FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following questions are often asked before booking an appointment:
1) What is the difference between a naturopath and a homeopath?
Homeopaths have had extensive training solely in homeopathy. They have had some training in anatomy and physiology. They do not normally do physical examinations or run tests.
Naturopaths have had some training in a long list of natural healing methods including acupuncture, Western and Chinese herbs, Bowen technique, nutrition, supplementation, and homeopathy.
In naturopathic treatment several of these methods will normally be employed. Which treatments depend on the preference of the ND and on where they studied (their training varies from one college to another). Naturopaths have also had extensive training in anatomy and physiology. They perform physical examinations and do lab tests.
Most homeopaths consider homeopathy to be a full time and lifelong ongoing study. Some have had other training before or after becoming homeopaths (e.g. in holistic nutrition or in Bowen technique) and they may bring these additional skills to their practice. Likewise, some naturopathic physicians choose to become homeopaths. To do so for them requires more training. They may then choose to only use homeopathy in their practices, though they remain ND's.
My personal perspective is that homeopathy is a lifelong study that requires my full attention to practice most effectively. Therefore, while I am happy to discuss diet and lifestyle issues, I will refer patients who want or need more information to qualified holistic nutritionists and other such professionals. I also refer to osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, counselors, and psychotherapists when I consider my patients would benefit from those treatments, alongside homeopathy.
2) I've read online that remedies can be antidoted with coffee, peppermint, aromatherapy oils and other things. Have I ruined my remedy?
There is a wide difference of opinion within the homeopathic community about this question. My personal experience is that it is very hard to antidote a homeopathic remedy. I don't ask my patients to avoid any of these things.
On the other hand, I think that cutting back, if not cutting out, coffee is a great idea for your health. I find the more a person does what s/he can to be healthy certainly makes the remedy work better and last longer.
As much as is possible, making an effort to eat well, get enough sleep, exercise, and to avoid situations, things and people that stress you out and/or have a bad effect on you, the quicker and more effective your homeopathic treatment will be.