Symptoms of acute disease can be indicators of AND catalysts for vitality.
I rarely had symptoms of acute disease (acute disease = any short-term adaptive physiological, somatic, emotional, or mental responses to stimuli) when I lived with chronic disease. I certainly never mounted a fever. While this might seem like a good thing, this consistent lack of response to external stressors such as viruses can be a sign of sub-optimal vitality. Fever, congestion, cough, etc. are ADAPTIVE RESPONSE symptoms that serve to return the body to a harmonious state following a challenge. For me, MALADAPTIVE REACTION symptoms dominated instead. My body reacted to all kinds of innocuous things (smells, foods, emotions, chemicals, my own tissues and organs), but it didn’t remember how to respond to the real stressors. This is often the case in chronic disease: hyper-reactivity is coupled with hypo-responsivity.
It’s a cycle that may begin with fear, resistance, and suppression.
The routine and repeated suppression of uncomfortable acute symptoms (emotions, fevers, pain, fatigue) prevents our bodies from completing necessary and vital adaptive response programs, and the body must compensate for this suppression. The suppressed symptoms find expression deeper in the being, often making themselves known in chronic complaints, like reactivity to foods or even one’s own cells. This is, in part, what led to my chronic autoimmunity and Lyme symptoms.
HOWEVER, when we allow acute, albeit uncomfortable, symptoms to move through without fear, resistance, or suppression, we open ourselves up to greater levels of vitality as these adaptive response programs are allowed to complete their action. Working with the body catalyzes vitality.
This is one reason why homeopathy is such an important medicine for acute AND chronic diseases. Homeopathic medicine can break the cycle of maladaptive reactions following suppression AND it supports the smooth resolution of acute adaptive responses as well.
*Note: There is nuance to this topic that I’m not diving into here (in the interest of brevity). Acute disease can also be life-threatening, and suppression is absolutely necessary in some situations to save lives.