You might be wondering what is a homeopathic consultation all about or what do you do when you visit a homeopath?
During a homeopathic consultation, the practitioner asks several questions to the patient while attentively listening to every detail that the patient is providing.
Homeopathy – understanding the individual as a whole
This process enables the homeopath to understand that individual as a whole, determining what it is it that makes him unique from the others, and what sets him apart from the others with similar symptoms or disease.
Each person differs from others around him/her, not particularly in appearance or age. Most importantly in the way we feel, think, react, perceive the things around us, in our temperaments, in the foods we like to eat, and also in the kind of diseases we suffer.
Say if there is an epidemic, it is not a pure fact that everyone will get infected by that disease in a certain area.
This is due to the fact that each of us has our own individual reactivity with regards to diseases, bringing the fact that symptoms and rate of infection differs from one person to another.
In any situation people react differently.
Even identical twins developed from a single cell can even have obvious differences in nature. These differences between individuals are identified by the homeopath as an individualizing feature for the patients situation.
An amalgam of a spiritual part
Homeopaths consider man as an amalgam of a spiritual part and a material part. The material part consists of its body, the body systems, the tissues and the fluids that influence its functions.
The main system being the brain while the spiritual part consists of the intangible aspect of human life governing its full function and control permeating every cell of the body—without it, the body is lifeless.
The spirit is the so-called “vital force” that also responsible for the individual’s nature and temperaments. In common knowledge, it is referred to as the “soul”, “aatma” in hindu philisophy, or “chi” in Chinese traditions.
These two essential aspects of man cannot be separated. These differences are brought about by the factors that affects an individual.
A simple situation would explain these differences in people.
On a hot summer day, a group of people would gather on beaches—this is the similarity case; but on the same occasion, one person went to the beach for sunbathing, another for a cooler breeze, another one just to get a fresh glass of cold juice.
This only shows that each person acts and reacts quite differently to a single common factor—the heat.
The same also is needed for the remedy of diseases as every single person reacts quite differently to certain illnesses—thus a cold to an individual is treated quite differently to a cold of another individual.
This method of prescribing a cure or remedy sets homeopathy apart from conventional medicine wherein in contrary, all people having the same symptoms are treated with the same set of medicines or prescription drugs.
A homeopath regards a disease as a disturbance of the “vital force”; in homeopathy, each person is regarded as a sum the symptoms he is suffering and his innermost feeling towards that disease.
With the aim of understanding each person as an individual, a homeopath will looks for certain aspects that sets that individual apart others who are having the same symptoms.