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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 good health.
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 the occurrence?

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 words.

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.

13. Fever?

14. Sweating?

15. Odors?  Are odors an issue, such as bad breath, foul odors of any sort?

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 Alba! 

One diagnosis (ďa coldĒ), two very different remedies.

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


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