Anna Vakil PhD CCH

Board-certified in homeopathy

Certified metabolic balance® coach

                              Serving southwest Arizona & beyond

Call (928) 247-6385 for a free 15-minute consultation

Frequently asked questions

1)  What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of natural healing that involves the use of affordable medicines made from mineral, plant and animal substances that are highly diluted using a special manufacturing process. For this reason, homeopathic remedies are generally safer than conventional drugs. Homeopathic care is holistic, so a single remedy, chosen by your practitioner from among 3,000, can address all of your chronic health concerns together by stimulating your body’s own self-healing mechanism. In this way, homeopathy treats the individual and not the disease... More


2)  Why homeopathy?

Safe and effective: No drug residue and no risk of addiction. Homeopathic remedies are classified as drugs in the US and are made from mineral, plant and animal substances that are highly diluted using a special manufacturing process.
Holistic: You are viewed as a whole person including body and mind, and not a collection of body parts.

Cost-effective: Rather than expensive life-long treatment, the ultimate aim of homeopathic care is to reach your highest level of health as quickly as possible with minimal dependence upon any medications or supplements, including homeopathic remedies... More


3)  Is homeopathy supported by science?

While homeopathy has been practiced for more than 200 years, systematic research evidence supporting it has grown substantially in the last 10 years and falls into two main categories. The first is basic science research, which investigates the physico-chemical properties of homeopathic remedies and their possible mechanism of action on living organisms. The evidence that has so far accumulated strongly suggests homeopathic remedies are nanostructures that can initiate adaptive changes in cells and organisms. The second is clinical research, including randomized controlled trials (RCTs), other studies using variations of this methodology, and outcome studies. An excellent international clinical research database of well over 1,000 studies addressing a wide range of diseases and conditions is accessible to the public free of charge and includes information for each study on type of homeopathic treatment and control group, study design, sample size, quality ranking, results, and whether the study has been included in a systematic review. Click here for a quick overview of the evidence supporting homeopathy. Click here for a 200-page bibliographic listing of the evidence base supporting homeopathy. For those with a science interest or background, click here for an hour-long presentation by Iris Bell MD PhD MD(H) CCH, Professor emeritus at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, that explains the scientific basis for the biological response to homeopathic remedies.


4)  Is Anna Vakil a medical doctor?

Anna Vakil PhD CCH is not a physician, nor should homeopathic care be seen as replacing advice provided by a licensed medical practitioner or primary care physician. She is a homeopathic practitioner, having received three years of intensive training in health sciences and homeopathy, which is a type of integrative health care. She is board-certified in classical homeopathy and has extensive graduate education in research methodology from a top US university as well as many years of research experience, which she draws on in order to better serve her clients. She practices homeopathy in Arizona under an amendment to Arizona Revised Statutes Title 32 (Professions and Occupations) Chapter 2911 section 10 passed in October, 2008.


5) What does "empowering you to take charge of your own health" mean?

Empowerment refers to the process of assuming responsibility for your own health alongside the practitioner in a working partnership. Homeopathic medicine is most effective if you are able to play the role of observer of your own body, mind and emotions while we are monitoring your progress. Empowerment also means that Anna will likely be asking you to make changes in habits, routines and attitudes that are needed for your healing. She will help you do this through evidence-based coaching, support and information, and may also suggest that you pursue other healing modalities that complement homeopathy well.


6) Does homeopathic care involve a physical exam?

No, Anna Vakil PhD CCH is a homeopathic practitioner, not a licensed medical provider, so no physical exams or invasive medical procedures are conducted. Since homeopathy is a type of integrative (or complementary) health care, it is preferred that clients be under the care of a licensed medical provider before beginning homeopathic care. Homeopathic remedy prescriptions for chronic issues are based on an extensive initial consultation and follow-up consultations, along with supplementary information provided where relevant such as medical reports and test results.


7)  I can buy homeopathic remedies in the drug store. Why should I see a homeopath?

Only a very small proportion of homeopathic medicines are available in stores. Each remedy can be used for a wide range of conditions, so while it is possible for people with little or no training to use them for uncomplicated acute illnesses, choosing the appropriate remedy and potency can be challenging without the help of a professional. For chronic conditions, a certified homeopathic practitioner should always be consulted. Call (928) 247-6385 for a 15-minute complimentary consultation or send an E-mail to find out how homeopathy can help you.


8) Can only minor conditions (like colds and flu) be resolved with homeopathy?

Minor conditions can be effectively resolved with homeopathy, however, homeopathy is equally effective with more serious illnesses such as: high blood pressure, insomnia, asthma, allergies, anxiety, depression, menstrual problems, headaches, acne, eczema, arthritis, back and neck pain, cough, childhood illnesses, digestive problems, memory problems, and many more.


9) How long can I expect to be under homeopathic care?

For chronic conditions, this varies greatly and depends on several factors: your health goals, the number and severity of your conditions, how long you have had them, and other factors that might affect progress such as habits, lifestyle and prescription medications. However, the ultimate goal of homeopathic care is a state of health with little or no dependence on any medicines, including homeopathic remedies.


10) How much does homeopathic care cost?

For chronic conditions, the initial appointment is the most costly part of homeopathic care. During this Comprehensive Consultation, which lasts up to two hours, we will review your health concerns, your medical history and jointly set your health goals. A more affordable Therapeutic Focus Consult lasting one hour may also be available to you. Follow-up visits are important since they allow us to monitor your progress and make any necessary changes. These are shorter (up to an hour) and occur at regular intervals until your health goals have been reached. Fees include all remedies, individualized analysis and research, evidence-based coaching and call-in support. There are no hidden or additional costs. Acute Care consultations lasting up to 1/2-hour are also offered for acute conditions and recovery from injuries, trauma or surgery and the fee includes the remedy as well as 2 brief phone follow-ups.Call (928) 247-6385 for a 15-minute complimentary consultation or send an E-mail to find out how homeopathy can help you. It is worthwhile to invest in your health now!


11) Are homeopathic medicines expensive?

At  Yuma Homeopathy, the cost of remedies is built into homeopathic consultation fees.


12) Does your office accept insurance?

Insurance does not pay directly for our services, but some health insurance plans will reimburse you for the costs. Invoice statements from our office contain codes that can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement.  Please see guidelines for Insurance reimbursement. Some Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts also include homeopathic consultations as covered services, but you would need to check with the account provider.


13) Are homeopathic remedies natural?

Yes, they are made from mineral, plant and animal substances (without harming animals). These substances are diluted and prepared using a unique manufacturing process.


14) Are homeopathic remedies safe?

Yes, homeopathic remedies have been used for more than 200 years, are extremely popular in Europe and there are over 150,000 homeopathic practitioners in India alone. There is no drug residue and no risk of addiction, even with long-term use. Homeopathic remedies are classified as drugs in the US and are made from natural substances that are diluted and prepared using a special manufacturing process, which makes them generally safer than conventional drugs.


15) Are homeopathic remedies herbal medicine?

Some homeopathic remedies are made from plant substances, but others are made from mineral and animal substances (without harming animals). Herbal medicines are considered dietary supplements and are often made from leaves, shoots or roots that are ground and placed in a capsule or can be made into tea. Homeopathic remedies, on the other hand, are classified as drugs, and are diluted and prepared using a unique manufacturing process.


16) Is homeopathy the same as naturopathic medicine?

No, homeopathy is frequently confused with naturopathy, perhaps because they both end in "-pathy"... More 


17) Is homeopathy a type of holistic alternative medicine?

Yes, homeopathy is a type of integrative medicine, also called complementary or alternative medicine, that employs a holistic approach to health. More


18) Do I have to give up my prescription medications before starting homeopathic care?
No, however, many people seek homeopathic care because they would like to reduce their prescription medications. This is a process that must be overseen by your licensed medical practitioner, with whom we are happy to collaborate. Homeopathic medicines do not interfere with prescription drugs and can be used alongside them. 


19) Should I tell my doctor that I am under homeopathic care?

Yes, although not all physicians are aware of or knowledgeable about homeopathy or other integrative health care modalities.


20) I don’t live near Yuma, Arizona. Can I still make an appointment?

Yes, this can be arranged using web-based video-conferencing software such as Skype. Homeopathic remedies will be shipped to you separately.


21)  I live in the Yuma area but may not always be able to travel to your office. Can I meet with you via audio-video conferencing or phone?

Yes. For local clients, we prefer that the initial consultation is in-person, but after this video-conferencing software or phone can be used.  Call (928) 247-6385  for a 15-minute complimentary consultation or send an E-mail to find out how homeopathy can help you.