Homeopathy is a well-established system of medicine that has been used and considered effective by hundreds of millions of people worldwide since it was discovered by a German doctor over 200 years ago. It is used by 30% of the population in Germany and is incorporated into healthcare systems in Brazil, India, and Russia.
What happens during a homeopathic consultation?
The homeopath will want to know your medical and personal history in detail. Homeopaths always look for the origin of symptoms, so any information about your lifestyle and worries or stresses in your life will be relevant in helping the homeopath to develop a complete picture and to find the best prescription for you. A homeopathic remedy is prescribed to treat the individual, rather than his or her specific symptoms. Therefore two people suffering from the same condition would be unlikely to receive the same remedy since the root cause of their symptoms will be different.
Many people find the consultation very therapeutic, as it may be a rare opportunity to discuss personal and intimate aspects of life with an unprejudiced observer in a totally confidential setting. The initial consultation lasts about two hours for adults and about one hour for children. It is always possible to schedule a telephone call where parents want to discuss difficult or challenging situations about their child in confidence.
The homeopath will have many pages of notes at the end of the consultation and will take time to reflect on the information before deciding on the remedy, which will be either in liquid or pill form. The remedy will be posted to you with guidance on how to take it.
What happens after taking the remedy?
The changes may be minimal at first and some people experience a slight worsening of symptoms for a short period. This is known as an “aggravation”. Following this, people often report an enhanced feeling of calm and well -being even before the specific symptom for which they came has actually improved.
The first follow-up takes place about a month after the initial consultation and lasts about an hour. During this meeting, the homeopath will interpret your response to the prescription and decide on the next one. Your feedback and observations about any changes are the most valuable asset in this process.
How long will the process take?
How long you have been experiencing symptoms and the nature of the complaint is significant in determining the duration and outcome. It is impossible to be specific at the outset, as everyone responds differently and individuals’ ability to follow dietary and lifestyle recommendations also varies.
Who can visit a homeopath?
Anyone who would like to strengthen their immune system and improve their health can visit a homeopath. Homeopathy is safe for everyone — the elderly and infirm, pregnant women, babies and young children. Homeopathy can be used alongside conventional medical treatment, but you will always be advised to maintain contact with your GP or primary healthcare professional. If you would like to chat with our homeopath prior to making an appointment, please call her at The Heeler Centre and she will be happy to advise whether Homeopathy might be helpful for you.