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Acute or Chronic? What does this mean?

These two terms are used a lot in homeopathy. Here is a handy guide to help you know the difference.


  • Acute conditions and health problems are often seen as part of everyday life – including minor injuries, colds and first aid situations.

  • These conditions usually come on quickly – within hours or days.

  • They are of short duration and relatively superficial - though some can be life threatening.

  • Usually, the cause is known. For example, symptoms develop after being in the cold and wet.

  • Given the appropriate support, including rest and care will clear up of their own accord (self-limiting).

If symptoms do not resolve on their own or within 2-4 weeks of treatment the condition is no longer acute.

How can I treat an Acute condition?


  • Chronic conditions are long standing – you have had the symptoms for month and years with no improvement.

  • There is a tendency to get progressively worse – the body is unable to correct this on its own.

  • There could be an underlying genetic reason for the condition.

  • Symptoms come and go over time – sometimes they are not present at all but then can return more severe

Flare ups of chronic conditions are often called 'sub acutes', do not confuse them with an acute illness as explained above.

Seeking help for your chronic health issues is referred to as constitutional treatment. Your overall health and well-being and health history is looked at in detail. Remedies are prescribed specific to your needs and symptoms. Overtime your symptoms are eased and your overall health is improved.

How can I treat a Chronic condition?

  • Book an appointment for a full consultation.

  • Your symptoms and health history will be discussed in detail and a treatment plan will be developed specifically for your individual needs.

  • Or book a free 15 minute call with me to discuss your health needs – here.


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