An appointment with a homeopath is different from an appointment with a medical doctor.
A well selected homeopathic remedy is based on the patient’s totality of symptoms – that is, the patient's physical, mental and emotional symptoms. Thus, while a medical doctor pays attention to the patient’s primary concern, such as a migraine headache, the homeopath wants to know about all aspects of the migraines, all other physical complaints, plus the patient's mental and emotional symptoms.
To receive good homeopathic care, the patient needs to actively participate in the healing process. Indeed, the quality of homeopathic care received will depend on the information the patient provides. The homeopath tries to learn enough about the patient in order to select the best possible remedy.
In advance of the first visit, the patient fills out a questionnaire, covering such things as medical and vaccination histories, medications and supplements taken, etc. The actual visit will take place in a relaxed, comfortable environment, with the homeopath listening attentively and taking detailed notes as the patient describes their symptoms.
Following this initial interview, which takes about 1.5-2 hours, additional time is spent studying and analyzing the patient's symptoms in order to select the most curative homeopathic remedy.