The homeopathic consultation
A homeopath’s job is to gain a thorough understanding of your health and the exact symptoms you are experiencing. With detailed knowledge they can find a homeopathic medicine (known as a ‘remedy’) that matches you and your symptoms as closely as possible.
During the first consultation, your homeopath will ask lots of questions to build up a complete picture, taking into account a wide variety of factors such as medical history, personality traits, stress triggers, likes and dislikes, lifestyle and dreams.
Your homeopath wants to understand what is unique about you, and how your body and mind express themselves. Because homeopathy looks at the whole picture, patients who have the same diagnosed illness – hay fever, for example – are each likely to need different homeopathic medicines.
This first consultation will usually take between one and two hours, depending on the practitioner. You will be asked many questions and some of them will seem strange for those not used to homeopathy. The practitioner is building up a picture of your unique make up, a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
Homeopathic treatments involve a gradual process of change towards better health. The first follow-up is usually about four weeks after the first prescription, although in some cases it may be sooner.
The second session tends to be shorter than the first – usually between half an hour and an hour. Your homeopath will ask about changes that have occurred, using their detailed notes as a reference point, before deciding on the next step in your treatment.
The number of consultations that may be needed is difficult to predict – it depends on a number of factors such as the age of the patient, how long the symptoms have been going on and your response to your prescription.
Fees vary, with prices ranging from £30 to £125 a session. The initial consultation usually costs more because it lasts longer. Fees often include extras, such as interim phone calls and acute prescriptions. You should check this with your practitioner.
What about seeing my doctor?
We always recommended that you maintain your relationship with your GP or specialist. Homeopathic and conventional approaches are often successfully used alongside one another in an integrated approach.
Homeopathic remedies, which are non-toxic, will not interfere with the action of conventional drugs. Nevertheless, it’s important to keep your homeopath informed of any changes in prescribed medication from your doctor, and to keep your doctor informed of any changes in symptoms for which you have been prescribed conventional medicines.
Some people choose homeopathy because they are unhappy with side effects from their current conventional medication. However, you should not stop medication until you have discussed it with your prescribing doctor. It can be dangerous to suddenly stop taking prescribed conventional medicines.
Did you know...?
- Professional homeopaths come from all
walks of life – the Society of Homeopaths register includes members who were
previously accountants, lawyers, journalists, teachers, pharmacists, nurses, bankers and chemists.
- 100 million European citizens use prescribed or over the counter homeopathic remedies
- There are over 3,000 practitioners across the UK