Continuing on from my last article…
What to expect before your first acute homeopathic consultation
Let’s take the example of an ear ache* as the Chief Complaint.
We homeopaths not only want to hear that you have an ear ache, we want to know which side it’s on. Does the pain radiate anywhere? Are any glands involved? Any fever? Is there any drainage? If so, what color is it? What is the consistency of this drainage? What kind of pain are you experiencing… Stitching? Aching? Burning? Throbbing? Is there a time of day that the pain is worse? What makes the pain better? Is the pain better lying on the painful ear… Heat? Fresh air? Blowing your nose? What makes the pain worse… burping (yes, it’s a thing!) … drinking … blowing your nose … hiccups? Does the person have a history of ear infections?** If so, when did they start and what treatments were given over the years? Did they help? What happened after the treatment?
What else is happening at the same time you are having this ear pain? Is there a headache that goes along with it? Does your left elbow hurt? Are you urinating more or less? Are you thirstier than normal? Any change in appetite? Any change in mental/emotional health?
What was happening before this pain started? Did it start with cold symptoms? Did it come on after swimming? Did it come on after being stuck out in windstorm? Or, do you get an earache every spring when the weather changes?
Some of these questions I know sound ridiculous and seem unrelated, but trust me, everything is relevant and the answers to these questions will help lead the homeopath to the right remedy for you.
Following all these questions and the method in which the homeopath works, the homeopath may have a remedy for you immediately, on the spot, or they may need to take half an hour or so to figure out the best remedy for you. Make sure to ask your homeopath when you can expect to hear from them with remedy suggestions.
The homeopath will then provide you with instructions on how to take the remedy/remedies as well as any further instructions which may be relevant to your situation.
Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath
* If you are experiencing an ear ache, here are two good remedies to try: Helios' ABC and Similasan Earache Relief or Similasan Kids Earache Relief.
ABC is a combination remedy of Aconite, Belladonna and Chamomilla and can often set an ear infection right in short order. Note: you don't need to purchase this combo remedy, you can pop a pellet of each remedy into your mouth at the same time; or, you can put a pellet of each remedy into some water and sip it as needed.
** Chronic ear infections will likely require more treatment beyond what helps your ear pain acutely.
I have no financial affiliation with any of these companies -- I just like their products.
Julia Coyte, CHom
I am passionate about homeopathy and I love sharing this passion. Having a working knowledge of homeopathy shouldn't be kept a secret. If people have the ability to help themselves, their children and their friends when they have minor ailments, life just gets better for everyone. That is the purpose behind Ruminating on Remedies.