Typically, in homeopathic clinical practice, patients have a lengthy first clinic visit. During this time, the homoeopathic doctor conducts an in-depth review of the individual’s health, their temperament, personality, sentiments and sensibilities. This is used to guide the selection of a homeopathic remedy. Besides, your homoeopathic doctor will conduct a physical examination. He will look into your drug history – the conventional or other medicines you are taking, or have been taking – followed by past and family history, laboratory and diagnostic tests.
This is supplemented by follow up visits where individuals treated report how they are responding to the remedy. This will help the doctor arrive at decisions about further treatment. Your homeopathic doctor may also suggest ways and means, including lifestyle and dietary changes, to improve your physical, psychological, or emotional health, while treating you as one whole – not just a part of the whole.
You may not be used to talking to your conventional doctor about your feelings, or problems, in your personal life. For a homeopathic doctor, as you might have seen, or experienced, your emotions, likes or dislikes, including idiosyncrasies, matter the most. Most homeopathic doctors will be able to tell whether or not you are feeling stressed, anxious or upset just by looking at you.
It is important to be open with them, if you are having any emotionally-driven feelings. There is no need for you to hide behind the mask. This is because homeopathy is mind-body, holistic medicine. For it to work well and effectively, such a ‘connect’ in health and illness is as important as your symptoms.
This needs to be emphasized again. Homeopathy treats the individual; it just does not limit its treatment to the diagnosis of an illness. When you are ill, your illness has its own unique pattern of symptoms. You will tend to get those illnesses that result from a particular pattern of imbalance with your vital force, or immune system – one that is unique to your personal temperament and environmental factors.
The diversity of humanity is its greatest message. Yet there is still a marked reluctance in the medical profession to treat the individual than the population. It is against this reluctance, homeopathy takes a stand.