Q:What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Homeopath?
A homeopath is specialized in one system of medicine rather than using multiple modalities. The focus of the homeopath’s work is matching your particular set of symptoms and personal profile to the one constitutional remedy for you, among the thousands available. When selecting your remedy, a homeopath has a deep and refined understanding of how to differentiate between many remedies that may all seem well-suited to your particular symptoms. A homeopath’s course of treatment most often involves a single homeopathic remedy without imposing dietary restrictions or prescribing supplements.
Naturopaths have a general understanding of a variety of modalities. They have many tools to choose from but will typically focus on making dietary changes and prescribing supplements.
Q:Is homeopathy a regulated health profession?
A:On April 1st 2015, Ontario became the first province to regulate Homeopathic Medicine. Homeopathy is now part of the regulated health professionals act. This means that in order to practice homeopathy you must be a registered member of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario. Regulation will help to ensure that homeopathic patients receive the same standards of care they would expect from conventional medical practitioners.
Q:Is homeopathy covered by OHIP or by my extended health care insurance plan?
A:OHIP does not cover homeopathic treatment, although some extended health care plans include homeopathic medicine as part of their coverage. It is important to call your insurance provider and inquire what type of coverage you have for homeopathic services. If homeopathic medicine is not covered, I would recommend encouraging them to consider adding it to their coverage.
Q:What is the cost for a consultation and how much are the remedies?
Q:When can I expect to see results?
A:Each case is different, but generally speaking, you should see an improvement in your health and well-being within two weeks of taking your homeopathic remedy. It is important to remember that the longer you have been unwell, the longer it will take for your body to return to a state of complete wellness. Many of my patients report noticing improvements in mood, energy and sleep soon after taking their remedy.
Q:What types of conditions can be treated with homeopathy?
Any person with any type of health concern can be treated with homeopathy: the homeopath is treating you and not the disease. One of the reasons that homeopathic remedies work so well and why homeopathy is so popular worldwide is because it focuses on healing the individual rather than minimizing the symptoms of the disease.
Within a disease, symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. For example, each sufferer of arthritis will experience the inflammation caused by arthritis in his own unique way. Homeopathy offers thousands of remedy choices, and based on your specific arthritis symptoms, a remedy can be chosen that is exactly right for you. Following the correct remedy, the root cause of the problem will resolve thereby reducing or completely alleviating symptoms of pain.
Other types of medicine are limited by their treatment method; for example, patients with arthritis are commonly prescribed anti-inflammatories or pain killers which do not address the root cause and only serve to suppress the symptoms.
Q:Will homeopathic remedies interfere with the medication I am currently taking?
Homeopathic remedies do not interfere with any other drugs or medications. This is because a homeopathic remedy is an energetic stimulus to your body and it is your body that does the healing. The homeopathic remedy and the drug are working on completely different planes: a pharmaceutical drug works on the tissue or body level while a homeopathic remedy works on the energetic level.
In over 200 years there has never been a case of toxicity reported from a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy is safe to use in all populations including expectant mothers, infants and those who are chronically ill.
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