FAQ'S about Homoeopathy
Speak to Dr Anthony de Pontes or Dr Isak Venter at the Dynamic Wellness Clinic to see if this modality can be off assistance to getting your health back on track.
What type of professional training do homoeopaths need in order to be qualified?
The practice of Homoeopathy in South Africa requires medical training as prerequisite. Two routes thus exist for entrance into Homoeopathy; either via the medically based homoeopathic Masters Degree course (MTech-Hom) or once a medical practitioner is registered for independent practice, by way of the Post Graduate Diploma in Homoeopathy.
Registration is a legal requirement and under South African Law. It is a criminal offense to practice homoeopathy without registration. Homoeopathic registration in South Africa enjoys a standing, rights and privileges similar to that of conventional medical practitioners. This means that the legal scope of practice of a homoeopathic practitioner is very similar to that of a conventional medical practitioner.
A Homoeopathic Practitioner may diagnose, in fact being a diagnostic primary health care profession, a Homoeopathic Practitioner is legally compelled to make a diagnosis and provide the appropriate ICD-10 diagnostic codes. Homoeopathic Practitioners also have to be licensed to compound Homoeopathic medicine and to dispense any medicine falling within their scope of practice.
Training therefore is based upon the medical curriculum with Homoeopathy as the primary therapeutic focus. From this perspective it is understandable that (as for Medical Practitioners where the requirement for registration is a MBChB or equivalent) in the case of Homoeopathy the requirement for registration is a Masters Degree in Homoeopathy MTech(Hom) or equivalent.
Homoeopathic practitioners are trained diagnosticians, recognized as primary contact practitioners. It should be noted that, whereas the vast majority of international Homoeopathic schools offer skills-oriented Homoeopathic training, South Africa offers professional training at a level required for the practicing of Homoeopathy as a primary contact health profession in accordance with the scope of practice of such a profession.
Homoeopathic training in South Africa consists of a five-year full-time medico-scientific course based on the medical curriculum with the core focus on classical, clinical, modern and conventional Homoeopathy, Homoeo-pharmaceutics and ending with a masters research dissertation. Graduates are registered as Homoeopathic practitioners only after having completed their post-graduate internship.
What are the physical, mental and emotional aspects of homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is based on the philosophy that the body, mind and emotions are not really separate and distinct, but are actually fully integrated.
Prolonged emotional stress can cause physical problems, like upset stomach, difficulty in digesting foods, poor nutrient assimilation, weaker immune system, sleeplessness, etc. The opposite is also true. Illness and physical problems can result in anxiety or emotional uneasiness. Therefore, it is important for a homoeopath to conduct an in-depth interview of a patient.
What is the relationship between symptoms and homoeopathy?
Symptoms are the language of a disease — the body’s attempt to balance itself. Without symptoms, a person could have a potentially life threatening illness with no way of identifying it. There have been many cancer patients who reported that they hadn’t suffered from a cold or flu in years prior to their diagnosis. The explanation was probably not that they didn’t have infections during this period, but more likely that their bodies were unable to fight these infections by producing necessary symptom indications.
Many conventional drugs try to inhibit and suppress symptoms — sometimes leading to even more serious symptoms. Conventional (allopathic) physicians do not usually recognize the new series of symptoms as being related to the old. Thus, they treat them as new and unrelated problems.
Did you know that a fever is the body’s attempt to activate the immune system’s white blood cells and defend itself from infection? If a person is given a symptom-supressing medication — fighting the fever — too soon, they will be less able to fight the actual infection.
Homoeopathy does not seek to remove or suppress symptoms. Its goal is to recognize and remove the underlying cause of these symptoms. This is why a homoeopath will work toward understanding the whole person — including their body, mind and emotional state — before prescribing a remedy.
What is the difference between homoeopathy and conventional medicine?
Homoeopathy is based on a"whole person" approach. In homoeopathy, the remedy or treatment program is customized and individualized to the patient, with the intent of removing the underlying cause.
Conventional Medicine’s Approach
Conventional (allopathic) medicine usually relies on treating a patient’s physical symptoms. it might also assume a person’s symptoms need to be controlled, suppressed or eliminated.
The difference may be stated in a simple analogy: eradicating the "symptom" of a car’s low oil level (the warning light) does not change, or remedy, the cause of the signal (low-oil).
Conventional physicians are trained to consider and treat symptoms as if they are discrete entities -- as if the "ill" part of the patient can be isolated from the rest. This is an effort to better understand the problem by breaking it down into smaller parts. Unfortunately, intense focus on this "part" may completely overshadow the patient's unique human story and life outlook.
Homoeopathy views symptoms as embedded within the whole person, and searches for their unifying source, where mind and body meet. Finding the source requires listening to and understanding the entire patient comprehensively.
Individualization of Treatment
Conventional treatments are usually developed from studying diagnostically similar groups of patients; medications are selected according to group results. Similar diagnoses might lead to the same prescription, regardless of individually unique aspects in the patient.
In contrast, homoeopathic treatments are very individualized, such that 12 patients experiencing "depression" might require 12 different remedies. In fact, the most unique qualities of the case might be the very clues needed to find the person's effective homoeopathic remedy.
What is the patient's role?
