Assessing A Patient

As the basis of homeopathic assessment, a practitioner collects a wealth of information about a patients physical condition, mental and emotional states, and life in general (see below). An individuals unique adaptations to their surroundings and their idiosyncratic ways are accepted and respected for making an individual what they are. A person is regarded as the product of their physical and mental well-being or ill health, genetic inheritance, and daily experience.

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

• General symptoms and ailments: onset of symptoms, and what affects them and how.

• Weight, shape, and physical condition.

• Diet: nutritional balance, food preferences and aversions, food intolerances, and any special requirements or dietary deficiencies.

• Sleep: amount and quality, effects of sleep deprivation, and dreams.

• Risks to health: smoking, consumption of alcohol and recreational drugs, or dangerous jobs or pastimes.

• Time out: relaxation and leisure activities.

• Knowledge of what to do if ill or injured.

PERSONALITY

• Temperament: positive or negative, passive or assertive, relaxed or anxious.

• Self-image and self-worth.

• Emotions: ability to express and control feelings, laugh, and deal with negative emotions.

• Relationships: sensitivity to others, ability to resolve conflict, desire for approval, and sex drive.

• Any feelings of guilt, insecurity, and degree of control over personal destiny.

• Ability to cope under stress.

• Opportunities for creative expression.

• Spirituality, deeply held beliefs, and motivation.

MEDICAL HISTORY

• Personal medical history: past injuries and illnesses, conventional drug prescriptions, and any complementary treatments.

• Family medical history: incidence in family members of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, mental health problems, or cancer.

• Inherited susceptibilities: allergies or tendency to contract certain illnesses.

• Diet: susceptibility to cholesterol-related illness, obesity, or food intolerances.

• Awareness of symptoms of genetically inherited disease and preventative measures.

• Checkups: self-examination, medical tests, or screening.

LIFE EVENTS

• Childhood trauma: impact of death or other loss of a parent, or physical or mental abuse.

• Family circumstances: effects of births, marriage, separation, divorce, death, bullying, exams, children leaving home, or caring for disabled or elderly relatives.

• Proximity of family and friends.

• Ability to deal with serious health problems.

• Property: effects of buying and selling homes, moving, or making extensive alterations.

• Work experience: impact of new job, loss of job, redundancy, retirement, job relocation, overwork, or juggling work and family.

• Financial or legal problems.

ENVIRONMENT

• Climate: effects of seasonal changes and day-to-day weather patterns.

• Access to and appreciation of fresh air.

• Exposure to sun and awareness of risks.

• Effects of pollution: air, water, and noise.

• Work environment: office ergonomics, noise levels, amount of personal space, and impact of heating or air-conditioning systems.

• Home environment: particular allergic responses to household products or toiletries, pollen, animals, tobacco smoke, or air pollution.

• Daily routine: stress and other effects of commuting, working in an office in an urban environment, and working long hours.

LIFE MANAGEMENT

• Time management: ability to set realistic goals, plan and organize projects, cope with deadlines, and delegate tasks.

• Success in maintaining a balance between work and play, and between work and family.

• Stress management: opportunities to relax, and ability to control stressful situations and to turn problems into opportunities.

• Work: ability to rationalize workload, deal with physical strains, or improve working environment.

• Routines developed in order to give structure to the working day and home life.

• Financial planning and organization.

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