But the benefits can be priceless.
Still, many people don’t want to use homeopathy because of a perception that it costs too much.
Yet it doesn’t have to.
There are various ways to save money.
You can still get help, without spending a fortune.
Homeopathy is a system of healing developed more than 200 years ago by a German physician.
It’s based upon a concept of “like cures like.” Taking an infinitesimal dose of something that makes you sick can make you better.
Homeopathy works by treating the whole person.
After a careful analysis a remedy is selected that matches your condition.
Knowing which remedy to give (out of a field of 8,000), knowing when to give it and choosing the right potency takes skill and training.
This is why you often hear advice to work with a professional instead of treating yourself, especially with long-standing problems.
This will involve a series of consultations and there is typically a fee.
But there are ways to save money, which I’ll discuss below.
Bear in mind that homeopathy is among the most cost-effective forms of alternative healing. You won’t be paying for expensive and often useless tests. Ideally you will also obtain permanent relief or improvement.
How To Save Money On Homeopathy
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- Don’t overpay for an initial consultation. You can find very good care at more reasonable rates. An intake appointment should cost anywhere from $180 to $350. There’s no need to spend between $700 to $1,000. Remember that fame doesn’t always equal excellence. Some people are really good at marketing themselves. Meanwhile, some of the best homeopaths I know keep a low profile. They work quietly and efficiently, away from the limelight. (I’m not speaking in absolutes. I’m sure there are some absolutely fantastic homeopaths charging more than average and they may be worth it. But you don’t HAVE to spend large sums of money to get good care.)
- See what’s included in the consult fee. A good homeopath should follow you closely, especially in the beginning. Because he or she is just getting to know you. It’s not uncommon to shift in a different direction as new information emerges. Also, you don’t know how someone will respond to a remedy until it’s given. In the beginning there should be ongoing communication with your homeopath. This should be part of the initial consult fee. Make sure follow up care is included when you book your first appointment. Follow up consultations after a month or two should cost less than the initial appointment.
- Style of practice. A good homeopath handles acute as well as chronic conditions. Determine this up front. If a practitioner is only interested in your emotions and won’t switch gears when you have a sore throat keep looking. Ask what happens if you get sick. The right answer is, “We’ll treat the sore throat and then put you back on your regular remedy.” You want to avoid a homeopath who gives one high dose “constitutional” remedy and tells you to check back in a month; and every question in the meantime will cost you. There needs to be a reasonable way to communicate with your homeopath for free, especially right after the initial consult.
- Choose your homeopath carefully. Because you don’t want to keep switching homeopaths in order to find a good fit. Word-of-mouth recommendations are always best.
- Don’t switch practitioners too soon. With chronic conditions it takes time to see progress. Improvements may be slow and gradual. But you keep moving forward. There will be blocks and bumps. But you work through them. At the end of six months you should feel better. I’m not saying cured and in need of no more treatment. But you should feel better. If you change homeopaths too soon you may miss out on the benefits. Then, you’ll end up paying for another initial consult.
- Not changing practitioners soon enough. If you see no results after six months, or a year at the most, it’s time to move on. There’s no good reason to keep seeing someone who isn’t helping you. The homeopath may have helped many others. But they’re not helping you. This is when you need someone else to take your case.
- Eating a poor diet. Homeopathic remedies work best when you remove obstacles to the cure. A bad diet can block progress. Eat healthy whole foods. So your body gets the micronutrients it needs, in order to heal. The same can be said of excess stress and environmental toxins. Avoid things that make you sick. Do things that improve your health.
- Not calling a homeopath soon enough. Everyone should learn as much as they can about homeopathy. So they can treat themselves and their loved ones. However, in an acute situation, consider calling a homeopath if your first two remedy choices don’t work. That’s because you don’t want to keep giving remedies that aren’t helping. Everything is infinitely easier to treat in the beginning. So you want to hit upon the right remedy early. Also, good homeopathic care early on may preempt the need to visit the Emergency Room. (In the US, for many of us, an acute consultation is less expensive than emergency care.) Here is more information on when to call a homeopath.
- Not buying a remedy kit. It costs far more to buy remedies individually, compared to getting a 36-remedy family remedy kit. You want to have this kit before you develop an acute condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing what remedy you need. But not having it in the house. Owning a kit solves this problem. Plus, you won’t spend more money buying remedies individually.
- Taking dry doses. Remedies generally work best when you put them in water. (Little bottles of spring water work really well.) You succuss the remedy each time you take it, by banging it against the open palm of one hand. This gently raises the potency, so your body reads it a little differently. Also, with water potencies, just one pellet is needed per illness, as opposed to multiple pellets. If two children need the same remedy they can use the same bottle. Use plastic teaspoons to dispense the doses. Your remedies last longer this way.
- Buying remedies sparingly. Chances are you’re not going to need every remedy under the sun. (Because the list is 8,000 long and growing.) Serious home prescribers probably just need the top 60-100 remedies. A 30C potency is usually strong enough to do the job without causing unwanted aggravations.
- Extend your remedies. Once you buy a remedy you don’t need to buy it again. Ever. If you’re down to your last pellet add some blank homeopathic pellets to the vial. Then top off the vial with a drop or two of pure grain alcohol. Shake it for a minute and you have a full vial again. Or, you can just dissolve one pellet in a little bit of water and add it to straight alcohol. This is called a “stock bottle” and it will last indefinitely. You can then add a drop of this to a treatment bottle of spring water, when you need it. (Just remember to store all remedies away from heat, light and electricity.) Here is more information on how to make your own homeopathic remedies.
Hopefully the above suggestions can help you approach homeopathic care with confidence, knowing that you’ll spend a little money in order to reap great rewards.