Is My Condition Acute or Chronic?

Is my Condition Acute or Chronic?


Acute or Chronic are two words you will hear often with regards to health conditions, especially when talking to a Homeopath.  We use these terms to determine how we will approach the treatment of each case enabling us to prescribe the most indicated remedies to alleviate the presenting symptoms and bring relief.

So how do you tell whether your condition is Acute or Chronic?


What is an Acute condition?                                                                                                                                         

These conditions are known as ‘self-limiting’, they are going to run their course and we will feel better again very soon.   They can bring severe symptoms which are relatively short lived lasting anywhere from a few hours to 2-3 weeks.  Acute conditions generally have a rapid onset and can often be traced back to an exposure such as standing out in the cold, wind or rain, being too close to someone with a virus, eating bad food, receiving bad news etc.

Examples of some acute conditions are:-  Sore throats, coughs, colds, earache, toothache, fevers, nausea, vomiting, and accidents but there are many more.

The symptoms can be intense, they appear suddenly, they peak then they resolve themselves in a short space of time and our bodies are designed to deal with these occurrences naturally.  Our immune system has the capacity to overcome the condition and we return to our normal healthy state.  However, if the symptoms persist longer than 3-4 weeks this could be an indication that the condition is Chronic and this would require a different treatment plan.



What is a Chronic condition?                               

These conditions often arrive slowly, maybe over a few days, a few weeks or a few months (some can take years!).   You may notice that you have the same thing occurring over and over again, some days you hardly recognise anything is wrong, other days you have intense symptoms but overall you notice they become progressively worse and over time affect the ongoing quality of your life.

Examples of Chronic conditions include:-  anxiety, depression,  fatigue, migraines, arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis, digestive issues, thyroid disorders, insomnia, allergies, the list goes on and on…..

In complete contrast to acute conditions, our bodies and our immune systems are not able to overcome the disease and without intervention and assistance these conditions can become serious and potentially dangerous.


How would a Homeopath help you?

Homeopathy is effective for treatment of both Acute and Chronic conditions, once we have ascertained which one we are dealing with we can begin the process of identifying the best remedies to help you.

In an Acute situation we are looking to use the three-legged stool approach using information such as location of ailment, any pain descriptions and things that make the ailment better or worse.   We also ask questions around general body functions such as temperature, thirst, appetite, sleep, and energy, all of this information is used to help us is to identify the most indicated remedy for this instance.   The information is easily obtained as the patient’s experience is either current or very recent.  Usually one consultation is all that is needed unless the symptoms change and a new prescription is required.

For Chronic conditions, as well as the basic information above, a much more detailed case is required to include the patient’s mental/emotional status, past traumas, patient’s medical history, family medical history and the full symptom picture.  This is called the ‘Totality’ and all of these aspects will be used to identify the best remedy to prescribe.  It is worth noting that the treatment of Chronic conditions will take a number of consultations as the dis-ease is usually very deep rooted and it will take a series of well chosen remedies to bring about relief and harmony to the body.


Homeopathy is truly a wonderful gift and I’m so excited that you are interested in knowing more. 


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