Treating acute and chronic illnesses requires slightly different approaches. The fundamentals are still the same but sometimes we need to alter our focus on symptoms.
In all case receiving, we are looking for the essence of what is asking to be healed. But in acutes, it often seems as if there is no exciting cause. There always is a reason for our illness but, for some people, they just cannot tell you why. Even good case questioning sometimes falls short. This is when we need to alter our focus and look for what is unique about the person's expression of disease.
Mental symptoms are always helpful and should be used if possible. Those symptoms that are common to any acute illness are not very useful. It is the unique, the strange, rare, and peculiar symptoms that can sometimes make finding the remedy a snap. Always ask about what has changed for the person. Often, it may be only one new mental symptom that can be used. It can make the field of remedy choices much smaller if it is expressive of the person.
Physical symptoms are usually very common in acutes. Let's say it is an ear infection then the rubric Ear, Inflammation, Middle ear, and Otitis Media would be used. If the person is suffering from a common cold, then the most pronounced symptoms must be understood. It could be nasal discharge, or a cough, sore throat, or itchy eyes.
You must determine what symptom is the most pronounced and carries the gravity of the case. If you add all of the symptoms together, it will usually be a poly-crest remedy and a better-suited remedy might be missed. Try to only use physical symptoms that are undeniable and most unique to the case.
Modalities are very important in acute prescribing. They lend flavor to the case. This is how the body is uniquely expressing the illness. These become the differentiating symptoms of the case. Always find out what makes the symptom better or worse, what time of day is worse, and what position the person is in that aggravates. Also, ask about what activities are limited or make the condition worse or better. Having good modalities can often narrow the field of remedy choice to only a few.
Keep in mind that taking too many rubrics can often spoil a case. It becomes too diluted. Always choose symptoms that are most representative of the uniqueness of the person's expression. These symptoms must be undeniable. When the rubrics are narrowed down this way, you should have only three or four rubrics. If you have more, it is best to throw out any rubric that is not 100% expressive of the case. Using this will increase your accuracy of remedy selection immensely.
When reviewing remedies, ALWAYS read about the remedy and what its sphere of functions are. Remedies have different systems in the body they have an affinity for. Choose remedies that best express the type of suffering the person is experiencing. If a remedy has a great affinity for the glands, etc., and your person is suffering from a cough, it is best to look at those remedies that affect the lungs and cough being a major part of the remedy. Again, this will narrow your search for the best remedy and make the selection far more accurate.
I find the biggest mistake is to put every little way the person is suffering into the mix of rubrics. It will always dilute the case and when most of the dozens of symptoms are common to the condition, it will make the job of finding the remedy much harder and the prescription may very well fail.
Be accurate. Find very good rubrics. Understand always what is asking to be healed. Get good modalities and choose remedies that have an affinity for the person's type of suffering. Following these simple guidelines will make your acute prescriptions much more successful.
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