Acute Care 101: Acute or Chronic?

October 26, 2015

What’s the difference between an acute or a chronic symptom?

Acute or Chronic Symptoms

This post is the first in a new series with a focus on acute care. Just in time for allergy and flu season, I will be providing you with practical tips to help you through as well as some important fundamentals to help you better understand your body.

I wasn’t long into my practice before I realized the line between acute and chronic symptoms is quite blurred for most Americans. From my perspective this is because we don’t have a “health care system,” we have a “treatment system.” As a symptom occurs we are programmed to see a physician who then dispenses a medication to treat that individual symptom. In this “treatment system” there is no one to connect the dots between each symptom or present a holistic plan to care for the root of the problem. Given this, all symptoms are just that… symptoms with little thought as to whether that headache is acute or actually chronic.

Let me give you some simple examples to help clarify.

If you happen to get a migraine every month—that is a chronic symptom and with a cause that is likely not in your head.

If you stared at pages of tiny print for 8 nonstop hours and now have a tension headache at your temples and you might experience something similar once a year – that then is actually an acute symptom.

If you wake up tomorrow morning achy and feverish—that is an acute symptom

If, however, you have been running a low grade fever for months on and off that is clearly a chronic symptom that points to a deeper disturbance or imbalance in your body.

You have noticed over the past weeks that every morning after waking your child has a dry, short lived cough—that is a chronic symptom

Your child who has recently shown signs of sinus congestion develops a cough—that is an acute symptom.

I think this topic of acute care is super important because how you choose to care for your acute symptoms can actually prevent chronic symptoms from developing.

The reason it is very important to make this clarification is that acute symptoms can quite often be treated at home using natural remedies. Chronic conditions, on the other hand, need a practitioner watching your elimination, state of vitality and level of inflammation while applying protocols that will address the core imbalance causing the symptoms.

In this series of posts I will be sharing information that applies only to acute conditions, those symptoms that show up on occasion. Next week I will share my tips to lesson your symptoms and support a quick recovery from a flu-like virus. In the meantime if you want to know why Gemmotherapy is better for acute symptoms than over the counter meds or supplements you might like reading this post on Gemmotherapy and Acute Care Support.

 

image_pdfimage_print

Immunity matters!
Learn to support your health naturally with weekly tips
delivered straight to your inbox.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

You may also be interested in:

Raw Energy Bites

By Lauren | September 10, 2021

These bites are just the best for travel, mid meal snacks, and hikes. You”ll see this is more of an ingredient list than a recipe. The only trick here is to adjust the amount of wet ingredients to dry so that the mixture comes together and can easily hold it’s shape. Enjoy the versatility of…

Eggplant and Lentil Stew

By Lauren | September 3, 2021

Here’s a stew inspired by Yotom Ottolenghi to carry you into fall and it is a much deserved helping of pure comfort in a bowl.  Ingredients Olive oil 1 Red onion, peeled and finely chopped Fresh thyme leaves removed from stems 1 large or 2 small eggplants cut in chunks 24 cherry tomatoes halved or…

Nut Butter & Jam Chia Pudding

By Lauren | August 27, 2021

Maybe it was nostalgia for simple times or perhaps it was the comfort appeal, but this recipe won my attention this week and I’m glad it did. What a treat! Adapted from Minimalist Baker Ingredients for 2 Servings COMPOTE 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) 1 Tbsp orange juice 1 Tbsp chia seeds Combine blueberries…

Barbacoa Mushrooms

By Lauren | August 21, 2021

Despite residing in the Southwest for over 12 years I am not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to chilis. My dear German husband though nearly perfect in many ways is not a fan of spicy food.  I on the other hand adore new flavors—salty, spicy and hot. What I  love about this dish is that…

Tahini-Miso Glazed Eggplant

By Lauren | August 6, 2021

Here’s a delightfully delicious way to showcase gorgeous Asian eggplant now in season. Recipe inspired by Hetty McKinnon’s Ginger Scallion Glazed Eggplant, To Asia with Love.  This book is well worth the purchase even if you only use her amazing essential sauce and oil recipes.  Ingredients 4 Japanese Eggplants, halved lengthwise 1 TBL Toasted Sesame…

Buckwheat Raisin Bread

By Lauren | July 30, 2021

For nearly a decade of my life, Saturdays meant roisenbrot day from Mahlzahn Backerei in Neuenheim, Heidelberg.  Picking up a loaf generally involved a morning walk across Bruckenstrasse with Sophie our Bernese Mountain Dog stopping traffic as she languished along behind Sebastian’s kinderwagon. Although we’ve said farewell to Sophie and gluten since those days and…

Tomato Glazed Cauliflower

By Lauren | July 23, 2021

I really did not believe there was a cauliflower recipe I had not tried and then along came this one, and wow!  It is so yummy and so simple I’d make it again tomorrow!  Inspired by 177Milk Street, Tomato Braised Cauliflower, Rebecca Richmond Ingredients 1 large head of cauliflower cut into small florets of similar…

Simple One Bowl Vegan GF Cake

By Lauren | July 16, 2021

Borrowed and adapted from Aran Goyoaga Cannelle et Vanille, this is the perfect Saturday cake. Whip it up just after lunch so it will be ready to slice with a cup of tea late afternoon. Adaptable recipes are my thing and this cake stands in well with a variety of seasonal fruits. So far I…

Saffron Pumpkin Soup

By Lauren | July 9, 2021

The saffron in this Saffron Pumpkin soup adds touch of elegance that will make it seem like you’ve made a gourmet restaurant style soup – because you just did! Seed Topping ½ cup pumpkin seeds 2 tsp maple syrup A pinch of  red pepper flakes Set oven at 350 degrees. Toss seeds together in a…

Zuchinni Baba Ganoush

By Lauren | July 1, 2021

This is one of those amazingly simple recipes with delightful complex flavors. Perhaps you could serve it alongside of this sourdough gluten free bread? Ingredients 5 medium zucchini 3 heaping tablespoons of tahini A splash or two of olive oil Juice from two lemons Zest from 1 lemon 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika A clove…

Broccoli Noodles

By Lauren | June 26, 2021

I love noodles, I love tahini, and I really love broccoli so when I came across Hetty McKinnon’s Sesame Rice Noodle recipe I was thrilled. This comes together in a snap especially if you have prepped the “everything oil” in advance. If you are a fan of this dish may I suggest you have a…

Honoring Our Own Systems

By temp | June 1, 2021

Tune in with us on a special episode of #HowWeHeal where we touch base with our audience before we take some time to pause and work on our #newbook we will be publishing soon! Subscribe and stay tunes on our channels for new episodes and updates on this #healingjourney. We invite you to reach out…

Posted in

Leave a Comment





This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.