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Homeopathy can be very
effective in helping with many colds, flu, urinary tract
infections, stomach aches, headaches, coughs, diarrhea,
strains, sprains and injuries, and a wide variety of other
short-term illnesses. These ailments fit the
definition of acute illnesses: they are usually intense,
have come on suddenly, are new or different from other
ailments you have experienced, if you do nothing, they will
eventually go away on their own and you are otherwise in
However, if you commonly get the same runny nose every
spring, if you always get the same headache around your menstrual cycle,
if you get diarrhea every time you get emotionally upset, these ailments
are not acute ones, they are deeper problems because you have
experienced them frequently in the past. The deeper problems would
benefit from constitutional homeopathic care, which focuses on
strengthening your own constitution so these ailments no longer bother
you. Please save this acute prescribing questionnaire and have it by
your phone or stored in your computer for the next time you call me for
help with an acute ailment. This questionnaire helps us take a complete
case and find a good remedy for you quickly and efficiently.
1. Onset - did the complaint come on suddenly or gradually?
2. The cause. What happened? What was going on at, or about, the time of
3. Describe the pain or other feelings or sensations. Does it extend
anywhere, does it shoot anywhere? For instance, "It feels like there's a
crumb in my throat, I'm constantly trying to swallow. The pain shoots to
my left ear."
4. What does the person, or the part that's bothering the person, look
like; anything remarkable? Red skin, droopy eyes, raised spots, etc.?
5. Where on the body?
6. What makes the complaint better or worse? Consider these
possibilities: is the person or complaint better or worse with heat or
cold, bathing, warm rooms, fresh air, drafts, motion; also consider if
there is a time of day when person gets worse, what position is
best/worse; is the person better or worse with certain
stimuli - conversation, noise, light, touch, pressure, massage, music,
company, consolation, etc.
7. Additional symptoms that came with the main complaint - for instance,
pain with crying; pain with excessive salivation; pain with nausea - the
things that have come along for the ride, fellow-travelers, in other
8. Discharges and their color, odor and consistency. A discharge is
anything liquid that's coming out, oozing out, etc. from any part of the
body. So, for instance, runny nose, diarrhea, tearing and so on.
9. General symptoms - these are all the "I" symptoms: I'm hot, I'm cold,
I'm thirsty, I'm tired, I'm sad, I'm irritable, I'm hungry, I want
pickles, etc. These symptoms are particularly important if the person,
for example, is chilly, but becomes hot with this headache.
10. The mental-emotional symptoms: Have the mental or emotional
characteristics of the person changed from how they are normally, and if
so, in what way? What is different mentally and emotionally? For
example: A child who is normally self-confident and outgoing suddenly,
with an earache, becomes weepy and clingy.
11. What does the person say? For instance: "I'm fine, leave me alone", "Don't leave!", "I wanna go home!", "I want ice", etc. These symptoms are
particularly important if the person, for example, likes to be around
people, but with their cold wants to be left along and not talked to.
12. Thirst - is the person thirsty, not thirsty, what temperature drinks,
what kind of drinks, does he only want sips, or gulps, does he drink a
little bit frequently or a lot infrequently, and so on.
15. Odors? Are odors an issue, such as bad breath, foul odors of any
16. What is most striking about the condition? What is most
peculiar - for instance, person is cold but heat and covers make them
feel worse; the person has burning pains but is better for being covered
and with hot drinks like tea.
This is why Iím asking you to give me such detailed information: Even if
you've already given me a complete case at a previous appointment and
you are calling to report that you are depressed, or anxiety-ridden or
have low back pain, I still need a complete set of information about how
you are right now. I cannot prescribe on "depression," I cannot
prescribe on "low back pain," because these labels donít give me enough
information to choose a good remedy for you.
Homeopathy is very
particular. We don't treat "colds", we treat your cold. Consider that
the last time you had a cold it was probably very different from the
cold you have now. We treat each ailment as though it is a stranger we'd
never met and need to get to know. You wouldn't say to us, "I'd like you
to meet my friend, the human being." That tells us nothing, right? But
similarly, saying, "I have the flu," also tells us nothing, even though
we acknowledge that to an allopathic doctor, it would be all the
information he would need to know. For example: Are you restless with your
flu? Anxiety-ridden? Thirsty for sips of water? Do you need company? Are
you chilly? Weak? Do you have diarrhea? This is a flu that probably
would respond well to the remedy Arsenicum Album. On the other hand, do
you want everyone to leave the room so you can be quiet and still? Are
you worse from even having to answer questions? Are you very dry and
very thirsty? In your feverish delirium do you say, "I wanna go home!"
even though you already are home? Is your headache the worst part of
your illness? If so, you probably would do well on the remedy Bryonia
One diagnosis (ďa coldĒ), two very
Below is an acute prescribing questionnaire in Microsoft WordPad format (rtf). To
open a document, click on the icon associated with the document. Use your
browser Print option to print. Please save it and have it by your phone or
stored in your computer for the next time you call in for help with
an acute condition.
Acute Condition Questionnaire