Healing with homeopathy is a different experience when it is compared to healing with conventional medicine. Occasionally, people will come in, get a remedy, and then ask, “So what will happen next? How will I know that it is working? What should I expect?” These are all good questions!
Most of us know what to expect with conventional medicine. Someone might go in to see the doctor for high blood pressure and then receive a medication for lowering blood pressure. This medicine will artificially cause the person's blood pressure to go down, but it will not cure the source of the problem. Unless there are lifestyle changes that the person can make, this person will most likely be on a blood pressure medication for the rest of their life.
Homeopathy on the other hand, helps to align the body and mind with health and healing. You can think of it as leading the donkey with a carrot instead of hitting the donkey with a stick. So what does that look like? This is different for each person because the person will heal in their way, just as the donkey will do what it wants to do to get the carrot. Sometimes things resolve quickly, while other times things resolve slowly. Things can sometimes get worse before they get better. Sometimes the primary complaint gets worse while other things get better, such as energy level or a higher sense of well being. People who use homeopathy usually find lasting relief from their ailments.
I saw a woman for hot flashes that had persisted well past her menopause. She mentioned some other problems during the initial intake, but she was not concerned about these issues as much at the time. After she got her homeopathic remedy, the hot flashes went away and she started remarking on how much those other issues really bothered her. Her issues were layered on like an onion. Once her hot flashes lifted, she could really experience the other issues with greater clarity.
I saw another woman with hepatitis who initially had a hard time walking because of the hepatitis. A week after receiving a remedy, she was able to walk mostly by herself, but it still took a few weeks before she got relief from the major symptoms. She had hepatitis for a while and she is still healing months later.
In the first case, the hot flashes resolved after the first dose of the first remedy. After that, we moved on to other remedies for her other issues. In the second case, the hepatitis is healing over a period of several months but with clear progress using different potencies of the same remedy. Conventional medicine can suppress the problematic symptoms and holds the major problems of an ailment at bay, which is sometimes very necessary. The right homeopathic remedy or remedies however, will assist the person with their natural healing process and help the person find long term relief.