Homeopathy at The Family Apothecary

” Homeopathy cures a larger number of cases than any other method of treatment , and is beyond doubt safer, more economical and a most complete medical science”

Mahatma Gandi

About Homeopathy

Founded by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century, Homeopathic medicine is still a part of modern day healing, being used extensively around the world. The World Health Organisation states that Homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world! 

Homeopathic treatment always considers the whole person and not just each separate symptom with a separate treatment protocol. Symptoms are considered as a picture of the individual, and a remedy or remedies are selected to match the whole person on the spiritual, emotional and physical levels. The result of this is a strengthening of the whole person and immunity (vital force), as well as a sense of emotional wellbeing and increased vitality.

The team at The Family Apothecary aim to nurture your mind, body and spirit through classical and intuitive homeopathy. Homeopathy is a unique modality that can address your symptoms whether you are struggling with a physical ailment, or you have an emotional or spiritual concern. We always meet you where you are at and our goal is to support and balance your vital force (also known as Chi or Prana or life force). At The Family Apothecary, clients are not classified according to their “diagnosis”. Instead, an individual approach is tailored for all children and women that come to the clinic.

 

Your first appointment

During the initial appointment, our consultants will ask for detailed information on the main complaint. To accompany this information we will also explore health history, childhood, traumas/accidents/injuries, current life stresses and past family history and ancestral traumas.  All the information gathered goes toward forming a comprehensive prescription for you or your child. 

We will send forms to fill out before the appointment that also help us get to understand the reason for your visit and any major events.  We always give a constitutional remedy which is the sum of all the parts of you, as well as remedies that can help rebalance hormones, support detoxification organs, clear miasms and address traumas and inherited patterns of illness (miasm).  You can read about constitutional homeopathy in this article.

We use various methods in order to reach the best prescription for each client.  These methods include thorough casetaking, homeopathic repertorisation, muscle testing, pendulum testing, intuitive prescribing, somatic enquiry and guided meditations. 

We also value working as a team with all of our patients, and encourage you to express what you are comfortable with and to develop your own understanding of your illness so that you can keep sovereignty over your health and your health journey.  

Working with Children

We work with children from all around the world via telehealth and we aim to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which to be able to explore the case of the child deeply.  For more complex cases such as with Autism, PANS/PANDAS/ADHD we often see the child every 4-6 weeks after the initial consultation.  It can be hard to determine for how long we need to do this as each case requires a different amount of support but 6 to 12 months is optimal, and sometimes beyond.  

A 1.5 hour appointment is too long for many children to be in a consulting room so the telehealth appointments provide flexibility for parents and also omit the increased anxiety experienced by some children when speaking to a health practitioner.  We also want the parent to be able to speak freely about their concerns for their child, and some of this information might be sensitive and not appropriate to be spoken about in front of the child.   Some children with Autism or PANS/PANDAS find it very difficult to speak to a consultant on a computer, and in many cases this can cause a great deal of stress which is counterproductive what we would like to achieve in these children, so we can also work with video footage of the child and photographs.  Sometimes children will even write or draw a picture for us to communicate what they want to say, which can also be used to get to the core of the issue. 

During the consultations, we collect information about the child, their behaviours and overall health, likes and dislikes, the pregnancy and birth and any fears or stresses they may have.  In order to tune into your child, we also use an approach known as the sensation method that helps to get a deeper understanding of your child’s experience of the world and their symptoms.  This is especially helpful for non-verbal children, children with PANS/PANDAS that cannot tell us their symptoms, or young children.   Your consultant will guide you through this, and of course at any time if that doesn’t feel comfortable, your consultant will support you and find other ways to gain deeper understanding. 

Working with Adults

We work with an array of conditions for the adult clients that we see.  Each case is individualised to the needs of each patient and we explore this deeply in each session that we have with our clients. 

Unless the issue is an acute complaint, most clients are on a health journey which requires ongoing treatment for 6 to 12 months.  Developing a partnership in which we are supporting you on this journey is flexible according to your needs, however most of the time it is best to have follow up appointments every 4-6 weeks until a longer term plan is developed or symptoms have resolved.  

During the consult we will ask you about your main concern and reason for seeing us, health history, family health history, any traumas in your life or ongoing stresses that you have, physical complaints, digestion, sleep, relationships in your life and fears that you may have!  The homeopathic case taking process is very thorough! 

Each of our consultants also uses other methods to inform the case taking such as muscle testing, homeopathic repertorisation, pendulum testing, guided meditation or intuitive prescribing and somatic enquiry (exploring the sensations that are held in your body).  You don’t need to know how to meditate in order to tune into your body, and this will be guided.  Remember there is no right or wrong in this process and you will be held in a safe and nurturing way if this is the method that your consultant feels they should explore with you.   

We have worked with many complaints especially hormonal complaints in women such as PCOS, endometriosis, menstrual irregularities, adrenal fatigue, perimenopause and menopause, thyroid complaints and other.  We also work with many autoimmune diseases and emotional states such as anxiety and depression. 

