Dr Ikenze works with people of all ages to treat a vast array of illnesses. The first visit typically lasts forty-five to sixty minutes for children, and sixty to ninety minutes for adults, sometimes longer. A close and personal interaction between the doctor and you, or your child, it is a detailed gathering of information about every aspect of your condition and life in a safe, respectful, non-judgmental and completely confidential manner.
In homeopathy, each patient regardless of age or complaint, is considered a complete individual and must be seen and understood in the totality of his or her symptoms – physical, mental and emotional manifestations. This is the case even with newborns. Beyond questions pertaining to your illness, you will be asked not only about your past medical history but your life story, your current life circumstances, relationships, personal habits, likes and dislikes, thoughts and emotions. You will also be asked about your family history and all treatments that you have undergone or are undergoing. All this allows us to create a partnered relationship that brings insight to the doctor and empowers you to bring about the changes in your health and life through the homeopathic process. This methodology has yielded positive results for thousands of patients over the decades. Simply put, it works.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND LAB TESTS
Dr Ikenze is also a highly trained and credentialed medical doctor; so she will order whatever lab tests she deems necessary and include conventional methods as well as dietary and lifestyle issues in her overall assessment and treatment plan. The approach is always integrative. The first visit may or may not involve a physical examination, depending on the nature of your problem. Because the intake interview requires the doctor’s total and undivided attention, you may sometimes be asked to return at a different appointment for the physical examination. After the first visit, Dr Ikenze will usually prescribe a homeopathic constitutional remedy, carefully and specifically chosen for you based on all the available information, including lab tests.
FOLLOW UP VISITS
You will be asked to return for a follow up visit to assess your progress. For chronic illness the follow up is usually within four weeks. For an acute illness it may be necessary to return within a week. At the follow up visit she will determine if your constitutional remedy is working as intended and will make adjustments in the remedy or dosage as necessary. Subsequent visits are usually fifteen to thirty minutes, but may last as long as an hour depending on the complexity of your case. Dr Ikenze encourages you to remain in telephone contact through your treatment process in order to achieve the best possible results. It is essential and expected both parties will communicate consistently until the correct remedy begins discernibly working.
WHAT IF I AM ALREADY SEEING ANOTHER DOCTOR OR TAKING OTHER MEDICATIONS?
Homeopathic remedies are compatible with conventional medications so you can start a homeopathic treatment program even if you are currently taking other medications. Because Dr Ikenze is an M.D. she can collaborate with your conventional doctor or manage your conventional medications in conjunction with your homeopathic remedies. The ultimate goal in the integrative homeopathic process is to bring you to a point of wellness where the medications are no longer necessary. When appropriate Dr Ikenze can help you taper off your drug therapy with the consent of your primary physician. Homeopathy is compatible with herbal medicines.
WILL I HAVE TO CHANGE MY DIET OR GIVE UP ANY FOODS?
A homeopathic treatment does not necessarily call for any dietary restrictions or nutritional supplements. That said, properly practiced homeopathy requires a holistic approach to restoring one’s health, so harmful eating habits or food allergies need to be identified and addressed. You will be asked to reduce your intake of coffee since both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee have been shown to interfere with homeopathic remedies. Tea of any kind is acceptable and compatible with homeopathic remedies. You do not have to quit drinking coffee completely before embarking on a homeopathic treatment. Dr Ikenze usually works with you to arrive at a reduced level of coffee intake while you are on the homeopathic remedy. You will also be asked to avoid menthol and camphor containing products, such as cough drops, tiger balm and liniments, since these will antidote your homeopathic remedy. Chocolate, peppermint and spearmint flavored products including toothpaste, are acceptable.
CARING FOR YOUR HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
Your homeopathic remedy is usually dispensed in a small brown paper envelope inside a resealable clear plastic sleeve. Homeopathic medicines are sensitive to light, moisture and electromagnetic fields. The brown paper envelop protects your remedy from light. Please do not place your remedy on or next to anything electronic as this causes them to loose potency. It is best to maintain a distance of at least three inches from your cell phone and about twelve inches from major electrical appliances. Inside a drawer is best. When traveling by air do not put your remedy through the x-ray machine. Simply ask the TSA agent to visually examine your remedies instead of passing them through.
COMMONLY TREATED AILMENTS
There are two categories of treatment in homeopathy, acute and chronic treatment. Arriving at an effective and accurate diagnosis involves finding the root cause(s) of the problem(s) so that an effective treatment program can be initiated with measurable success in all dimensions of the patient’s physiology and psychology. In both acute and chronic illness, the integrative homeopathic approach treats the total person and not simply the symptoms and the disease.
Common complaints and disorders that Dr Ikenze has successfully treated over three decades (see testimonials) include but are not limited to:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic Pain Syndrome
- Herpes Simplex and Zoster
- Migraine headaches
- Environmental allergies
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Sleep disturbances
- Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Crohns Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Gastritis, stomach ulcers, heartburn and GERD
- Food allergies
- Chronic abdominal pain in children
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Asthma in children and adults
- Acute and chronic bronchitis and pneumonia
- Acute and chronic sinusitis
- Acute and chronic ear infections
- Amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and menorrhagia
- Menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, night sweats, mental and emotional distress
- Foggy brain syndrome
- Chronic vaginitis or cystitis
- Loss of libido
- Prostatitis, enlarged prostate
- Loss of libido
- Anxiety and Depression
- Sleep disorder and snoring
- Behavioral issues, ADD, ADHD
- Anxiety disorder in children and adolescents
- Sleep disorders in young children
- Nightmares, bedwetting, sleep apnea
- Tonsil and adenoid problems
- Thyroid disorders
- Adrenal fatigue syndrome
- Female and male hormone imbalances
- Delayed sexual development in adolescents
- Delayed growth in children
- Chronic back pain
- Arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis
- Delayed healing of fractures or torn ligaments and tendons
- Osteoporosis in women and men
CARDIAC AND CIRCULATORY
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic recurrent arrhythmias
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Varicose veins and venous insufficiency
Dr Ikenze provides invaluable support with homeopathy for adults and children undergoing cancer treatment. A homeopathic constitutional remedy not only fortifies the vital force and helps the body withstand and overcome the toxic side effects of chemotherapy, but also maintains the integrity of the immune system during treatment, which helps prevent complications, speeds recovery and supports emotional balance.