In a consultation I ask lots of questions and am interested to know all about how your symptoms feel to you. For example, exactly where you feel any pain or sensation, what makes it better or worse, whether it is better or worse at any time of the day, night or season, whether you have any accompanying symptoms and when they started.
I will also be interested in any other symptoms as, although different conditions may be labelled differently conventionally, I don’t treat disease labels. I treat you, the whole of you and all your interconnected systems, with a deep respect for the mind/body connection. So I will also ask you about other areas of your life; your sleep, your diet, your thirst, your periods, your medical history, your family history, your likes and dislikes, the stresses in your life and the drugs and supplements you are currently taking,
Homeopathy is an individualised form of medicine, so your individual prescription is based on the information I gather from you in your consultation. The consultation is your opportunity to tell me everything about your health and your medical history, so that I can build an accurate, holistic picture of you as an individual and find the best remedy to help.
If you are bringing your child to a first appointment please bring their “Red Book” (UK) or a note of any conventional medication they have had.
As an adult, before your first appointment, take some time to think about any previous medication, illnesses, or conventional interventions you’ve had such as surgery or hospital tests. And bring a note of any medication or supplements you are currently taking, or have taken.
First appointments take one hour; follow up appointments take 30-40 minutes.
Homeopathic medicines, known as a remedy, are non-toxic, non-addictive, safe, gentle and effective. They are derived from natural sources and I usually prescribe them in the form of a small, sucrose pillule, although occasionally in a liquid potency (known as LMs). Homeobotanicals are always prescribed as a liquid.
All instructions as to how to take your remedy or homeobotanical will be provided verbally and by email after your first appointment.
I send homeobotanicals directly to you so there is a small additional charge. When you receive your prescription, you buy your homeopathic remedy directly from a homeopathic pharmacy such as Helios or Ainsworths in the UK, or Source in the States (I am a registered homeopath with Source so you can access their dispensary using me as your prescribing practitioner).
If you live in the UK I may be able to post your homeopathic remedy directly to you if I have it in my own small pharmacy, or if you’re local you may be able to collect it from me. If you a non-UK patient you will order your homeopathic remedy from a pharmacy in your region.
As I take a holistic approach with homeopathy at its core, I may also recommend supplements, dietary change and self-care advice. I have found over the years, that these aspects of my prescription are often vital to a full and speedy recovery or to maintain good health.
I know supplements are expensive so I can pass on a 10% practitioner discount to you from Lamberts or Cytoplan, both excellent suppliers of supplements.
We would usually have a follow-up appointment 4-6 weeks after your initial appointment to monitor your progress and your reaction to the remedy. At this follow-up we will agree a plan for future appointments. It is usual to continue treatment for chronic complaints for 3-9 months, although each case is different and depends on many factors (such as how long you have been experiencing symptoms, other medication you are taking and your reaction to the remedy) so there may be more or less appointments needed.
Please note that I do not provide an emergency, out-of-hours service. In an emergency, if you are concerned about your health you are advised to contact your GP or attend A&E if appropriate. The Homeopathic Helpline in the UK is available 365 days per year on 09065 343404. This is a BT regulated number which costs £1.53 per minute, plus network extras.
If you need emergency care you must contact the emergency services.
Carolyn helped me immensely with my anxiety and related stomach issues. Her comprehensive consultation process encouraged me to think clearly about each aspect of my life and I believe it allowed her to provide an accurate analysis of my problems. The homeopathic remedies that she prescribed helped me where conventional medicine hadn’t been able to. Her sensitive and empathetic manner meant I felt at ease and gave me confidence in her diagnostic abilities.