What to expect… Information about the homeopathic consultation and treatment for chronic and long standing health problems
- What happens during a homeopathic consultation?
- What is the purpose of follow-up consultations?
- What to expect after taking the prescribed remedies?
- How long will the treatment take?
- What if I take drugs prescribed by my doctor?
The primary aim of homeopathic treatment is to understand how you came to ill health in the first place and how to unravel the different strands in your unique situation and to find the right homeopathic remedies that will create a steady and continuing improvement in your health.
At the consultation you will be seated and asked questions about your health. I want to build up a well rounded picture of you as an individual and not just of the symptoms that brought you for treatment. Homeopathy can only be effective when the treatment is individualised.
The first appointment lasts approximately 2 hours. We will talk about your symptoms, when they started and whether you have noticed any specific patterns in them. In addition I will ask you about various aspects of your emotional and physical make-up, your lifestyle, your medical history and your family’s health. In homeopathy we understand illness as a multi-dimensional phenomenon, brought on by internal disturbances that manifest in each person in a unique way. It would be helpful if you could bring in any medication that you are taking so that I can make a note of it.
These individual characteristics are the result of many different factors, including heredity, life experiences, lifestyle and the kind of interventions you have had for your condition. The homeopathic consultation is a gentle, yet thorough exploration of your physical and emotional make-up and constitution. Many people find this an empowering and beneficial experience. I am to facilitate this exploration in a way that is sensitive to your needs and which respects your boundaries and wishes. We will talk about your expectations of homeopathy and how we can work together in order to safely meet them.
I sometimes prescribe herbs and flower essences alongside homeopathic treatment to provide extra support. I may also suggest various lifestyle changes if they will be of benefit to you.
These appointments are usually spaced at intervals of 4 weeks and last 45 to 60 minutes. They are an essential part of the treatment process and enable the homeopath to thoroughly evaluate your reaction to the remedy previously prescribed, and to adjust the next prescription accordingly. Changes in your energy, as well as physical and emotional patterns will indicate how to continue the treatment at the pace most suited to your present health needs.
What to expect after taking the prescribed remedies?
The reaction to homeopathic remedies can differ from person to person. Some people experience a significant improvement in their symptoms and overall energy within a few weeks. With others, the improvement may be more gradual. Some people experience a brief intensification of some symptoms which may last a few days, followed by a gradual and steady improvement. I may ask you to phone or email me at least once between the consultations to see how you are getting on, especially in the first stages of treatment.
How long will the treatment take?
The length of your treatment depends on a number of factors, such as the nature of your illness, how long you have had it, your response to remedies and your present life circumstances. Normally I recommend that my patients have a course of at least 3 months of treatment, at the end of which I will discuss an evaluation and prognosis for future treatment if necessary.
What if I take drugs prescribed by my doctor?
Homeopathic remedies work effectively alongside conventional drugs. Moreover, they do not interfere with the action of the medication prescribed by your doctor. However, I have found that a limited number of conventional drugs, such as steroids and other artificial hormones can decrease the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. This means that the rate of improvement may be slower than expected.
I am also interested to work in cooperation with your doctor, especially if your aim is to reduce or stop taking certain types of medication.
You will never be encouraged to discontinue any medication without your doctor’s consent.