What is Homeopathic Detoxification Therapy?
Homeopathic Detoxification Therapy (HDT) is a method of assessing previous toxic exposures, seeing how they may be related to ongoing current ailments, and treating them homeopathically.
Homeopathic detox allows me to help more people, and to a greater degree, than I could using classical homeopathy alone.
Who is Homeopathic Detox Therapy For?
- Anyone who feels they have not been well since a particular toxic exposure
- People with complex health histories whose complaints have not been resolved despite their best efforts
- Children and adults who have been exposed to various potentially toxic substances in utero, in infancy or more recently, who are now presenting with health complaints
- Clients who find that, while some symptoms are resolved, others are not touched by their constitutional remedy
- Anybody who has had a course of well-chosen homeopathy, whose complaints improve for a time but then relapse
How HDT Differs from Regular Classical Homeopathy
The main difference in coming for Homeopathic Detox Therapy compared to regular classical homeopathy, is that the case taking goes into greater detail. Before and during the first consult, we will be putting together a careful timeline of your health history and your possible toxic exposures. This will be in addition to the usual case-taking required to identify your first constitutional remedy.
Focus on Cause
A second difference is the the way the overall case is assessed, so as to focus on possible triggers of your health issue, as well as to identify maintaining causes and obstacles to healing.
More Than One Remedy Recommended
Thirdly, because we are often dealing with complex health presentations, I am likely to recommend more than one homeopathic remedy to be taken at the same time, so that we can address several aspects of your health simultaneously.
What Does Homeopathic Detox Therapy Involve?
Individualised Constitutional Homeopathic Remedy
The constitutional homeopathic remedy is a vital component and is individually chosen to suit the person as a whole, including their disposition as well as their physical make-up. The purpose of the constitutional remedy is to support a person's overall health. This remedy may be given daily or weekly during the detox period.
Homeopathic Clearing or "Detox" Remedies
These are homeopathic remedies whose purpose is to give a signal to the body to clear out any lasting negative effects from various potentially toxic exposures. The process of using homeopathic remedies in this way is known as isopathy.
To guide me in choosing which substances should be cleared, I look at the nature of the presenting symptoms and I assess the case history for past toxic exposures relevant to the symptoms. The process is highly individualised as no two people will have exactly the same health history or symptoms. The clearing remedy is usually given either once, or twice, a week.
This involves giving a small number of supplements based on individual requirements.
Before we speak, you may be able to find answers to some of your questions here on my website. Popular questions include How are Homeopathic Remedies Made? and Is there any science about homeopathic detox?
You'll find answers to some more questions on my frequently asked questions about homeopathy page.
People often ask How Many Visits Will I Need? If you think about the variety of reasons that people come for homeopathy, as well as the huge variation in people's existing health and in their lifestyle choices and circumstances, you will understand that there can be no standard answer to this question. My page about Homeopathy in Long-Term Complaints will give you some idea of the process involved.
Interested in Coming for HTD?
If you are thinking of booking an appointment, you can arrange an initial 30 minute conversation by phone (if you're in Ireland) or via video calling such as Skype, WhatsApp, or Facebook video call for Irish and overseas enquiries. Just complete the contact form to arrange.
After our chat, if you are ready to book a full first appointment, I will send you a detailed intake form to complete and return. I ask for this to be returned at least 3 working days before the first appointment, so that I have time to work on it before I see you. A first full consultation usually lasts about one and a half hours.
After the First Consultation
- I will analyse your full case to identify your most suitable constitutional homeopathic remedy and assess your readiness for detox.
- I will consider how your presenting symptoms may be related to your past toxic exposures and decide on the most appropriate detox or clearing remedies to begin.
- Depending on your need, I may suggest other homeopathic support remedies to assist your overall process.
- If you are living in Ireland, I will post your remedies. If you are an overseas client, I will email my recommendations and let you know where you can order the remedies.
Process of Detoxification using Homeopathy
Each detox is done separately, usually over a 2-month period.
As various aspects of your case show step by step improvement, or are resolved, we may change your remedies (constitutional remedy and support remedies) to match your changing needs.
To see the best results from the process I ask you to book a follow-up visit once every 2 months (at the end of each detox). I invite you to send me one email progress report between visits.
You will also be welcome to contact me between visits, if you have any question related to the treatment. Everybody’s detox process will be slightly different and it will be important that you can contact me for guidance, if you need to, during the process.
My Training in CEASE Therapy and Homeopathic Detox
Tinus Smits, a Dutch medical doctor and homeopath, developed his method of homeopathic detoxification over a 20-year period in his homeopathy practice in the Netherlands. In 2010, the first practitioners were trained in Dr Smits' method, which he called CEASE Therapy. The CEASE method is all about clearing exposures and side effects, so that healing can better progress. I trained in Tinus Smits' Method in 2011 and attended further CEASE training courses in 2013 and 2014.
HDT (Homeopathic Detox Therapy) is another method of homeopathic detoxification. Dutch Homeopath, Ton Jansen, was a teacher of Dr Smits' method from 2010 - 2012. Since then, he has gone on to develop and refine his own method, to take account of modern needs and developments. In 2016, I attended two 5-day courses at his school in the Netherlands, to learn and become certified in Ton Jansen's HDT method.
These training courses in homeopathic detox are "add-on" courses. To attend either one, you have to be already qualified as a homeopath. In Ireland that takes 4 years. You can read more about my training in homeopathy on my about Carmel O'Keeffe page.