A Homoeopathic consultation usually takes an hour. This can vary between cases, with minor ailments often taking less time. Homoeopathic consultations are detailed, and questions may be asked about the presenting complaint and its peculiarities, food desires and aversions, weather preferences, sleep patterns, medical history, personal habits, fears and phobias and general personality traits. This allows the Homoeopath to ascertain a comprehensive symptom picture of the client and enables the best suited medicine to be selected. A clear causative factor for the condition is particularly useful. Follow up consultations may be needed especially if the patient is in a state of chronic illness of many years standing.
Homoeopathic remedies are made from sources in the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms. All remedies have been tested exclusively on humans.
The remedies are made by specialist pharmacies using strict guidelines. They are prepared by undergoing a series of successive dilutions interspersed with vigorous shaking. This concentrates and increases the energy of the original substance, which is perfect for stimulating the natural healing process of the body. Medicines may be given as pillules or liquid.
The remedies may be prescribed as a single dose or as a series of doses. In chronic cases several different remedies may be needed over a period of time which could be weeks, months or years. Reactions to remedies vary with different people and illnesses. As part of the healing process sometimes there is immediate improvement and sometimes symptoms can worsen slightly before improvement takes place. An increased sense of wellness can occur before improvement of symptoms and occasionally ‘old’ symptoms can reappear for a short time as part of the healing process.
Homoeopathic remedies are administered under the tongue, need to be taken away from ingesting any food or drink and stored away from sources of heat, electricity, mobile phones and strong odours such as camphor, mentholated liniments or perfumes.
Below I have outlined some very brief pictures of Homoeopathic “personality types”. See if you can equate any of these 'pictures' with people you know.
Pulsatilla presents as a person who likes a lot of attention, having an affectionate temperament and needing to be consoled when upset. They can be quite fearful at times especially of the dark and prefer not to be alone. Outside in the fresh air is where they feel best. A Pulsatilla type that has a fever is characterised by having no thirst. Generally they are upset by eating rich and fatty food.
Nux vomica types are very ambitious and pay great attention to detail. They can be very irritable and even malicious if interrupted in the pursuit of their goals. Early in the mornings is when they feel at their worst, often waking unrefreshed, depressed and irritable from having woken at night worrying about their problems. They are sensitive to the cold and crave the “good life”, enjoying coffee, alcohol, rich food and late nights. Work hard and play hard sums up their attitude to life.
Arsenicum people are very sensitive to, and fearful of many things. They usually present themselves immaculately dressed and have a mania for order and tidiness. There is an anxiety about their health and they often suffer from complaints with burning pains, particularly gastro-intestinal. Arsenicum types are always cold and need to be near a source of heat and even prefer all their food to be warm.
Ignatia is a remedy for the effects of grief and disappointment, particularly when high ideals clash with reality, especially romantic ideals. There can be the occasional emotional outburst, but this grief is usually expressed silently and the person can appear to be brooding over their troubles. They often feel they have a lump in their throat and can also sigh a lot. Eating is a way Ignatia types deal with their stresses.
Sulphur types are ego-centric and can be conceited. They are imaginative and like to theorise, philosophise and daydream. There is an intolerance of closed rooms, they need the doors and windows open because they are so warm-blooded. Quite often Sulphur types prefer their food to be spicy and have a sweet tooth. Itching skin rashes with burning pains are common