What Happens During a Homeopathic Consultation?
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The Aim of Homeopathic Consultation and Treatment
The purpose of homeopathic consultation and treatment is twofold. The first is to help you heal from whatever ailment is your chief complaint or main problem today.
The second is to bring your whole body-mind system towards a greater state of health and general well being. It is not uncommon for patients to report improved sleep, lower emotional stress, and increased energy levels.
Patients also find that over time, many of their secondary ailments, aches or problems that they had in other parts of their body, start to heal.
Questions to Expect During Your Homeopathic Consultation
1. Questions About Your Main and Most Important Health Concern
The initial homeopathic consultation lasts 1 hour. If you have an acute illness like an infection, indigestion, or cold that started in the last 7 days, the initial consultation will last 30 minutes. During this time, you will mainly speak to your homeopath and tell him or her about your problems. Most people begin by speaking about their main health concern or the issue that is bothering them the most in their life at that time.
2. Questions About Your Other Health Concerns
However, homeopathy in its very nature is a holistic medicine. This means that our aim is not only to help you with a specific part of your body, but to assess and treat your body and mind as a whole. As such, the assessment will look at all of the aches and pains that you carry in different parts of your body.
3. Questions About Your General State and Your Body's Reaction to the Environment
We will also be asking you questions to better understand your general state of health. Here we will ask you about your digestion, sleep patterns, food preferences and the significant health concerns that you have had in the past. We also ask about your body's reactions to environment factors such as the temperature, weather, time of day, etc. This is to better understand you as a whole in order to be able to help you as a whole.
4. Questions About Your Nature as a Person
In addition, homeopathic remedies work best when they are tailored specifically to what is individual and unique about you. Therefore, any information about your personality, your quirks, your likes and dislikes will be valuable to your homeopath. These are not mandatory, but they help us tailor your prescription to achieve the best possible results.
5. Questions About the Finer Details of Your Health Concerns
You will also find that we might ask you to observe your body very closely and share more detailed information about the specific sensation in an area of pain or discomfort. He will ask you about what conditions worsen or improve your symptoms, what time of day they get worse, and other such questions that are aimed at understanding what is unique in the way this disease is being expressed in you.
6. Questions About Life Stresses, Worries and Fears
Finally, as your mind is also part of who you are as a whole, in some cases we might ask you questions pertaining to what events or situations stress you in your life, what worries or fears you have or have had, and even what you dream about at night. As our personalities and minds are what are most unique about us, this information helps us to better individualize your case, which in term will lead to better results in your treatment.
However, please note that you are completely free to choose what you feel comfortable sharing with your homeopath and are under no obligation to disclose any personal information. Indeed, we can still help you even if you do not wish to discuss mental/emotional information at all. Also, everything shared during your homeopathic consultation is kept private and confidential.
At the end of your consultation, we might suggest a treatment right away or ask you to wait for a few days so that we can go over your case before making the prescription. When making treatment recommendations, we will present to you our suggestions and work with you to build a plan of care that is tailored to your needs.
Your primary treatment will be a customized homeopathic remedy that will help you with your presenting symptoms and general well being. In addition to this, we sometimes make recommendations on lifestyle changes such as relating to sleep, exercise, nutrition; and give advice on removing or dealing with any obstacles that may impede your healing.
1. Homeopathic Remedies Are Safe to Take Along Side Conventional Medication or Supplements and Herbs
Homeopathic remedies are not considered prescription drugs in Canada and can therefore be obtained over the counter in many pharmacies and natural health food stores. They are safe and as a rule do not interact negatively with any medical drugs or supplements that you might be taking.
2. Homeopathic Remedies Undergo a Dynamization Process
As the main objective of a homeopathic remedy is to alter the imbalanced energy of your body to stimulate healing from within, these remedies undergo a special process called dynamization in which they become very diluted. Because of this process, they are better able to affect the internal energy of your body.
Also, the process of dynamization makes them very safe. They are safe to take alongside other medication, they do not produce the typical side effects of conventional medications, and the healing that they produce remains even after you stop taking them.
3. Dynamization Releases the Healing Properties of Natural Substances While Removing Their Toxicity
The process of dynamization also allows us to safely tap into the healing power of many natural substances that cannot be used in a conventional drug form because of their relative toxicity. Indeed, homeopathic remedies are made from a wide array of natural substances, from the most innocuous such as calcium to toxic substances such as poisonous plants. However, in all of these cases, homeopathic remedies are absolutely non-toxic and safe to use thanks laboratory-controlled process of dynamization. Homeopathic remedies come from mineral, plant and animal sources.
4. Homeopathic Remedies are Made in World-Class Pharmaceutical Laboratories
They are prepared in world-class pharmaceutical laboratories under strict guidelines and compounded by the professionals at our office following the rules outlined by the College of Homeopaths of Ontario and the National Association of Naturopaths. Animals are not hurt during their production; neither is any animal product remaining in the bottle after the process of dynamization. Homeopathic remedies are safe and easy to use.
Recent vs Long-Lasting Diseases
During your journey towards greater health, it is important for you to know that we are here for you every step of the way. You can consult us for any acute problem such as a cold, cough, sports or back injury or any infection or sudden ailment. In such circumstances, we will give you a specific treatment for your acute problem and continue treating your chronic longer-lasting condition once you are feeling better.
How Fast Can I Expect Results In Recent Acute Conditions?
Homeopathy often works fast in such acute ailments. You can often expect improvements in a matter of hours to days in such cases. Here you might only need one or a few visits to treat your condition. For an acute consultation, book a 30-minute time slot with your homeopath.
How Fast Can I Expect Results In Chronic Long-Standing Conditions?
For more chronic or long-lasting conditions, and depending on your overall state of vitality and health, the treatment can last from a few months to a few years as you gradually recover your health. In such cases, we usually see our patients every 2 weeks to every 2 months, depending on how they are doing.
Consultations will last between 30 and 60 minutes. Here, you can expect a more gradual improvement of your condition, such as a 10-30% improvement per month.
On occasion even long-lasting conditions will improve rapidly in the span of weeks to a few months. But in general, conditions that started more recently will require less time for healing while conditions that have lasted for years will understandably require more time and patience.
During your follow-up consultation, your homeopath will evaluate the progress of your symptoms and overall well being, and make further recommendations in regards to your treatment.