Please feel free to reach out or book a free 15 minute discovery call if you would like to discuss your specific complaint and how we can help you. 

Sarah Valentini

Sarah’s books are currently full and she is unable to see new clients until October 2024.   If you would like to go on Sarah’s waitlist, go to the Contact page and submit your details. Existing clients can book online or email us to arrange a time. Our other consultants, Liz, Anna or Jessica have availability.  You can read their bios and if you’d like to make a booking you can book online or contact us to enquire…..

Sarah’s Fees

Initial consult
(Adults and Paediatric cases – Autism PANS/PANDAS, ADHD)
1.5 Hours
$450.00

Follow up consult
1 Hour
$190.00

Initial consult – Children only
1 Hour
$170.00

Follow up consult – Children only
45mins
$150.00

Acute Consult
20-30 minutes
$88.00

Liz Mellor

After graduating with a degree in chemistry Liz trained with the London College of Classical Homeopathy and the Society of Homeopaths in the Uk. She ran her own general practice for almost a decade until parenting her special needs child took over….

Liz’s Fees

Initial consult
(Adults and Paediatric cases – Autism PANS/PANDAS, ADHD)
1.5 Hours
$300.00

Follow up consults
1 Hour
$150.00

Jessica Goh

Jessica is a qualified homeopath, dimensional therapist and a loving mum. She believes in a holistic approach to healthcare, which means looking at the whole person; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and energetically. Through her own life’s experiences and more recently her son’s…

Jessica’s Fees

Initial Child Consultation
75 minutes
$190

Follow up Child Consultation
45 minutes
$110

Initial Adult Consultation
90 minutes
$190

Homeopathic Detox and Homeoprophylaxis Consultation
45 minutes
$100

Acute Consultation
30 minutes
$80

Anna Morningstar

Anna is a qualified homeopath and kinesiologist and has been in private practice since 1995. With a wealth of knowledge gained over years in practice, Anna works with not only the whole human chemistry, but intertwining high levels of intuition and kinesiology…

Anna’s Fees

Initial consult Adult or Child
1.5 hours
$300

Initial consult Child
1 hour
$190

Follow up consult Adult or Child
1 hour
$150

Acute Consultation
$80

Chelsey Mitchener

Chelsey is a passionate and dedicated homeopath who discovered her love for homeopathy during her own health journey. As a new mother, she struggled with breast feeding issues and found little relief from conventional treatments. It wasn’t until she discovered homeopathy that she experienced….

Chelsey’s Fees

Adult Initial Consultation
1.5 hours
$220

Adult Follow up Consultation

1 hour
$130

Acute Consultation
$80

Zoe

Zoe is our dispensary manager and is a herbalist with a deep reverence for the earth’s wisdom. Zoe creates plant remedies in honour of the seasons, lovingly crafts homeopathic remedies, as well as tends to a garden of food as medicine. Zoe works in the dispensary making…

FAQ

Yes it is safe to take homeopathic medicines alongside herbs, supplements and medications.

Yes homeopathic medicines are effective and gentle for babies and children and are useful for specific conditions as well as overall health and wellbeing.

Homeopathy always takes an individual approach to each person. This means that if two people come with a cold, each one will vary in terms of the specific symptoms of the cold. For example, runny nose or congested? Sneezing or itchy eyes? Is the cough dry or loose? what colour is the coryza, how is the person emotionally (clingy, distant, angry, irritable)?These specific symptoms are used to select the appropriate medicine for the client.

Medicines are usually prepared from an animal, plant or mineral substance. They are prepared in registered labs according to the Homeopathic pharmocopeia.

Yes, although some are prepared from animals, such as Apis mellifica which is prepared from the honey bee. Homeopathy is a very sustainable form of medicine however as each substance only needs to be provided once. So it is possible that only one honey bee was used to make all the Apis mellifica medicine that is used throughout the world.

Homeopathy has been used for plants, for children and for animals for many years to great effect. There are recently some very engaging and positive research studies on the use of homeopathic medicines in agriculture. This is very convincing that homeopathy is not placebo.
A study conducted by Taylor M et al 2000 (2) compared the effects of Homeopathy against placebo in the treatment of allergic rhinitis, found that the homeopathic treatment arm experienced significant objective improvement in symptoms.

Yes many women use homeopathic medicines during pregnancy, and I would advise that this should happen under the guidance of a registered practitioner.

Homeopathic medicines are prepared through a system of taking the original substance and diluting and succussing (vigorous shaking) it according to the laws of remedy preparation.

Homeopathy is seen as quite controversial, and many people assume there is no evidence for homeopathy. This is untrue as there are many studies that have been conducted and have found that homeopathy is effective for certain conditions.


Evidence for Homeopathy.
Homeopathy Research Institute
www.hri-research.org
Australian Homeopathic Association
www.homeopathyoz.org/research
British Homeopathic Association
www.britishhomeopathic.org

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