Prior to the first visit the patient
will receive an intake form – to be filled before the
time of the visit. The first visit is spent obtaining an
extensive medical history from the patient, including
the history of the present illness or complaint and
pertinent physical examination. The patient will leave
the visit with a treatment plan, whether it be
comprehensive, temporary – palliative, homework,
laboratory work, or some combination of the above and
recommendations for follow-up.
The follow-up naturopathic visit
involves a detailed review of the effectiveness of the
treatment plan, if applicable, review of lab test that
may have been ordered, and additional history and
physical exam as deemed necessary. Any obstacles to
adherence are discussed, and modifications are made to
the plan as deemed necessary and appropriate.
The homeopathic intake generally
involves a detailed narrative, by the patient, of the
problem(s) and any life events that seem connected or
important. Interspersed in this narrative, will be
questions, both open-ended and directive, by the doctor.
By the end of the visit the doctor will have a
comprehensive, holistic impression of the patient and
any disharmony that may exist. The doctor will then need
time to study the case and a brief (approximately 15
minute) follow-up will be scheduled to give the remedy
and answer questions.
After receiving a homeopathic remedy, a
follow-up visit will be scheduled at an appropriate time
interval – typically one month – to evaluate how the
remedy has acted. At this time, the next step in
treatment will be determined based on sound homeopathic
reasoning and principles – usually one of the following:
the remedy is working, continue as planned; repeat the
remedy; or prescribe a different remedy.