What illnesses can you treat with homeopathy?
We treat people, but they can have most any illness or complaint. Examples are: asthma, hay fever and other allergies, depression, ADD and ADHD, autism, infections of all kinds, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, acute and chronic inflammations, migraines, weak immune system, etc. Please feel free to call us to discuss your situation prior to making a first appointment if you wish.
What insurance plans do you take?
Dr. Hall is not a member of any medical insurance network; however he is recognized by plans that have out-of-network benefits, usually called PPO or POS plans. He is also considered out-of-network with Medicare, which means we can submit claims for you, but Medicare will reimburse our patients directly. We do not accept Medicaid. Please feel free to call our office to discuss any insurance questions.
I do not live close to your office. Can I still be your patient?
Yes. We recommend coming in person whenever possible, especially for the initial consultation and case history, but we also do phone and Skype consultations.
What can I expect to experience after getting a remedy?
Improvement in your symptoms, sometimes rapidly but more often gradually. Since each patient is different, responses will depend on the individual.
How do you know what homeopathic remedy to prescribe?
The method of homeopathy involves giving a very tiny dose of a substance which could cause a very similar symptom picture when given to a healthy person. (Homeopathy comes from the Greek words for ‘similar’ and ‘suffering.’) This tiny dose acts as a stimulant for the body to heal.
Is it true that I can’t have coffee, menthol, mint or camphor after taking a remedy?
You are more likely to improve if you will avoid them until you are entirely better. Certain substances can antidote (undo the effectiveness of) the homeopathic medicines. Most commercial brands of toothpaste contain mint in them (look for the word “flavor” or “flavoring” on the list of ingredients) but you can find non-mint ones at our office, in better health food stores and online. Please call us if you are unsure if the one you have has mint in it or not. You can call for guidance on this or any other question you may have about products, ingredients and other antidotes.
If there is an inadvertent exposure to any antidote which causes a return to your symptoms, you should wait for a few days unless symptoms are becoming more severe. Recovery can occur by just waiting. If it does not, then we can repeat your remedy. Contact us about the situation and with any questions.
To learn more, click on Instructions for Taking Homeopathic Remedies.
Do you order diagnostic tests?
Yes, we do use diagnostic tests when appropriate, but the most useful help in treating our patients comes from careful observation and listening to what they say.
Do you offer prescription drugs?
Occasionally, but we prefer to do things more naturally and in harmony with your body whenever possible.
Should I still see my primary care doctor?
It depends on your problems, your relationship with him or her, and your desire. Many of our patients consider Dr. Hall their primary care doctor.
Do you vaccinate your patients?
No. Often vaccines diminish people’s vitality, the opposite of what we want to do. However, our patients are free to have vaccinations given by other professionals. Dr. Hall will counsel families who wish to minimize vaccinations or forego them entirely.
What are the medicines like?
Tiny sugar granules carrying extremely diluted active ingredients made from natural substances (from plants, minerals, or the animal kingdom). They are placed under the tongue or in the mouth to dissolve. All ages like the taste and how easy they are to take.
Are there any side effects?
Homeopathy has no serious side effects. Occasionally people will experience a mild worsening (called a homeopathic aggravation) at the beginning of a curative reaction. This is a good sign that healing is taking place.
Does homeopathy replace conventional medical treatment?
In many cases it is a natural alternative and other medicine is not required. Homeopathy seeks to provide cure. When you are cured you do not need medicines any longer. In some cases patients may also take allopathic (prescription) medicine until it is no longer needed.
How often do I take the medicines?
It varies from a single dose taken only one time to a small dose several times a day for a number of months.
Where do I get the remedies and how much do they cost?
We generally will supply your homeopathic medicine at the time of your visit. Herbal, nutritional supplements, and other products are also available for purchase at our office. They may be recommended but are not required for homeopathic treatment.
Who uses or has endorsed homeopathy?
Famous people past and present, from all walks of life. The book, The Homeopathic Revolution, mentions many of them. David Beckham, Suzanne Somers, Cher, Tina Turner, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, Tony Blair, Elvis Stojko, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandi, Abraham Lincoln, to name a few.
What do I need to do after taking homeopathic medicine?
Try not to dramatically change other things in your life for the short term and pay attention to any changes that happen, either large or small. They may be things that are not related to your primary complaints. Describe these things when we have a follow-up visit. Follow-up visits are extremely important to having a clear picture of what is happening with the remedy or remedies prescribed so that we can guide your system to as complete a cure as possible.
Do you charge for phone calls?
Not for brief answers to questions. We do charge if we are consulting on a new illness for more than a few minutes or doing a visit by phone instead of in person.
Do you see patients for checkups and sick visits?
Yes. We do checkups for all ages, especially school or sports exams for children and young adults. Homeopathy is very effective in treating fevers, lingering colds, flus, etc. Often a side benefit is an increased baseline level of health and improved resistance to illness in the future. We highly encourage our patients to call Dr. Hall or come in for a visit when experiencing an acute illness, even if it is in between regular appointments.
When to call our office:
We recommend calling our office about any medical situation, i.e., semi-emergencies, surgeries, and illnesses, between visits. We may be able to advise you as to the most holistic way to proceed and avoid the use of prescription medication that may do more harm to your system.