Below are some frequently asked questions about homeopathy:
What is the difference between Homeopathy and Naturopathy?
A naturopath works with a range of natural therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine and massage, and may use some homœopathy. Homeopathy is a separate discipline in its own right.
What can I expect in a Homeopathic consultation?
As a homeopath, I am interested in the unique features of each patient’s condition, and aim to match the most appropriate homeopathic remedy to your unique symptom picture.
Your first consultation can last up to one and a half hours. I gather information about your presenting complaint, and take a detailed medical and personal history in which emotional and environmental stresses play an important part.
Follow up consultations usually last around 1 hour.
How often should I have an appointment?
After the first consultation we usually wait about 4 weeks to assess the effectiveness of the treatment. Further appointments at 4 to 6 week intervals will be made as required. Usually, over time, the frequency diminishes and you would only need to come back if symptoms recur, or a new complaint emerges.
What are homeopathic remedies made from?
The medicines used in homeopathic treatment come from vegetable, mineral and animal sources. The preparation of each medicine follows strict pharmaceutical guidelines. The medicines are usually dispensed in either pillule or drop form.
By their nature, homeopathic medicines are low risk. The method of preparation makes them non-toxic and non-addictive. They can be used during pregnancy, while taking other medications and alongside other medical complaints. They can be used by people of all ages, even by the family pet! However, they should always be taken under the guidance of a qualified homeopath.
How are the remedies used?
Homeopathic remedies can work on many different levels.
Constitutional remedies provide a general boost to the immune system. So often your physical symptoms and mental state will both be part of the symptom picture of the constitutional remedy that you need at the time.
Acute remedies may be necessary to treat the particular symptoms of a cold, flu, gastro attach etc. They can also be used for particular situations eg jet lag, carsickness.
First Aid remedies aid recovery from bruises, sprains, fractures, burns, bites & stings etc. They also help to reduce pain.
For more information about acute and first aid treatment, you can attend a Homeopathy at Home workshop, and learn how to prescribe remedies for these situations.
Homeopaths also have success treating animals.
How are Homœopaths regulated?
The Australian Register of Homœopaths Ltd is the national registration body for professional homœopaths and is the receiver and arbiter of complaints from the public against registered members. Homeopaths registered with the board have qualifications matched to the government endorsed National Competency Standards and are required to meet the Board’s continuing education and insurance requirements each year. Email email@example.com
The AROH member association in NSW is the Australian Homœopathic Association (AHA) NSW. AHA has branches in each state and is the largest professional homeopathic association in Australia. All member associations of AROH have a Constitution, which includes a Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedure.
AROH admits homœopaths who have undergone training at Registered Training Organisations or Universities, which comply with Commonwealth Government recognised National Competency Standards.
Can I get cover from my Private Health Fund?
All major health funds provide cover for homeopathic treatment. Contact your fund for details.