Dr. Brian Kaplan is a medical doctor with 25 years experience of using natural therapy, whole person approaches and classical homeopathy alongside orthodox medicine in his practice. After a full assessment of your case, he will advise you on what he thinks is the best course of treatment for your particular situation. Wherever possible a natural or Whole Person Approach will be used because it aims to stimulate the natural healing ability of the body . However, Dr. Kaplan will certainly inform you if he thinks you need any medical investigations, conventional medicine or a specialist opinion on any aspect of your case.
The consultation will be similar to one with a conventional doctor in some ways but Dr. Kaplan will ask you about aspects of your life that may not be covered in orthodox medicine, such as your favourite foods, sleep and dreams, preferences in the weather and time of day and some of your personality traits. This is because the discipline of classical homeopathy requires the prescription of a remedy that suits both your problem and your constitution in order to stimulate the body to heal itself.
At the end of the consultation a homeopathic remedy will usually be prescribed. The remedy may be in liquid, powder or tablet form and patients are always given clear instructions on how to take homeopathic remedies.
A: Homeopathy is the use of natural medicines in very small doses to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
A: Actually mostly our bodies heal themselves naturally all the time. However, sometimes the body gets ‘stuck’ and you don’t get better in the way you expected. A correctly prescribed homeopathic medicine can then encourage the body to do its best to get better.
A: Ah, that is the big question! There are many theories but no proof. All we know is that people with incredibly stubborn illnesses do get better after seeing homeopathic doctors.
A: It is one of the safest forms of medicine available and can be used on children, babies and pregnant women. The only time that homeopathy can be seen as ‘unsafe’ is when it is used in critical situations instead of orthodox medicine or surgery. For example, homeopathy would be very unsafe if used in appendicitis or meningitis instead of surgery and antibiotics respectively.
A: 200 years. The seminal text of homeopathy, The Organon, was published in 1810.
A: Yes, I’ve never heard of any country where the people do not use homeopathy in some form. However it is better known in some countries than others. It is huge in India with millions of users and very big in France and Argentina.
A: The place of homeopathy in the UK is very interesting. Soon after its inception, a physician, Dr Quin brought it to England. He soon became physician to the Royal Family and built the first London Homeopathic Hospital. Homeopathic benefactors then built hospitals in Glasgow, Tunbridge Wells, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol. At the creation of the NHS in 1948, all these hospitals were invited to become part of the Health Service and all accepted. Thus homeopathy has been part of the NHS ever since its inception.
A: If your GP is sympathetic to the homeopathic approach s/he may be able to refer you to an NHS homeopathic clinic or hospital such as the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine.
A: Homeopathy has endured regular attacks like these over the last 200 years. The most recent attacks are not new; they say the same thing that detractors of homeopathy were saying in the 19th century: ‘The doses of medicine used by homeopaths are so low they can obviously have no effect.’ We, homeopaths have heard this so many times yet, and are also puzzled intellectually by how our medicines work. But our clinical experience shows that people taking correctly prescribed homeopathic medicines do indeed get better.
A: Because most of the patients seeking homeopathy have tried orthodox medicine and many other forms of treatment for years before trying homeopathy. When a doctor sees a patient suddenly released from years of suffering, s/he becomes pretty convinced it was the homeopathic medicine, not coincidence.
A: Yes and no. For little injuries, colds and other minor illnesses such as teething problems, the amateur homeopath can sometimes get results.
For most illnesses however, it’s much preferable to be treated by a qualified homeopathic doctor.
A: Because a homeopathic doctor needs to understand you and your illness in great detail. S/he must understand, not only all the details of your symptoms, but much about you as a human being and how you react to being ill. For example some people like to be left alone when they are ill and others really need TLC and sympathy. This actually affects the prescription of the homeopathic remedy..
A: Because homeopathy aims to treat you and not only your illness. It aims to stimulate your whole mind/body and its intricate connections to fix the ‘dis-ease’ within. So actually you heal yourself but the homeopathic remedy was the thing that got you started! Otherwise your body may have just stayed in a rut where it could heal itself but for some reason was not doing so. Homeopathy thus ensures that the body does its level best to get better.
A: No it cannot. Some problems are very difficult to cure with any form of medicine. When you first visit a homeopath s/he should be honest with you about what homeopathy can or cannot do in your case. Even when homeopathy cannot cure it can often alleviate conditions. This is because it stimulates the body to do the best it can.
A: Sorry but that just isn’t viable. Some homeopaths (and this is more frequent among those who are not doctors) have used ‘vaccinations’ in homeopathic dilutions. There is no proof that these offer protection against infectious illnesses and therefore they are dangerous because they give parents a false sense of security about their children’s health.
A: No, homeopathy is one of the most cost-effective forms of medicine available.
A: Actually it isn’t expensive per unit time. Homeopaths need a lot of time to talk to you before prescribing. This is because the medicine needs to suit you as well as your illness. S/he really needs to understand you. Many homeopaths need an hour or more for the first consultation with you. Other specialists may see 4 patients in that time. Compare what private homeopaths earn a minute to what other medical specialists in private practice earn a minute and you will see that homeopathy is not expensive compared to other medical specialities.
A: Yes of course. I (and most other medical doctors using homeopathy) are well connected to other doctors. If I think that you could benefit from seeing an eye specialist or cardiologist, I would not hesitate to refer you to one. Even though many specialists may not believe in homeopathy and natural medicine, I as a medical doctor, do believe in their work and how vital it is in certain situations. I see it as my job to sit on the fence between natural medicine and conventional medicine and choose the best for my patient. Patients who consult a medical doctor who has specialised in homeopathy, have every right to expect that he or she will choose the best for them from the world.
A: There is a wealth of information on the internet but I would like to recommend the British Homeopathic Association who have represented medical homeopathy for many years. Their excellent website is at www.trusthomeopathy.org
A: Certainly. I think you are entitled to ask a few questions before consulting a homeopathic doctor who will ask you all sorts of questions about your problem and your life. You are welcome to phone me on my mobile for a short conversation. Obviously it will not be viable for me to listen to the entire story of your illness on the phone or make a diagnosis or prognosis without doing a full assessment, but I will be more than happy to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed here. My telephone number is: +44 (7956) 870 951. If I’m consulting at the time, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you. Alternatively feel free to email me.
Taking Homeopathic Remedies:
Homeopathic remedies are taken slightly differently from orthodox medications. All remedies should be taken at least 5 minutes after eating or brushing one’s teeth. Remedies can be taken at any time of the day.
Powders: Open the sachet and empty the fine powder into the mouth, preferably under the tongue.
Pills: Don’t handle the pills. Tip one into the lid of the bottle then tip into mouth and suck it until it dissolves.
Liquids: Empty the required amount of drops into a small glass of water (eg a wine glass) and swallow.
First Appointment: 60 minutes
Follow-up appointments: 30 minutes
Telephone appointments: (mainly for patients out of the country can sometimes be made for follow-up appointments, but never for the first appointment where meeting face-to-face is absolutely essential.)
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE DR. KAPLAN
Phone: +44 (207) 487 3416
(8.30 am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday)
144 Harley Street
NOTE: If you would like to ask Dr. Kaplan a few questions before making an appointment, please feel free to leave a message for him on 07956 870 951 and he will get back to you as soon as possible.