A symptom is simply an expression of illness. The minute we can start thinking in such simplistic terms, we take the emotion out of the equation and think clearly. We should be grateful for symptoms because without them as an expression of our vital force we would be dead.
There is a significant difference between a symptom and a homeopathic symptom. In Homeopathic Medicine we are extremely interested in detail and we may be a little more picky in the information we ask of you as our patients. The best way to explain this is with an example.
An Example – You are experiencing pain in your arm. That is the illness. The doctor will want to know: Where on your arm? How did it get there? When did it start? What makes it feel better?
Whereas, in Homoeopathic Medicine, we want to know where the pain is. Does it travel anywhere? Where does it start and finish? What kind of pain is it: dull, sharp, stinging, bruised feeling like a knife, heavy feeling? What time did it start? Did anything else happen at the same time? Are there any other symptoms anywhere in your body? Do you want to rest, or go to the gym, even though you’re in pain? Do you want consolation, or want to be by yourself?
So, as you can see the list goes on. This may even sound pedantic but there are reasons for these persistent enquiries. Every bit of information you give helps us do our job and select the correct medicine for your pain.
These details are called modalities and the ones we care about the most are time, temperature, environment, position, motion, body activity, sensory changes and psychological changes. The longer you are a Homoeopathic patient the more you will get used to looking out for these changes.