A homeopath will get to know you. Really well.
She’ll learn what you like to eat, how you sleep and how often you argue with your spouse.
She’ll even discover what you dream about.
That’s why you’ll want to find someone you click with.
You’ll want a practitioner who shares your basic outlook on life.
Or at least someone who’s open minded. (All homeopaths should be unbiased observers.)
Finding a Certified Homeopathic Practitioner
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Our family has used homeopathy for 25 years.
Meeting some wonderful homeopaths is the reason I became a homeopath myself.
These homeopaths encouraged me to buy my own homeopathic remedy kit, and to learn as much as I can.
Good homeopaths want well-informed clients.
Most homeopaths are kind and tolerant.
(Of course, there are always exceptions and I’ve met a few of them.)
It takes a special type of person able to think outside of the standard medical box.
Homeopaths devote years to learning a discipline, which gets no respect in mainstream scientific circles.
There’s not a lot of monetary compensation, relative to the level of knowledge.
Many homeopaths supplement their income with teaching, writing, giving talks and selling courses.
Dispensing remedies isn’t profitable. Unlike drugs, these cost pennies per dose.
Also, the goal is wellness.
Ideally, your client won’t need your services forever.
But even if you find a practitioner you like, you’ll probably want to ask a few more questions.
Please understand everything you read here is my personal opinion only. It shouldn’t be considered medical advice.
Where to Find a Homeopathic Practitioner
Homeopathy is a real form of healing.
But you’ll have the best chance of success if you find a homeopath who works well with you. That’s why you may want to also learn more about homeopathy.
Unlike the conventional doctor/patient relationship, your homeopath is more like a partner. Someone who gets to know you, as well as your family members.
Homeopathy was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800’s.
It’s very individualized. So a remedy that works for one person may not work for another.
Homeopathy based on the principle of “like cures like.”
So, for instance, someone suffering from a stomachache will need a remedy made from a toxic substance that normally causes stomach pain.
The remedies themselves aren’t poisonous.
Because they’re so diluted, the original material is gone. But the energetic imprint remains.
There are thousands of homeopathic remedies. So you’ll need to take the right one to receive the best benefits.
That’s why you’ll need a skilled practitioner.
Keep reading and I’ll give you some tips on finding the right homeopath.
Where to Find a Good Homeopath
The first place to start is by asking your family and friends.
Just like you’d do if you were looking for a plumber, an electrician or a dentist.
Someone you know may have the information you need.
Also, alternative medical practitioners tend to cross refer.
So if you already have a chiropractor or an herbalist you trust, perhaps they can recommend a good homeopath.
Another source is your local health food store.
The people who shop there often have chronic health problems.
So they may be eager to share the name of someone who has helped them with the person working behind the counter.
Many major cities also have homeopathic colleges. They can recommend a teacher or a former student.
You don’t necessarily have to go with a “big name” homeopath.
I’ve personally had great results with quiet, humble practitioners. Those who operate outside of the limelight.
Homeopathic “Wet” Doses or “Dry” Doses
Some practitioners prefer dry doses.
Others prefer “wet” doses, where a homeopathic pellet is diluted in water and succussed before taking it.
This isn’t the most important factor to consider when choosing someone to work with.
But it is something to consider.
I personally prefer a homeopath who’s fully knowledgeable about wet dosing. It’s believed this is a faster way to heal.
Also, this rules out practitioners who take your case and recommend a remedy that covers the totality of your symptoms. From birth to present.
Then, they send you on your way.
You schedule another paid consult in a month for follow up.
You pay twice, regardless of whether you see results.
A better way is close follow up in the beginning. To ensure you’re making progress.
Best results are obtained by working in layers. Beginning with the most recent and limiting problem.
If you have a chronic illness, or a frail constitution, you’ll want to work with someone who respects that.
Someone who believes in gentle healing with follow-up care.
Ideally, you want someone who treats every patient in a very individualized manner.
You’ll want someone who has worked with all types of patients, young and old.
Some people do much better with low-potency remedies. (I’m one of them.)
For instance, one homeopath I consulted wanted to give my then eight-year-old daughter, who was physically weak as a child, a high-dose “dry” remedy. I was a little worried about this. She also wouldn’t tell me what remedy it was.
