Questions to Ask a Classical Homeopath Before Hiring
by Kari J. Kindem, CFHom,
Classical Homeopath, San Jose, CA, USA
These questions are designed to be
a guide and to assist those who are
NEW to classical homeopathy.
We suggest that a client review these questions before when interviewing
Why did you become a
Tip: See if they love homeopathy! Find out if they have a genuine, burning passion for and a deep belief in their work.
whether or not this person truly feels called to this kind of
You want a
homeopath who has time for treating YOU. Listen carefully to the answer to this
question and their reasons. Beware of
egotistical language, discussions of their "importance"
in any field, what book(s) they have published, what conferences
they have taught or spoken at,
etc. Some of the better and hardest working homeopaths are the ones who
get the results by quietly and diligent working on their cases.
Have you had experience treating someone with
to my case before?
Tip: Although not absolutely vital, it is extremely helpful
and highly recommended by us.
Homeopathy doesn't treat by disease name, but by symptom pictures.
Of course, it helps if a
homeopath knows this kind of condition,
but it is not essential.
Get testimonials from clients who have been treated
successfully for the same or similar conditions when possible.
How many years have you been practicing
Is homeopathy your
Look for experience with prescribing for both acute and chronic
how many prescriptions they average per month, per year.
Be aware of "experienced" homeopaths who have not actually
worked actively with enough clients and recently.
homeopathic credentials or certification(s)
do you have?
have studied professionally (and still be studying!). The
should be well trained and mentored. They should have
studied the advanced
water dosing method.
there is no licensing in the USA for homeopaths. Having
any designations does NOT guarantee that they are a truly gifted
homeopath and is not a measure of competence in case work! Look for a good success rate,
client testimonials and
a homeopath's experience with issues similar to yours.
Where did you study homeopathy and for how long?
The answers should be a specific
program or intense study with a knowledgeable person(s).
being involved in an ongoing way with various professional
Forums with reputable homeopathic organization, school or
Who did/do you mentor with in homeopathy?
Who did/do you have your clinical experience with in
Ask if there is a certain
homeopath they are trained or influenced by
Find out where they received their clinical
training. It should be with LIVE CASES, in a clinical and
supervised setting that includes full chronic intake and
follow-up on such cases.
What other continuing education do you have in
Ask if they are taking any continuing educational course,
seminars, attending conferences etc.
Continuing education is always important
because homeopathy is a very complex field of study!
Do you follow the teachings and the methods of
classical homeopathy by Hahnemann?
|Tip: The answer should
ABSOLUTELY be a YES!
means ONE (1) remedy is given at one time (in water) and the
person's response is judged based on the action of that single
Have you read the
Tip: This is the
main source to learn homeopathy and know the principles!
They should have read it!
Most very good homeopaths are reading and studying it
How long is our initial
Do you take the entire history of a
client? What paper work
do you require of me.
Tip: The answer should be 1 -
2 hours, with
the ENTIRE history requested in great detail.
Expect to to receive and
paperwork to complete in great detail. Be very suspicious of the
homeopath's skill if you are NOT asked to complete a detailed
questionnaire have a personal interview about it and/or to not
provide written details in paperwork. You should have a
consultation interview via skype, or person whenever possible.
Do you treat
Tip: The answer
should be YES!
This is the simple definition of
Miasms: in homeopathy, the theory of miasms originates in
Diseases" which was published in 1828. The three miasms given in that work
are held to be responsible for all diseases of a chronic nature and to form
the foundation or basis for all disease in general. The key miasms are:
Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis. Combination miasms are:
Tubercular and Cancer miasms.
What type of
homeopathic potencies do you use? (Dry or
The best answer is potencies
given in water!
homeopaths who study and are trained in the
advanced water dosing methods of the 5th and 6th Organon by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
will know how to successfully use water remedies.
How do you
Do you use just
one remedy at a time?
Do you consider the sensitivity of the
The answer should be the use of
ONE (1) remedy only, given with the correct
The method involves water dosing of a test
dose for three (3) days. Then to watch and wait to see the
reaction to the test dose.
The answer should
NOT have you taking more
than one remedy at any time.
How do you choose the
Tip: This answer is
They should use NO gadgets or machines or muscle testing to choose a remedy!
The best answer is, the remedy is selected on the totality of
characteristic symptoms of the unique client.
Professional Homeopathic software
will greatly speed the
research for an already competent homeopath. Using
computer software is
not a guarantee of proficiency, skill or exactness.
Knowledge of Materia Medica and experience must be a part of a
choice of any remedy.
Do you follow a
fixed remedy protocol or system or
sequence of homeopathy for every client with a similar diagnosis?
The answer should be NO!
TO BE SUCCESSFUL. CLASSICAL
HOMEOPATHY MUST BE PERSONALIZED TO PERSON'S UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES AND ISSUES!
Classical homeopathy always
AVOIDS the same protocol for everyone! We urge you to AVOID ANYTHING that looks like
an allopathic protocol - such as a "Remedy X - take it dry for days/months protocol",
"pillow dosing, or a homeopath who insists on
"remedy #1 this week, then remedy #2 next week" - a pre-formatted
schedule of any type.
treatment philosophy that is systemized or given as a 'cookie cutter' set of
remedies over a standard period of time is NOT classical homeopathy!
Do you follow through with your clients after they
take their remedies? How do you
Regular case management and
follow-up is essential!
The importance of follow through and maintaining contact with a
client by the
after taking the remedy is crucial to developing rapport between
homeopathy and client and monitoring the client's progress.
Be very concerned bya homeopath who does not make clear
arrangements for regular follow-up after the client is given a
How available are you in an emergency, nights, weekends? How accessible are you to
How accessible are you after hours and/or on weekends and
Ask for he homeopath's
your homeopath's work schedule. Make sure
this schedule and the homeopaths availability matches your
expectations of a professional who caring for you and/or family.
Expect quality client care and responsiveness from a true professional
homeopath that you are trusting with your precious family - and accept
Will you treat acutes (short term illness) with homeopathy?
The answer should be YES.
Acute are a large part of homeopathic care
and should be treated with homeopathy, just like chronic
Other Questions to Ask
Additional questions to give you more
insights about a Homeopath
Do you have a family? Do you/did you treat your own
family with homeopathy?
Do you treat
yourself with homeopathy?
The answer 0s likely to be
YES - and is often one of the main reason the homeopath became a
Do you mix homeopathy with herbs, other drugs, things?
The answer should be ONLY homeopathic remedies other than
homeopathic cell salts,
Bach Flower remedies, certain nutritional products,
or certain supplements and/or vitamins - and sometimes dietary
Do you advocate conventional
The answer should be NO!
What is your view on allopathic
many homeopaths don't know about the dangers
Even though it is so obvious if you
know homeopathic principles, don't expect
enlightenment here. Some homeopaths don't like to say their view on
allopathic vaccinations until they know you well enough.
Are you willing to use nosodes in potency to unblock
a case, if necessary?
answer should be YES - but ONLY if the homeopath is trained and experienced with this type of treatment!
are very deep acting, powerful remedies made from diseased tissues.
should NOT be used by any UNSUPERVISED CLIENTS at any time OR
by Homeopath who is not professionally trained and very experience in their case use.
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