Homeopathy Tips for 9/23/08 Acutes

     Acute diseases are those conditions that are usually self limiting and of a brief duration. Hahnemann describes them in Aphorism 72 and 73. The treatment of acute disease can be challenging. Often the condition of the person is changing rapidly and it can be difficult to understand what is happening. Here are a few tips in dealing with acute disease.

      There is always a reason for the body to express dis-ease. When dealing with acutes always ask about what has been happening in a persons life, especially in the previous few weeks. Sometimes the root of acute expression is on the mental or emotional realm and the disturbance has finally come to the physical suffering to complete it’s resolution. Inquire if there have been any upsets, losses, disappointments, hurts or anger events that may have preceded the physical suffering. If there is a clear correlation to an emotional event then always try to find a remedy that will help address this as well as the physical symptoms.

      If there is no apparent emotional reason for the suffering then pay close attention to what is strange rare or peculiar about the symptoms. Those symptoms that are unusual or not common for what one might expect in an acute situation become very valuable indicators to a remedy that may prove to be very helpful.

       Modalities are another important aspect to pay close attention to in the acute case-taking. They include when symptoms appear or change and those things that aggravate or ameliorate the person (those things that make them feel better or worse). Areas of modalities that should be considered are in relation to time, temperature, motion, position, appetite and thirst. It is good to consider whether the modality is particular to the person as a whole or to a particular complaint or organ involved.  When case-taking, just using these two themes will lead you to more specific choices in remedies.  

       Acute case-taking is an exercise in observation. Sometimes when a person is sick it is easy to watch their suffering and assume that anyone would suffer in this same particular way. But after attending to many acute cases it becomes obvious that no two persons suffer the same. I remember a time my own children were sick and suffering the same acute stomach flu. It became very obvious that each needed a different remedy. One child was restless and moaning aloud. The other was quiet and not wanting to be moved. This alone led to different remedies.

       When selecting remedies always look for remedies that have an affinity with the organ or physiological system that is mainly affected. This affinity will help a lot. Polychrest remedies come up a lot during acute case-taking and each has it’s main sphere of action. Use this information to help guide you in the right direction of the remedy.

        When the remedy you have selected includes any exciting cause, modalities and any strange rare or peculiar symptom and has it’s affinity to the organ or system that is being affected, your chances of remedy selection will be greatly enhanced and most likely even if the remedy is not perfect will have some beneficial effect.

        It is important to remember that the vital force is behind the intensity of the acute expression. Let this help determine potency. If the symptom has come on fast and intense, a 30C or 200C potency may be most applicable. In most acute expressions I usually start out with the 30C potency knowing if it has some effect but does not hold and needs to be repeated too often that the 200C potency is available and will most likely help even more. Many healthfood stores have the most widely used remedies in 30C potency. To be ready for any acute it is a very good idea to have a remedy kit on-hand. Having a 50 remedy kit in the 30C and 200C potencies will give you many of the remedies that will come up in those more common cases. Being prepared is your best way to help. If you don’t have the remedy it will be difficult to see the results you so desire.

9 comments so far

  1. Marie on

    Explained very well. Thank you.

  2. DR.GHULAM MUSTAFA on

    dear robert ,GOOD MORNING
    IT IS a very heopful topic at the end you saying 50 remedy kit but i think only 50 remedies are not enough for selecting similer remedy
    DR,GHULAM MUSTAFA PAKISTAN

  3. Dr R K Gupta on

    Well defined.
    Can you enumerate 50 remedies in 30c & 200c potency?

  4. S. M. Ata on

    Nicely eleborated
    please also mention the 50 core remedies next time. E-mail me these 50 remedies please.

  5. naseer on

    respect robert

    casetaking is require for chronic diseaes

    amd Polychrest remedies require great knowledge

    of materia medica. strange rare or peculiar symptom of the medicine for the patient require

    great knowlege of practical homoeopathic experienc . your choice of potency 200 is applicableintense [patients help cure immediate.

  6. Monina Vazquez on

    Thank you Robert for your great tips!
    Monina

  7. dr.arshad on

    I use 200c always, but in some cases this potancy dont give desireable result than 30c (due to low vital force).I think first give 30 3times all day & at bed time 200c.next day repeat 30c & at night 200.From changing the potancy up & down,I think its a good way to hit the vital force avoiding the aggravation.Am i wrong?

  8. DR.ARSHAD on

    please also mention the 50 core remedies next time. E-mail me these 50 remedies please.

  9. Dr.Syed Najm-ul-Hassan on

    DEAR ROBERT,
    OBVIOUSLY A CAREFUL SELECTION OF A CORE REMEDY IS BADLY NEEDED IN EACH ACUTE CASE.ANY WRONG SELECTION,IN MY OPINION CAN WORSEN A SELF LIMITING DISEASE COMING WITH FURTHER COMPLICATIONS TO TREAT SUCH CASE.AN ACUTE LIVER ABCESS CASE NORMALLY PRODUCES SYMPTOMS OF DYSENTERY,VOMITING,HIGH GRADE FEVER AND AS A RESULT GENERAL WEAKNESS,I WOULD PREFER TO ADDRESS THE ABCESS PRODUCING THESE SYMPTOMS AND WAS SUCCESFUL IN MY LINE OF TREATMENT.HOWEVER,AS STATED BY YOU 50 REMEDIES ARE TO BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN ACUTE CASES,WOULD YOU PLEASE ELABORATE THEM FOR ALL THOSE LEARNERS WORLDWIDE.
    THANKING YOU.


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