Dry pellets, especially in high doses, are more likely to cause a temporary aggravation of symptoms.
Good homeopaths do all they can to avoid aggravations.
On the other hand, some people seem to thrive on high doses. This is why you want an open-minded practitioner.
Should You Do The Banerji Protocols?
Things have changed since my children were little.
That’s when we started using homeopathy for colds, flu and ear infections.
Worried Moms are now turning to multi-remedy protocols. The best known are the Banerji Protocols.
Whether you use protocols is an individual choice. But it should be an informed one.
Acute conditions respond so well to single remedies.
Why use a fussy protocol when a well-selected remedy will fix the problem?
You can make the case for protocols with chronic conditions.
But bear in mind that single-remedy Hahnemannian homeopathy has a longer track record than protocols.
If you opt for multi-remedy recipes find a practitioner who sticks to the protocols established by the Banerji Clinic in India.
Also, there is a new trend of “detoxing” people with high-potency, multi-remedy protocols. This is also something I don’t recommend. You can read why here.
Good Books to Learn About Homeopathy
I’ve been blessed with wonderful teachers.
The homeopaths I’ve worked with the most have been very willing to share their knowledge.
They believe an informed client is a better client.
They’ve shared their insights, as well as how various remedies work.
Here is an excellent book for beginners. It’s the first homeopathic book I purchased. This is a very easy-to-use book for beginners.
Don’t be put off by the title. The rich remedy descriptions you find in this book can be applied to adults too.
Quick Facts About Homeopathy
- Homeopathy works on the principle of “like cures like.” Many of the remedies are made from toxins, diluted to the point where none or virtually none of the original substance is present.
- At the turn of the century, at least one-third of all physicians in the United States were homeopathic doctors.
- Some medical centers in the United States are named after Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who founded modern homeopathy.
- Homeopathy was developed in Germany during the 1800’s.
- India has many homeopaths and some of the best homeopaths in the world are Indian.
Here is another book if you’d like to learn more about homeopathy. It’s written by a mother who used homeopathy to cure her son’s autism. After reading this book, years before I enrolled in a formal education program, I felt much more comfortable choosing the right remedy. It was at that point that I needed to start calling my homeopathy less frequently. Because I was often finding the right remedy myself. This book showed me exactly what I’d been doing wrong.
Does Your Homeopath Accept Phone Calls After Hours
This is extremely important.
Sometimes strange symptoms, or even new symptoms, appear during the course of treatment.
It may mean a particular remedy is no longer needed, or you need to adjust the potency and the frequency in which is given.
This may also indicate you should try a new remedy.
Also, many variables affect a remedy’s action.
If you develop a cold or flu symptoms during treatment for a chronic condition, you probably need another remedy.
You’ll want to be able to contact your homeopath to see how to proceed.
Also, think about investing in a basic remedy kit.
Symptoms can change quickly. Although your homeopath may be willing to mail you remedies, this can take several days. This isn’t a good solution if you need a remedy immediately. Shown here is a great beginner’s kit, containing the most commonly recommended remedies.
Homeopathic Remedies for Chronic Illness
If you have a chronic condition, you’ll probably want to work with a practitioner who tells you to put one pellet in water and then shake, or succuss the remedy, before you take it.
Each time the remedy is shaken, it becomes a little bit stronger. This allows for gentle and gradual healing because you’re never taking the exact same potency.
Taking too many doses of the same potency can lead to a temporary aggravation of your symptoms. Good homeopaths strive to avoid a severe escalation of symptoms.
Sometimes, though, a little flare-up after taking a remedy is a very good sign. It means better health will follow.
However, there are some instances in which remedies may be given dry. There are many different homeopaths with different techniques. Choosing the right remedy is what’s most important.
Homeopathy and New Age
Some, practitioners use divination as a means of selecting the right remedy. I’m not sure what, exactly, this entails.
As a Catholic, this is against my religion. So I need to work with someone who doesn’t employ these techniques.
Most homeopaths will tell you upfront that this is what they do, before booking an appointment.
However, homeopathy in and of itself presents no religious conflict for me. It is a well-established medical system that has greatly helped our entire family.
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