An in-depth interview will be conducted in which the doctor will have the opportunity to observe the patient as well as listen. The doctor will direct the interview and take notes, but it is best if the patient is as candid as possible with every answer and related thoughts. More information facilitates the doctor in choosing the best remedy for the person’s whole self (constitution).
Once a remedy is decided upon, the patient will be given an initial dose, and usually a follow-up amount to be taken daily. Occasionally, if the picture is extremely complex, it can mean the doctor will not prescribe at the first meeting. The Doctor may need to have the patient back to gather more information, as well as to study the notes, in order to choose the best remedy.
Homeopathic Interview and Follow-up
In the homeopathic interview, the patient is encouraged to speak about all areas of his or her life. Each symptom is considered to be potentially important and is carefully discussed and evaluated.
Physical examinations and lab tests are performed as needed.
It is the totality of a persons symptoms–mental, emotional, and physical–that guides us to the selection of the correct remedy.
An initial visit of approximately two hours is usually required for the treatment of chronic or long-term problems.
Follow-up visits are generally 30 to 45 minutes in length.
In most cases, it is important to wait at least 1 to 4 weeks between appointments to best evaluate changes that are taking place.
The treatment of an acute problem naturally requires a shorter office visit with more frequent follow-up visits during the course of the illness.
In some ways, homeopathic treatment requires more from the patient than most people are accustomed to. Self-observation, patience and perseverance are essential to an increased participation in your own health care.
It is important to honor the innate wisdom of the body, allowing it to heal at its own rate. This is especially true in dealing with chronic problems where improvement tends to be steady but gradual.