Most people find their first visit to a homeopath a surprising experience!
In order to do what we do, we require loads of information on you. Many homeopaths tackle this in different ways but the outcome is frequently much the same – i.e., you begin to feel better!
We recognise that each person is so complex and that what is causing certain symptoms in one person may be completely different in another. To me, symptoms is just your body communicating with you, letting you know that there are some things out of whack and require your attention. If you ignore or cover up these symptoms, they generally increase with frequency and discomfort or often, you might band aid one issue only to have another completely different issue pop up somewhere else. It all catches up with you in the end.
So, before you even see me, you will have completed an extensive questionnaire on your current health and your health history.
I do this for many reasons:
- It is time saving for both of us and money saving for you. By the time you walk in the door, I have your file ready and all personal details sorted.
- It gives me an opportunity to gain some insight into what direction I take the appointment.
- Your completed questionnaire assists with finding the pieces of the unique complex person you are that may be out of balance.
- It allows time in your appointment to go into your story if needed. You have put this time aside for yourself. Make the most of it in a safe environment.
- It demonstrates commitment on your part.
- I do a lot of detective work so your questionnaire is usually an introduction to more questions.
- It allows some time on research on my part should I need to.
A very high percentage of my clients comment on how insightful this process is on their health time line and every one of my clients appreciate that someone is there to care and listen to them.
My focus on your first appointment is to discover what you want from your consultations, we discuss various options for your treatment taking into account your budget and what works best for you. For deep seated chronic conditions – we discuss a plan moving forward.
Ultimately it’s your body and your life, you get to decide, I see my role as guiding and supporting you to optimum health and wellness for you!
My qualifications and legal stuff
Homeopathy has come up the ranks in recent years with qualification standards and so it should.
It started out at a TAFE diploma level to Advanced Diploma Level at Independent colleges. In some countries – like India, all homeopathic practitioners are at a GP medical standard, so they are Doctors.
Currently, in Australia, the laws have recently changed and as from January this year, all Homeopathic study will be at a University Bachelor level.
I was very fortunate to have completed outstanding education at Advanced Diploma Level, however, our college administration predicted these changes and our education was at a bachelor level so that we could segway into certain universities that recognised our studies. My studies went for a period of 4 – 5 years (combination of full/part time) and there was no government assistance. My diploma came at a cost of in excess of $25,000.00 out of my own pocket.
With a combined education of a nursing background, plus my homeopathic studies, I felt this was sufficient to commence practice. Each year I attend numerous workshops, seminars, webinars and conferences to maintain my learning and keeping up to speed with new information. The learning never stops – good thing I love it!
In order to practice in Australia, you need to be a registered homeopath.
This means you are governed by one or several associations which keep you accountable to the laws and standards of practice. This also means you can register as a provider with the private health funds. There is much time, effort and money involved in maintaining these standards on a yearly basis – no different to that of a GP. Currently, I am registered with the Australian Register of Homeopaths (AROH), the Australian Homeopathic Association (AHA) and the Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA).
These associations work tirelessly – mostly on very limited resources and volunteers to protect and support not just the Natural Therapy Industry but also protect the general public. They are also the political interface between us and government bodies.
Our practice is governed by many laws including privacy and confidentiality, Workplace Health & Safety and accountable record keeping. We are also governed by strict marketing/advertising laws.
What may be prescribed for you during a consultation
After your initial appointment and we have worked out which way to move forward, you may be prescribed Homeopathic medicines and some supplements. If it helps, there may also be some diet adjustments made as well. This will be done with discussions around what will work for you, and we keep it simple. I may also suggest or recommend some testing to be done – this can be blood tests via your GP (or one that I recommend), or Hair Mineral Analysis or a food antibody test. Other things that may be recommended for you could be a massage or finding a good chiropractor, all of which I can refer you to.
Regarding supplements – I am often asked why I only recommend “Practitioner Only” supplements. In other words, what’s wrong with the ones in the supermarket or chemist.
The quality of a product is not simply determined by the active ingredients (for example, Vitamin C has more than just Vitamin C in it). It is important that the active ingredients be sustainably sourced, Non GMO or preferably organic and comprehensive formulas with synergistic co factors (for maximum absorption and uptake).
Another thing to consider is what is NOT listed on the label, the excipients. Excipients or “inactive ingredients” are the lubricants that allow faster production, the fillers that allow a press mould to be used, the glues that hold a tablet together and the chemicals that are used in the coating.
Examples of inactive ingredients include: sulfites, benzoates, aspartame, saccharin, oleic acid, benzyl alcohol, lactose, soya lecithin, propylene glycol, and sorbitan trioleate, also add in artificial colours and flavourings. There are many more. Many excipients are poorly researched and either synthetically or chemically manufactured. It is common for someone with asthma, skin problems or allergies for their supplements to actually aggravate the problem due to the inactive ingredients.
Generally speaking, the larger the tablet, the more lubricants are used (hydrogenated oils such as magnesium stearate). Concern is particularly noted for “time-released” products, for example, time/sustained release vitamin C tablets require up to 400mg more of hydrogenated oils (aka plastic butter). It would not be unusual for some brands to use up to 60% of excipients.
Supplements are now sold everywhere and can be very confusing for the consumer with conflicting information and pricing. It is always mindful to question whether the manufacturer of the supplements really has your best health in mind or has joined the ranks of clever marketing and profit engineering.
Further to this, Practitioner only supplements have therapeutic applications. For example, you can buy Panadol over the counter or in the supermarket. It is relatively safe to take (following directions on the pack). If you want something more specific and targeted to your issue, you see the GP and get a script. The same applies to practitioner only supplements. The practitioner is trained in knowing what the supplement is and how to best apply it, plus the ingredients are more potent – therefore it has a therapeutic benefit. In other words, you experience greater benefit.
The supplements I prescribe in my clinic are from leaders in the field of natural medicine, they are pure and of a high standard, Plus ethically sourced – in particular – fish oils.
Book an appointment and see what’s possible – you’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself.