Did you know…
that disease is divided into primary, constant nature (or tonic) disease and secondary, variable nature (or pathic) disease, and that the primary or tonic disease side is then further divided into different jurisdictions? (See previous blog on primary, tonic disease and secondary, pathic disease) Human law is a reflection of natural law. Just as we have different levels of political jurisdiction: federal, state, county, municipal, etc. – so we find different jurisdictions in the world of primary, tonic disease. In Heilkunst generally, the differentiation of disease is very important as it helps in their identification in a given case, and the identification then allows for the remedial measure (curative agent) to be used.
The first jurisdiction is the ’homogenic’ jurisdiction, involving all those diseases caused by a certain “irritant action”, such as physical and emotional traumas and accidents/incidents. Thus, if we are hit with a blunt instrument such as by a hammer, piece of wood or baseball, this can cause a contusion disease (bruise). While the body can heal the bruise over time, the underlying trauma often remains and prevents a complete healing, leaving us feeling a lingering weakness in the area of the blow. Many people who have been in a car accident suffer some kind of malignancy for years after, even though there is nothing outwardly, physically wrong. No amount of physical therapy or various ointments and lotions will remove this weakness. There is one specific substance in nature, however, that can remove the trauma and allow complete healing by the body to take place, and that is Arnica montana, the mountain laurel. There is another substance in nature that can remove sprains and strains to ligaments and tendons, namely Ruta gaveolens, or common Rue. And we also find another substance that helps to remove the trauma to overworked muscles in common poison ivy, Rhus toxicodendron. So, in these three substances alone, nature has provided a powerful set of remedies for common injuries of various sorts.
Under the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction we also find the emotional traumas, such as unresolved loss or grief. While grieving the loss of a loved one is common and seems to be in the order of things, from which we naturally heal, sometimes we cannot overcome the tragedy. While most of us then accept the painful struggle that we can’t put to rest, be it a husband grieving a deceased wife or a man disappointed about his father’s neglect when he was a child, these unresolved traumas of mental-emotional origin can all be resolved under the ‘homogenic’ jurisdiction. The trauma of loss can be resolved emotionally within us, even if of longstanding, by the use of Natrum muriaticum, derived from sea salt. There is also a remedy for resolving traumas involving fear, Papaver somniferum, from the poppy family. Of course, more factors will have to be considered for more complex cases.
Most of the first aid treatment using ‘homeopathic’ medicines are based on this principle of matching the remedial action of a substance in nature to a given trauma involving an ‘irritant action’. The knowledge of their use has come to us largely from the common ‘domestic remedies’ used by wise women and various traditional practitioners, their virtues discovered empirically. Now we know that the basis of their curative action is the law of similars.
Knowing the law of similars, and knowing the curative relationship between a particular trauma and a particular substance in nature, we can effectively and safely treat for the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” that seems to be an integral part of the human condition. We can even remove traumas of longstanding. One example that stands out for me is the case of a woman who was seeking treatment for a skin condition. She had been to see many practitioners, both conventional and alternative, but the skin problem persisted. In examining the case, I learned that the skin eruption had appeared about 6 months after a car accident. I then treated for the various traumas, both physical and emotional involved in the accident, using the principle of ‘irritant action’ of the homogenic dimension of disease, and the skin problem cleared up.
While we often use the colloquial term ‘homeopathic’ to describe all treatment with energy medicine on the basis of the law of similars, it is strictly speaking only correct when used to describe the treatment of secondary, pathic diseases. Treatment of primary, tonic disease is more correctly termed ‘homotonic’ prescribing. The nice thing about homotonic prescribing is that it treats the primary disease and that the remedial agent (medicine) is easy to determine once the disease itself is determined. The diseases in the homogenic jurisdiction are relatively easy to identify once the traumas, either physical or emotional, are known.
Another interesting case is that of a little boy with a persistent cough. The mother, a homeopath herself, tried various homeopathic medicines based on the symptoms of the case, but none of these worked. She was treating for a presumed secondary, pathic disease, which is termed homeopathic prescribing, but the problem here lay deeper, with a primary, tonic disease. When she contacted us, she was quite desperate and had even tried various and herbal allopathic cough syrups, but nothing was helping. In questioning, she revealed that her son had seen his sister struck by a car while playing in the street. We then treated ‘homotonically’ (not homeopathically), for the shock and fear of that incident, and her son’s cough ceased within two days.
Next week we will continue looking at the other jurisdictions of the primary, tonic side of disease. Stay tuned.
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