WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST VISIT?
The first visit is typically 60 to 90 minutes to gain a good understanding of the patient and his or her “state”. The doctor will ask questions, do physical exam if needed and the patient is given time to express themselves in their own way and as openly as possible—about both their physical, mental and emotional symptoms.
On your first visit, your doctor will review your complete health history as well as your current health conditions. Prescriptions or supplements will be discussed along with any medical records or lab work you bring with you. A homeopathic remedy, nutritional supplements, diet review, or laboratory testing may be recommended at the end of your visit. Typically, patients return in four to six weeks for a follow up visit to evaluate treatment progress.
How often will I need to follow up with my doctor?
A typical follow up is about 4–6 weeks after your visit. Depending on what is being worked on, you may need to follow up once every 1–3 months. The goal of the doctor is to make sure you are on the right plan and are making progress.
What is covered by insurance?
Our doctors are providers of Harvard Pilgrim/United Healthcare, CIGNA, and Anthem/BCBS in our New Hampshire location. We do not take insurance in our Boston location. Insurance coverage depends on your plan and will cover office visits and some lab tests. Some insurance companies will have "Naturopathic Riders" as an option to add to your plan. Specialty lab testing may or may not be covered by insurance companies. We recommend that you call your insurance company before your visit so that you know your coverage.
What if I do not have insurance?
Our office accepts cash, check, and major credit cards. In some circumstances, we are able to offer a payment plan.
HOW DOES HOMEOPATHY WORK?
When a person falls ill, he or she comes down with a set of symptoms affecting his or her mind, emotions, and body, to one degree or another. Homeopathy treats the person’s illness by giving him or her a remedy that best matches his or her “state” of illness, as dictated by the Law of Similars: a substance that acts similarly to a disease will cure that disease. The Law of Similars works for these reasons: The homeopathic remedy goes to the same place where the disease resides in the person. The remedy is given in a potency or strength that is stronger than the disease. With the aid of this remedy that is similar to but stronger than the disease, the person gains strength over and is freed from the disease, resulting in a recovery from his or her illness. This will be more fully discussed below.
WHAT ARE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES?
Homeopathic remedies are dilute, yet very powerful medicines made from natural substances found in the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms. The remedies can be in liquid (tincture) form or by innoculating tiny sugar pellets with the extremely dilute tincture. The remedies are taken sublingually (under the tongue). Remedies are administered by homeopathic practitioners in accordance with the principles of homeopathy—that is, laws of Nature.
Substances like common salt or charcoal, which have little to no effect on a person in small amounts, become deep and powerful medicines through the process of dilution and succussion (a method of shaking the remedy). Likewise, toxic substances like arsenic and mercury, are rendered nontoxic while becoming greatly medicinal with this potentizing process. Through dilution and succussion or trituration, we can take any substance—whether it be non-soluble, toxic, or completely inert—and turn it into a profound and safe medicine.
In a classical homeopathic practice only one remedy is given at a time because we are treating one life energy that has fallen into a state of imbalance or disease—an imbalance that expresses itself through a variety of symptoms.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS FROM TAKING A HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY?
Since the remedies are highly diluted, they do not contain significant amounts of the original substance. Therefore, they do not have the toxic effects associated with many conventional medications or other substances. They are, however, powerful energetic stimuli and must be used with discretion. Sometimes, as part of the curative process, a person will experience a temporary intensification of symptoms—usually only for a few hours or a few days.
CAN HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES BE TAKEN ALONG WITH CONVENTIONAL MEDICATIONS?
Yes, Many people who seek out homeopathic care are already taking conventional medication and come for homeopathy, often with the goal of reducing or eliminating the medications over time.
ARE THE HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES SAFE FOR CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN, AND ELDERLY PEOPLE?
Definitely “yes” on all counts. Homeopathy is gentle and safe for all ages from birth to the time of passing from this earthly plane. We often will administer remedies during childbirth to the mother and then if needed to the infant soon after it is born. Homeopathy can also be helpful during the dying process to aid with anxiety and other symptoms as they arise.