Frequently Asked Questions

What Exactly Is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that uses very small doses of medicines, or remedies.

These remedies are prepared from substances found in nature. Nevertheless, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine.

These two systems of medicine are very different. Herbal medicine uses tinctures of botanical substances, whereas homeopaths use ultradilute “micro”doses made from not only plants, but minerals, animals or other substance found in nature.

The homeopathic practitioner chooses the proper remedy by following a special rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states “like cures like,” or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause similar sickness in a healthy person.

For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.

Is Homeopathy New?
The Law of Similars has been known since at least the time of Hippocrates (400 B.C.), but it was Samuel Hahnemann who fully stated the ideas of homeopathy in the early 1800’s. He was a doctor and a chemist in Germany who lived from 1755 to 1843. He discovered the truth of the Law of Similars by testing small doses of medicine on himself.
By 1900, about twenty percent of doctors in the United States were homeopaths, but due to various political and social changes, homeopathy became relatively unknown in the USA until recently. There is wider acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India and Great Britain. In fact, the family doctor to England’s Queen Elizabeth is a homeopathic physician.
What are Homeopathic Remedies?
Any plant, mineral or animal substance can be used as a remedy. The original substance is diluted in liquid repeatedly, and vigorously shaken with each dilution.

Unusual as it sounds, these very small amounts of remedies can act very strongly when used properly. Also, because the remedies are very diluted, they are extremely safe.

The clinical experience of homeopathy shows that the micro-dose is effective: In fact, it works upon comatose people, infants and animals.

Why Do I Need A Homeopath?
We don’t often think of ourselves as needing a doctor until we are sick; and certainly homeopathy can help when you are sick, but the great value of homeopathy is that it can change the patterns of disease that are already happening that will LEAD to disease.

For example, there are many emotional and mental issues, that contribute to physcial illnesses; and in fact, most physical issues have a big emotional component.

If this energy is changed, then the physical illness will heal.

Unfortunately, many people wait to see someone until they have actual tissue changes in the body, and this becomes harder to treat when it gets to the physical level.

What is it like and what does it cost?
The biggest cost for constitutional homeopathy is the initial intake.

This appt takes 1 to 2 hours, and the homeopath will go over your history, and ask a lot of questions about how YOU experience your life.

This personal understanding of you, is critical to prescribing the correct match of medicine. The homeopath then studies the information you have given and a remedy is selected.

You take your remedy and then begin noting the changes, and report back to your homeopath, (usually in 2-4 weeks) depending on your condition.

Follow-ups are usually monthly, more often if desired; and the fee for a follow-up, is more like that of a therapy session. We go over how the remedy is working, and decide what to do next. (Let it ride another month, change the remedy, increase the potency, etc.) We also discuss the changes that are occurring inside you and work toward your goals and vision for your life.

Karen Davis, LISW

Homeopath / Psychotherapist



(207) 844-4885


Cedar Rapids 
By Appointment

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