The first homeopathic consultation is a thorough study of a person’s constitutional type, present condition, and past history. It establishes the foundation of the case and tries to discover its probable evolution. We must never forget that the recovery of health (which is the purpose of homeopathy) is a process, not a one-time action like surgery or tooth-extraction. And this process takes time, just as it has usually taken time for our health to decline.
So it is essential to follow the first visit with the appropriate schedule of return visits. Each return visit allows the homeopath to determine the result of the previous prescription and to decide whether to repeat, correct, or modify it, or give it more time to act. The progress of the case and its ultimate outcome depend entirely on its ongoing assessment of how the person’s condition is changing. If there is too much time between visits, it is more difficult to obtain the right information and therefore to make the right decisions.
How long does the process last? Until we are cured and have regained health; until all the symptoms that are a deviation from health have disappeared. The time required is different for each individual and depends on his condition and the treatment.
What is health? To be healthy does not mean to be forever and at all times free of discomfort: without minor aches and pains; totally and permanently impervious to microbes, injury, colds, fatigue, and old-age; beyond the reach of life’s trials, disappointments, wear and tear. Only death can give us such a state of inertia.
To be healthy means, on the contrary, to be highly sensitive and responsive to life – creative, joyful, free, capable of functioning in harmony with creation. Health is a condition not only of the body but especially of the spirit, mind, and feelings.
It is a good policy to plan return visits at 5-6 week intervals. When the case has advanced sufficiently, this period can be stretched. The goal, of course, is for the person to be cured, so that there is no more need to come back at all.