Modern homeopathic doctors make a conventional diagnosis like all other doctors. History taking, examination and investigation are all important in establishing the diagnosis - in understanding just what is wrong. However, homeopathic doctors consider a wider range of aspects of the patient's condition - personality traits, physical features, appetite, likes and dislikes, the regularity of bodily functions, the effects of a variety of environmental influences, patterns of disease within families, and family and social relationships. Your activities, occupational and recreational, will be discussed, along with your emotional state.
Finding the appropriate homeopathic medicine depends on gaining a complete understanding of the patient as a whole person. This means that the homeopathic doctor must take note of the physical, mental and emotional levels of each person before deciding on a correct medicine.
In chronic diseases the homeopathic doctor will schedule follow-up visits approximately four to six weeks after the first interview and medicine prescription. In simple cases, a patient will feel significantly better after the first treatment. The follow-up visits are used to determine what additional methods or medicines are required. It may be required to use more than one medicine sequentially so that balance and full health can be restored.
Individualised homeopathy only applies one medicine at a time. What you will experience when you receive the correct medicine can include the disappearance of specific symptoms, more energy, stronger immune system functions, and a sense of increased well-being. Homeopathic treatments have rapid and far-reaching effects. Even if the changes require time to develop, they usually are long lasting.