Spiritual-Holistic Support for Life’s Pilgrim Journey
“A joyful heart is good medicine
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Prov 17:22
Welcome to the Wellness Center at NHM Ministrants, your oasis for homeopathic treatment, Bach Flower Remedy consultation, and support for greater spiritual well-being.
The Nature of Homeopathy.
At the Wellness Center, Lauren Speeth offers a safe and natural therapeutic system of healing called “homeopathy.” Homeopathy is a complimentary health care practice that offers affordable, natural substances (“remedies”) in small doses to support a patient’s well-being. Homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, or any other practice. It is a distinct and integral system, unto itself, with a set of guiding principles. The North American Society of Homeopaths calls it an “advanced, effective, and gentle system of holistic medicine that has been successfully used and on every continent.” Homeopathy, founded by the German physician and chemist Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s, based on a principle he observed in his practice. Hahnemann called this the principle of “like cures like.” It’s a principle you can observe in the world around you: coffee is known to give some people the jitters, but for kids who are already jittery with ADD, a cup of coffee can be calming. In homeopathy, this is called the Law of Similars. Consider the common onion. A big onion can bring tears to your eyes as you cut it open. So, as you might expect, someone who’d be helped by homeopathic onion (All-c) would have, among their symptoms, watery eyes and a runny nose. So, we see how in something that’s capable of producing certain symptoms can also be helpful in calming them.
The Theory of Homeopathy
Lauren Speeth is a Classical Homeopath practitioner. Classical homeopathy is an individualized practice that considers the whole person holistically, including the patient’s symptoms, unique life history, condition and circumstances. The Classical Homeopath then selects a single personalized remedy in the potency that best matches the totality of a person’s symptoms. A homeopathic treatment is intended to support the symptoms to help the body restore balance and harmony, stimulating a person’s own healing response to a chronic condition or disease. In Classical Homeopathy, one homeopathic remedy is used at a time in the minimum dose to effect the desired change.
Homeopathic medicines, also known as “remedies,” may originally derive from herbs, minerals, animal products, and are now in infinitesimal doses. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Classical Homeopathy, noticed something that was strange and wonderful: a repeated process of shaking and dilution rendered the medicine more potent. Because of this dynamization effect, substances that would be hazardous in material doses could now be given without risk. Because of the extreme dilution, there is no fear of harm from the original substance. Homeopathy may be safely combined with prescription medicines of all kinds without danger.
The Bach Flower Remedies
Lauren Speeth is a Bach Registered Flower Practitioner. Bach Flower Remedies are a self-help collection of tinctures based on the premise that emotional support is a simple and good thing and that you can know your own mind and select remedies that will help you, all by yourself. These remedies are not intended to replace your other means of mental and emotional support, such as psychotherapy, but simply be an adjunct help. They were discovered in the 1920s –‘30s by Dr. Edward Bach, a prominent bacteriologist, physician and pathologist in London, England. While serving in World War II, he noticed how patient attitudes had an effect on their recoveries. It’s common sense: negative emotions aren’t good for you. Because he reasoned that emotional healing should have a ripple effect on the rest of your life, he came up with 38 remedies associated with basic human emotions.
- An initial 15-minute consultation is provided by phone free of charge to determine whether one of our Wellness Center services – whether Classical Homeopathic treatment or a Bach Flower Consultation – might be right for you. This consultation would also cover the estimated fees and costs of treatment options.
- Homeopathic Visits – If the Wellness Center homeopathic services are right for you, an initial 2-hour office interview must take place in-person at the Wellness Center. During this in-depth interview, the goal is to understand you as a whole person, including your complete life history, the symptoms that are causing you to suffer, and to find natural remedies best fit to the totality of the symptoms – tailored just for you. At that time, a follow-up 45-60 minute in-office visit is scheduled to assess how you are doing after taking the recommended homeopathic remedy or remedies.
- Bach Flower Consultations – If the Wellness Center Bach Flower Remedy services are right for you, a single 2-hour office consultation must take place in-person at the Wellness Center.
- Introductory Training – If you are interested to attend a basic, introductory course, you might want to attend one of our basic training offerings, usually half a day or one day in duration. Check back, for notice of future dates and subjects.
- Supervision– If you are a student of homeopathy seeking certification, you know that this involves supervised cases. Supervision of student cases towards homeopathic certification is provided on occasion, by referral, on an as-needed basis, and only upon prior agreement with us and with your academic advisor.
- Acute illnessesand chronic conditions are likely to be referred to your medical practitioner and not treated in this practice.
- Children are generally not seen in this practice. The primary focus of this Wellness Center practice is adult life transitions that take place later in life.
- Q: Are homeopathic remedies a substitute for traditional medical care?
A:No, not at all. Homeopathy treatments are alternative or complimentary to conventional health care services licensed by the State, but not a substitute.
- Q: Should I tell my primary care about any homeopathic treatments I am considering taking?
A:Yes. You should tell your licensed primary health care providers about any homeopathy treatments before you begin to take them to insure coordinated and safe care for your particular circumstance.
