One aspect that always surprises people new to homeopathy is the length of time given for the consultation. Initial consultations take an hour and a half to two hours. The consultations take place in a relaxed, friendly environment and are completely confidential. Any registered homeopath has to abide by a strict code of ethics and all information is treated in accordance with data protection guidelines.
During the consultation you will be asked for details of your current complaint and talk about how you are feeling. I ask you lots of questions which help me gain a good understanding of who you are and build up a picture of you as an individual, not just the symptoms you are suffering from. We will talk about your expectations from homeopathy to enable us to work together and agree on a course of treatment.
After the consultation, I will then spend time, reviewing and working through your details before deciding on the best remedy for you. Remedies are usually posted a couple of days after the consultation but they can be collected if that’s more convenient.
Sometimes people can find it hard answering questions that appear to be completely unrelated to their current complaint. However, most illnesses are for a reason and so the sequence of events or stresses that are occurring in your life at any time are often very much connected to your current symptoms.
To a homeopath the symptoms that you may consider as unimportant or slightly strange are often the most valuable. For example, the common symptoms of asthma tell a homeopath little, but if your asthma was worse when listening to music or at certain times of day then that is far more valuable. The strangest and rarest symptoms help a homeopath to find a truly characteristic remedy for you.
Without fully understanding a person’s physical, mental and emotional state, a homeopath can only work on the surface and can only have a superficial impact on a patient’s health. In difficult cases, even the most experienced homeopath may need some time to understand a patient well enough to find the best remedy.
Initially, these are usually at 4 week intervals and last about 30- 45 minutes. Follow up sessions enable the homeopath to evaluate your reaction to the remedy and adjust the treatment accordingly.
Telephone support is available at any time throughout your treatment.
Will I see immediate benefits?
This varies from person to person, but changes and improvements are usually seen between each session. Some people can see dramatic improvements in a very short period of time, and for others it can take slightly longer.
How many sessions will I need?
This will be influenced by the nature of your illness, how long you’ve suffered from it and other factors in your personal circumstances at the time. There is, however, some thought that a general indication is a month of treatment for every year you’ve had your complaint.
Some people have monthly treatments until their complaint has improved and then come on an as needed basis or periodically to maintain health and prevent relapse.