How I Work

Waivers, Questionnaires &  Instructions           Client Assessment Form                     Process of Healing

Before seeking care please read my New Client/Patient Orientation

Acute Care for Short-term conditions

Care for Chronic Conditions

What May Interfere With Your Remedy

Note that is always helpful and sometimes necessary to have a proper diagnosis and prognosis from your doctor before seeking homeopathic care. I am not medically licensed nor do I diagnose or give prognoses for disease conditions. Realize too, that diagnoses are fallible; even doctors make mistakes. When seeking care from me, we first must decide whether you have an acute (one time, self-limiting) illness, a chronic illness or an acute flare up of a chronic illness, such as a cold, flu or allergy that occurs annually.

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Care for Acute (i.e. self-limiting, short term) Conditions such as flu, colds, poison oak, injuries, etc.

The interview lasts about one half-hour. I ask a series of in-depth questions about all aspects of the illness including mental, physical and emotional aspects. I want to know precisely what parts of the body are affected and how. I want to know what times symptoms started and when they’re most and least aggravated. I want to know what factors in your diet, activity, environment, etc. improve or aggravate your symptoms. I want to know the precise qualities of the sensations, discharges, etc. I want to know what changes have occurred in your general state of health such as your sleep, energy, appetite, diet, etc. I want to know what changes have occurred in your state of mind since the onset of the illness. After I have a clear idea of your illness, I will choose a remedy and I will advise you on how you can take it for good results.

It may be necessary to try several remedies before the right one is found. As the illness progresses different remedies may be needed and thus additional intake required. Based on the type and severity of the illness we must decide how quickly you should receive results from the remedy. If some improvement is not seen within the time allowed you should consult your doctor.

Acute flare up of a chronic Illness such as annual hayfever or any illness you have had before

If we decide that this illness is recurrent and not just a one time acute illness, it is best to have chronic care. But if you feel it’s necessary, I will do an interview and work with you as above.

Care for Chronic Conditions (i.e. ongoing long-term)

Step 1. The first step before arriving for the first consultation, is to fill the out the Assessment Form for determining possible “obstacles to cure and maintaining causes.” These are the aspects of your life that prevent your healing process. Some are more of an interference than others. In our first half hour meeting we will discuss these issues and decide how much you will deal with these issues before continuing on with the homeopathic care. One can never know in advance how much some factor affects your health or will interfere with the action of the homeopathic remedy. But there are certain things known to interfere for many people. We will identify all those things that have a more or less severe impact on your health or are known to interfere with the remedy. Then you can decide how much or how little you wish to address them before we continue with homeopathic care.

There are some homeopaths who won’t work with a client who has certain interfering factors. My feeling is that it is always worth trying to find an effective remedy but if there are too many interferences then I have to advise you that I’m less confident of being able to help you. Some factors confuse the picture by creating symptoms. Some factors actually interfere with the action of the remedy. Other factors will slowdown the healing process. I can work with you giving you advice and referring you to other resources that will help you deal with these problems. If you are taking medications prescribed by your doctor you should work with your doctor for the duration in order to manage them properly. It may be necessary to reduce the dosage of your medications as your health improves but always do so only on your doctor’s advice.

By signing the Assessment Form you will commit to working with me without adding in any other forms of treatment not authorized by a doctor, for a mutually agreed upon period of time usually not less than 6 months.

I may decide at the assessment that it would be best to work with you nutritionally before continuing on with homeopathic care.

If I decide after the half hour assessment or after beginning the nutritional program that it is appropriate, we can then begin homeopathic care. For California residents we will have to sign a Waiver for Homeopathic Care.

Step 2. The next step is to have an appointment for a homeopathic intake. The interview takes from one to two hours. In the first part of the interview I ask you to tell me everything that you feel has a bearing on the issues of concern. I try not to interfere at all in your telling of your situation except to clarify. In the second part of the interview I will ask you questions to expand on what you’ve told me.

Step 3.At this point I will analyze your case. I may have further questions that I will wish to clarify over the phone. After I decide on a remedy you may order it from a pharmacy and I will give you instructions as to how to take it.

Step 4. During the period between appointments it is necessary for you to keep track of how your health varies during this time. A good way to do it is with a diary. Is important to see not just how the remedy affects the symptoms of concern but also your general health such as your sleep and energy, clarity of mind, calmness, sense of well-being and sensitivity to your environment.

Three or four days after starting a new remedy, we will do a short follow-up by phone to make sure everything is ok. Any time during this period that you have questions or concerns you may call me. If acute illnesses occur you should contact me right away so we can decide the proper course of action. Even if you decide to use conventional medical treatment for the acute illness, I should know so that I can manage your chronic treatment appropriately.

What May Interfere with Your Remedy (aka Antidoting)

During your care the following will likely interfere with the action of the remedy and should be avoided if possible. It may be necessary to repeat the remedy as result.

• Dental care (of course you want to do necessary dental care, just be aware that it may interfere with the action of your homeopathic remedy)

• Camphor, mothballs, tea tree oil, other essential oils & possibly other strong odors like paints, etc.

• Sleeping with an electrical blanket, cell phone or near other strong sources of EMF energy

• Swedish bitters, Pau d’Arco tea, Sunrider and KM products

• X-ray, MRI & acupuncture treatments

• Some drugs & coffee may interfere for some individuals

• Hot Springs

Your remedy bottle should be kept away from all the above and also out of the sunlight and temperatures above 120 deg F/ 49 deg C.

Homeopathic Aggravations: Occasionally when you first start on the correct homeopathic remedy there will be a slight worsening of the symptoms. Although not desirable, in a way it is good because it is a confirmation that the right remedy was chosen. The aggravation goes away in a few days and the healing begins.

Step 5. Follow-up interviews usually last about one half-hour. I want to know all the changes that have occurred since you started taking the remedy. At this point we may decide to stay with the current remedy, do nothing, or choose a different remedy. This is where having your diary is very helpful.

Once a remedy starts to work no further in-depth interviews are required until your symptom picture changes or your improvement stops. The frequency of follow-up interviews depends on the nature of your case. As your health improves less frequent follow-ups are needed. Usually follow-ups are no more often than once a month.


N.B. With Chronic care I will often discourage acute treatment where it might interfere unnecessarily with the chronic treatment.