“I first approached the practice in April 2003.

For the previous 6 months I suffered terrible headaches. I had undergone several tests and there appeared to be nothing physically wrong. I was prescribed a remedy and almost immediately the headaches disappeared.

Upon seeing this success I took my daughter aged 3 to see the homeopath. She constantly got chest infections and very bad colds. The prescribed remedy cleared up her problems immediately. I keep this remedy to hand as it works brilliantly for my daughter however I do not need it often, as the chest infections and colds are very rare now.

Jenny 28 July 2006


In an initial homeopathic consultation the aim is to find out precisely what is at the root cause of someone's illness or complaint. Whilst most people will have something specific they want cured or ameliorated, there is almost always additional aspects to the problem that need to be explored. Any particular disease will express itself at the physical, emotional and mental levels simultaneously. So for instance in the case of someone with asthma, which obviously presents very much as a physical problem, there may be associated emotional aspects such as specific anxieties or fears and there may be mental aspects too like concentration or memory problems.

The homeopath is looking for what is known as the 'totality' of the disease. This includes not only the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the chief complaint but also any other symptoms that occur simultaneously, past history of illness, the person’s reaction to certain foods, temperatures and situations, what makes the complaints worse or better, whether there are any fears and phobias and a range of other related issues.

You will be asked a range of questions about each symptom as the homeopath tries to get as complete a picture as possible of what is going on with your illness or complaint. Some of these questions may seem unrelated to what you want treated but it all helps to get to the totality of the disease.

Usually, in order to get this full picture the first consultation will take around 90 mins. This is time to simply talk to your homeopath. There is no massage, machinery or gizmos involved – just talk.
The only equipment is a notebook as the homeopath will take notes of what you say during the consultation. All information is strictly confidential.

Some people believe that they couldn’t possibly talk for that long about their ‘simple little problem’, whilst others may find it a relief to be given the time to talk about themselves, having no other opportunity to do so in their busy lives. It is not unusual for people at the end of a consultation to say that they gained some insight about themselves, simply by talking about their ailments.

It is the homeopath’s job to take you comfortably through questions with some degree of structure whilst allowing the space to cover whatever you feel is necessary. We aim to ensure that in the time available you feel that you have had a useful discussion and covered all the necessary details. You will not be pressured to divulge any information you don’t want to and you are free to ask any questions.

Follow-up consultations are required during treatment to check progress and reassess action if necessary. Usually a follow-up will last - 1hr and there are 5-8 weeks between each consultation. The number of follow-ups required will depend on the nature and depth of each situation, as well as how long the patient has suffered. However you can expect at least 1 f
ollow-up and some people may request several more as they find the entire process very helpful.


The Bombay Method - Paul’s practice

My training is in classical homeopathy. Within classical homeopathy however, there are a range of approaches practiced by homeopaths depending on their particular background and expertise. The approach I use is one which is relatively new and is known as the Bombay Method.

What is the Bombay method?

In homeopathy the aim is to treat the cause not the symptoms. This is a fairly simple statement but it actually hides some important fundamentals:

• The symptoms are not really the problem - the problem is what causes the symptoms
• One underlying cause can result in many different symptoms – even what appear to be unrelated symptoms
• A change in the symptoms over time is what tells us if the underlying problem is getting better or worse.

This means symptoms are an indicator of a) what the problem is and b) how the problem is progressing. So in homeopathy, whilst our central concern is to treat the cause not the symptoms, the symptoms are actually very important.

For this reason, as described above, homeopaths will take great care to investigate and note all the relevant symptoms of a person’s ailments. In taking the case, the homeopath will explore the totality of symptoms.

In the past 10 years or so a new approach to homeopathic case-taking has been steadily developed and perfected in which there is less emphasis on the totality of symptoms and more emphasis on the experience of the disease or illness. This approach is known as the Bombay Method.

In the Bombay Method, it is more important to get to the fundamental core or ‘sensation’ of the underlying imbalance rather than aim to cover all the relevant symptoms. You could say that it emphasises the depth rather than the breadth of the symptom picture. The practitioner may focus on just one symptom, or a selected few, and then seek to discover as much as possible about how the patient experiences that symptom. Using this method, it shows time after time that the patient’s underlying sensation is reflected in all the key symptoms of their illness and the mind/body link becomes very clear.

Some key points of the Bombay method

• The personal experience of the symptoms are more telling than the symptoms themselves.
• The underlying cause will be revealed through exploration of any of the symptoms - so no need to cover all of them.
• It is based on a system of categorisation which places importance on how symptoms are experienced as well as the depth and pace of the illness/disease
• Using the categorisation system opens up possibilities for the homeopath to chose from a much broader range of potential remedies

Why I find it so useful

The Bombay Method brings a new dimension to case taking in which the link between what motivates, drives or hinders someone and how they experience illness/disease becomes very clear. The approach is effective for identifying the underlying imbalance in both acute and chronic disease and can be applied to adults and children alike though it is not so useful for children under 5yrs old. It is particularly useful for cases where several medicines or therapies have been tried with limited effect.
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