What are the consultations like?
Prescription does not occur on disease pictures but on symptoms particular to the individual. The whole person is taken into account on choosing suitable remedies. Therefore in the consultation you are not only asked about your presenting complaint but also about your life style, medical history, other complaints, your preferences and dislikes, sleep and general well-being, to name a few. The fertility intake lasts about 1,5-2 hours and follow-ups are 30-60 minutes. Other types of first consultations last 1-1,5h and follow-ups are usually 30-45min.
What are the remedies like?
Remedies are in the forms of tablets, little pillules or drops. Because the remedies are supposed to trigger a reaction from the body’s own healing ability and minimal intervention is used, you will likely not be prescribed to take remedies as often as you may be used to in orthodox medicine.
Remedies are prescribed on the idea that like cures like. Substances that produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure those symptoms in someone who is sick. A good example is Alium Cepa which is onion. When cutting up an onion, many people experience watering and burning eyes, a symptom that is also common for some hay fever sufferers. So you can imagine this is a remedy frequently prescribed for hay fever.
Where do I get the remedies?
Remedies will be ordered for you with Helios Pharmacy. The costs are covered n your fertility plan. For others: usually you will require anywhere between 1-4 bottles per prescription ( £4-5.00 a piece). If you prefer to order yourself, you can do so at the following pharmacies (e-mail me to request contact details):
- Helios Pharmacy, United Kingdom
- Ainsworth Pharmacy, United Kingdom
- Natural Health Supply, New Mexico, United States
- OHM Pharma, Texas, United States
- Similimum, New Zealand
- Hahneman apotheek, The Netherlands
How many consultations will I need?
I usually suggest to patients to allow at least 3 consultations for chronic conditions to evaluate the treatment. Some patients need only a few appointments while others need several years of treatment. In either case, regular homeopathic treatment is recommended even when patients feel well, to upkeep their level of health. Patients that want to boost their fertility I suggest a tailored plan that covers anywhere weten 3-6 cycles.
Generally consultations will take place on a monthly basis, but some conditions might require shorter or even longer periods between appointments. How many consultations a patient needs varies per person depending on:
- the severity of the symptoms
- how long the symptoms have been around
- how long drugs have been taken
Can I get in touch in between appointments?
Yes of course! Especially in the beginning it is important to be in touch a bit more so I can help you recognize remedy effects. I want you to feel supported throughout your treatment so if you fall ill with an acute (like an infection or a cold) I want you to get in touch as well as it may be a result of the homeopathic treatment and your body trying to throw stuff off. I can the also prescribe you remedies to help you get through it quicker. Although I never discourage antibiotics when you need them, homeopathic remedies can sometimes prevent you needing them so it is definitely worthwhile to get in touch first.
You can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you you are feeling very ill and need my help quickly, text or Whatsapp me on +31 6 4700 3966 or leave a voicemail. Please understand that on Sundays and Mondays I only respond if I see it is indeed urgent. If it is an emergency situation and/or you cannot get a hold of me, please seek appropriate medical attention and get in touch with me as soon as possible.
What if the Skype/Facebook messenger/Google Hangout connection is bad?
Please make sure in advance of your consultations that your microphone and web-cam work properly so that you do not lose any precious time of your consultation. I very rarely have problems with online connections with patients, however technology can always fail. If this is the case and it is your first consultation we will try to reschedule within the next few days. If it is a follow-up we can try and call each over the phone or Whatsapp.
What about payment?
Payments can be settled via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account to use it). You will receive a link with you appointment confirmation to settle you invoice in advance of the fertility intake or every booked consultation.
How can I reschedule my appointment?
You can reschedule your appointment (click on the reschedule button in your e-mail confirmation) at no extra cost up to 48 hours in advance. Please understand that as per the terms & conditions of treatment you will be charged the consultation fee if you want to reschedule within 48 hours of your appointment or do not show up. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your first appointment or 10 minutes to a follow-up appointment please understand I may ask you to book a new appointment if I feel there will not be enough time to assess your case. However, if I do not have a tight schedule that day and you let me know in time that you may be late I will always try to work with you.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a holistic and natural medicine that stimulates a patient’s own healing ability. Minimal intervention is used to stimulate that healing ability, therefore remedies are highly diluted. Because of this high dilution, homeopathic remedies have no toxic side-effects. Because homeopathic treatment is aimed at treating a whole person and not just a symptom, the right remedy would raise the patient’s vitality, connect physical and mental symptoms, and so may relieve their symptoms.
Does homeopathy work like vaccines?
A little bit yes… but mostly no! The similarity between homeopathic remedies and vaccines is that they are both given to stimulate the body’s healing ability. However, vaccines are given to healthy people to generate an immune response to prevent getting sick in the future, while homeopathic remedies are given to sick people to stimulate their healing ability to cure themselves.
Vaccines are also known to generate side-effects while homeopathic remedies are gentle on the body and have no side-effects.
Will symptoms get worse before they get better?
Not necessarily but it is possible, as the body starts to heal it may try to throw of the symptoms which is a good sign. Sometimes in that process old symptoms return may return shortly. If this occurs, the aggravation should be mild and last only shortly. I always ask my patients to contact me if they are worried when symptoms worsen temporarily so that I can asses the situation and reassure you your body is doing the right thing or prescribe you remedies to alleviate discomfort if needed.
Are there any contra indications with taking homeopathy and other medication?
No, homeopathy is complementary to other medicine. However it is good to know that many types of medication work by suppressing the symptoms a patient is suffering from. These medications therefore mask the symptom picture, possibly making it trickier to find the most indicated remedy. Also homeopathic remedies will try to help resolve the cause of the symptoms, and while taking other medications it might be difficult to determine whether the remedies are indeed doing their job. Whenever patients decide they want to stop prescribed drugs I always ask them to do this in cooperation with the practitioner that prescribed it to them, as is also ordered by the Code of Ethics which I am bound to as a registered homeopath.
Is my information treated confidentially?
The short answer is yes! All registered homeopaths in the UK are bound by a Code of Ethics which binds them to treat any information given by patients confidentially unless consent is given to release it. The only time I need to disclose information according to this code is when I’m ordered to do so by the court or another legal authority, or if something you tell me indicates you put yourself or others at risk.
To guarantee this confidentiality, patient’s case notes are stored securely in compliance with the Data Protection Act. Under this same act patients have the right to access their records either by viewing them at the clinic or by requesting a copy. According to the code such a request must be done in writing.
Is homeopathy enough for me?
I have seen homeopathy resolve many different conditions and improve the quality of life of many people. Nevertheless, homeopathy in my opinion does not stand alone. Life-style choices with regard to diet, pace of life, sleep and exercise influence health on one hand, and conventional medicine must not be disregarded on the other hand especially in severe cases where homeopathy might take too long to help the body to heal itself. I usually recommend supplements to patients as well and for mechanical complaints I highly recommend osteopathy. Homeopathic remedies tell the body how to heal itself, but without building blocks it cannot do much!
If patients want to come off medications, I suggest this is done very carefully and only in cooperation with their doctor as it can be very dangerous to quit medications in some instances. Even where it is not possible to come off conventional drugs, homeopathy as a complimentary medicine can prove to be helpful in the general health of the patient and manage side-effects.