The classical homeopathic consultation for a chronic illness takes 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours. It is an interview like no other. The homeopath must get enough information about you to create a complete, holistic, picture that can be matched to a remedy picture. You will be asked to describe your physical symptoms as well as your mental and emotional state. Be prepared to talk about any aspect of your life, particularly your dreams, fears and childhood experiences. If this is a child's case, the parents will be giving much of the information.
After the intake consultation the homeopath will usually take a few days to decide on an appropriate remedy for you. You will receive a call informing you of the remedy choice and how to order and take the remedy. Most remedies are ordered over the phone from homeopathic pharmacies and received through the mail.
A follow-up interview will be scheduled for about one month after beginning the remedy. This interview is necessary to judge how the remedy is working and to see if any changes need to be made. A second follow-up interview is normally scheduled in another two months. Follow-ups are then scheduled at three to six month intervals depending on your progress. The fact that you are seeing the homeopath infrequently reduces the cost of homeopathic care compared to other therapies where the practitioner is seen weekly or more often.
Most patients experience a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within the first month of homeopathic treatment. Many patients will remain on the same remedy for the duration of their treatment. Some patients may require remedy adjustments and changes during their treatment.
The length of homeopathic treatment varies with each patient. Generally, the longer you have been ill, the longer you will need to be on your remedy. Simpler cases may resolve in 6 months. More difficult cases, like autism, may take several years or more.
While on the remedy you will experience continued improvement in your health. You eventually reach a point where you are considered cured and no longer need to take your remedy.
Common remedy formulations are the sugar pill and the LM liquid. The sugar pill is taken infrequently (sometimes only once every 6 months or more, depending on the person). The LM liquid dose is taken daily and is often recommended for those patients that must drink their coffee. So, is not necessary to give up coffee while being treated homeopathically.
The fee for the initial consultation for a chronic illness is $299.00 and each follow-up is $100.00. Remedies usually cost $15.00 to $20.00 depending on the formulation.
The consultation for an acute illness or first aid for an injury usually takes about a half hour and costs $100.00. Improvement in an acute case can be seen almost immediately if the remedy is correctly selected.