Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens during a consultation?
A: The initial consultation is to build a well-rounded picture of who you are as person so that an accurate prescription can be made. In order to do this your first consultation will be around 1.5 hours, the follow up appointments will last 30 to 45 minutes to thoroughly evaluate your response to the remedy and to assess progress. Consultations are conducted from my practice in Blackheath, South East London but can also be arranged via Skype or FaceTime. Acute consultations can be done over the telephone for existing patients and generally last up to 15 minutes.
Q: Do I need another appointment?
A: The number of appointments you need will depend on how unwell you are at the start of treatment, how long you have been unwell for and the complexity of your case. I recommend that you have at least one follow up after your initial appointment to see how you are responding to homeopathic treatment. As a guide, new patients initially tend to have between 1 and 3 follow ups at around one month apart. Once your health has improved I will suggest you get in touch when you need to, which will be dependent on your response to treatment.
Q: What if I need to cancel an appointment?
A: If you need to cancel or rearrange an appointment please get in touch with me as soon as possible on 07962 666873. There is no charge for a cancellation with at least 24 hours notice. If you need to cancel within 24 hours there will be a £10 charge. If you do not attend an appointment and have not let me know, the full appointment fee will be charged.
Q: Can I contact you between appointments?
A: Yes. If you have any concerns about your treatment then please call me on 07962666873 between 10am and 7pm Monday to Friday and leave a message. I will respond to your call within 24 hours. If you require urgent homeopathic advice and can't get hold of me, you can ring the Homeopath Helpline - 0906 534 3404 (this is a premium rate number regulated by PhonePay Plus for professional advice, and the maximum call duration is usually 10 minutes). Usually you will be able to speak to a registered homeopath who is also a pharmacist. You may be advised to go see a doctor in an accident or emergency department, if homeopathy is not the right solution.
Q: How will I get my remedy?
A: I will order your remedy from Helios Homeopathy dispensary and this will be sent directly to your postal address within 36 hours, accompanied by an invoice. You will then be required to contact Helios Homeopathy on 01892 537254 or 01892 536393 to pay for the remedy with a debit or credit card. The cost for remedy including postage is £8.50. If I have the remedy in stock I will dispense this to you directly and the charge will be £8.50 including postage.
Q: How do I take my remedy?
A: There are three different types of remedy preparations.
If you have been prescribed white pillules, open the lid and pour three of these at once into the cap of the lid and then drop the pillules from the lid directly under the tongue. Allow the pillules to completely dissolve.
If you have been prescribe liquid, unscrew the cap and turn the bottle upside down and the dropper will slowly dispense the drops. Drop 5 to 7 drops at once directly under the tongue and allow this to be absorbed.
If you have been prescribed an liquid LM potency, follow the same guidelines for the regular liquid potency.
It is important to take your remedy 15 minutes away from any food or drink.
Q: Are there any side effects from taking the remedy?
A: No. Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted and do not have the the potential adverse effects that some conventional treatments have. However, in some cases there may be an initial aggravation of presenting symptoms after taking the remedy. This is usually a good sign and should be followed by an amelioration shortly after after. If there is any ongoing aggravation of symptoms, please contact me or the homeopathic helpline.
Q: Should I stop my other medication whilst taking homeopathy?
A: No. Homeopathic treatment works safely alongside conventional medicine. If your condition has improved during homeopathic treatment any decision to stop conventional treatment should be done in consultation with your GP or professional clinician.
Q: What are the sources of Homeopathic remedies ?
A: Homeopathic remedies are prepared from vegetable, mineral, imponderable and animal products, however they are highly diluted and potentised to be safe.
Q: What can homeopathy treat ?
A: Homeopathy treats the individual rather than a disease name and is ideal for anyone looking to explore a holistic approach to support their health and well-being.
Q: Can I treat myself with homeopathy?
A: In some cases you can treat yourself with acute remedies, if they are well indicated for minor first aid situations. Anything more involved than this and it would be a good idea to contact me so that we can assess your treatment needs.