Acute and constitutional prescribing underpins homeopathic practice, though it’s always important to remember that homeopathy treats the individual and 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 when 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 such as a cough, cold or flu, the homeopath looks for the same kind 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 the experience of your chronic condition. This could be any ongoing 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, which highlights 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 can be made of who it is that you are and how it is that you experience being unwell. This way, an accurate prescription can be made based on how you experience your illness, as well as your disease and pathology diagnosis.
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