What to expect when you see a homeopath

Seeing a practitioner generally follows this format:

  • the initial consultation
  • prescription
  • follow-ups.

Below we go into more depth about each stage.

Initial consultation

As with most therapists, homeopaths will invite you for a consultation before treatment begins. This may take one to two hours and allows the practitioner to gain a clear understanding of your health.

During this process, the practitioner will ask questions about your current state of health. They will also ask about other aspects of your lifestyle. This could include your diet and past medical history. As homeopathy looks at people individually, the more information they can gain about your specific circumstances, the better.


Once they have enough information, your homeopath will be able to choose a remedy that most closely matches your pattern of symptoms. Homeopathic medicines are typically supplied in tablet, liquid or powder form.

As these remedies are natural, there should be no side effects and can be taken alongside conventional medicine. Be sure to tell your homeopath and doctor about the different medications you are taking.

If you do experience any negative effects or are worried about a change in symptoms, speak to a medical professional (and your homeopath).


To monitor progress and adjust medication, homeopaths will ask you to return for follow-up appointments. Usually the first follow-up takes place four weeks after the first prescription, however all cases differ.

This session will likely be shorter than your initial consultation. Your homeopath will ask about any changes you’ve noticed in symptoms and in yourself generally. They will then decide what the next step in your treatment should involve.

Should I still see my doctor?

You are recommended to stay in contact with your GP. Homeopathy can be used alongside conventional treatment. If your conventional medication changes whilst taking homeopathic remedies, be sure to inform your homeopath and GP.