Q: What is the difference between a Homeopath and a Naturopath?
A: Homeopath’s will concentrate their years of study on one system of alternative medicine, that has been used worldwide for over 200 years. Naturopaths study many natural therapies, which include herbal medicine, nutrition, massage, iridology, acupuncture, etc. and include homeopathy.
Naturopaths utilize many different treatments and modalities including homeopathy, and the homeopathy will solely focus upon the use of remedies with the focus of treating each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability.
Q: Who can benefit from homeopathy?
A: Anyone can benefit from homeopathy, since its remedies work with your immune system to help restore balance and health. Many people seek homeopathy after unsuccessful treatment from traditional methods. Examples of conditions that can be alleviated through homeopathy; Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic fatigue, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorder, Fibromyalgia, Grief, Influenza, Injures, Migraine and Tension Headaches, Respiratory Aliments, Skin Problems, PMS, Menopause, just to name a few.
Q: What can you expect on your initial visit?
A: Initial consult will be approximately 2 hours. During this time, you will describe your chief complaints and talk about all aspects of your physical, mental and emotional health. I may ask questions to help me better understand your unique perspective and personal experiences. The more information you provide will better help me choose the best matching remedy, so it’s important that you answer all questions as accurately and complete as possible. The better the information, the better the prescription and the better the results.
I will then work on your case over the next few days to a week, at which time you can pick up your chosen remedy.
During the time you are taking the remedy, regular follow up visits are strongly recommended to give me an idea how things are progressing.
Even when you are doing well or continuing to make progress, it is important to keep your follow up appointments.
The follow up appointments (varying intervals or as needed but usually go anywhere from 3-6 weeks and are usually much shorter in duration; they will help nurture the healing process by keeping me up to date and help assess whether the remedy requires tweaking or a change all together.
Q: When can I expect to see results?
A: Typically you will see a shift in you energy, mood and sleep soon after taking the homeopathic remedy. However since everyone is different, you may not notice a shift in your health or overall wellbeing till after the first few weeks of taking the remedy. You must also take into consideration that the longer you have been unwell the longer it will to get yourself back to a total state of wellbeing.
Q: Is homeopathy a regulated health profession?
A: As of April 1, 2015, Ontario became the first province to regulate Homeopathic Medicine. Homeopathy is now part of the regulated health professionals act. Which means in order to practice homeopathy you must be a registered member of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario. Regulation will help to ensure that you are receiving the same standards of care that you would expect from conventional medical practitioners.
Q: Is homeopathy covered by OHIP or extend health care insurance plans?
A: OHIP does not cover homeopathic treatment. Some extended health care plans include homeopathic medicine as part of their coverage. If your insurance provider does not cover homeopathic care, you can contact them or send a letter to request coverage.