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 studied homeopathy in depth. They have had some training in anatomy and physiology and are generally knowledgeable about other methods of healing. They do not normally do physical examinations or run tests.
Naturopaths have had some training in a variety of natural healing methods including acupuncture, Western and Chinese herbs, Bowen technique, nutrition, supplementation, and homeopathy. Naturopaths have also had extensive training in anatomy and physiology. They perform physical examinations and do lab tests.
Homeopaths normally use only homeopathy, seeing it as a complete system which works best on its own. They generally use only one remedy at a time (sometimes called " Classical Homeopathy").
Naturopaths combine a variety of the above techniques in their treatment.
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 very happy to and do 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, psychotherapists and others 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. I just had a cup of coffee. 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.