What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complementary medicine with an holistic basis of treatment. Instead of addressing symptoms one by one, a complete picture is taken of the individual patient including mental, physical and emotional aspects.
Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, wrote: "The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health." We also aim for our patients to experience long-term health, wholeness and vitality.
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homeopathy: the process
Your initial consultation will be up to one and a half hours (children's appointments are often quicker). We need to acquire a complete overview, so notetaking is necessary. You may be surprised by how much detail is required, but all aspects of your case may be significant. It is particularly important to study the cause of the disease, for instance where a symptom arises after a stressful episode; also the exact location and sensation of a symptom may help us to differentiate between remedies.
From the total picture you have given, we are able to find a matching remedy of the right substance and potency. Be assured that the process is non-judgmental, entirely confidential and professional.
Your follow-up consultations, which last up to 45 minutes, maintain and support your healing process. It is important to follow up the initial consultation about a month later. This time is required to allow for a full response to the remedy. You will come to realise how beneficial it is for you to actively participate in your own healing; for example by staying engaged with your homeopath. Check-in reports between meetings help to keep you on track. Informing us about new developments allows us to use homeopathy to its full potential and can prevent a visit to the GP.
After the Remedy
As the remedy is a stimulus to self-healing, we sometimes see the return of an old symptom, particularly one that was originally suppressed. This is an opportunity for permanent improvement, and a good guide to the efficacy of the remedy. For example, if eczema has been suppressed in the past with hydrocortisone cream, it may well reappear temporarily, while the asthma that was the more serious presenting complaint disappears. Your response to the remedy is unique to your situation, and its pace must be matched with appropriate prescribing. In some cases the remedy may need repeating frequently, several times a day, whereas in other conditions one prescription may last for months.
Remedies are not that fragile
For example you may have heard that certain substances, such as mint and coffee, need to be avoided throughout a course of treatment. This is probably over-cautious. Just take the remedy! If you are taking recreational drugs, this will be an obstacle to cure, but we can work with this, as long as we know about it.
If you are consulting us for the first time, it will be helpful if you can bring along or email a completed patient questionnaire as our first session needs to be very detailed.