Aggravation in homeopathic treatment is the worsening of the condition of the patient. It is common occurrence in the practice of any physician or doctors or healers of all system of medicine or therapy. There is worsening of the clinical features of the patients or simply the presenting complaints with which the patient approached the physician for help. The general health of the patient may deteriorate or he might not feel comfortable.
For example, one person approaches Dr X with breathing difficulty as is commonly found in the patients of Bronchial Asthma. Homeopathy doctor suggested him the medication. After taking medicine, the breathing difficulty increases, there is cough, or there are other associated or not associated complaints like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, eruptions, urticaria, headache, restlessness. All of these are the examples of aggravation. The term “aggravation” includes the side effects, adverse effects or toxic effects as well.
In the practice of homeopathy we find several types of aggravation and it is necessary for the practitioners of homeopathy to actively recognize the nature of aggravation. It is equally informative for those persons who like to get good information on homeopathy and the persons who are seeking homeopathic treatment.
Homeopathy is a great system of medicine where medicines are the agent that work on the level of vital force. Actually many a persons object to the reality of such level. However we can find its references in all the religious, spiritual, yoga, energy healing circles like reiki or pranic healing, and some modern scientific circles like Kirlien photography.
Aggravations are classified into three categories in Homeopathy.
- Disease aggravation
- Drug aggravation
- Homeopathic aggravation
Disease aggravation is used when the deterioration of the condition is patient is due to the advancement in the disease process. Usually it is present when the patient has advanced state of a disease or when the disease has reached a stage that complications begin to appear.
There is no relief in the complaints of the patients and the complaints are increased in intensity and duration. There is need for reevaluation of the treatment plan by the homeopathic doctor.
Drug aggravation is used for the condition when there is no relief in the complaints of the patient and he starts to have the added symptoms of the particular homeopathic medicine.
Suppose, you give Nat. Mur. (A common homeopathic remedy) to hypertensive patient. He returns and tells his doctor that there is no relief in hypertension and he is experiencing some other symptoms. These other symptoms can be related with his disease or totally unrelated. In this example, he may complain about swelling, increased blood pressure, headache, restlessness.
These symptoms whether related to presenting complaints or not, are actually the the added symptoms of homeopathic medicine. In this case, there is a need to reevaluate the treatment plan and give the patient another suitable remedy.
This particular type of aggravation is commonly seen in homeopathic treatment. It is present in chronic cases of various disorders. In acute cases, it is quite transient. Like in viral fevers like flu or influenza, temperature goes up for a few hours after taking homeopathic treatment. So it is easily overlooked in acute cases.
This aggravation is a reaction of our vital body. Usually it is believed that some set of suppressed symptoms are behind this kind of aggravation. Suppressed symptoms might be related to recent past or several years back. When we suppress some symptom, it goes deep into the vital body and manifests as another set of symptoms and as a new disease. This is very common phenomenon.
There is not much written about vital body in either homeopathy or any other system of medicine except Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine deals with vital or life energy at different levels. Five main, five subtype and a total of fifty kind of life energies are described in ayurveda.
Being an ayurveda physician, I have seen this phenomenon in my clinical practice as well. Many children who comes to me with Bronchial Asthma were old patients of allergic rhinitis and they abused antihistaminics and blocked the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. This is perfectly normal treatment from modern medicine point of view. But this practice was later found to be associated with development of Bronchial Asthma.
Homeopathic aggravation is a good sign in patients with chronic disease if it occurs. This is the sign of detox or cleansing of the vital essence or vital body. Actually what are the signs that can help us to distinguish this type of aggravation from the other two in Homeopathy system of medicine?
There is a definitive and very subtle difference that can easily be overlooked even by the homeopathic doctor occasionally. As the patient vital body is getting cleared or detoxed, the person feels a general sense of relief or well being inside despite the opposite situation that symptoms of the disease might be increasing. This feeling of being relieved or wellbeing is the sure sign that therapy is going on in right direction.
Suppose some person seeks homeopathic treatment for skin allergy. After some duration, he came again to homeopathic doctor and told that the secretion of the allergy is increasing and it appears to be worse but I am feeling relieved inside.
Or someone with Asthma sought homeopathic treatment and after some treatment, he returned and spoke to doctor that the dyspnea is getting worse and there is more cough but I am feeling some comfort inside. There can be altogether different kind of aggravation like running nose in bronchial asthma, diarrhea in asthma,
These are the practical and subtle examples of aggravation in Homeopathy. The physician as well as the person who is getting homeopathic treatment should be well informed and aware of them. We can know whether the treatment is proceeding in right direction or not. Whether there is requirement to change the homeopathic treatment or continue the same treatment. So find a better health and happiness with Homeopathy.