The Initial Consultation
One of the key principles of homeopathy is individualisation and your journey to health will be unique. In sickness no two people have the same set of identical symptoms. For example, if two patients were suffering from a cold, both would express their symptoms differently. One may have a headache, lethargy, a runny nose, watery eyes and be very thirsty for cold drinks whilst another may suffer from blocked sinuses and a dry painful cough. Situations and circumstances around the existence of the cold may also be different. Exposure to cold and wind may have triggered one, or a stressful experience may precipitate another. In homeopathy, therefore, there isn’t just one remedy for the common cold - homeopathic medicines are prescribed according to individuality and are appropriate for each patient’s condition.
What also makes homeopathy different from conventional medicine is that it focuses on the 'whole person' and a patient's mental and emotional symptoms are just as important as the physical ones. The first consultation normally takes a bit longer to allow me to gain an in-depth understanding of you or your children's complete state of health. I will ask a wide range of questions around your physical, mental and emotional condition as well as your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality traits, sleep patterns and medical history. This picture will be matched to the symptoms of the illness in order to prescribe a particular type and strength of homeopathic medicine.
I suggest a minimum of 3 visits and normally review patients every 4-6 weeks, depending upon the severity of complaint. At this appointment, I will review your progress and fine-tune the treatment according to your current symptoms.
Acute consultations for minor ailments are shorter and normally take 15-30 minutes.