The Homeopathic Consultation
The primary aim of the homeopathic consultation is to understand how you came to ill health in the first place. Essentially my role is that of detective, from these findings I can select the right homeopathic remedies to create a steady and continuing improvement to your health.
During the first consultation you will be seated and asked questions about your health history. I want to build up a well-rounded picture of you as an individual (and not just of the symptoms that brought you to the appointment). Homeopathy is an individualised form of complementary therapy, no two people will receive the same prescription.
This first appointment lasts approximately 1 hour and you will be asked lots of questions, some of these may seem different to what you have been asked before.
Are you sensitive to the cold? How do you feel by the sea? When you’re upset, do you prefer company or to be alone? Do you feel worse before your period or during? Can you describe how the pain feels?
We will also talk about your symptoms, when they started and whether you have noticed any specific patterns to them. In addition I will ask you about your character, your life-style, your medical history and your family’s health. In homeopathy we see illness as a sign that your body is not happy on the inside. I often describe this process like the layers of an onion using homeopathic remedies to peel away unwanted toxins, limiting self-beliefs and physical symptoms.
These individual layers are the result of many different factors, including heredity, life experiences, life-style and the kind of interventions you have had for your condition. Many people find the homeopathic consultation an empowering and beneficial experience, often leaving the consultation understanding a lot more about themselves than they did before.
After the consultation you will receive your homeopathic remedies (with full instructions on how to take them), either immediately, or 2-3 days after the consultation. Don’t worry, the remedies taste great!
I often prescribe Homeobotanicals (organic herbs), nutritional supplements and/or flower essences alongside homeopathic remedies to provide extra support. I may also suggest various life-style changes, if they will be of benefit to you.
These appointments are usually spaced at intervals of 4 – 6 weeks and last 45 minutes. They are an essential part of the process and enable me to thoroughly evaluate your reaction to the remedies previously prescribed and to adjust the next prescription accordingly. Changes in your energy, as well as physical and emotional symptoms will indicate how to continue at the pace most suited to you.
What to expect after taking the prescribed remedies?
The reaction to homeopathic remedies can differ from person to person and depending how long you’ve had your symptoms for. Some people experience a significant improvement in their symptoms and overall energy within a few weeks. With others, the improvement will 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 email me at least once between the consultations to see how you’re getting on, especially in the initial stages.
How long will it take to get well?
This 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 people have a course of at least 3 months of homeopathy, at the end I will discuss an evaluation and prognosis for future appointments if necessary.
Homeopathy and conventional drugs prescribed by your doctor
Homeopathic remedies work effectively alongside most conventional drugs. Moreover, they do not interfere with the action of the medication prescribed by your doctor.
I am also interested to work in co-operation with your doctor, especially when 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.
What is homeopathy
Homeopathy is a holistic therapy that can help many acute and chronic conditions using natural remedies. (The remedies are administered either in liquid or tablet form and have a pleasant taste).
At the consultation you will be seated and asked questions about your symptoms.
A homeopath considers the whole picture, not just merely the physical symptoms, and prescribes remedies that stimulate your body’s own natural healing mechanisms.
Homeopathy works on the principle that ‘like cures like’. Substances that would cause symptoms in healthy people, such as raw onions causing sore, tearful eyes, can be used in a safe diluted form to treat illnesses which cause the same symptoms.
For example an extract of raw onion could be used as an ingredient in a remedy to treat hay-fever or a cold.
Benefits of homeopathy
- Homeopathy focuses on the cause of your health problem rather than just treating the symptoms.
- Homeopathy assists in detoxing the body and can help with the side-effects of medications.
- Homeopathic remedies work on the mind and body, relieving tensions, worries & anxiety.
- Homeopathy helps restore balance in the body improving sleep, energy levels and mood.
- Homeopathic remedies are natural, safe and without side-effects.
- Homeopathic remedies are suitable for all ages, during pregnancy and safe to take alongside conventional medications.
- Homeopathic remedies have not been tested on animals and do not pollute the environment.