Acute illnesses develop suddenly and are usually short in duration. There is an obvious beginning, a climactic middle and apparent end to the condition. Examples of acute illnesses are the common cold, fever and influenza, headaches, chicken pox, measles, strep throat, food poisoning, tooth aches, bee stings and insect bites, boils and abscesses, burns, cuts and scrapes, bruises, puncture wounds, fractured bones, and injuries to ligaments and tendons.
Unless a person’s condition is complicated with a chronic illness, acute illness can usually be resolved by the body’s own innate defence mechanism. Homeopathic treatment quickens this process by working alongside and in the same direction as the body. Because of this, when using homeopathic remedies during acute illnesses, one can expect relatively rapid healing. Although these acute conditions may resolve themselves, if left untreated or if treated incorrectly, they can become chronic.
Chronic illnesses are those complaints that have persisted for a long time. The onset of symptoms is usually less severe than those of the acute conditions. Chronic conditions may seriously affect quality of life and become progressively worse over time. Quite often, these disease symptoms have been passed from generation to generation.
Without proper treatment, the body’s defence mechanism is compromised until it’s too weak to fight a chronic disease. Chronic conditions do not resolve themselves, but can be treated with the help of well-chosen homeopathic remedies. This is called constitutional treatment. Just as chronic diseases begin slowly and progress gradually, the process to restore health can sometimes be gradual. Examples of chronic conditions are insomnia, allergies, recurrent infections, arthritis, asthma, thyroid disorders, diabetes, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, menstrual and cervical disorders.