Do I have to believe in homeopathy for it to work for me?
No; an understanding or belief in homeopathy is not required for treatment to be successful. Homeopathic medicines work effectively on babies and animals, neither of whom understand its principles.
What happens at a homeopathic consultation?
People react in different ways to the same illness and in order to find the correct remedy I will need to know not only physical symptoms but also as much as possible about you and how you experience your symptoms. After your first consultation which will take up to 2 hours, I will prescribe a remedy for you. The remedies are made from naturally occurring substances from the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms and have been tried and tested in practice for over 200 years. They rarely cause side effects and you cannot become addicted to them. Only a very minute amount of the active ingredient is used in a specially prepared form. How quickly you will improve depends very much on what sort of illness you have. A complaint you have had for a long time will not normally disappear overnight, other conditions often improve rapidly.
Whatever your complaint, you will be asked to give as much information about yourself as possible at the consultation. I will ask you about your personality, lifestyle, moods, reactions to different situations, likes and dislikes, relationships, fears and dreams. I will also ask about your reaction to foods, weather and the environment and I will need to know about your family’s medical history as well as your own. At the end of the consultation I will analyse the information you have given and find the best remedy for you as an individual. You will be prescribed a remedy at the consultation or I will send it to you in the post shortly afterwards with instructions.
How long does the treatment take to work?
It varies from person to person and from condition to condition. You may notice very little for up to ten days or so but I would expect you to start noticing some positive changes by the time I see you in a month. If you symptoms change quickly anyway – in response to stress, diet, weather changes – you could well find you improve quickly. If your condition as been around for some time and you are on medication, it is likely to take longer to respond.
How many consultations will I need?
This differs from person to person and relates to the previous question. As a minimum I recommend a first consultation and on or two follow-ups. Then it will depend on things such as the speed of your progress, the benefit you gain from being able to talk about your problem, the amount of support you prefer… and so on. What matters is that it is right for you and to ensure I have enough information to monitor your progress and make any necessary changes along the way. This will help you gain the best from treatment. It is usual to make adjustments to treatment over time in response to changes brought about by the remedy. The length of treatment required depends on the problems and how long you have had it. Once the main problem has been resolved many patients like to come back periodically to maintain their health and well being.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
No. Most people come because a friend or relative has been a patient and has recommended me.
Must I stop prescribed drugs?
No. It is easier to see how homeopathy is helping if you remain on any drugbs you are taking in most cases. As you improve I will discuss decreasing prescribed drugs with the support of your GP or specialist. There are no known problems in taking homeopathic remedies alongside prescribed medications. Homeopathic medicines are not drugs and do not have the adverse interactions that some drugs do. It is possible for certain drugs to block the action of homeopathic remedies but careful monitoring and prescribing can usually overcome this problem.
Will I have to change my diet?
Homeopathy relies on the selection of the medicine for its main effect but remedies are likely to work better if you eat a healthy diet. My general recommendations are to eat wholefoods and fresh fruit and vegetables and to cut down on red meats, refined foods, sugars and food with lots of additives.
How do I know my homeopath is properly qualified?
Registration with The Society of Homeopaths is denoted by the letters RSHom and indicated the practitioner has trained at a recognised college (usually a four year course) and has been further assessed and examined by The Socieyt to ensure they are competent to practise. Members must also adhere to a strict code of ethics.