the first consultation.
The initial consultation may take up to two hours, occasionally more, because it’s important that I get a full picture of your inner world. Homeopathy treats the individual with a disease, not a disease in the individual. Though I take into account your past medical and family history, I am particularly interested in your unique experience of life and will be looking for the pattern of your symptoms so that I can match it to a source in nature with a similar pattern. To give you an example of how personalized treatment is—if six people are diagnosed with arthritis, they may very well need six different remedies. It all depends on each person’s perceptions and sensitivities. Our conversations will give you greater awareness of your health in the context of your life and should be an interesting and empowering experience.
Once you schedule your consultation, I’ll be sending you a very extensive case record form to fill out. You’ll find a range of questions, including, but not limited to, your family history, your dreams, temperature preferences, food cravings, and favorite sleep position. Please take your time with it and get input from relatives, if necessary. The questionnaire may seem a little unusual but the more I know about what makes you, you, the better I’ll be able to help. Filling out the form will prepare you for the first visit and also provide me with very useful information that we might not touch on directly when we speak.
REMEMBER: Homeopaths do not diagnose disease conventionally. For this you must see your doctor.
After you take a remedy we’ll wait approximately 4-6 weeks to allow it to act. I’ll ask you to keep a record of any significant changes or dreams during this time. If you have urgent questions or any concerns, you can reach me by email or phone.
When we meet again we’ll evaluate what changes have taken place. If there’s been a positive shift on the mental, emotional, or physical level, then we may continue to wait and watch further unfolding of the healing response or possibly repeat the remedy. If there hasn’t been a noticeable positive effect, then we’ll explore everything further, which will help to define more clearly whether a different remedy is needed or not.
Follow ups are a very important part of treatment. No matter what your response to the remedy, close monitoring of your progress will assure that things stay on track. These consultations usually take about 45 minutes.
Acutes are injuries and illnesses that have an unexpected onset and normally resolve in a short amount of time as opposed to chronic ailments that develop over a long period and never go away completely without treatment. Colds, influenza, sore throats, insect stings, cuts, bruises, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, and short-term insomnia are all examples of acute conditions that can be treated with homeopathy. Well-chosen remedies will stimulate the body’s innate healing response; they don’t kill germs or mask symptoms. And just as with chronic ailments, it’s the individuality of your symptoms, both emotional and physical, that determine the best remedy.
At some point, you may be interested in buying a homeopathic first aid kit so that you have the most commonly used acute remedies on hand. Then when you’re not feeling well, you won’t have to search for a health food store—a great convenience and usually cheaper in the long run than buying individual remedies!
Homeopathic first aid kits are available by mail order from:
Washington Homeopathic Products
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