- Q: Are there any healthcare services that a homeopathic practitioner cannot provide?A: Yes. Please read the “Important Disclosures” on this page.
- Q: What should I do if I think I need immediate assistance?
A: If you are experiencing a medical emergency or require immediate health care assistance, call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room (if reasonably safe to do so).
- Q: Do you accept health insurance or support claim submissions?
A: Sorry, no. Payment is due at time of visit. Insurers usually do not pay for homeopathic treatment.
- Q: What paperwork must be completed to receive services?
A: After the initial consult and before your initial interview, you’ll be sent an intake form to complete, sign and return. The intake form includes important Patient Disclosures (required under California Business and Profession Code Sections Sections 2053.5 and 2053.6) and you will be entitled to receive a copy (signed). The Wellness Center will maintain the original signed copy for at least three years.
- Q: Where can I find more information to prepare for my visit?
A: For an excellent discussion of Classical Homeopathy, visit the NASH website; for more on its safety and efficacy, visit the British Homeopathic Association; and for a history of the treatment of epidemics with homeopathy, visit the National Center for Homeopathy. To learn more about Bach Flowers on the Bach Centre website. Finally you’ll find an introduction to one method of Spiritual Assessment right here on this website.
- Q: Do you provide services to persons located outside the State of California?
A: Sorry, no. No services are provided outside the State of California. You must be present in the State of California and be able to travel at your own expense to the Wellness Center for in-person treatment
- Q: Are homeopathic remedies “drugs”?
A: Homeopathy remedies are considered to be drugs under applicable federal law and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the manufacture, marketing and sales of homeopathic remedies.
Education and Experience:
Lauren Speeth is a Classical Homeopath. She earned a Certificate in Professional Homeopathy from the Caduceus Institute of Classical Homeopathy after 1000 hours of homeopathic medicine training, including over 500 hours in clinical observation / case analysis. She then attained Certified Classical Homeopath (CCH) from the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC), a peer evaluation of a practitioner’s demonstrated skill in classical homeopathy that includes a comprehensive examination and work evaluation.
Additionally, Lauren Speeth attained International Homeopathic Certification (IHC), from the Association for International Homeopathic Certification (AIHC), which was established to advance Classical Homeopathy by creating an international standard for the certification of homeopathic practitioners. Lauren Speeth is also an Associate Member of the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH).
Having completed a course of training and evaluation that took her to New York and to Canada, Lauren Speeth is a Bach Registered Flower Practitioner (BFRP USP 2015 0715P), a method of self-help and self-discovery that consists of 38 flower remedies and a simple and easy-to-understand approach to selection and use.
Speeth’s holistic approach to homeopathy emphasizes deep listening and embraces the spiritual element following what is known as a “spiritual holistic inquiry process.” She brings to bear experience as a minister (a complimentary spiritual health practice) and as a hospital chaplain, having completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
Advocacy Work: As a teacher, Lauren Speeth has been well received, internationally. She currently serves on an external advisory committee for The Caduceus Institute of Homeopathy, in California. As a Certified Classical Homeopath with an IHC certification, she is qualified to supervise students, and enjoys working with them throughout their journey along the healer’s path.
Testimonial: “What a wonderful experience working with Lauren as she evaluated me for homeopathy treatment. She was thorough and sensitive to all my issues. Her solutions were creative and spot on!” – Mrs. S, 2016
- Lauren Speeth is not a licensed physician (healing arts practitioner) in the State of California.
- The homeopathic services offered by Lauren Speeth at the Wellness Center are not licensed by the State of California.
- The homeopathic remedies treatment is alternative or complementary to healing arts services licensed by the State of California.
- Under the California Medical Practice Act (California Business and Professions Code Sections 2053.5 and 2053.6), trained individuals like Lauren Speeth may offer alternative or complimentary homeopathic treatment services so long as they do not provide the type of medical services provided by licensed physicians and surgeons. Here are the things that unlicensed alternative practitioners are NOT allowed to do:
- Perform any form of surgery or any procedure that punctures your skin or harmfully invades your body;
- Use X-ray radiation; Prescribe prescription drugs, or recommending that you discontinue drugs that were prescribed by a licensed physician;
- Set fractures;
- Treat wounds with electrotherapy;
- Put you at risk of great bodily harm, serious physical or mental illness, or death;
- Imply in any way that they are licensed physicians.
- Homeopathy treatments are alternative or complimentary to conventional health care services licensed by the State, but not a substitute. If homeopathic treatments are used in place of conventional medicine, it is considered, “alternative.” If homeopathic treatments are used together with conventional medicine, it is considered “complimentary.” In both cases, you should not use homeopathy as a replacement for proven conventional medical care or to postpone seeing a licensed health care provider about a medical problem.
- No services are provided to diagnose, treat, or prescribe homeopathic remedies for any specific disease or condition.
- You should tell your licensed primary health care providers about any homeopathy treatments before you begin to take them to insure coordinated and safe care for your particular circumstance.
- In an emergency, call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room (if reasonably safe to do so).
I pray that you may enjoy good health,
and that all may go well with you,
even as your soul is getting along well.
– 3 John 1:2