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JEREMY MARDEL. Private Practice;, 46 St Johns Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8NU
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What to expect

INITIAL CONSULTATION.

This is the most important part of homeopathy. It is essentially your time and space to describe your condition and for me to gather and confirm “the whole true picture”. Details are extremely important and are often the main indication in allowing the homeopath to prescribe accurately. There is no such thing as a “silly little thing that may or may not be connected”. Sensations, coincidences, gut feelings about a cause or an “ever since” can help guide the homeopathic prescriber to the correct remedy. This is what in essence is meant by “holistic” practice. We are the sum of our parts, and the objective is to get all parts working in tune with our environment, whether it be an infant with colic or a senior citizen with arthritis.
Some people are more in touch with how their illness makes them feel, others need gentle guidance in helping focus what is bothering them. With respect to emotions it is often difficult to pinpoint areas of difficulty or to talk about them. Homeopaths are not counsellors or therapists but are very used to creating a calm, confidential and safe environment in which accurate facts and non-judgemental observations can be sought and used as part of the prescribing information.
Each consultation is unique and, in addition to all aspects of the presenting complaint, often includes detail about home and work environment, likes and dislikes, sleep pattern, food issues, head to toe functioning, family history, major episodes in our life, fears and phobias etc., etc.
If a clear prescription is apparent you are given it at the end of this first session If I need more time to work on your notes I will send the prescription by post (usually within 48hrs). If it is agreed that more information is needed a second appointment is made to complete this important “initial consultation”.

BETWEEN INITIAL CONSULTATION AND FIRST FOLLOW-UP SESSION

This is the time during which we should expect a reaction to the first prescription. A months interval is usual. In this time several things usually happen. A combination of the following can occur: 1. A gradual improvement in all conditions or 2. a short worsening of your complaint followed by an overall improvement. 3. An improvement of your complaint but a worsening in other areas or a new complaint. 4. A different combination of the above or no change.
A proper understanding and patience in your commitment to this intervening process is often off-putting and fits uncomfortably within our “quick-fix” expectations and mode of our modern world. It is equally difficult for me but experience has shown that seeing a patient after, say, a week often results in pressures on both sides to change a prescription. This is an age old problem within homeopathy and time has told that a case is very often spoiled and a cure of a complaint is made much more difficult if sufficient time for the first prescription to act is not allowed.
At this stage, any current medication, doctors visits, or hospital appointments should be continued. On this point it is worth noting that conventional medication should always be continued until your doctor agrees it is safe to either adjust, change, review or stop a treatment. If your homeopathic treatment is successful in totally resolving your symptoms then your and my observations should, with respect, also be seen and agreed by your doctor.

FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS

These sessions review the response to the initial prescription and allow us both to understand what that response has been and to decide on the next stage of treatment. This may be to either wait for continued positive response where there are very positive signs that a healing process has begun and should not be interfered with. Or it could result in a repeat of the prescription, a change in the prescription, or a re-assessment of the initial consultation if there has been no change. Whatever is decided on always results in further information being used to support a decision.
On average, 80% of people see a substantial improvement in their symptoms within 2-4 months. Annual reviews are recommended after a complaint is seen to have improved to this level or greater.