- Open Communication & Observation
While it is the homoeopath's job to elicit relevant information by asking probing questions, the patient can expect a higher chance of receiving an effective homoeopathic remedy if he or she is open and truthful in describing their physical and psychological symptoms. It is also important to be observant of the changes taking place in your system. To that end, you might want to keep a journal or notes on any noticeable changes or shifts in your symptoms or health.
- The Follow-Up Visit
Generally, the homoeopath will schedule follow-up visits approximately four to six weeks after the first interview and remedy prescription. In simple cases, a patient will feel significantly better after the first treatment. The follow-up visits are used to determine what additional methods or remedies are required. In some cases, it may be required to use more than one remedy sequentially so that balance and full health can be restored.
- Traditional homoeopathy only applies one remedy at a time. What you will experience when you receive the correct remedy can include the disappearance of specific symptoms, more energy, stronger immune system functions, and a sense of increased well-being. Homoeopathic treatments have rapid and far-reaching effects. Even if the changes require time to develop, they usually are long-lasting.
What can homoeopathy help?
Along with appropriate surgical and other medical interventions, homoeopathy can effectively treat many first aid and acute conditions, such as:
- Insect bites or stings
- Sprains, bruises, and muscle strain
- Coughs and colds
- Post-surgical pain and contusions
- Bladder infections
- Skin rashes such as poison ivy
Homoeopathic remedies can often decrease pain and shock on the way to the emergency room, when such visits are needed.
Homoeopathy can also help patients heal -- rather than simply manage or suppress -- many chronic diseases. Conventional medicine often struggles with these conditions diagnostically, and definitive treatment can be elusive. Examples include:
- Autoimmune disease, including arthritis
- Digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel and others
- Skin diseases such as eczema
- Allergy and sinus disorders
- Headaches, such as migraines
- Vertigo and other neurological complaints
- Women's issues such as PMS, menopausal symptoms, and nausea of pregnancy
Many psychiatric illnesses last for years and can be extremely debilitating, thus qualifying as "chronic diseases". Classical homoeopathy can help people suffering many of these, including:
- Depression and unresolved grief
- Panic disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorders
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Some bipolar disorders
- Eating disorders
With development and relationship issues we often find that a well-prescribed homoeopathic remedy can facilitate their progress. Homoeopathy can be helpful for patients with combined emotional and physical complaints, or who notice that stress worsens their physical symptoms.
To Support Healing
- Certain things could impede patients' progress: These "Obstacles to Recovery" include lifestyle factors such as:
- Poor diet and sleep habits
- Living in damp, moldy environments
- Overindulgence in alcoholic drinks, tea, coffee, or other drugs
- Domestic discord and "constant vexation"
- Sexual excess or "debauchery"
- Lack of exercise and outdoor activities
- Physical or mental overexertion
Once such obstacles were found and removed, health returned spontaneously. If they continued, chronic disease would develop; or, their presence would interfere with successful treatment of concurrent illness.
Words like "vexation" or "debauchery" are out of date today, but factors like this can still affect us. Many of us work more than 60 hours a week at stressful occupations, grab fast food on the run, feel we have no time for exercise or simply "being", cut relationships short, and expose ourselves to toxic chemicals. Even the best homoeopathic treatment cannot overcome ongoing bombardment with such things that imbalance and make us sick.
Homoeopathic treatment can facilitate taking better care of ourselves, but it is not magic. To best support healing, it helps to:
- Eat a mixture of fresh, whole foods that make you feel strong and energized; the more organic and unprocessed, the better.
- Drink enough fresh, clean [filtered?] water daily to keep urine pale yellow in color.
- Avoid things that you know are toxic for you: smoking, recreational drugs, chemicals in food and environment, abusive relationships, etc.
- Find some exercise you enjoy, and do it almost daily -- including both aerobic and muscle-strengthening forms.
- Take a high-quality multivitamin.
Get enough undisturbed sleep each night -- arranging your life so this happens naturally.
Maintain fulfilling, supportive relationships, including intimate partnerships with healthy sexuality.
Develop your own personal sense of purpose or spirituality.
Allow some expressive fun in your life! This can be anything of your choice -- cooking, art, music, dance, journaling, and gardening are all popular ideas. Best of all is to connect with the kid in yourself -- the part that likes to play and laugh. The possibilities are endless!
Is Homoeopathy claimable from medical aid?
YES!!!! Homoeopathic medicines and consultations are claimable on most medical aid schemes. You would need to check with your specific service provider as to what is specifically covered, as it can vary according to your specific policy
Why do I need several consultations when undergoing treatment at dynamic wellness clinic?
The key to answering this is ‘Dynamic Wellness’- when you get diagnosed and put on a treatment plan we are attempting to put your body in a house cleaning or homoeostasis mode to get back its vitality, energy and health. This may initially feel strange to the patient as they are so used to being in an ‘ill’ frame of mind. When the body starts to heal you may feel discomfort, fatigue, even fear and uncertainty if the treatment or symptoms experienced are unusual. This is why several treatment sessions are needed to either work on the body to release these imbalances in the physical/emotional levels. The repeated reassurance and guidance by the Doctor with the supportive back up of the treatment or medicine protocols works to ensure success.