what role does a naturopathic physician play on my/my child's healthcare team?
Dr. Layman works with you as an expert in natural treatments and as an advocate for your child. In some states naturopathic doctors can function as primary care physicians. In the state of Connecticut, due to restrictions in prescriptive rights, naturopathic doctors function best as adjunctive care. If you would like your naturopathic doctor to serve as your primary care doc, please contact your state representative today and ask them to support prescriptive rights for naturopathic physicians.
Dr. Layman is a licensed naturopathic physician and as such she is licensed to diagnose and treat medical conditions. She can perform physical exams, order laboratory tests, and administer treatment.
do all naturopathic physicians use homeopathy?
No, the use of homeopathic remedies varies widely within the naturopathic medical community. Some naturopathic doctors use homeopathic remedies infrequently or not at all, while others, like Dr. Layman, use them as the cornerstone of treatment. Proper homeopathic prescribing requires years of training. Dr. Layman has acquired training far in excess of that required for licensing. She completed a homeopathic specialty residency and continues to dedicate her practice to the study of homeopathy. She is therefore proficiently able to select the specific remedy individualized to you or your child's case and to manage the progression of treatment.
How quickly will i notice a difference?
Your doctor should know if your treatment plan is working within the first 3-4 weeks of initiating treatment. Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body to heal itself so the exact timeline is different for every patient. We do not get to control which symptoms resolve first, so for some people it takes a few days to notice a difference, while for others it might take a week or more. In acute cases your doctor should know if the treatment is working within a few hours. Sometimes patients feel a difference within a few minutes!
What if i become acutely ill during treatment?
Homeopathic remedies and other naturopathic therapies are extremely effective during an acute cold, cough, fever, flu, or other acute illness! Injuries and trauma's - both physical and emotional - also respond amazingly to homeopathic and naturopathic treatment! If you are unsure, call your doctor to see if you should schedule an appointment. If you decide not to come in for an appointment, pay special attention to your symptoms and how you feel after getting sick as this may indicate that we need to increase the potency of your remedy or prescribe a different remedy.
how long will i be treated? will i have to take the remedy for the rest of my life?
No! This is a beauty of homeopathic treatment! Though the duration of treatment is different for every patient, there will come a time when you no longer require ongoing treatment. It is important to keep follow-up appointments, even when you or your child is doing well, as it contributes to the long-term management of your care. Consistent follow-up care is the key to success and will reduce the overall length of treatment.
are homeopathic medicines safe?
There is a plethora of inaccurate information about homeopathic remedies online, so please be aware that when researching a remedy that has been prescribed to you, you are likely to come across some misleading information that may seem alarming. Often, the information may be describing the effects of the medicine if it is NOT prepared homeopathically. All homeopathic remedies are made from substances that cause symptoms in healthy people in their crude form. For more information on this, please read more here. Homeopathic medicines/remedies are safe and non-toxic. They are even regulated by the FDA and tightly controlled with more oversight than most supplements sold in the health food store!