What is the cost of initial and follow up appointments?
The first appointment is quite extensive and will last around 2 hours. After the first appointment, I will spend several more hours studying the case and selecting the best-matched remedy. The initial appointment is $375 and follow-ups are $135. I never want lack of funds to be a barrier to treatment and do offer sliding scale fees based on need.
How long will treatment last?
A follow up appointment will be scheduled 4 weeks after a new remedy is taken. Sometimes more than one remedy will need to be tried before the perfect match is found. Once a person is experiencing the benefits of a remedy, follow up appointments will be scheduled less frequently. I recommend committing to a minimum of 6 months of treatment, though a year is more ideal.
What do I need to do to prepare for my initial appointment?
A thorough health history will be taken in your first appointment, so it may be helpful to talk with family members to recall what illnesses and injuries may have been experienced in your early life. The health history of your parents and even grandparents may be explored as well, so being familiar with the major diseases that have occurred in your family is also helpful.
How often will I take my remedy?
There are a variety of potencies or strengths of homeopathic remedies. The higher potencies will need to be taken less frequently than the lower potencies. After a single dose, remedies in higher potencies may not need to be repeated for a number of months, while other potencies may be taken every day.
Can I take homeopathy if I am on prescription medication?
Homeopathic remedies work on a different level of the body than pharmaceuticals, so there is very little need to worry about interactions between remedies and prescription drugs. However, you should always let your physician know you are using homeopathy, if you are on prescription medication. Sometimes, people are able to reduce the amount of medication they take after receiving homeopathic treatment, though this should always be done under the guidance of a physician. There are a few classes of pharmaceuticals that are known to block the action of remedies. The most common one is steroids. If you have been using cortico-steroids over a long period of time, homeopathy may not be the best treatment modality for you.
What is the difference between herbs and homeopathy?
Though often lumped into the same category, homeopathy and herbs work in very different ways. Herbs are much more similar to (though usually more gentle than) allopathic medicine. In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs are made from or based on plant compounds. Therefore, there is greater risk for herbs to interact with prescription medicine or even other herbs in harmful ways. Because homeopathy works on the energetic plane, there is much less risk for harmful side effects. Homeopathic remedies in themselves do not contain chemicals that act on body processes. Remedies are energetic and act on the energetic body, helping the vital force or Chi to come back into balance.
How should I store my homeopathic remedies?
Something that many people are not clear about is how to properly store homeopathic remedies. Because remedies are composed primarily of the energetic imprint of substances, they are susceptible to damage from heat, light, smells and radiation. Remedies can lose their effectiveness when they are stored in heat above 120 degrees, as in a hot car during the summer. Strong smells can also disrupt the energetic imprint of remedies, so often a medicine cabinet containing strong smelling items like Vick’s Vaporub or Tigerbalm or essential oils is not the best place for remedies to be stored. Another common way remedies can be inactivated is by being placed on top of the microwave in the kitchen, near a wi-fi device, or near a cell phone in a purse. All of these devices emit radioactive energy that can alter homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic remedies can retain their potency for many years when they are stored away from these energetically disruptive influences.