What is your background?
I was certified in Classical Homeopathy in 1997 and became a Doctor of Acupuncture in 2003. I was educated at Yale (B.A.) and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (M.S.). I received my homeopathic training at the New York School of Homeopathy (1993-95), the Homeopathic Master Clinician Course (Boston; 1995-97), the Dynamis School of Homeopathy (Toronto; 1997-99), and the New England Homeopathic Academy (Boston; 2007-09). I have been in private practice in NYC since 1997 and in 2007 opened a branch practice in Leesburg, VA (northern Virginia), where I see patients once every 8 weeks. I have given seminars in homeopathy and published cases in Hpathy ezine. From 2008-14 I was a member of the board of the Council for Homeopathic Certification (North America) and served as chair of the Case Review Committee.
Diderik Finne, acupuncturist and homeopath
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is the use of nontoxic medicines from natural sources to stimulate self-healing. Homeopathy has been around for over 200 years, and it has proven clinically effective in millions of cases worldwide. For more information, see my two articles, "Homeoprophylaxis" and "The Power of Homeopathy." (Papers on Health )
What types of problems do you treat?
I've helped people with a wide variety of acute and chronic complaints. Since homeopathy treats the whole person, there is no specialization along anatomical lines. For a look at some cases from my practice, click on Case Histories. See also my published cases in Hpathy ezine.
Do you treat children?
Children are twenty percent of my practice. They respond especially well to homeopathy, and they love it too!
How does acupuncture fit into your practice?
Acupuncture is another way to stimulate self-healing. I use acupuncture mainly for musculoskeletal problems and stress relief.
I am currently on meds. Will homeopathy interfere?
There is no interaction between homeopathic medicines and conventional medications.
Should I get the swine flu shot?
Vaccines contain toxins that suppress the immune system. For protection against disease, the best strategy is to strengthen the immune system, not weaken it. For more information, see my paper, "Homeoprophylaxis: Better than Vaccination?" (Papers on Health)
I'm extremely skeptical about homeopathy.
Skepticism is healthy. All scientists are skeptics. But to be scientific, one has to be objective. If something works, it works.
Does homeopathy work by placebo effect?
No. For any given person and condition, only a few medicines will work. If the treatment were placebo, any medicine would do the job (and my job would be a lot easier!). I once asked a new patient what she thought of homeopathy, and she said, "I think it's poppycock!" But she was cured of a serious Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection that had not yielded to antibiotics.
What do patients say about you?
Here are some unsolicited comments I've received...
"It's been about 3 months since taking the remedy, and I realized a while ago that there is a subtle and decided shift for me, for the good. Someone commented to me that I seemed very relaxed, and my first response was that I had just been on vacation, and that I was no longer worried about any sick animals. That part is very true! It took a while before I realized that it is more than that: I am energetic without being frenetic, I am able to let things go that would have upset me, I am generally happier, and I haven't been sick at all, no colds, sinus episodes, or anything. I seem to be much less anxious across the board. Life just feels easier." PK, Virginia
"Since the second remedy I have had a clarity I have never known. I am actually days away from finishing my script. It was always there but I couldn't see it, so although I was working like a dog, it didn't matter, I was lacking the innate will and trust in my spirit to lead me in a direction for my work. I make decisions re my art easily. Thank you so much. I can only attribute it to you. I can't remember what made me think to try homeopathy, it's the best thing that has happened to me." SB, New York
"You are the first doctor who has been able to consistently help me over an extended period of time." SU, Virginia
"I am really finding your vaccination write-up very helpful!" KE, Virginia.
"I just read your paper and it is incredible." EH, Pennsylvania.
Do you take insurance?
No, but my fees are quite reasonable. If you have a flex spending account, it will reimburse you.
How can I reach you?
The best way is send an email to diderikfinne@mindspring.com. For more options click on Contact .
Do you know a homeopath in my area?
For a list of some of my colleagues, click on Referrals .

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