How to collect symptoms before choosing the right homoeopathic remedy?

Before diving into the world of homeopathic remedies, it’s essential to grasp why symptoms are the guiding stars of this practice. Homeopathy isn’t just about treating ailments; it’s about understanding the unique expressions of the body’s imbalance. From a mild headache to your pet’s lethargy, each symptom offers clues to the most effective remedy.


Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Observing Symptoms


  1. Keep a Symptom Diary – Start by noting down symptoms as they appear, including their frequency, duration, and triggers.

       2.Observe Behavioral Changes –  In pets, observe changes in behavior, appetite, and energy levels.

  1. Consider Emotional and Physical Symptoms – Both are equally important in homeopathy. Anxiety or mood changes are as significant as physical discomfort.
  2. Note Environmental Factors – Sometimes, symptoms are influenced by environmental changes. These insights can be invaluable.


Common symptoms – these are the physical characteristics of the patient, related to the state of health and illness, such as reactions to temperature, desires or aversions to food, and thirst. For example, a pet’s craving for chips may be interpreted as a desire for salt. The side of the body is also important as a general symptom (left or right). For instance, in a state of Phosphorus, the animal or person will have symptoms mainly on the left side, but even when healthy, it may prefer not to lie on the left side. Sides can also change.


  • Local symptoms – are associated with a specific pathology. For example an abscess is a local symptom. Red, inflamed skin, particularly on the paws and belly
  • Common symptoms – of limited significance (diarrhoea, conjunctivitis), encountered in most cases of a specific disease (least important – colour of urine, details of diarrhoea, volume of secretion…).
  • Important are symptoms that do not appear in a specific case but are valid for most diseases, e.g., increased thirst is a common characteristic in a case with pyometra and is therefore of little importance from a homeopathic standpoint, but the absence of thirst in pyometra is of great significance.
  • Strange, rare, and peculiar symptoms – of the utmost importance in homeopathy. The less it is associated with a specific disease, the more important it is.


  • Mental symptoms – affect character and individuality. In animals, these include fears, likes or dislikes, anger, jealousy, excitability, sociability. Extremely important for homeopathy, especially if they are related to aetiology – for example, fear or grief (causative factor) because they connect some event in the past to the current picture.


  • Modality – a factor that alters the nature of a symptom. For example, if an animal tends to have flatulence, upon inquiry, it is revealed that it “worsens after eating,” indicating that this is the modality of flatulence. Itching worsens at night, after exposure to grass, and in warm weather.

Stiffness and pain in the joints in arthritis does not give much information about the choice of remedy, but if there is a specification that it is worse in wet weather, than the symptoms is more important.


  • Intensity and Timing : Severe itching, especially in the evenings.


The most important modalities for veterinarians are associated with temperature, motion, eating, weather, touch (pressure), and meteorological conditions.


It’s not just about the ailment; it’s about how your or your pet’s body is expressing that ailment. Consulting with a homeopathic practitioner can provide further insights into this personalized journey.



The path to healing through homeopathy is unique for each individual and pet. By understanding and accurately recording symptoms, you’re taking the first essential step in this holistic approach. Remember, this guide is a starting point; always consult with a professional for personalized advice.








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