· Is inexpensive
· Is cost-effective
Why Choose Homeopathy
over Conventional Medicine
- The most common reason patients choose
homeopathic treatment is the positive results they have heard
from others with similar problems or because they have been referred
by another physician or practitioner who is familiar with homeopathic
treatment of ADD.
- The patient or parents have
read about homeopathy, and the philosophy and approach make more
sense to them than conventional medicine.
- Many adults and parents choose
homeopathic treatment because it is safe, nontoxic, and effective.
- Conventional medications for ADD
act very briefly. A dose of Ritalin, for example, lasts only about
four hours. One dose of the correct homeopathic medicine usually
lasts at least four to six months.
- Homeopathic medicines often result
in growth spurts in children and never suppress a child's normal
development. Nor do they cause such side effects as tics, appetite
suppression, and insomnia.
- Homeopathic medicines are very inexpensive.
The only significant cost of homeopathic treatment is office visits.
Once the person has responded well to the homeopathic medicine,
appointments are infrequent.
- Homeopathy treats the whole person. Not only do learning and behavioral
problems improve, so do most or all of the other physical, mental,
and emotional complaints of the person. Conventional medication
for ADD works only on specific learning and behavioral problems.
Sally Smith, a parent of an ADD child formerly on Ritalin, describes
this phenomenon by holding up a ruler and pointing to the one-inch
mark: "Ritalin makes you available to learn. You and your parents and teachers
have to work on all the rest."
- Homeopathy will not make a child
depressed or dull. Parents sometimes complain that, although stimulant
and antidepressant medications have eliminated some of the more
severe problem behaviors, their children's spirits seem dampened
and they do not seem like their former selves.
- Homeopathic medicines are generally
given infrequently and over limited periods of time. Conventional
medications put only a temporary lid on ADD symptoms. Doctors
often recommend that these medications be taken for the rest of
the patient's life.
What Can I and My
Family Expect from Homeopathic Treatment?
Homeopaths have high expectations
for their patients. We generally do not consider a homeopathic
medicine effective for a patient unless the person's symptoms
are at least 50 percent (usually 70 percent or more) improved
and this improvement lasts for a year or more. This requires that
the patient stay with homeopathic treatment for at least a year.
The homeopath keeps a careful record of all of the symptoms and
characteristics that were elicited during each interview. As treatment
progresses, these symptoms should get better and better. An improvement
can usually be noticed within one month, and often within days
A patient can expect his energy and
overall sense of well-being to improve as well as an improvement
in most or all of his mental, emotional, and physical complaints. This means, as you will see over and over in the cases that we present in this book, that not only does attention and behavior improve, but headaches, growing pains, constipation, nailbiting, and other symptoms improve after
the homeopathic medication has been prescribed.