“Classical Homeopathy,” as conceived and practiced by Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., requires selection of a single remedy, known as the “simillimum” that defines a symptom complex in a manner “most similar” to the symptom complex expressed by the patient being treated. The physician tracks the effects of this simillimum over an appropriate span of time pertinent to the individual patient and the medical condition.
Homeopathic remedies–it is true–often involve amounts of physical material so dilute they cannot even be measured by ordinary instrumentation. Due to their special pharmaceutical preparation, they are said to be “potentized.” Homeopathic remedies are obtainable from pharmacies worldwide, and can usually be ordered online.
The heart of the homeopathic evaluation is an interview, in which the patient is encouraged to express to the physician his or her subjective feelings and sensations, as well as to reveal physical signs for examination. For over three decades, this vital part of homeopathic practice has also been practiced remotely with the use of video technology, or even with just plain old telephone service (POTS). Telemedicine has evolved and been refined over these past thirty years into a major industry, tried and proven with patients in diverse settings including the military, remote rural outposts, prisons, and hospitals. Though requiring a greater alertness than face-to-face practice for the physician, telemedicine may paradoxically offer the patient a feeling of greater control, empowerment, even comfort and intimacy.
In addition to POTS, telemedicine may employ the computer to enable video conferencing. Video conferencing has multiple advantages over the simple telephone, allowing input of visual information showing the patient’s physical and emotional condition, with real time assessment by the physician on multiple levels. In all cases, remedies are prescribed on the “totality of symptoms” and the essence of the individual patient’s clinical presentation.
The conferencing technology to be used, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc., is defined in advance. In all cases, a regular telephone number is provided as back-up. If a conferencing technology should fail, the interview can be continued by telephone.
Once payment is received, a time is rapidly scheduled for the virtual appointment.
Technical questions about the consultation may be asked in advance by email.