Barbara Roberts, Homeopath

Homeopathy AND Pharmacy

One question I frequently get asked is about how I manage to do both Homeopathy and a Pharmacy, and aren’t they contradictory?

I kind of think of it more like Edward De Bono’s Thinking Hats (more info here: I have three main hats: Pharmacy, Integrative Medicine and Homeopathy.

Pharmacy is a hat that uses pharmaceutical medications, allopathic and conventional medical thinking. While Pharmacists don’t diagnose like a Doctor, we can and do identify and treat minor illnesses and triage things that need further intervention. And we’re really good with drugs.

Integrative medicine is a hat that combines conventional medicine with complementary therapies and a lifestyle approach. It is not just vitamins and supplements, but pharmaceutical medication when indicated and looking wider to incorporate other modalities for holistic wellness.

Homeopathy is a hat that is specific and individual, as well as holistic. It is a game of twenty questions and long in-depth consultations where the “strange, rare and peculiar” symptoms are valued. Diagnosis is less important because we want to know what happened and what it feels like, what makes it better or worse, how do you feel about it, and anything else happening.

The other thing about me practicing Pharmacy and Homeopathy is that I am always there for you, whether you see me as a Homeopath in my clinic, or you come to see me in the Pharmacy; whether you want knowledge of drugs and conventional medicine, holistic and alternative options, homeopathy or a combination.

I believe that people do the best they can, with the knowledge and resources they have at the time. For some that means medication, for others it means herbs and supplements, or homeopathic remedies.

Please message me if I can help you in your health journey, however that looks for you.

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