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2058219 Chronic and Acute Disease in Homeopathy

2058219 Chronic and Acute Disease in Homeopathy

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Mark O'Sullivan, 2nd Year Irish School of Homeopathy

Essay: Chronic and Acute Disease 21. Oct. 2005

Chronic and Acute Disease
Mark O'Sullivan, 2nd Year, Irish School of Homeopathy
“Hahnemann felt that acute diseases were relatively easy to deal with. The prescriber had simply to find the substance which produced similar symptoms to the diseased state in the healthy individual and after administering the potentised similar remedy, cure would occur rapidly and completely. However, treating chronic diseases was often a different matter”. - Misha Norland Discuss When Homeopathy and Allopathy are compared, there are a great number of distinctions to be made between them as systems of medicine. Not only is Homeopathy based upon the law of similars, it also employs the potentising of remedies and the principle of the minimum dose. Yet even counting these distinctive traits, treatment cannot be said to be truly classically homeopathic without holism. Treating the patient rather than the disease is an essential component of the homeopathic system, without which its scope is no broader than that of Allopathy, albeit while remaining a safer and more effective approach. Acute prescribing involves the observation of a temporary crisis in health that a patient is undergoing. The presenting sypmptoms are treated with a similar remedy in order to bring about cure. The acute disease state is temporary, ending with the patient's immunity overcoming the condition or the death of the patient. It is also bound in time, having a percievable beginning, middle and an end. The practitioner is bound in scope in that he will only take the symptoms in and around this temporary condition and its specific effects on the patient into consideration when choosing the remedy. In this way it is like allopathy. It is focused only on the temporary condition and its cure and is not concerned with deeper conditions or the nature of the patient, only the disease. It is not Holistic. The disease to which man is liable are either rapid morbid processes of the abnormally deranged vital force, which have a tendency to finish their course more or less quickly, but always in a moderate time - these are termed acute diseases . §72 Holism was one of Hahnemann's greatest comtributions to western medicine, echoing more the medical traditions of the east than the west and it was the journey from acute prescribing to
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. (CD p5) Thus. a chronic disease is the deeper condition underlying all of the acute ailments that the patient continually develops. He discovered that it was not the remedies or the law of similars that was at fault but merely a question of approach in case taking. the Homoeopathic physician with such a chronic (non-venereal) case.. Having named the demon.. Their striking or unusual foibles. The third aspect to bring into constitutional case taking is the nature of the individual treated. to the unknown Primitive malady before he can hope to discover one or more medicines which may homoeopathically cover the whole of the original disease by means of its peculiar symptoms. These chronic diseases for hahnemann were not as time-bound as the acute conditions. Hahnemann is saying here that the patient's history of disease needs to be thoroughly taken as part of the case. yea in all cases of (non-venereal) chronic disease. These patients were not finding a complete cure and Hahnemann set his mind to finding out why. appearance and preferences. nor did he see the patient's immunity as being capable of overcoming the chronic condition on their own but only with the help of well-chosen constitutional remedies.Mark O'Sullivan. in Chronic Diseases . Oct.. not limited in time and Page 2 Of 3 . During Hahnemann's early days as a homeopath. has not only to combat the disease presented before his eyes. which are but “separate fragments” of the chronic syndrome the patient has. first find out as far as possible the whole extent of all the accidents and symptoms belonging. the Homoeopathic physician must . 2005 constitutional treatment that brought it from him. Their traits and temperaments. Despite successes in his practice and with treating epidemics. He says. to be speedily and permanently destroyed and healed by ordinary homoeopathic remedies but that he has always to encounter only some separate fragment of a more deep-seated original disease. he practiced acute prescribing with the growing number of remedies available to him. Hence treating chronic disease with a constitutional remedy is broad in its scope. 2nd Year Irish School of Homeopathy Essay: Chronic and Acute Disease 21. in around 1816 he became incresingly concened with patients whose complaints would cure in the short term but who kept returning with one ailment and another. and must not view and treat it as if it were a well-defined disease. Hahnemann then proceeded to outline how best to approach treating the patient's chronic disease. (CD p6) In order to apprehend the underlying condition and prescribe a remedy for it.

com/Thelittlelibrary/Casemanage/kentonacutes.html Page 3 Of 3 . 2005 addresses a condition that has been ongoing and not temporary and takes into consideration the history and makeup of the patient. Oct. he would not have been motivated to look deeper into the condition of disease and human life and we would have inherited a far lesser form of Homeopathy. Kent “The Handbook of Homeopathy” Gerhard Koehler Healing arts press. which is far broader in scope and vice versa. for instance. may be suffering from an acute disease and the physician on being called may think that it is necessary to take the totality of the symptoms. 2nd Year Irish School of Homeopathy Essay: Chronic and Acute Disease 21. 1989 “James Kent on Acute and Chronic Diseases” David Little. mixing both chronic and acute symptoms together. References: “The Chronic Diseases” S. Therefore there must be clarity in intention as to exactly what is being treated on a case per case basis. since without them. 1999 http://www. he will become confused and will not find the right remedy. Today we can be grateful for the difficulties that Hahnemann encountered in his acute case taking. Kent has this to say in his Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy: It is important to avoid getting confused by two disease images that may exist in the body at the same time. Hanemann “Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy” James T. stripped of the holistic approach which enables it to truly and deeply cure. The two things must be separated. short-lived conditons must not find their way into the constitutional case analysis. but if he should do that in an acute disease. The practitioner must be careful when approaching the patient that they do not mix and confuse these two approaches to case taking.simillimum.Mark O'Sullivan. not only the presenting condition. Symptoms of acute. A chronic patient. It is Holistic and treats the patient in their totality.Hahnemann “The Organon of Medicine” S. rather than just their disease.

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