Homeopathy is an effective, safe and gentle system of medicine that uses microscopic doses of natural substances (from minerals, animals, or plants) that have been diluted many times over to the extent that the finished product has very little, if any, trace left of the original substance. It recognizes that all symptoms a patient is experiencing are expressions of the same underlying disharmony within the whole person. Like other naturopathic remedies, homeopathy treats the individual rather than a diagnosis or a disease.
The practice of homeopathy was developed by a German physician by the name of Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 and has been used extensively around the globe to effectively treat both acute and chronic conditions. The fundamental ideas and principles of Homeopathy are different than those to used in mainstay of conventional medicine. When an individual is sick with an acute or chronic illness, s/he will exhibit a specific set of symptoms. The presence of symptoms is a sign of the body’s best effort to combat the disease process. The conventional medical approach uses medications to suppress symptoms, and the dose needed is often large or frequent which can have many undesirable side effects associated with them. This method is known as the law of opposites. In contrast, the practice of homeopathy involves prescribing a Homeopathic remedy that has been shown to produce that same set of symptoms when given in large doses but alleviate the symptoms when given in microscopic doses. This method is known as the law of similars.
Homeopathic remedies act by stimulating the body’s innate healing power, giving it more of exactly what it needs to effectively do what it couldn’t do before; overcome the disease. With balance restored, the symptoms no longer appear. Our goal is to understand each patient's individual physical, mental and emotional nature in order to select the most appropriate and specific homeopathic remedy. In many cases, it may require multiple remedies to guide you through the healing process.
What can I expect during a homeopathic consultation with your doctor?
Homeopathy views human beings as dynamic, responsive and health-oriented organisms that express themselves in physical, emotional and mental ways. Your Tru Health naturopathic doctor will spend approximately an hour to an hour and half during your initial consultation where she will ask you many questions about yourself, the details of your illness, as well as about the health of your family, both past and present. Because each individual is beautifully unique, patients are encouraged to share from all aspects of their lives, even if it seems unimportant or unusual. Often times it is these subtle nuances of what makes us unique that helps identify the correct remedy. With the information gathered, your doctor will select a homeopathic remedy is selected after a thorough and thoughtful analysis of your entire symptom picture. As with all appointments, everything shared with your doctor is kept strictly confidential.
What can I expect to occur after taking a remedy?
Because we are all unique individuals it is important to acknowledge that people can respond to stress in different ways. Two people may develop the same set of symptoms for different reasons and as a result often require different treatments and different remedies to help them along their path to greater wellness. What one experiences after taking a remedy can vary. After taking the prescribed remedy you may or may not notice immediate improvement or change in your symptoms. In fact, in some cases, symptoms may appear to have worsened after taking the remedy or new symptoms may appear. In these cases this is a sign that the remedy is effectively stimulating the body’s own healing response and you should feel the beginnings of recovery after a short period of time. In other cases, you may experience a period of greater well-being shortly after taking the remedy. If you are concerned about the changes that you are experiencing after taking your remedy, always notify your doctor. It is recommended that you keep track of any changes in your symptoms so that this information can be given to your doctor at your next appointment.
How quickly can I expect my symptoms to improve?
This depends very much on a number of factors, including your body’s unique capacity for healing, the extent of your illness, and your overall vitality. Resolution of acute complaints can often occur rather quickly when given a well-matched remedy. Improvements in chronic ailments that have taken months if not years to develop can take time and may require a series of homeopathic prescriptions as the body works to heal itself from the inside out. While it may take time for the entirety of your symptoms to resolve, many patients report benefits of improved energy and a greater sense of well-being when a suitable remedy is given. Be patient. It is better to address the underlying imbalance of your illness than remaining focused on temporary relief from your symptoms.
Dr. Hoffman has received advanced training in Classical Homeopathy through the New England School of Homeopathy under the instruction of well renowned Drs. Paul Herscu and Amy Rothenburg.
Is there scientific evidence that homeopathy works?
Yes! There are numerous research studies and clinical trials that show that homeopathy is effective. Please visit the following links for further information and to make an informed decision about whether or not homeopathy is the right choice for you.
- The British Homeopathic Association- 2 Page summary of evidence based research
- The Society of Homeopaths - Clinical Trials
- The Society of Homeopaths - Animal Studies