What Questions Could I Ask a Homeopath?
- What homeopathic credentials or certifications do you have?
- Are you registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths?
- How many years have you been practicing homeopathy?
- What other training and education do you have in homeopathy?
- How long will our initial client interview take?
- Do you require any paperwork of me?
- Do you follow up with your clients after they take their remedies? How do you monitor progress?
- Have you had experience treating someone with similar symptoms to my case before?
- What type of homeopathic potencies do you use? (Dry or water potencies?)
What should I expect in my first Melbourne Homeopathy consultation?
The first consultation with your homeopath will involve an in-depth investigation into your physical, mental, and emotional health. As a result, it may be lengthier than subsequent sessions. The first homeopathic consultation can range from one to three hours.
You can expect to answer many detailed questions from your homeopath. These questions will typically extend well beyond those of the immediate symptoms and could include a discussion of:
- Your symptoms and complaints (when they originated, how they have progressed, what makes them better or worse).
- Your food cravings and aversions, sleep patterns and positions, fears, temperature preferences, and your reaction to environmental stimulants (such as different environments, animals, music, or other people).
- Specific descriptions of your sensations (how you would describe exactly what you are feeling).
- Your medical history, family health history, changes in your behaviour, and personality characteristics.
Since these questions have a significant influence on your treatment, it is best to be as honest and thorough as possible when answering them.
It is important to know that the first consultation may differ depending on whether you have a chronic or acute condition. Consultations for acute conditions (like migraines, coughs, diarrhoea, and ear infections) are much shorter and more superficial than those of chronic conditions (such as arthritic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and eczema).
Once all the important information is gathered, your homeopath will grade your unique symptoms according to their importance and will cross-match these to a respective remedy through a process of repertorisation. Your homeopath may make an immediate treatment recommendation at the end of your session. Alternatively, they may need some time to study your information further in order to recommend remedies that are best believed to stimulate a curative response from the body.
How should I prepare for my first Homeopathy consultation?
It is recommended to arrive early for your very first consultation. Give yourself enough travel time to locate the institution, find a parking space, then relax in the waiting room before beginning. This may help relieve any concerns you might about your first homeopathy session.
You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire prior to your first appointment. This is to provide details of your own medical history and that of your family.
If you are uncertain about your full medical history, it would be a good idea to spend a little time jotting down the health problems which you have been prone to, either now or in the past, and the order in which they occurred. Feel free to bring any important medical records with you to the session, along with a list of your current medications.
If you are unsure about your general family medical history, we recommend looking into this before your session or enquiring with your Melbourne Homeopath directly and asking whether they will require it.
What is homeopathy recommended for?
Homeopathic treatments aim to treat a wide range of acute and chronic ailments. Common acute illnesses include sports injuries, coughs, colds, diarrhoea, hay fever, and travel sickness. Homeopathy may also be used in the management of more chronic diseases, such as autoimmune diseases.
What sorts of qualifications should a homeopath have?
Make sure you do your research before you settle on someone to help you. If you want to use homeopathic treatment, find a homeopath that is registered, highly recommended, and with several years of experience.
Check that your homeopath is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH). All registered members abide by the registers Code of Conduct and Standards of Practice. As a minimum, the AROH requires your practitioner to have completed a nationally accredited educational course in homeopathy (3 to 4 years).
It is important to know that naturopathic training does not meet the government standards for homeopathy, and a person who dispenses homeopathic medicines is not necessarily a fully qualified and registered homeopath.
Is homeopathy the same thing as naturopathy?
No, homeopathy and naturopathic medicine are different practices. Naturopathy is a broad-spectrum practice which utilises a range of natural therapies such as exercise, nutrition, acupuncture, massage and herbal remedies whereas homeopathy is solely focused on the use of remedies. Homeopathy is therefore often used in naturopathy.
Does homeopathy have any side effects?
While homeopathic medicines are not considered in themselves harmful, homeopathy can be considered dangerous if a person completely replaces conventional medical treatment with homeopathy for dealing with serious diseases or infections against a General Practitioner’s counsel.
In Australia, some homeopathic medicines are prepared according to strict guidelines set out by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). These can usually be taken in conjunction with pharmaceutical medications as they are less likely to be harmful.
Some remedies may, however, not be registered with the TGA. Products from other countries that are sold over the Internet or brought into Australia from overseas are not subject to the same laws or regulations as those sold in Australia. Therefore, no assurance can be given regarding their quality, safety, or effectiveness.
Before buying or taking a complementary medicine, check the label for an ‘AUST L’ (listed) or ‘AUST R’ (registered) code. This means they meet Australian safety standards designed to protect your health.
It is always best to tell your doctor about any complementary health practices that you would like to try, are already using, or are thinking of combining with your conventional medical treatment. Likewise, it is important to disclose any conventional medical treatments with your homeopath.
Is homeopathy covered by private healthcare insurance?
No, homeopathy is currently not covered by private healthcare in Australia. As of April 2019, 17 reviewed natural therapies, including homeopathy, were excluded from the definition of private health insurance general treatment by the Australian government. As a consequence, homeopathic services no longer receive private health insurance rebates as part of a general treatment policy. You are, however, still able to access homeopathic therapies outside the private health insurance system.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to see a homeopath?
No referral from your doctor is needed to see a homeopath. That being said, it is important to tell all of your health care providers about any complementary or integrative health approaches you use, including homeopathy. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
How long does a session with a homeopath typically last?
The duration of the first consultation with a homeopath is dependent on your condition. For chronic conditions, the appointment may take an hour or more. Acute conditions may only require a consultation of 15 to 30 minutes.
Follow up visits typically last 30 to 60 minutes.
How often should I see a homeopath?
How often you should see your Melbourne homeopath depends on your condition, the severity of your symptoms, the type of remedy that was prescribed, and the confidence of the homeopath in the efficacy of the remedy. Your treatment may be in the form of a single once-off dose or a series of doses. Your response to the remedy may be tracked over days or weeks.
The time and date of your follow-up appointment will be arranged at the end of each consultation and may vary depending on your condition. Appointments could be scheduled weekly (for very severe or acute complaints) or as infrequently as a few months apart. Typically, follow up visits are four to five weeks apart.
What could a homeopathic treatment plan involve?
Homeopathic treatments are made predominantly of plant, animal, and mineral substances and exist in the form of powders, tablets, granules, and liquids. To determine your treatment plan, a homeopath will consider all of your symptoms (physical, mental or emotional) and will crossmatch these with a diluted remedy that is believed to produce similar symptoms in a healthy person. Once prescribed, your treatment will be closely followed over the following days or weeks.
The potency of some treatments increases progressively with each dose. The homeopath may therefore need to monitor your response and make alterations to the remedy accordingly.
Your practitioner might also advise general lifestyle and dietary changes as part of a treatment plan or recommend a visit to a General Practitioner.
Sometimes your symptoms may temporarily get worse before they get better. While this may be part of the homeopathic treatment, it is important that you inform your conventional health practitioner and your homeopath if you experience any non-prescribed reactions.
Can you see a homeopath when you’re pregnant?
Although reported side effects of homeopathic medicines are rare, and many remedies are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), their appropriateness during pregnancy is under debate. If you’re pregnant or nursing, it is important to consult your (or your child’s) general healthcare provider or obstetrician to discuss the use of any alternative treatments. Also, be sure to disclose your pregnancy to your homeopath.
What about homeopathic vaccines?
Homeopathic vaccinations are not a recognised form of immunisation under any Australian legislation. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s main medical advisory body, warns that there is no such a thing as a “homeopathic vaccination,” and no homeopathic medicine can be substituted as a vaccine. It is therefore important to consult your (or your child’s) conventional health care provider for effective immunisation from vaccine‐preventable illnesses.