The homeopathic consultation is a unique experience.
The task of the homeopath is to find the particular substance in nature that most closely fits your unique symptom picture in its totality. In homeopathy, the patient is more than the sum of its physical parts. Given, homeopathy's holistic approach and belief in the connectedness of all symptoms, an initial case-taking consultation can take up to three hours to establish a complete picture of your pattern of health.
As well as exploring your current complaints in detail, the homeopath will gather information about you in general, and your unique experience of life. To better prepare you for the consultation, the kinds of information the homeopath requires are briefly described below:
You will be asked to describe in your own way and as fully as possible, the conditions that bother you, the ones that have caused you to seek treatment.
What makes your complaint better or worse. For example, does your condition vary with the time of day or night, or the seasons? Is it affected by your position (sitting, standing, lying, etc.) or by activity (motion of any body part, walking, vigorous exercise, rest, etc.)? How do temperature, weather, eating, and sleeping affect your condition? Anything that clearly influences the intensity or pattern of your symptoms should be reported.
Anything that regularly occurs in association with your symptoms should be mentioned. For example, do you feel nauseous when you have a headache?
Can you associate the start of your condition with a specific event - an emotional upset, prolonged or pronounced stress, lack of sleep, exposure to weather, an injury, drug use, surgery, or any other factors?
In addition to information about your symptoms, the homeopath will try to understand you as a complete person - how vital and energetic you feel on the whole, your emotional nature, and your way of interpreting the world around you.