08 Nov What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complete and comprehensive form of naturally sourced medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. In other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if taken in large amounts.
The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. Taking all of a person’s symptoms into account, a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own innate healing abilities.
Homeopathic medicines are safe to use and typically do not cause side-effects. When used appropriately, under the guidance of a qualified homeopath, they can be taken by people of all ages, including babies, children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
What Does Homeopathic Treatment Involve?
Homeopathic doctors work in the same way as conventional doctors. History taking, examination, and investigation are all important in establishing a diagnosis. However, as well as asking about your symptoms, a homeopathic doctor will be interested in you as an individual and the unique way in which your symptoms affect you.
The Homeopathic Consultation
Questions about your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality, sleep patterns, and medical history help the doctor to form a complete picture of you. This picture will be matched to the symptoms of your illness in order to prescribe a particular type and strength of homeopathic treatment.
Your first appointment may take approximately an hour, with follow-up appointments taking up to 30 minutes. This varies depending on the provider and the needs of the patient.
Preparing For Your Appointment
To get the most out of a consultation, it is helpful to make some notes beforehand and think through all the issues affecting your health. Some homeopathic providers ask new patients to complete a questionnaire before their first appointment. This is a helpful way of saving time and is to your advantage to do so if requested.
At the end of the consultation, your homeopathic doctor will give you a prescription and advise you on how often to take the medicine. Homeopathy is usually administered as a tablet or pill but is also available in liquid and powder form. You may be prescribed a homeopathic gel or cream for topical use as well.
When seeking to book a consultation with a Homeopath in Ontario, makes sure they are registered with the College of homeopaths. Look for the registration number following their name to verify that they have completed all the requirements to call themselves a homeopath here in Ontario. Although homeopathy is a safe treatment for most ailments, and homeopaths not registered with the college may have the knowledge to help you, it is best to confirm their accreditation before you call.
WellnessWrx refers to several registered homeopaths on their site, so this is a safe place to start when seeking out an established provider.
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Seth Feldman, MA, WellnessWrx Sage Copy Writer & PR Strategist