You need to come for scheduled
appointments and to inform the homeopath of any significant changes
in your health during the course of homeopathic treatment. Homeopathic
follow-up appointments are generally every six weeks to three
months. Once you are doing well, follow-ups are generally scheduled
The Limitations of
Homeopathic treatment is not for
everyone. The following are factors that prevent a person from
being a good candidate for homeopathic treatment:
- There are some children, particularly
teenagers, who are so opposed to anything their parents recommend that they
will sabotage homeopathic treatment, either by refusing to go
to appointments or take the medicines or by intentionally using
substances that interfere with homeopathic treatment. Similarly,
both parents need to be convinced that homeopathy is a valid treatment
or willing to try it for at least six months.
- Some people have such severe behavioral
problems that they need to be in an institution, such as a jail
or drug or alcohol treatment center, rather than outpatient treatment.
We are aware of only one such institutional program, which offered
homeopathy as part of a research study and hope others will in
the near future.
- Individuals who are unwilling
to avoid those substances which interfere with homeopathic treatment,
such as coffee or recreational drugs, are not good candidates
- Homeopathic medicines may not
act as quickly initially as prescription drugs, though the positive
effects last much longer. This requires patience and a willingness
to stick with the treatment process.
Why Not Treat Yourself or
As you read through the cases in
this book, you will probably think of someone you know who may
have a very similar symptom picture. You may even be tempted to
try to find the medicines mentioned in this book and administer them yourselves. Please
heed our advice regarding self-treatment.
There are many classes available
on prescribing homeopathic medicines for acute illnesses such
as colds, flus, and minor infections. We encourage you to take
these classes, to read more about acute prescribing, to buy a
homeopathic home kit, and to try homeopathic medicines on yourself
and your family for minor illnesses. If the person treated does
not improve in a day or two, be sure to consult your homeopathic
or conventional physician.
The conditions mentioned in this
book are not acute conditions. These are chronic states and need
to be handled much more carefully. There are over 2,000 homeopathic
medicines. It takes years of homeopathic study and practice to
make the fine distinctions about when to prescribe which medicine.
Although homeopathic medicines do not have long lists of side
effects like many conventional medicines, it is also possible
to experience a reaction to the medicine. IN ANY CHRONIC CONDITION,
WHETHER PHYSICAL, MENTAL, OR EMOTIONAL, DO NOT TREAT YOURSELF
OR YOUR CHILD. Find an experienced homeopathic practitioner. We
have received a number of calls from people who have read our
articles on ADD, thought they recognized themselves or their children,
and gone out to find the medicine themselves. Invariably they
have called us for treatment because they did not select the right
medicine or did not know how to administer the medicine at the
right frequency or potency. If you were considering brain surgery,
you would not read a book or two, buy a set of scalpels, and start
cutting. Homeopathy is just as complicated an art as neurosurgery.
Just because homeopathic medicines are widely available does
not mean they are easy to use. Please do not experiment on yourself
or your family members for ADD. Find an expert.