My initial interview will take about three hours. During that time I gather as much information about your physical, mental, and emotional health and your personal likes and dislikes, your sensitivities and strengths, as well as what you consider your main health complaint. My goal in asking for this information is to understand you as a unique individual. I’m interested in your reactions to the external world, such as temperature, weather, food, etc; but I’m also interested in the world you create for yourself–your relationships with family members, friends, your work and hobbies, your interests and aptitudes, anything in your life that affects who you are as an individual person, and how you effect those around you. I am also always looking for factors that may have contributed to or caused your illness, what we call the “etiology” of your illness. These are the specific stressors, shocks, traumas, or even family health history which may have had some bearing on the development of your illness. These are the events from which you might feel you’ve “never been well since”.
Sometimes I prescribe a remedy immediately. Other times I need time to study your case in greater depth so that I can find the most suitable remedy. I schedule a follow-up date so that we can assess your response to the remedy about a month or six weeks after you take your first dose. At that time, we review the case for your responses, and decide what to do next in your treatment. I may decide to continue letting the remedy act, uninterrupted; or, redose with the same remedy in a different potency to match your improved health. We might see a new, more appropriate remedy indicated based on new symptoms that presented after your first dose. Every patient is different and each patient will respond to the remedy given in his or her own unique way, so dosing and redosing must also be individualized to suit each patient. Follow-up appointments are much shorter in length than our initial consultation–they usually last about an hour in total.
It’s important that you bring your “best self” to the process. Consultations involve many questions and they may seem like an interrogation for personal information. It’s true no conventional medical doctor will ask these questions of you, but every detail about you is important in homeopathy. It’s not my intention to psychoanalyze you, even though psychoanalysis does have the talking aspect in common. But my intention is different. I don’t need to “pinpoint” speculative causes for your illness (that’s really just guessing), but I do need to understand your characteristic symptoms clearly so that I can then look for a remedy that can produce those symptoms in a pattern as similar as possible to your own.
Many of my patients tell me that they’ve shared things with me they’ve never told anyone else, and some people make surprising discoveries about themselves, or find relief just in speaking about something they’ve kept secret. It’s certainly not my goal for secrets to come out, but it is my hope that experiences like this will help you, as a patient, understand your own health issues in greater depth, and in the context of your own whole life.
Length of treatment
Most people seek out alternative medical treatments like homeopathy when they’ve tried all the conventional medical options and haven’t found the relief they seek. Others are still using conventional medical drugs and wish to stop, so I treat homeopathically even while other medications have their effect on the case. I do this until we can end the need for those medications.
Every patient is different. Acute diseases may respond immediately if they are just simple acute ailments: chronic disease, on the other hand, takes years to develop. We see results in good time for these ailments (a rough estimate is to expect to wait one month for every year you’ve suffered from the chronic disease).
Your remedy can reduce symptom intensity and recovery time. Many common children’s complaints (eg. bed wetting, colic, diaper/skin rashes of all kinds, earaches, infections, nosebleeds, teething/dentition) respond beautifully to homeopathy, with no danger of “overdoses” or troubling side effects.
In deep-seated, chronic conditions, homeopathy has a definite “edge” over conventional medical care. Homeopathy is a bona fide alternative to using an ever-increasing number of pharmaceutical drugs for “disease management”. Homeopathy can halt the overall deterioration of health that accompanies chronic diseases such as mental and emotional health concerns (depression, anxiety, behaviour “disorders”, etc.) or ailments like arthritis and gout, heart disease, and digestive complaints (like ulcers and GERD). As a treatment for women’s health complaints, homeopathy can bring great relief to those suffering from menstrual irregularities, chronic ailments such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian disease, and symptoms from menopausal irregularities. It’s a wonderful medicine for use during pregnancy, and for difficulties such as morning sickness or repositioning the baby before delivery. In childbirth, homeopathy can dramatically lessen the pain and length of labour, then go on to address any concerns that might follow birth in both mother and child.
The initial consultation cost is $300 plus applicable taxes; follow-up consultations are billed on a per hour basis, at $95 per hour plus applicable taxes.
Homeopathy is not covered by OHIP at this time. You may find that some or all of your costs for Homeopathy are covered via supplemental private insurance. Always check with your insurance provider to confirm whether Homeopathic medical treatment by qualified Homeopathic physicians is covered in your plan. You can then submit your receipts to your provider for any applicable refunds.