The consultation is a conversation between the client and the homeopath.
As well as the details of the illness or complaint, the homeopath is interested in knowing the person since it is the person who is being treated not just a localised or named disease.
There will be questions about the particular characteristics of the complaint.
The homeopath will also make observations and ask questions about the particular characteristics of the person with the complaint - lifestyle, stress factors, emotional issues; sensitivities to foods, weather and other aspects of the environment; energy levels; medical and family history.
Above all the homeopath LISTENS and is non-judgemental.
The first visit may take up to 1 1/2 or 2 hours. Subsequent visits are about 1/2 an hour long.
The homeopath uses all the information to select a remedy (homeopathic medicine). This may be given at the time of the consultation or a few days later if more time is needed to fully analyse the case.
To get the best results from homeopathic treatment several consultations are often needed.
The homeopath is trained to assess the client's response to each remedy prescribed and determine the next course of action - continue with the current remedy, change remedy or in some cases just wait.
The aim is to have you symptom free as soon as possible. However, the goal is to achieve this not by long-term symptom management (as is often the case in conventional treatment), but by removing the cause of ill-health. This takes more time and effort than merely achieving symptomatic relief. In general, the longer you have had a condition, the longer it will take to remove all the symptoms.
To gain the most from your treatment:
- Be committed to the treatment. Keep in touch with the homeopath.
- When you experience a change in your symptoms after taking your first prescription and it is more than a week before your next appointment, please contact the homeopath for further instructions.
- To maintain improvement after a first visit, follow up care is essential.
- If you do not experience any changes in your symptoms after taking your first prescription, you may wish to move your follow-up appointment forward. Your dosage or remedy will probably be changed.
- If you have any questions or need something clarified, please do not hesitate to ask.
- Remember: Long term health problems require time and skill to successfully treat.