The holistic perspective views disease as an imbalance of the whole person – and symptoms as the manifestation of this imbalance. Treatment focuses on bringing you back into balance and to your best possible level of health.
Holistic medicine functions gently, in harmony with the body, and with no side effects. It takes you into account as a whole person: your physical, mental and emotional condition as well as your social and physical environment. Certain holistic approaches such as Homeopathy can powerfully stimulate your body’s own healing process to cure illness.
Commonly Asked Questions
- What is Homeopathy?
A very rigorous system of natural medicine, homeopathy appreciates that within each person there is an innate healing power that can help restore health – not simply alleviate or suppress symptoms. This healing power is visible every day when, without any outside help, our cuts heal and our colds disappear. Homeopathy powerfully stimulates this healing process to cure illness.Two hundred years ago the brilliant German physician Samuel Hahnemann discovered homeopathy’s core truth: like cures like. Conducting extensive medical research, he learned that different natural substances given in large doses would make healthy people ill. He then proved that these same substances, specially prepared and given in small doses, would cure people who were ill with these very same symptoms.
The total picture of symptoms, especially those that are unique to and characteristic of the patient, are considered. A remedy is selected which best corresponds to that total picture. That remedy then works by augmenting the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
- What is Classical Homeopathy?
Classical Homeopathy is the original medical approach that Dr. Hahneman founded and developed some two hundred years ago. Based on the principle like cures like, it employs a single remedy at a time to treat a spectrum of symptoms. These medicines are specially prepared at a homeopathic, pharmaceutical laboratory and are all-natural.
- Why Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is highly effective for many conditions, including some conditions which can not be cured by conventional medicine. Moreover it functions in harmony with the body, gently and with no side effects. It is even safe for pregnant women and infants.Almost immediately after Hahneman’s discovery, homeopathy became widely used throughout Europe. Today millions of people in Europe, India, Latin America and, increasingly, in the USA and Canada take advantage of homeopathy.
The FDA reports that sales of homeopathic medicine has increased 100% in the past twenty years. According to the British Medical Journal, nearly half the British population, including the British Royal Family, see homeopathic physicians.
- What does Homeopathy treat?
Homeopathy treats most acute and chronic problems. See Reading Room page for sample cases Dr. Goodman-Herrick has treated.
• Yeast Infection
• Bladder Infection
• Sinus Infection
• Ear Infection
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Emotional & mental symptoms
• Women’s health issues (i.e. PMS, menopausal symptoms, dysmenorrhea, etc.)
• And many other health problems
- What are Homeopathic Medicines?
Called remedies, these are specially prepared by homeopathic pharmaceutical companies using natural substances, mostly plants and minerals. Unlike other medicine, homeopathic remedies work on a dynamic principle of minuscule dosage. Instead of effecting a chemical change per se, it gives your body the necessary stimulus to heal itself. Once this occurs, you body’s systems gradually return to balance, which helps you gain strength and resist disease.Many basic homeopathic medicines can be found at your local pharmacy. It is recommended to only purchase medicine that your homeopathic practitioner or consultant has prescribed.
- What Is a Homeopathic session like?
An extensive range of questions are asked regarding your physical, emotional, and mental conditions in the initial interview. Your answers provide information that allows the doctor to know you as a complete human being and in turn provide a very precise and effective treatment plan.Most of the time, the remedy is given at the conclusion of the consulting visit. However, sometimes it is necessary to do further research. In acute cases, the original visit and one follow-up are usually sufficient. In chronic cases, treatment is a process over time, depending on individual circumstances. To insure proper treatment, the Doctor needs to monitor progress and sometimes adjust or alter doses.
- How do I know Homeopathy really works?
You do not have to believe in homeopathy; it works with babies and animals.You do have to be committed. With your collaboration, the goal of this practice is to help you attain and maintain the highest possible level of health.
- Are Homeopathic medicine’s safe?
Yes, they are completely safe, even for children and pregnant woman. They are without side-effects.
- What is the training of a Naturopathic doctor?
licensed naturopathic physicians are trained at 4-year, full-time, approved naturopathic medical schools. They take licensing exams in those states which license naturopathic doctors. Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Puerto Rico also gives licenses. Presently naturopathic doctors are working on legislation in a number of states, including New York, to obtain licensing laws.
- What is the training of a skilled Homeopathic practitioner?
Years of training with master homeopathic mentors and in training programs. After extensive training, practitioners can take an exam to become board certified in homeopathy by the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. Dr. Goodman-Herrick is board-certified.
- What is the difference between Naturopathy and Homeopathy?
Naturopathic is a broad umbrella term for many natural healing therapeutics, such as acupuncture, botanical medicine, hyrdrotherapy, homeopathy and nutrition.
- Can I be on other medicines?
Yes. There is no problem with drug interaction. Over time, with successful treatment, you may be able to decrease or eliminate your other medication with your prescribing physician’s consent
- What does homeopathic treatment cost compared to conventional or allopathic medicine?
Homeopathic medicines cost a small fraction of what traditional, drug medicine cost.
- How long will my treatment last?
The length of treatment varies from person to person. Most often, after the initial visit, a person is seen once a month for several months to monitor care. After that visits are on an as-needed basis.
- Does insurance cover my appointments?
Each insurance policy has different coverage. The best thing to do is to contact your insurance company and ask if they cover the visits of a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine licensed in California.
Telephone Interview With Dr. Goodman-Herrick
Can you explain to us exactly what homeopathy is?
One person is chilly, another is very warm. Some crave fats, some sweets, some both. These are all the minute details which help the homeopathic practitioner to prescribe the remedy best suited for the individual.
Tell me a little bit a bout yourself and how you got started in homeopathy.
I traveled there and was very impressed with the doctor’s caring manner, as well as the thoroughness of the interview. At the end of the visit, the doctor prescribed a homeopathic remedy, which I started taking. Within a short time, much to my surprise, but in a short time my energy and overall sense of well-being improved a great deal. I’m pleased to say that, with homeopathic care, 35 years later, my health is better than it was then.
How do insurance companies treat homeopathic and your business specifically?
If the insurance company says they don’t cover the services, you may want to become active to promote for these services. Insurance companies are starting to find out that naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, with its emphasis on preventative healthcare is actually cost-effective and will save them money. This is the big selling point for the insurance companies, and so we should use this as consumers, as well.
Do you think homeopathy makes a good career? Would you recommend young people going in to study it?
Tell me a little bit about the problems you can treat homeopathically.
I look at each person on an individual, holistic basis. I look at what’s going on in their lives mentally, emotionally, as well as physically. I work with patients to make nutritional changes and lifestyle changes as needed, but at a comfortable pace. Then I also prescribe homeopathic remedy based on their [inaudible 00:06:35] picture. My goal is to help patient obtain and maintain the highest possible level of health.