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What is Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicine recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person. Therefore, it is the patient who requires treatment, not the disease. Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of medicine that assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself.

A brief history of Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that was introduced and developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann at the end of the 18th century. The principle of similars like cures like and the law of the minimum dose are the basis of the medical system called homeopathy. Hahnemann was interested in the effect of different substances of materials of animal, vegetable and mineral origin or even diseased tissue. It was while he was experimenting on himself with an extract of quinine from Peruvian cinchona bark (which was the common treatment for malaria) that he was surprised to observe that the substance produced in himself the same symptoms as it was used to cure. That is to say, a substance that is capable of provoking certain symptoms in an otherwise healthy body, can also act curatively on similar symptoms in a sick person. To illustrate, common chamomile, if taken in large quantities, will produce a state of nervousness and over-sensitivity to pain. Therapeutically, a teething child who is suffering would be relieved from pain by chamomile in homeopathic form (the law of the minimum dose). Therefore, by matching the symptoms manifested by the patient with the appropriate homeopathic remedy, the body is able to restore its natural vitality. This is the law of similars. A homeopathic view would be that the child is in a chamomilla state – this prescribes on manifestations presented by the individual as opposed to a generic remedy for all teething children.
The Greek physician Hippoctrates became known as the “Father of Medicine” for his work in moving healing away from mysticism and religion. He established key principles, among them the theory of “like cures like” which is the basis of homeopathic medicine.

Homeopathy may help with:

Stress and anxiety
Improve circulation
Stomach pain
Bowel Issues
Sore Throats
Acute Infection
Injury & Trauma
Compromised Immunity
A general feeling of unwellness

Is homeopathy safe?

Homeopathic remedies are completely safe with no unwanted side effects and they are non-addictive. Homeopathy is a true holistic modality and is safe for the elderly, babies, children, and during pregnancy. It is excellent in first aid situations. It can reduce the duration and severity of acute and chronic illness. Homeopathy can safely be used together with conventional drugs. There is no risk of homeopathic remedies interfering with, or disrupting the effects of prescription drugs.

What can I expect on a typical naturopathic/homeopathic appointment?

The initial visit usually takes about one hour. During this hour Dr. Rodak will ask you questions about your current and past medical history, a review of organ systems and possibly some general physical exam work will take place. Dr. Rodak will then analyze the information collected and provide treatment options, one of which might be a homeopathic remedy. Having over 20 years of clinical experience Dr. Rodak uses his extensive knowledge and a computer program called RADAR to repertorize your symptoms. Having RADAR greatly reduces the amount of time and increases the efficiency that a naturopathic doctor needs to find the correct homeopathic remedy. Depending upon the complexity of your case, follow up visits can be anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes. Regular follow up visits are important since it allows your naturopathic doctor the opportunity to evaluate the progress of your case and to decide whether to repeat, change the potency (strength), or move on to another remedy or treatment plan. In chronic cases this would allow for a well-managed case with a great reduction in negative symptoms and in a healthy individual the benefits would be a preventive lifestyle approach. Being a naturopathic doctor with extensive knowledge of various treatment modalities, Dr. Rodak might choose a multi factorial treatment approach which might include other modalities such as acupuncture, the Bowen technique, cleansing and detoxification of the body, or he might choose to prescribe only a homeopathic remedy.

Good health derives from a balance between the mind and body, which is maintained by a “vital force” that regulates the body’s self healing capabilities. The great advantage of having a naturopathic doctor prescribe a homeopathic remedy is that it stimulates the body to heal itself without suppressing symptoms. Just as the treatment with other natural medicine is unique to the individual, the progress of a case will depend on the person’s individual vitality.
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954 Royal York Rd
Toronto, Ontario M8X 2E5
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Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM
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