In this article I shall speak about acute morbid states and the necessary steps for homeopathic prescribing. The most important corner stones are: to assess the disease, to know which symptoms to take, to know the remedies for the respective disorder and to understand the true amelioration.
How to Recognize the Acute Disease
To know how to distinguish between acute and aggravation of a chronic disease is important because in chronic cases the patient needs constitutional treatment; where in acute cases he will need acute remedy.
Acute diseases differ from the chronic by certain points. Sometimes the aggravation of chronic disease is quite similar to acute one, and is therefore possible to be mistaken for the latter.
The chronic diseases are characterized by repetitions and periodicity. They have comparatively slow progress for years to take, yet during that time this gradualism is interrupted by aggravations. The latter attend almost always with pain and with reappearance of other symptoms typical for the respective disease, like cough, throat scrapping, joint stiffness, bowel disorders, stomach acidity etc. Some things however are different most of the times, and one of those is the body heat.
In acute condition the body temperature is raised significantly. It possibly manifests by fever, perspiration, headache, or there are more or less violent chills. The thirst of the person changes, either to great extent or there is no thirst. The appetite also varies from increase to no desire to eat at all. The overall feeling is that the organism is shaken and brought out from its regular state of relative balance.
However the temperature may not be as high in one patient that it is in another. The overall level of health provides the capability of the organism to react. If the body is weakened by many chronic maladies, then in acute condition it will not be able to develop very high fever. Nevertheless the other general indispositions will be present. Here I have to mention that by ‘high’ temperature we should understand over 38 by Celsius.
The speed of the disease is another mark to keep an eye on. In the condition is acute, it will develop fast. Some acute disorders are faster than others, which more gradually take place; but this is not the slowness of the chronic symptoms, which take months and years to progress; here we mean that the unfold of the disruption may take several days. With proper treatment the acute disorders yield in few days, mostly in a week, and the person gets back to normal.
Acute disease is therefore one which occurs suddenly, shifts the overall bodily functions and balance to abnormal state, changes the vital heat producing fever or chills and is gone within a week at the most.
Naturally, every acute disorder arrives with many symptoms in those parts of the body which are targeted by it, e.g. the upper respiratory tract, the lungs and bronchi, the gastro-intestinal system, liver or kidneys etc. Here I shall not discuss all those but intend to address them in particular in further articles.
How to Distinguish Grippe from Other Acute Infections
After you are certain that your case is acute, there comes the question is it a grippe or is it another viral or bacterial infection. To answer this question is important because in grippe cases we think about the so-called ‘grippe’ remedies in homeopathy, and that makes significantly easier to prescribe, in most cases.
The grippe virus always affects the overall living organism; and the skeleton-muscular system is taking particular part in that affection. This part is shown by soreness throughout the body, stiffness and pain in the joints, pains in the bones. There is general weakness, much sleepiness, very high fever possibly alternated by chills and shivers, headache and heaviness of the head, with congestion. The entire body is feeling as if beaten, there is no ability for mental activity. If one strains himself to work while is sick from grippe, the possibility for complications from behalf of the lungs or the kidneys, or the brains increase. So the grippe is not to be underestimated. One absolutely necessary thing is to provide the organism with as much rest as it is possible. The most prominent grippe remedies are Eupatorium perfoliatum, Rhus toxicodendron, Bryonia, Gelsemium, Baptisia, Pyrogenium, Camphora officinalis etc.
The common viral infection on the other hand afflicts one system, or one part, and is acting violently; similar is the situation with bacterial disorders. If the upper respiratory organs are the target, all symptoms will be specifically grouped in the throat, or the nose, or the larynx and trachea. Other parts will not be disordered, and the overall energy level might as well be high. However these infections may also bring complications, or to be protracted – meaning they will not pass quickly and without a trace but will spread over time, and will possibly become chronic, or will inflict other systems. You know perhaps people who suffer from periodically inflamed tonsils, and if you ask them to remember they will tell you that everything started from one infection back in time, which never really passed away. The proper treatment is therefore as important here as in the grippe cases.