It is easy to become fanatical about homeopathy, especially when dealing with other modalities that can be suppressive or interfere with the healing process. It is one of the biggest challenges to homeopaths today in this world of allopathic medicine. What is the best way to deal with this when your client is seeing other doctors and using other modalities as well?
I have found that educating my client is a process that needs time and needs to be repeated often. I find during the initial interview and discussion that the usual client hears and retains about 20% of what was discussed. They will come with a list of all of the drugs being taken and all of the different modalities of healing they are using in their approach to healing. Some of them do not work so well with the homeopathic approach.
The first step is getting them to take responsibility for their own healing. I usually share what I know to be true about homeopathy and how it can help them. It is really necessary to get them to understand the concept of vital force and that they are the healers; no drug or even the homeopathic remedy will do the healing for them. This concept can be a very big wake-up call for some clients and they need time to accept this idea.
It is usually during follow-ups that the idea of them healing themselves starts to take hold. In the meantime, I do not ask them to change any part of their previous regimen with other modalities. This can make the first follow-up somewhat difficult at times because it can be challenging to see the healing response. But if the remedy is correct, it will show up somewhere in their story. Then, when they have begun to see that homeopathy is helping, education about other modalities can really start to be heard.
In regards to drugs, I never take a person off of any drug I did not prescribe. Most clients say they do not want to take the drugs but do not know how to get off of them. I find that most of the drugs prescribed do not work very well, if at all. When this is the case, I encourage the client to go back to the prescribing doctor and work with them to get off of the drugs. I will never be the one responsible for this. I did not prescribe the drug so I respect that the prescription needs to be altered or stopped by the prescribing physician. I expect the same with my homeopathic prescriptions as well. Ultimately, it is the desire and the responsibility of the client to get these changes to occur.
Other modalities like acupuncture and chiropractic manipulations can have mixed results when applied with homeopathy. It very much depends on the approach and intent of the practitioner. The same follows for massage and even other energetic healing modalities. I usually do not discourage these types of modalities but will watch closely if they have a detrimental effect on their healing. At times, if necessary and warranted, I will even recommend a less invasive modality to be used in addition to homeopathy but will only recommend a practitioner I am familiar with and trust.
Because homeopathy is a very subtle and energetic medicine, many other modalities can interfere as the vital force is forced to respond to a more invasive energy. Other modalities must be used with great care. Timing is essential when introducing another modality. Be very careful not to change too much of the client's approach to healing in the beginning. They really need the time to trust in their healing process and trust that homeopathy can help them heal. In time, with correct prescribing and good case management, the issue of too many modalities in their approach to healing will start to dissolve. We must be patient.
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