Frequently Asked Questions

Are homeopathic medications toxic?

No. Homeopathic medications are made from diluted and agitated plant, mineral and animal substances; they are regulated by the FDA and are considered non-toxic.

Do homeopathic medicines have side effects?

Side effects are simply unwanted effects of a biochemical drug. Homeopathic medicines do not have side effects, but can produce aggravations.

What is an aggravation?

An aggravation is a strong reaction to a homeopathic medication. Typical aggravations intensify current symptoms for a short period of time, typically 24 hours to 10 days. This is usually a good indication that healing is taking place.

Why is an aggravation good for me?

Suppressed symptoms go deeper into the body, ultimately resulting in worse disease later on. Healing with homeopathic medicine requires that suppressed symptoms be briefly expressed, allowing freedom to move toward a higher state of wellness.

When should I page the doctor?

Doctors are available after hours to return urgent medical calls. There is a charge for all returned pages. In a life-threatening emergency call 911.

Can I make a telephone appointment?

Yes. Charges for these appointments range from $75-$155 for acute concerns. It is important to schedule office visits when possible. Insurance companies cannot be billed for phone appointments.

Are there things I should avoid while on medication?

We recommend that patients avoid coffee, essential oils and other substances that produce a strong response in the individual. These substances can antidote or affect the action of the medication.

How should I take my homeopathic medication?

We recommend that you take your medication when there are no strong flavors in the mouth—at least 10 minutes away from food or drink before and after taking the medication. Avoid handling the medication as much as possible, putting it in your mouth directly from the envelope or the bottle cap.

Can I see my medical doctor while under homeopathic care?

Yes. All our doctors are licensed primary care physicians in the state of Washington. For some patients we provide specialty care as an adjunct to routine medical treatment, and for others we provide general care, referring to specialists as appropriate. It is up to the individual or the family to decide how they would like to assemble the medical team right for them.

How often should I take my homeopathic medicine?

Some medicines are intended to be taken just once or a few times, and others are taken daily for a period of time. Often daily dosing is used for patients who are taking allopathic medicines at the same time. As with any prescription, homeopathic medicines are to be taken as prescribed by your doctor.

Does it matter where I get my supplements?

Use of high quality supplements is essential to assure their safety and efficacy. Unlike in some countries, our FDA does not regulate the supplement industry the way it does for homeopathic and allopathic medicines. Washington Homeopathic Clinic only offers supplements from companies which batch test for active ingredients and verify the absence of harmful contaminants. This QA process is costly for supplement companies, and it explains in part the higher price for their products.

Do you offer vaccines?

No, we do not stock vaccines. We do carry some homeopathic remedies made from vaccines.

Additional Resources

  • Amy Lansky is a Stanford-trained computer scientist who left her field to begin researching and writing about homeopathy following homeopathic treatment of her autistic son.  She wrote Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy.
  • Dana Ullman, MPH, CCH is a homeopath, educator, and prolific author who writes for Huffington Post and has authored several books and journal articles on homeopathy in culture and medicine.
  • Dr. Rajan Sankaran has developed a school of homeopathy which has greatly influenced our practice of medicine.  He sees patients and teaches at his academy in Mumbai and around the world.
  • Several local and national organizations exist to work toward the advancement of homeopathy in clinical and legislative settings.  Many of these represent both homeopathic physicians and lay professional homeopaths.
  • The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians is our professional organization, and they have compiled helpful links to several other homeopathic organizations and associations.