Homeopathy & Mental Health

homeopathy 2Homeopathy is vital to my success in treatment of mental health conditions. There is no other treatment that is as effective, safe, and side-effect free as homeopathy. I have had amazing results in helping my patients find relief from anxiety, rage, depression, mania and psychosis using homeopathic medicine. It is the core of my treatment plan, and the reason why my patients not only survive, but thrive. All other therapies that I use work in conjunction with and support the healing power of homeopathy.

What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a unique system of medicine based on the ages old principle of like-cures-like, originally proposed by Hippocrates. To be effective in using this unique medicine a doctor must be highly skilled in medical diagnosis, assessment of obstacles to cure, and homeopathic application. This skilled doctor will be able to match the symptoms that are unique to you (not to your illness) with a medicine that would cause those same symptoms in a healthy person. When this match is made with precision and the appropriate homeopathically prepared substance is given, the body is able to begin the process of healing.

Why is homeopathy so important?
Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal and work at your underlying susceptibility to a condition. This understanding is at the core of my approach and what sets me aside from other mental health care providers. Life is stressful, but not everyone who experiences stress ends up feeling anxious or depressed. It is your underlying susceptibility, or internal imbalance, that creates the outward symptoms of mental health conditions. Other treatment methods, including some natural medicines, focus on symptom suppression rather than healing your susceptibility. Homeopathy is a healing medicine as opposed to a suppressive medicine, and this is why I use it. This is also why my patients routinely tell her that not only do they feel better but they are more stable, more confident, and have greater focus and energy.

Homeopathy is rational medicine.
Homeopathy is the only medicine that has been completely developed and tested on humans for use in humans.  It was developed through the most rigorous of scientific approaches. Its founder, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann spent years understanding and documenting the results of the the medicines before using them and then outlining their methods of use. He did this through controlled tests on healthy subjects who recorded the symptoms they experienced. He confirmed his theories by treating sick individuals who experienced the symptoms the individual substances had been shown to cause. It was also through this rigorous testing that he learned that smaller, potentized doses of individual substances were more effective. This was not his intention, but the observable phenomenon could not be ignored. This is lucky for us, because it is in these dilute doses that we find the power of the substance without harmful side effects that are often found in full strength medicines.

Homeopathy holds up in research.
Homeopathy must be prescribed based on unique symptoms experienced by the individual. This makes it difficult to conduct double blind, placebo controlled trials. Despite this challenge, studies have shown that homeopathy is equally as effective as Prozac in the treatment of depression and Methyphenidate (Ritalin) in ADHD. Scientists continue to explore the methods for how homeopathy can be effective in incredibly low doses. The most recent research suggests that the process of serial dilution and succussion (vigorous agitation to mix the substance with the water) creates nanoparticles of the original substance that can be detected with Transmission Electron Microscopy.

What is a homeopathic medicine?
Homeopathic medicines are made from single substances found in nature. These substances could be from a plant, mineral or animal source. There are over 3,000 remedies that have been studied and are available for use. Homeopathic medicines are prepared under strict guidance of the FDA.

Homeopathic medicines are available over the counter.  Can I just treat myself?
In theory, yes.  However, you would be unlikely to get the response that I am known for.  There is a specific skill when it comes to homeopathic prescribing. A well-studied doctor knows your medical condition inside and out. She knows what is common and what is uncommon. This knowledge, coupled with the skill in homeopathic case taking and analysis allows her to identify the unique, rare, and individualized symptoms that you have, which indicate the medicine that will stimulate your body and mind to heal.

What about combination products for focus or mood stability?
Some people find these products help them, but often only for a short time.  That is because these products take a “shotgun approach.”  They combine several homeopathic remedies that might be indicated for focus or mood with the hopes that you will react to one of them.  Occasionally people do respond to one for a period of time, but eventually that stimulus to heal wears off.  With many remedies combined, it is impossible to know which remedy you were responding to, and therefore which one to change to continue the healing process.  With the use of combination products, people often find that they stop working after a fairly short period of time and are left with the symptoms just as bad as they were before.  The only way to continue the healing process and have full resolution of symptoms is with exact prescribing based on the current presentation of symptoms.