We become sick when we can no longer adapt appropriately to the circumstances of life. These circumstances may seem to be due to external factors, such as allergies, the weather, stress, germs etc or may just seem to be an inability to feel well. In homeopathy, we look at both the internal factors and external ones, seeking to understand the circumstances of life that may be influencing the health of the whole person. Much of modern medicine focuses on the external causes of disease – bacteria and viruses for example - and drugs are given to kill them. While that serves an important role, homeopaths also ask the question as to why some people get sick while others don't and what can be done to help the body's own immune system fight off germs (or other factors) more effectively. Merely killing the germs doesn't always lead to greater health as the body has not cured the problem itself and some drugs merely suppress symptoms, making things worse in the long run. In this case, the same or more serious symptoms tend to recur and the problem may become more chronic and difficult to cure. Homeopathy and other holistic systems of healing seek to establish a higher level of health and in so doing prevent illness as well as helping to cure it. Looking for the cause of disease outside of oneself does not always take into consideration all the complex factors as to why we get sick. The root causes of illness need to be understood, whether that is genetic, emotional or due to a particular physical trauma many years before. Homeopaths believe that the body carries a memory of significant experiences even if there is no physical condition remaining and these experiences may create illness, even years later. Homeopathy helps the body resolve these experiences for itself, allowing true healing to take place.
Homeopathy is able to treat most physical and emotional conditions. A homeopathic consultation involves an analysis of the whole person. Each person is unique and the homeopath needs to understand as much as possible about all the concerns a person has. This allows the homeopath to understand the underlying causes of any disease state. The correct remedy choice will allow the whole person - body and mind - to realign to a more optimal state of health. An overall wellness should be the result, including any particular condition a person is experiencing.
The initial interview takes between 1 1/2-2 hours when a full case is taken. In more acute situations, the interview can be 15-30 minutes. In this time, the homeopath needs to find out all the necessary information to make a correct analysis and homeopathic remedy choice. This involves exploring all aspects of a person's experience of being ill and also a detailed history of all previous diseases and personal history. Once a homeopathic remedy has been chosen, another appointment will be made 3-6 weeks after the first visit.
As each person is different, with a unique physical and mental make-up, each homeopathic case taking involves exploring these unique characteristic symptoms and sensations that a person brings to the interview. This unique configuration and matching of both objective diagnostic information along with more subjective experiences of the person is the process through which a homeopath attempts to find a match between the person and the correct homeopathic remedy. This is where the skills of the homeopath come into play and the relationship the homeopath has with the person seeking treatment. The homeopathic case-taking process is a unique one and can be quite revealing for both homeopath and patient/client. Susceptibility is the term used that explains and explores how different people react to life differently, whether it’s the weather, food, daily circumstances of life, including emotional dynamics of life. It shows how each of us is different as we deal with life differently. Both inherited and acquired factors make up our unique constitutional patterns. One of the most interesting parts of studying homeopathy is how many remedies have a distinct psychological profile that allows the homeopath to see how life experiences and the reactions to them make up the character of a person. The study of homeopathic remedies allows the homeopath to analyze and reflect on these unique patterns and experiences in each person.