Frequently Asked Questions
What is a typical treatment session like?
The first consultation for an adult is 1 1/2 hours long. For a child, it is 1 hour. A thorough medical history is taken, and all of the patient's symptoms are taken down in great detail. For a small child, it is helpful to bring the "Red Book" that they are given by the health visitor after birth.
Follow up consultations are 50 minutes for an adult, and 30-45 minutes for a child.
Family members can come together for a consultation, and a 10% family discount is available. I have a child-friendly office with toys and washroom facilities.
In an urgent situation, remedies may be prescribed at the appointment. In other instances, a patient's prescription is posted to them free of charge within 3 working days.
How long does treatment take?
This depends very much on what sort of illness you have, and how long you have had it. You will usually notice some change or improvement after the first prescription, but improvement continues gradually over time. As a guideline, you can expect to see me once a month for three months to begin with. If further treatment is needed, you may find that follow-up appointments are scheduled at progressively longer intervals as your health improves.
What are homeopathic medicines made from?
Homeopathic remedies (medicines) are made from plant, chemical, mineral or animal sources. The original material is diluted and shaken vigorously in a series, developing its potential with each dilution and succussion.
Medicating potencies are liquids which the homeopath obtains from a licensed homeopathic pharmacy. Drops of the medicating potency are placed on tablets to "medicate them" and the tablets are then dispensed to the patient in sachets or bottles.
What about seeing my doctor?
It is recommended that you maintain your relationship with your GP or specialist. When necessary homeopathic and conventional approaches can be used alongside one another to give the most effective and appropriate medical care.
Is homeopathy effective? What scientific evidence is there that homeopathy works?
In a service evaluation at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital recording the outcome of homeopathic treatment in over 6,500 consecutive patients during a 6 year period, it was found that 70% of patients reported an improvement in their health.
More research into homeopathy is needed, but there are already high-quality randomised clinical trials demonstrating that homeopathy is clinically effective beyond placebo eg. in the treatment of hay fever and childhood diarrhoea.
For more complete information please visit the Society of Homeopaths website.
My name is Catie Sharples and I am a registered homeopath and an active member of the Society of Homeopaths . I have been a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner in Cookham, Berkshire for twenty years. Prior to completing an honours degree in Homeopathy at the University of Westminster, I worked as a Registered nurse in medicine and psychiatry in Canada. I also worked in community mental health in Vancouver, and I have a BA in Psychology and training in family counselling.
I am also a Scenar Practitioner, and I offer Scenar Therapy from my clinic in Cookham.
Nothing on this website should be taken as advice instead of consulting your general practitioner.