Acute and constitutional prescribing underpins homeopathic practice, though it’s always important to remember that homeopathy treats the individual, not the disease name, body part or pathology diagnosis. But what does that really mean? Simple, when we are healthy we all experience life differently, for example one person might feel invigorated taking a hot bath, whereas another person finds hot baths unbearable. Homeopathy works on this principle and aims to understand the individualising factors of your illness in exactly the same way.
In an acute illness like a cough, cold, flu or twisted ankle the homeopath looks for the same sort of individualising information. For example, one person with a chest cold might feel better for being out in the open air, whilst another person with a chest cold might feel better for being in a room with all the doors and windows closed. The homeopath gathers this individualising information from lots of different areas, such as aetiology (when/how it started), moderating factors (better/worse for), appetite, energy levels, discharges and even your thoughts and feelings.
Constitutional prescribing works in exactly the same way but instead the homeopath individualises your experience of a chronic condition. This could be any ailment, whether mental, emotional or physical, or all of them combined. Once again, the aim is to understand not only your symptoms in isolation but how they affect you at a deeper level of experience, highlighting the interrelationship between your mind and your body.
In both acute and constitutional cases there is a detailed level of questioning and analysis so that a thorough understanding has been made of who it is that you are and how it is that you experience being unwell. This is so that an accurate prescription can be made based on you the individual, not the name of your disease, body part or pathology diagnosis.
Tony Fox DSH
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*Tony Fox is a homeopath practising in Blackheath, South East London. He is available for appointments by Skype, FaceTime, telephone and at his practice in Blackheath.