Consult Info

Darren Grech - Perth Naturopath, Homeopath & Medical Herbalist



You can print this info out, take notes and bring it along.
Its best to think about your problems and take some notes which you can show me at the clinic on the day of your consultation. Also writing down a time line of events is helpful.
Most patients naturally will tell me about all the different Doctors they have seen and how nothing has really helped. This information won’t actually help me find the medicine which will unlock the problems of your condition.
I need to know in as much accurate detail as possible the actual symptoms you experience. (not necessarily test results)
This can be broken down into the following;
1) Your main complaint
2) other complaints you have had in the past
3) symptoms which you feel are not important or irrelevant (often very important)
I need to know enough information until I am satisfied I know with high degree of certainty what the required medicine will be.
Firstly we discuss your main complaint. I need to know the locations you feel symptoms. I need very accurate locations. Where possible you will need to actually point to locality.
I also need to know the actual sensations you feel, in your own words. The word ‘pain’, is inadequate. It’s a starting point but with some self observation you will be able to express words to describe in more detail. Below I will give some examples of different types of pain.
Be aware that pain is a sensation which can be expressed as a quality and an intensity.
Intensity can be expressed from 1-10, however sensation is more subtle and needs descriptive language. Only you personally can know & express this information.
Secondly, I need to know about the MODALITIES of the sensation/complaint/ condition. What are the influencing factors of the sensation? What action or situations temporarily alleviate or aggravate the pain or condition? For eg. what makes the pain go from 3 to 9? Or from 7 to 4? (I don’t mean from painkillers) Examples will be below.

As pain killers or prescription drugs may be masking the true underlying condition, you may need to think back in time to when you didn’t take the medications. This way you can try and remember what you previously experienced.

Some Examples of Sensations;
Boring / penetrating
as if blows, jerks, punches, shocks, thrust, jarring
as if broken
as if Bruised
as if Burning
Burrowing (churning, rummaging, stirring)
as if coated
Constriction or contraction (band like or ligature)
Squeezing together
Cramping (clamped, as if in a clamp or vice)
Cracking sensation
Cutting pain
Dull pain
Gnawing (corroding, eating away at)
Grasping ( clutching, griping, as in colic)
as if from Growing pains
Hanging down sensation
Lump sensation
Narrowing sensation
Blocked or Obstructed sensation
Paralytic pain (crippling, lameness)
Pressing (aching)
Urgings (forcing, pressing, as in stool) sensation
Pulsation or Throbbing
Scraping sensation
prickling (pins & needles)
Sensitivity, increased sensation in general
Soreness (excoriating pain)
as if Sprained
Stinging (biting, smarting)
Stitching ( piercing, pricking)
Tearing (drawing or dragging)
Tension (tightness)
Twinges (sudden or fleeting pains)
Twitching sensations
Ulcerating pain
Water beating, bubbling sensation.

Conditions which make a symptom better or worse;

Effects from Temperature, Hot or Cold (applications, becoming)?

Effects from Weather (hot, cold, humid, rainy, windy, fogy, before storms etc) ?

Changes of weather or Season?

Effects on your condition from different Emotions?

Definite effects from specific Foods or Beverage?


(PLEASE TRY – where possible- to actually find out the effects on each of your conditions  from the following)
Ascending (stairs, incline etc)
Bending – affected parts
Blowing nose
Boring with the finger ( in ear or nose)
Clothing (pressure from)
Being in Company or Crowds
During, before or after Coughing
Crossing limbs
in the Dark
before, during or after Eating
from Burping
from mental Exertion
Physical exertion (what type?)
Exerting the Eyes
closing Eyes
before, during or after Fever or Chill
after passing Flatus?
Brushing Hair
Holding or grasping something
from Hiccoughing
from Hunger
Since Injuries in general?
Knocking against something
Leaning on something
is it worse during Leucorrhea (for females)?
Light in general?
Effects of Lying down?
-on back, side, which side (painless or painful side) , what position?
is it better or worse before, during or after Menstruation, Intercourse etc?
Effects from Opening mouth?
effects from Movement in general? (effects from movement on your complaint)
-during, after movement?
-during continued movement?
-movement of facial muscles?
effects on your condition from MUSIC/ sound & noise?
effects from Odours?
Changing your position?
effects from PRESSURE? (actually press on the part to find out)
effects from Raising your Limbs?
effects from Reading?
effects from Breathing in & out, from holding breath, from deep breathing?
effects from retracting in your Abdomen?
effects from Riding in a car?
effects on Rising, from chair, from bed etc?
effects from a closed Room?
effects from Rubbing the part?
effects from Sexual excess or activities on your condition in general?
effects from Sitting, bent or upright?
effects before, during & after Sleep?
effects from Sneezing?
from smoke?
effects from or whilst Standing?
from Stepping hard?
effects before, during & after passing a Stool & urination?
effects from Stooping?
from stretching?
effects from Swallowing?
effects from Talking or Singing?
from biting teeth together?
effects from Touch, light or hard?
effects from Vomiting?
effects from beginning to Walk, during & after Walking?
effects from Crying?
from Writing?
from Yawning?


I could give thousands of examples, however hopefully the below will explain the principles.

An MS patient was dramatically helped from a prescription I gave. One of the symptoms which enabled me to find the required medicine was from the fact that when she experienced pain she perspired on her upper lip.

I was able to cure an IBS patient because the nature of the flatus was cold, which lead to a particular medicine.

A patient with chronic diarrhea was cured as she was able to tell me that the mucous from the bowel was yellow and stringy, which also lead to a specific medicine.

A gentleman with enlarged prostate told me that his flow of urine was like a split stream, which also lead to his curative medicine.

Another patient with a very long standing diarrhea said his bowels ‘bubbled and gurgled’ and the stools smelt sour. He also explained how he often experienced an ‘itchy sharp stitching pain’ felt in the arch of his feet. This combination of symptoms (which seem totally unconnected) indicated a specific medicine which cured his condition.

A lady with Neuralgia told me that with her pain she felt cold however she craved ice water. This characteristic symtpom also lead to the corrective medicine.

You may now come to understand how conventional tests are very limited. Its only a very small part of the entire phenomena. Tests won’t actually help in choosing the needed remedy. I need to know much more about what you actually experience in your condition/ suffering.