Patricia Kay, MA, CCH, CC
Homeopathic treatment consists of a detailed initial interview, in which we discuss your health, personal and family health history, and important events and issues in your life. By listening carefully, I come to an understanding of your situation in a holistic way, so that I can recommend a homeopathic remedy that will help you. After you’ve taken the remedy, we allow some time to pass, and then we have a follow-up appointment so that I can assess progress and make appropriate adjustments. Follow-up appointments occur about every 4 to 6 weeks in most cases until we’re both satisfied that you’re doing well. At that point, you would make an appointment only if you were having problems again or if a new illness arose. Of course, I am available by phone if you have questions or concerns. A yearly check-in is a good idea. Working with homeopathy can take some time, so you should consider at least a 6 month commitment.
In addition to Homeopathy, I may recommend working with other professionals (medical, psychological, nutritional or spiritual) to give you the tools that enhance your healing process. While it’s true that Homeopathic Treatment is quite amazing, common sense dictates that eating whole, healthy food, moving your body, getting restorative sleep, practicing good hygiene, being engaged with other people, having a sense of meaning in your own life, and taking time to experience reverence and wonder are necessary for human well-being.
Homeopathic remedies are usually given in the form of small, white pellets, which have been infused with a substance that has been “potentized” according to homeopathic standards. These are taken by mouth: sprinkle the pellets onto your tongue and let them dissolve for a couple of minutes before swallowing. Avoid touching the pellets with your hands.
Sometimes, I will suggest that you take only one or two doses of your remedy, and then we’ll wait and evaluate the results. Other times, you may be taking the remedy daily in a liquid solution. Still other times, I may suggest you make the remedy a bit “stronger” (higher potency) by dissolving a few pellets into water and shaking it up vigorously.
Kits with common remedies are available at:
www.hahnemannlabs.com and www.helios.co.uk. Getting a basic kit to have on hand can be very useful for minor injuries and ailments. A lot of people get good at understanding the use of these remedies. The remedies keep their potency and effectiveness for years. Just store them in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator), away from light, and they’ll be safe. Shake the bottle before taking the remedy.
When you’re going to take the remedy, make sure your mouth is empty and free of the taste of food, drink, gum, toothpaste, and so on. It’s best not to eat for about 20 minutes before or after taking the remedy. Often, I ask people to take their remedy just before bedtime, so I know it can it can begin to work without other interference for several hours.
If you are taking drugs, herbs, vitamins or medications prescribed for you by a medical professional, you will need to work closely with that person to decide if it's possible to discontinue any medications you are taking or to adjust the dose as your body gets stronger. Initially, we'll work around whatever else you are taking. It's not a good idea to do too many new things at once. Adding one new thing at a time gives us the feedback of what is working and making a difference. Your body is a powerful healer; we're just helping it wake up and remember that!