What to Expect During Treatment
Homeopathy is used to treat both chronic illnesses, which are diseases of long duration; and acute illnesses, such as flus, sore throats, and ear infections. Remedies can also be given to help recovery following surgery, and also to speed up the healing of broken bones once a medical practitioner has set them. Chronic disease, which develops slowly over time, will often take time to heal. Acute cases tend to resolve much more quickly, unless there are underlying complications.
The first appointment is an in-depth interview and often lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours. During the initial appointment, I will review your medical history, which you will need to submit in advance of the appointment, as well as the issue you are concerned with and additional information regarding your overall physical, mental and emotional health as homeopathy looks at each individual’s complete symptom picture. Once all of your health details are gathered, I prescribe a remedy that most closely matches your symptoms.
Before you come in for your first appointment, it is best to note as much as possible about your illness and overall health, including when the symptoms started and what makes your symptoms better or worse. After you have begun taking the prescribed medication, you will need to monitor any changes to your physical, mental and emotional health.
Included in the initial appointment are 2-3 quick phone call or e-mail follow-ups to determine the dosing frequency best suited to your body’s level of health and response to the medication. There may be a slight heightening of symptoms; however, this will be minimized as much as possible through the liquid-dose method which enables the strengthening or weakening of the dose depending on each individual’s needs.
Follow-up appointments are scheduled 4 weeks apart, unless complications arise, such as an acute illness, in which case the appointments will be more frequent. These appointments generally last between 30 – 45 minutes. During these appointments a careful review will be made of how your symptoms were over the course of the month and of any new symptoms that may have come up. Often, as a layer of illness (symptoms) is removed, previous symptoms a patient has had, will start to resurface. This is a good sign, and the treatment of the returning symptoms will then begin. This is often referred to as the peeling of an onion. We gradually work on treating each layer of disease with the aim of removing the symptoms. This is not always possible to achieve, for example in palliative cases, the aim is to lessen the degree of symptoms as much as possible.
Some illnesses may appear to be acute; however, they may be acute flare-ups of a chronic condition, in which case an initial appointment as described under chronic issues will be required. A quick call will enable me to determine whether acute or chronic treatment is requirement. Acute appointments generally last between 20 – 45 minutes.
Patients who follow the dosing schedule prescription and scheduled follow-up visits consistently, obtain the best results.