What does a homeopath do?

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

The best way I can think to sum up the role of a homeopath is as a health investigator. You (the patient) comes to the homeopath and presents the case (ailments/chronic complaints) and the homeopath's role is to observe, to probe and get deeper into the reasons for the complaints with the aim of getting to the root cause. It's not just about any one particular symptom that you as the patient are experiencing but getting to understand you as a whole person - the likes, dislikes, life experiences and health history that are unique to you.

The homeopath must be as objective as possible throughout this process so that they are not imprinting their own life experiences and seeing your story through their lens. Instead they must maintain the role of non-judgmental observer so that they can clearly get to the root cause of the patient's complaints and prescribe a way forward. That said, as we are all humans, it is impossible to be completely objective which is why it is also important to find a homeopath that you really connect with and who you feel understands where you are coming from.

The Qualities To Look For In A Good Homeopath

When looking for a homeopath, these are the qualities that you should be looking for:

1) A good listener

It is vital that your homeopath listens more than speaks during your initial meeting and that you feel you are being heard. Your consultation with your homeopath is your opportunity to make and lay out your case.

I always ensure my patients have the first and last word in every consultation, because the healing experience is about them and it's important they are able to share everything they want and need to before I start asking any additional questions.

2) Empathetic

While your homeopath does need to be objective, they do also need to be empathetic to your situation and not just dismiss it as something they have seen before. No-one has seen your case before because you are unique.

I make a point of ensuring everyone of my patients know that their case is extremely important and unique and while I can use my experience of previous cases to help inform how we might go about treating the case, I also always look at it through a fresh lens so that previous experience isn't clouding the judgment of the case.

3) An inquisitive mind

Homeopaths need to go beyond the obvious and so your homeopath will need to show a strong inquisitive mind in order to probe out the missing details, help you remember some of the things that you may have forgotten or repressed and support you in undiscovering the root cause. It really is a role that requires reading between the lines.

Of course, you never have to share more than you are ready to share and I make this very clear to my patients, but the more you do share the closer you can get to the real underlying issue(s) that needs healing.


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