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10 Tips To Finding A Good Homeopathic Doctor

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 @ 03:10 PM

Tags: Homeopathic Treatment, Finding a homeopathic doctor

  Finding information about homeopathy is pretty easy these days with the Internet.  However, finding a homeopathic doctor can still be a challenge.  There is really no standard for homeopaths in the US.  Other countries may have standards but this article is going to focus on the US. 

1)  The homeopathic doctor should have you fill out a health survey.  This should be about the same as when you go to a MD doctor office.

2)  The homeopathic doctor should ideally have a MD degree.  The Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH) credential is the best.  Many people have ND degrees but they are not really homeopaths.  They specialize in naturopathic medicine.  Not to say anyone with a ND degree is not qualified to treat you but if you can find a homeopath with a MD degree that would be ideal.  Ask the ND if he specialized in homeopathy training.  Check to see if the doctor had come from some of the universities below that specialize in homeopathy.

• Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington
• Hahnemann Medical Clinic in Albany, California
• International Foundation for Homeopathy in Seattle
• National College of Natural Health Sciences in Portland, Oregon
• Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto 

3)  The homeopathic doctor should tell you what medicine you are taking.  Some doctors simply give the clients the medicine to heal them without informing the patient what they are taking.  Once the doctor leaves, the patient has no way to resume the therapy.  This is done to trap the patient into using their services indefinitely.

4)  Check to see the doctor has a website.  Most reputable doctors would have a website with testimonials and downloaded forms.

5)  The intial meeting should last about 1.5 hours to find out a treatment plan for your conditions.  If the initial meeting is too short, you may not be meeting a qualified homeopath to treat you condition.

6) The homeopath should also be prescribing constitutional remedies not just homeopathic remedies for your acute or chronic conditon.  Constituional remedies are used to help heal your body and mind back to normal regardless of your condition.  

7)  Homeopathic doctor should not be telling you to stop your current prescription based medication.  This can be dangerous for the patient.  Only your own MD doctor should tell you not to take prescription medicine.

8)  The homeopath should work closely with your current doctor if the case is chronic.  Chronic cases require everyone to work together to find a solution.  The homoepath should work closely with your doctor so both may come up with a plan to treat you beneficially.    

9) Make sure there are no claims or lawsuits impending against the homeopathic doctor.

10)  Use these set of questions before you start treatment below.

Questions to ask the practitioner
Are you qualified to give medical advice?
• Can you give me examples of patients you’ve treated and what their recovery was like with homeopathy?
• About how long will the initial consultation last?
• How long will I need to continue homeopathy treatments?
• How will I know that a homeopathic remedy is working?
• How often will I need to take a dose of the remedy?
• Will I experience any side effects or worsening of symptoms from taking homeopathy?
• Why is it necessary to spend so much time asking me about so many unrelated aspects of my habits and health?
• How much does a session cost?
• About how many follow-up treatments do you anticipate I’ll need to treat my particular symptoms?
• Is this treatment covered by medical insurance?

  Let me know if there are any tips that should be included in the comments section.

References:

http://www.holistic.com/holistic/Learning.nsf/b00588db461b551d87256906005eb56f/4520709efb8efe56872569f300788eb7!OpenDocument

Homeopathic Trials on Malaria

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 @ 02:47 AM

Tags: homeopathic remedies, Homeopathic Treatment, Malaira

We are going to look at a series of trials with homeopathy and malaria.


Malaria is a highly pravalent diesease in tropical countries. Malaria is contracted by mosquitio bites. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. Each year 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in sub-Saharan Africa.

First Trial - Homeopathic neem preparation in Tanzania

Objective

In the first trial, a homeopathic neem preparation is being used to prevent an outbreak of malaria.

Trial

152 patients, 79 children and 73 adults, were in the trial.

Subjects reported a decrease in Malaria. More adults reported progress than children which could be due to children not taking the medication properly.

Conclusion

From this trial we conclude that the researched homeopathic neem drops are effective and can be safely used up to 6 months when a drug holiday of a week is observed after every 2-3 months of treatment.

The results from this study show that homeopathic neem reduces instances of malaria outbreaks. This effect was observed in both adults and children after 6 months of preventative treatment. More research is needed to clarify the durability of this preventative effect in the long term.

Issues wth the trial

Some problems with these trials is the malaria is extremely easy to misidentify. No doctor was there to clinically confirm that no malaria was present. A placebo effect may have biased the results towards the positive. Researcher bias may also play a factor with in this study. This “study” had no control group with which to compare the effects of homeopathic neem leaves.

Trial 2 -Malaria and Homeopathic Remedies in Ghana
An Open Study and a Double-blind Randomized Clinical Trial

Objective

The basis of this study is whether homeopathic remedies would work better than chloroquine, a drug to treat and prevent malaria.

Which homeopathic medicine should be used when individually prescribing medicines to treat malaria?

Trial
The patients that exhibit signs of Malaria such as high fever, chills, and other conditions were treated with the following homeopathic remedies and few others homeopathic medicines that are not listed.

Arse­nicum album, Cina, Eupatorium Perfoliatum, Natrum Muriaticum, Pulsatilla, Rhus toxicodendron, Nux vomica and Sulphur.

Each treatment was individualized for the patients. 92 patients were tested. 17 patients did not return for a follow up treatment. 68 out of the 75 showed improvements. 2 groups were treated, one with homeopathic remedies and a chloroquine placebo. The other group with a homeopathic placebo and chloroquine.

Conclusions

The results of the study show that the homeopathic remedies do have an effect on treatment of malaria which is significant and slighly better than chloroquine. Also, individualized homeopathic medicine seem to show a significant effect on Malaria.

Issues with the Trial

Larger trials with more test verification should be done in the future. This initial trial is very small and it can not be used as a recommendation for homeopathic treatment of Malaria until some larger trials are done.

References

Homeopathic neem on Malaria

http://www.hpathy.com/research/barlow-neem.asp

Malaria and Homeopathic Remedies in Ghana

http://www.giriweb.com/vanerp.htm