellence in homeopathic education, clinical training, supervision and continuing education. Eligible candidates for the CHC certification exam must first complete several hundred hours of classroom and clinical training with an ACHENA approved institution.

My practice complies with the Code of Ethics and Client Bill of Rights set forth by the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) (Read them here) as well as the confidentiality provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Before our first visit, I also email or snail mail my office policies and fees for service (view my fees at the Schedule an Appointment page). It is your responsibility to read my New Harmony Health policies carefully before our first meeting. You have a right to expect and ask for full written disclosure before receiving homeopathy from any practitioner and/or from any service provider. Expect from providers full disclosure of training, degrees, certifications, licenses and experience, a summary of fees and services, and evaluation recommendations. Protect yourself from under-qualified providers who lack the knowledge and expertise you are paying for.

As long as conventional health care fails to emphasize prevention, holistic-minded “consumers” will continue to opt for alternatives in health care. The role of government is to protect the public from harmful products and practitioners, without bias toward a particular product or service that may be influenced by money or political gain. The role of the FDA is to protect the public from harm, which ought to leave freedom of choice in health service and/or the practitioner primarily up to the “consumer.” The National Health Freedom Coalition promotes the public’s right to choose as many alternative or conventional health care options as they deem fit without undue influence by BigPharma. The Complementary and Alternative Health Care Freedom Act protects you as a consumer by bringing holistic health care, including homeopathy, under guidelines set by each state health department. For homeopathic practice alone, this health freedom trend began in MN, CA and RI, and continues to expand into NV, NM, CO, AZ and LA. Search the National Health Freedom Coalition for more information.


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How Do I Choose A Homeopathic Provider?

DO YOUR RESEARCH. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Homeopaths differ greatly in training and experience. “Gut” feelings are very helpful during your search process. I suggest asking things like:

Describe your needs. Some homeopaths do not work with young adults, teenagers or children, for instance. You can get a good idea after a short phone call about the homeopath’s focus on age, lifestyle, or unique health concern they are familiar with and are willing to address with you.

Practitioners who spend 100% of their time practicing homeopathy are qualitatively very different than those who spend their time practicing in another field and only uses homeopathy from time to time. Homeopathy involves a lifetime of study. For my personal continuing education, I study with the same advanced practitioner over 40 hours each year. A practitioner who studies and works full-time is different than one who practices part-time hours. Practitioners may be practicing in another discipline, using other adjunct therapies or techniques apart from a sole emphasis on homeopathy. Your practitioner should focus at least 75% of their time and expertise on the practice of homeopathy.

Some practitioners use homeopathy as an adjunct therapy and primarily practice another discipline (i.e. conventional or functional medicine, nursing, acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, psychotherapy, or nursing) and therefore may have limited training or supervision in the discipline of homeopathy. Whether a medical doctor or not, you may want your practitioner to have a Certification in Classical Homeopathy (CCH) in good standing, or its educational equivalent. Professional homeopaths have more specialized or at least foundational training necessary for understanding and matching appropriate remedies. Search here to find out whether a CCH homeopath in your area is a professional in good standing at the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC). This means they have met the minimum standard of professional training and continuing education requirements, including the medical and scientific knowledge in homeopathy necessary to help you. Experience in the medical field is an asset, but a conventional medical degree or training is not required to become an accurate and knowledgeable homeopathic practitioner.

Especially if living in a remote location, few “homeopaths” have met minimum standards of professional practice. Expect to travel in some cases. The following organizations list homeopaths with various training and qualifications by state. Search for practitioners with an accredited certification in classical homeopathy (CCH professionals) at this credentialing organization: Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC).  Search for practitioners registered with this professional membership organization, with or without CHC certification: North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH). Search for practitioners of every type and background, some more qualified than others, at this consumer education organization. National Center for Homeopathy (NCH). 


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