Frequently Asked Questions about Homeopathy
How Much Does Homeopathic Treatment Cost?
During the first consultation for a chronic problem, a detailed evaluation is required that will last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The cost for such a thorough exam ranges from $200 to $650. Follow-up consultations are done from every three weeks to every two months, depending on the style of practice. The fees range from $70 to $130. Medicines are around $10 to $80 per bottle or vial. Some homeopathic clinics include the cost of the medicine in the visit. Homeopathic treatment can often completely reverse a chronic complaint. Considering that many patients with chronic conditions remain free from symptoms after treatment is discontinued, homeopathic treatment is one of the most cost-effective modes of health care. Homeopaths literally work themselves out of a job!
Do Homeopaths Do Physical Exams?
If routine physical exams are part of the scope of practice of the homeopathic practitioner, they may schedule one along with the initial consultation. For example, a nurse midwife trained in homeopathy will do the ordinary exams required in her practice. In addition, she will prescribe homeopathic medicines when needed. Some medical doctors specializing in homeopathy will conduct physical exams as part of the homeopathic exam. Unlicensed* homeopaths practicing in health freedom states may conduct limited physical exams depending on their training and local restrictions. Often professional homeopaths will refer their patients to licensed professionals who specialize in diagnostic evaluations.
*Most states do not require licensing for professional homeopaths.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Homeopathy aims at resolving disorders by restoring health. For a chronic complaint, this may take weeks, months, or longer. For example, a patient with chronic eczema may recover permanently in six to eight months. Somebody with complex chronic problems including heart disease, diabetes or cancer may need treatment for several years. Acute conditions such as bronchitis or strep throat may be resolved in a few hours to several days.
Can Homeopathy Prevent Disease?
More and more homeopaths provide homeopathic immunization. Scientific studies and clinical documentation indicate that homeopathic immunizations may be effective, however more research should be conducted. One recent study showed positive immunity in mice immunized with a homeopathic remedy against Tularemia . One early study showed homeopathic prophylaxis to smallpox to be more effective than conventional vaccines . Many children whose parents are concerned about the adverse effects of conventional vaccinations have opted for homeopathic immunization against childhood diseases. Homeopathy may be able to protect those exposed during epidemics and may be able to prevent infection when traveling in endemic areas [3,4]. There are no known adverse effects from homeopathic immunization. For more details please consult your homeopath.
Do I Have To Go Off Conventional Treatment Before Trying Homeopathy?
Homeopathic treatment can be effective even while on conventional medication. It can complement surgery and other medical treatment and can even resolve conditions such as high blood pressure and depression before conventional medication may be discontinued. One study found Hypericum perfoliatum, a homeopathic pain medicine, was effective while on conventional medication, when it was otherwise indicated. There are situations that do not warrant discontinuing conventional treatment while treating with homeopathic medicines; however, sometimes it is preferable and safe to remove palliative drugs before starting homeopathic treatment. In any case, conventional treatment should be discontinued only under the supervision of your licensed physician.
Can I Treat Myself With Homeopathic Medicines?
Homeopathic drugs are inherently safe. There are many self-limiting conditions, such as a tooth ache, headache, menstrual cramps, diarrhea, motion sickness, rashes, hemorrhoids, hang-over, belching, temporary insomnia, bruises and many others, that can safely be treated at home with the help of instructions by a practitioner, a good homeopathic self-help book or after taking an introductory self-help course. This is necessary because each medicine must be selected based on the patient’s symptoms rather than based on the condition. Even if a medicine does not work, it will probably not harm. If no practitioner is available locally it may be possible to set up a consultation over the phone.
How can I find a qualified homeopath?
The best way to find a qualified homeopath is to look at on-line practitioner directories, such as altMD. You can also search the on-line directory of one the various homeopathic professional organizations.
Homeopaths listed in the following Professional Association directories have completed certification with one or more certifying bodies indicating that they hold the highest qualifications available to homeopaths:
Homeopathic certifying organizations are:
General Information on Homeopathy and a Practitioner Directory (although these practitioners have not necessarily met or tested for homeopathic certification from one of the above certifying bodies):
- 1. Jonas WB, Dillner DK. Protection of mice from tularemia infection with ultra-low, serial agitated dilutions prepared from F. tularensis-infected tissue. Journal of Scientific Exploration. 2000;14:35-52.
- Eaton, Charles Woodhull, MD, Homeopathy and Variolinum Vaccination. Transactions of the American Institute of Homeopathy, 1907:547-567.
- Castro, D. Use of the Nosode Meningococcinum as a Preventive Against Meningitis. JAIH 1975; 68: 211-219.
- Barlow-Benschop NM Gamba C Barlow SP. Blasco TM.The effect of a homeopathic Neem preparation for the prophylaxis of malaria – an exploratory trial in an at-home setting in Tanzania. Global Resource Alliance (GRA), a non-profit organization in Ojai, California, USA. [PDF]