To understand about the healing process and health in general, read the previous pages, which can be access by clicking on the boxes above.
Understanding how your support plan works
You will receive your support plan a couple of days after your appointment. It will be made of a combination of the following: homeopathic remedies, herbal remedies, supplements, nutrition & lifestyle advice.
It is always tailored to one individual’s needs and include a combination of remedies, supplements and general advice. It will be for very short-term use or a course to follow for a limited number of weeks.
In our approach, supplements and herbal remedies can be used to complement nutrition and support specific areas of the body. Homeopathy is used to address emotional issues and/or provoke or accelerate a healing reaction from the body.
Finally, nutrition and lifestyle changes will restore health more quickly and if adopted long-term, can help to keep the personal healthy thereafter.
How to store my homeopathic remedies and my supplements?
If possible, store your remedies in a cool, dry place.
The consultation process and what to look out for while taking the support plan
New patients are sometimes surprised by the volume of questions asked by a homeopath. This is because there is no “generic” condition and so a thorough consultation with each patient is essential.
For example, someone presenting with a cough would be asked a range of questions to identify the specifics of their condition, such as:
- Describe the type of cough
- How frequently do you cough?
- Does the cough produce any mucous?
- Is it worse (or more frequent) at certain times of day or in certain locations?
- Is it noticeably improved at certain times of day or under particular conditions?
- Are you aware of any other new symptoms or changes that have occurred in conjunction with the cough?
The answers to these questions (and many more!) will provide useful information to understand the specificity of the individual’s cough.
Check if the answers to these questions change while on treatment. As you become aware of the specificity of your condition, you will provide more insights. Even simple conditions can take time to clear, and for this reason, more than one consultation is often required. Knowing precisely what has changed will help find a more long lasting healing strategy in that case.
Finally, the healing intelligence of the body will always address the deeper issues first. For example, if a child presents for first consultation with mild eczema, and that eczema does not seemingly improve after a month on the homeopathic support plan but the child is much calmer, quieter and appears fitter, then this would be considered very positive, as the internal balance is being more controlled and returned closer to a normal equilibrium. Further treatment should help with the superficial skin issues.
What does it mean if new symptoms occur while taking the support plan?
New symptoms are different from worsening symptoms. They can occur for a variety of reasons, such as:
– A specific event or situation has triggered an acute situation…
For example, the client may have had a traumatic accident; bad news; or spent the night outside in the rain. For acute issues where intense symptoms appear quite rapidly, it is usually better to address these before moving back to treat more chronic issues (chronic conditions are often longer-term, with less severe but equally as important, symptoms.
See information under “what do to while Thierry is away” at the bottom of this page.
– The ‘new’ symptoms may in fact be indication of the return of ‘older’ symptoms which then help to indicate the true, underlying issues of the case. This is usually a good healing sign but requires more work. See below for more information
– The symptoms may be completely new to the client. If there is no specific occurrence to explain the new symptoms, it may be because the patient has cleared the issue targeted by the support plan, and that a new symptom picture now needs to be addressed. One example would be someone coming for insomnia, and these problems reducing with homeopathic treatment… However, the person then becomes aware of significant stress related to her work and wants to address this. The initial insomnia may have been triggered by the work situation, and it is now time to help the client deal with this stressful situation in a more healthy way.
In each of these cases, the best approach is to book for a follow-up.
What does it mean if symptoms do not completely clear or do not appear to improve while taking the support plan?
Healing can take time, especially if the vitality of a person is weakened, or if the issues are deep and well-seated. Moreover, it is important to understand that the body has its own intelligence to address healing, and that the best natural approach is to accompany it patiently. See “The Healing Process – can it help me?” (previous page) for a better understanding.
Here are some common reasons why no improvement may be apparent. The smartest approach is to re-book an appointment and see what needs to be done.
– The case-taking did not uncover the main issues related to the individual… in that case, usually the person feels better emotionally or energy-wise, but the presenting symptoms do not improve. The support plan may need to be changed after another consultation.
– The patient is too embarrassed to share with the Homeopath the one thing that might have solved the case (for example, that they have body odours; or unusual fears / behaviours; or have suffered a traumatic event). In this case, it is important the patient understands that the case taking is fully confidential, and that this can be discussed in a professional and secure environment.
