The homeopathic consultation and treatment
This page gives information about the homeopathic treatment of chronic or longer term health problems. You will find here details about:
The Homeopathic Consultation
The aim of homeopathic treatment is to understand why you have these health problems at this time, to unravell the different strands in your unique situation and to find the remedies that will create a steady and continuing improvement in your health.
During the first consultation the homeopath endeavours 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.
This first appointment lasts about one to one and a half hours. We shall talk about your symptoms, when they started and whether you noticed any specific patterns about them. In addition I shall ask about various aspects of your emotional and physical make-up, your life style, yor medical history and your family's health. In homeopathy we understand illness as a multi-dimensional phenomenon, brought on by an internal disturbance that manifests in each person in a uniquely characteristic way.
These individual characteristics are the result of many different factors, including heredity, life experiences, life style and the kind of interventions you have had for your condition. Thus, the homeopathic consultation is a gentle, yet thorough exploration of your physical and emotional make up or constitution. Many people find this an empowering and beneficial experience. I aim to facilitate this exploration in a way that is sensitive to your needs and which respects your boundaries and wishes.
We shall talk about your expectations from homeopathy and how we can work together in order to safely meet them; also we will mutually agree on a course of treatment, with, usually, monthly appointments.
After the consultation you will receive your remedy within 3-4 days after your consultation, with full instructions how to take it.
These appointments are usually spaced at intervals of 4 weeks and last 30 to 45 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 remedy?
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 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. In my experience, patients find it helpful to contact me by phone and briefly discuss their reactions to remedies as soon as these happen. Hence I may ask you to phone me at least once between the consultations, 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 people have a course of three months of treatment, at the end of which I shall provide an evaluation and prognosis for future treatment if necessary.
Homeopathy and conventional drugs prescribed by your doctor
Homeopathic remdies work effectively alongside most conventional drugs. Moreover, they do not interfere with the action of the the medication prescribed by your doctor. However, I have found that a limited number of conventional drugs, such as steriods and other artificial hormones can decrease the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. This means that the rate of improvement may be slower that expected.
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.