Is it an acute, recurring or chronic state? What consultation do you need?
Acute states and examples of them
Acute has distinguished features:
- It is a quickly developing ailment e. g. fever, rash
- Normally is self-limiting e. g. common cold, vaginal thrush
- It might be life-threatening e. g. heart attack or acute hepatitis that requires a visit to A&E (you can still use indicated homeopathic remedies)
A big majority of acute ailments are simple and mild. Just to give you examples, if you want to find examples of any conditions you would go to the community pharmacy and buy one of the OTC products. So, it is a type of ailment like an odd headache, common cold, or anything that you would not consider seeing your GP for. Homeopathy can easily deal with those.
Sometimes acute states might become more serious in vulnerable patients and children can present in more severe forms so it is important to catch the symptoms early enough before they progress like diarrhea or urinary symptoms.
The acute state also might be life-threatening and as much as one may want to avoid visiting the hospital, diagnostic and monitoring can be life-saving in case of sudden heart attack or meningitis. You can still have an acute consultation with your homeopath while waiting to be seen and take homeopathic remedies which most likely will make a state milder.
As you can tell in the majority of acute states acute consultation should be sufficient to support coming back to balance.
If an acute state occurs often, 2-3 times a year an acute state becomes a more recurring state.
Recurring states normally are characterized by:
- Fast or slow in the development e. g. stye
- It is self-limiting but occurs in frequent intervals e. g. cystitis
- it may lead to chronic state e. g. tonsillitis
Recurring states are normally mild and we all might be prone to some at various moments in our life. Homeopathy can support your susceptibility to frequency and intensity of recurring states by supporting weaker organs. It also may help to deal with emotional situations in different ways so it does not cause physical symptoms.
For that reason, is better to have a full consultation to see what the susceptibility needs to stay on a healthy path.
A variety of acute states once recurring more than 3-4 times a year can be led to a chronic state.
What are the features of chronic state?
- slowly progressing e. g. diabetes type 2
- present for some time normally more than 4-6 weeks e. g. chronic cough, asthma
- deep pathology where the organ is affected e. g. chronic hepatitis
As you can tell cough normally should be self-limiting and acute but like any state, it can become chronic if not treated. Constant inflammation of bronchi can lead even to deeper states like asthma or emphysema.
Chronic states are the most difficult to treat because the change in our body has gone deep into the organ. However, with homeopathy, some changes in diet and habits it is possible to support it. A full consultation is needed to look at the full picture of symptoms and what needs some tuning to support the health journey.