– The patient expects a prompt cure. This is very often because we have been conditioned by years of taking drugs that exacerbate and can prolong poor health, causing confusion of an ‘acceptance’ of this with true symptoms. For example a condition may show improvement over 2-3 weeks but then revert back. This shows that the body is responsive, but that patience is required to clear the issues that the support plan addresses. Alternatively this may signify there are deeper, underlying issues. Either continuing with the same support plan or moving to a new support plan will address the matter.
– The client is not aware of the differences between conventional medicine and homeopathy and expects results in the same manner. Real healing can take time, and is a process. In this case, there is usually gradual improvement, and this can be indicated during the follow-up.
– A patient may not recognize a positive response to a homeopathic remedy and how healing works. Specifically, the patient may not recognise or acknowledge improvement on the mental/emotional plane or in terms of more energy and vitality. The physical aspects of the case may still be unchanged and the patient will conclude that “The remedy didn’t work”. In such a case it becomes the role of the health practitioner to give the patient perspective on the true results and changes, bringing them to understand that the support plan shows results albeit not necessarily in the way that, at first, they had expected!
– Occasionally a patient may become discouraged when there is no overnight cure and move on to another therapy they believe could help them. Except if there is no confidence in (or good rapport with) the practitioner, this process of jumping from one type of therapy to another without giving the homeopathic therapy sufficient time, is doomed to fail. This is because the patient usually believes that something external will fix their issue, and are not prepared to make the necessary changes or invest the time to allow a full cure.
– The client’s case is very complex with numerous overlapping issues. This is often the case with people taking chemical medications or having an extremely poor diet. The case then requires slowly strengthening the vitality, while the plan will focus also on the drugs’ side-effects. Such cases can be greatly helped if the client has the patience to wait while the whole situation is carefully unravelled.
– The client may be unwilling to change. Sometimes a client may find themselves unwilling – or unable – to make the longer-term diet or lifestyle changes required to bring about the improvement in their condition that they seek. For example they may feel unable to give up their goal-driven, highly stressful lifestyle; or to adopt a more healthy diet. If clients are unwilling to make such changes they will not achieve the results from treatment that they’re looking for. In that case, the support plan will focus on helping the person keeping up with their diet and lifestyle, while slowly supporting any reasons to change.
For more details about how we heal, see “The Healing Process – can it help me?”.
What does it mean if my symptoms get worse while on the support plan?
While we take special care for this not to happen, it is sometimes the case that the actual symptoms get worse. This can happen for instance with digestive or skin problems, and also for auto-immune issues when people are sensitive to everything they eat. It is very rare for other situations.
There are various reasons for it:
– First, the patient may have a very weak vitality and this prevents healing. This happens when the patient is not taking the supplements / herbal supports or does not make the suggested nutritional or lifestyle changes. The patient needs to understand that like a plant, the body needs to be supported properly, through good nutrients and emotional stability.
– The patient may be over-sensitive to homeopathic remedies and over-reacts to them in just the same way that people are over-sensitive to, and over-react to, chemical drugs.
In this case, if it is safe to continue, the best approach is to reduce the intake of the homeopathic remedies (such as halving the daily dose) and stick to the suggested lifestyle and nutritional changes at least for the duration of the support plan. Contact Thierry Clerc if you are in this situation.
Stopping Conventional / Chemical Drugs
If you are on a prescribed chemical medication and wish to stop using it, you should consult your GP and explain that you are seeking alternative treatment to support you during withdrawal. We are happy to discuss your situation and our suggestions with your GP if he/she wishes to do so. Under no circumstances should you suddenly stop taking prescribed chemical medication.
What to do while Thierry Clerc is away
We recommend that people try to self prescribe. The Ainsworths “42 Essential Remedies” Kit can be purchased on this. Just click the picture on the right. It comes with a detailed self-help manual. If we are away or not available, you can use the Homeopathic Helpline (Tel: 09065343404). It provides homeopathic advice 7 days a week from 9am to midnight (£1.50/min).
Finally, at times, illness is serious and beyond home treatment, and it is absolutely necessary to consult a reputable health practitioner, your GP or the emergency service, whatever you think is most appropriate. If there is any doubt about an illness you must consult a health professional.
How long will the treatment take?
Some improvement is usually felt very quickly, but full healing can take time. It usually depends on the vitality and the vitality of the patient and the complexity of the issue. See “The Healing Process – can it help me? “.