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Old 05-20-2002, 09:23 AM   #1
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please read

Please be careful.
A homeopathic doctor tried to charge me $1000 for 2 hours
basically of talking.

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Old 05-21-2002, 12:02 PM   #2
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I'm sorry you had a bad experience, Andrea. Unfortunately there are people (even trained professionals) who are willing to take advantage in any situation. It's always best to have a recommendation to a new health care practitioner, but I know that's not always possible.

While the fee sounds excessive, I must comment that the office visit you describe is actually quite normal and even generous. Homeopathy is not the same as western medicine. Diagnosis is achieved through analysis of a patient's experiences, and the only way to determine what's going on for the patient is through extensive interviews. Because it's based on patient narrative, some homeopaths treat over the phone and don't require in-person visits.

It seems odd when we're used to seeing a harried doctor for 15 minutes and being given some pills, but homeopathy is actually a long and very precise process. A two-hour visit sounds like the homeopath you saw was doing a thorough job.

A homeopath will typically ask very specific questions (food cravings, thirst for hot or cold beverages, pains in specific areas, the time that symptoms occur, how you sleep including your position, emotions/anger, etc.). After compiling all of this information, they will be able to narrow down your "constitutional" remedy to a few possibilities.

They typically have the patient try one of the remedies (either treated sublingual sugar pills or liquid tinctures) and give it a few weeks to see how it works. Other remedies can be prescribed for specific short-term ailments, but the patient is usually on his or her constitutional remedy for a number of months until good health returns.

With a good practitioner, I assure you that homeopathy does work. But it is a long process, and finding a skilled homeopath with a gift for diagnosis can be quite a chore.

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