Psora – Poverty Consciousness

Did you know…

that there are certain archetypal disease patterns that we bring with us into the world?

Do you have one or more of these chronic problems: skin issues, low grade depression, a sense of there not being enough in the world, common acne, asthma, headaches, insomnia, allergies, colds, bronchitis, earaches? You likely are carrying around one of these archetypal patterns from birth, indeed the first one, called Psora. If so, treating the symptoms won’t get you much other than possibly some temporary relief, even if using herbs or dietary changes. Even treating for the secondary disease patterns as homeopathy won’t help that much. You need Heilkunst, which is the only approach I know of that can systematically address these inherited, archetypal disease patterns, and thus, get to the bottom of chronic, complex disease conditions.

Last week we talked about the chronic miasms in general. This week we’ll start to take a look at them in more detail. There are eight such archetypal disease patterns and they follow a particular sequence. There are four major ones and four ‘minor’ ones, just as in music we can have a major and a minor key. They follow the seasons roughly, but as each season is generally divided into an early and later part (early Spring and late Spring, etc.), we then really have eight ‘seasons’.

The first miasm to appear is termed, Psora. It was discovered by Dr. Hahnemann and traced back to the earliest recorded times through various skin manifestations, including leprosy. The word was taken from the Hebrew term ‘tsorat’, which had the meaning of a ‘fault’ or ‘error’. The two chief characteristics of Psora are dryness and skin eruptions, usually dry and scaly. The allopathic term ‘psoriasis’ for one of the many skin manifestations has the same etymological root. However, Psora covers a multitude of skin eruptions, as well as many other symptoms.

Although Dr. Hahnemann did not identify the origin of Psora, work by Dr. Batmangelidj on the chronic impact of dehydration suggests that this may have been the source of the emergence of the first chronic miasm. The nature of chronic miasms is that they can then, once acquired, be passed on from generation to generation.

Dr. Hahnemann also called Psora, the ‘mother of all chronic disease’ for two reasons. First, the other chronic miasms emerged from it, and second, because each of the chronic miasms also caused the emergence of secondary chronic diseases in a person. The chronic miasms are primary, fixed nature or tonic diseases, and they then give rise to any number of secondary, variable nature or pathic diseases over time in a given individual.

The symptoms of Psora are too numerous to list here, but it we can give an idea of the essence of the disease as it tends to manifest in people. Psora is mainly a disease of deficiency at all levels – deficiency of knowledge, thought, assimilation of ideas and nutrition. There are a host of conditions identified by the prefix “hypo” (hypotension, hypochondriasis, hypotrophy) associated with psora. It causes little or no structural change, but much disturbance of functions, feelings and sensations. It seems to involve largely the nervous and reticulo-endocrine systems of the organism.

The psoric state of mind feels it does not have enough (of anything, be it money, food, energy, love, warmth, etc.). You may be familiar with it if you know anyone who had to live through the Great Depression or a war. They may hoard food, toilet paper, rubber bands or twist ties, for no apparent reason other than, “You never know when you may need them.” The stereotypical street person illustrates this miasm well, when they are carrying with them every one of their possessions, while wearing virtually all of their clothing, including coats and hats, even in sweltering heat. It is not likely to manifest in such an extreme form in most of us, but the underlying traits will be there.

If there is psora in your family history, it will manifest, according to Dr. Roger Morrison in his Desktop Guide, as: Abscess. Acne. Allergy. Anxiety. Aphthae. Asthma. Boil. Bronchitis. Colds. Connective tissue disease. Depression. Dermatitis. Eczema. Headache. Insomnia. Otitis media. Pharyngitis. Phobic disorders. Psoriasis. Scabies. Sciatica. Skin ulcers. Upper respiratory infection (among other conditions).

Next week is the minor key of Psora, or the Malaria miasm. Stay tuned.

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Homeopathic vs. Homotonic

Did you know…

that in Heilkunst, homeopathy is just one small part of a much more comprehensive system of healthcare?

What does ‘homeopathy’ mean and stand for as a therapeutic approach? We read about ‘homeopathy’, we use the word, and it is increasingly being used to ‘sell’ things, as it is becoming popular and associated with ‘safe’, ‘effective’ and ‘natural’. But what exactly is ‘homeopathy’, or for that matter, ‘homeopathic’ as in ‘homeopathic medicine’ or ‘homeopathic remedy’?

To fully experience light, we need to have experienced dark. To say ‘yes’ to something, we need to have the option to say ‘no’. Life is polarity and we understand by means of a polarity and choice. To understand ‘homeopathic’, we also need to understand ‘homotonic’. In previous posts, we talked about two types of disease - primary, or tonic disease, which had a constant nature, such as chickenpox or cholera; and secondary, or pathic disease, which has a variable nature. ‘Homeopathy’ involves a specific method for treating the secondary, pathic diseases using the natural curative law of similar; ‘homotonic’ is the method for treating the primary, tonic diseases.

The founder of Heilkunst, Dr. Hahnemann, initially developed a method to treat the tonic diseases based on identifying the cause (‘homotonic’), whether a given trauma (such as an accident or emotional shock), a drug, or a germ. However, once a tonic disease is within a person’s organism, it can give rise to other, secondary diseases. The secondary diseases in many cases will dissolve on their own once the underlying tonic disease is removed according to the tonic disease jurisdictions, as discussed in previous blogs. However, some secondary diseases can only be removed through another method, by looking more closely at the disease expressions and symptoms besides the cause itself. This is where the ‘homeopathic’ prescribing comes in. A secondary disease can be identified and a curative ‘homeopathic’ medicine can be found for it by analyzing the characteristic symptom image that it produces. Each secondary disease creates a unique symptom picture. While one disease may have some symptoms in common with others, the particular combination and sequence (pattern) is unique, like a barcode. We must be aware that it is not a mechanical process but rather an etheric capacity to ‘see’ the disease image expressed through the characteristic symptoms. All clinical health practitioners and physicians would appreciate the importance of cultivating the ability to observe patients. Once you have this symptom picture you can then match it to a ‘rogue’s gallery’ of disease pictures containing the characteristic disease image of each known secondary disease. This ‘rogue’s gallery’ is called the homeopathic materia medica. Most disease pictures are gathered through a method called a “proving”, that is, by giving relatively healthy persons very small, usually highly diluted doses of a given substance (mostly derived from plants, animals, minerals), and recording the characteristic symptoms that are produced (disease image). With the development and spread of homeopathy more and more disease symptoms in the materia medica books are now collected from clinical observations.

Now we can come to the understanding that ‘homeopathy’ means similar suffering: ‘homeo’ = similar; ‘pathic’ = suffering, from the Greek word ‘pathos’. It is in the suffering or symptoms of the patient that we are looking for the curative medicine or remedy with the ‘homeopathic’ method. So, homeopathy is that method of identifying and treating the secondary or pathic diseases according to the law of similars. That’s why its discoverer, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, took the Greek words ‘homoios’ (similar) and ‘pathos’ (suffering or symptoms) to coin the term. We therefore may use the term ‘homotonic’ for the method that looks at the primary or tonic diseases by means of the causes directly instead of the symptoms/suffering and the remedy is found based on the similar cause/irritants/function.

Treating for the secondary or pathic diseases, is much like detective work. You have the description of a criminal from witnesses and the observation made by the detectives on the scene, and then you try to match this picture of the criminal in terms of his appearance, distinguishing markings, behaviour and M.O. (modus operandi), to a catalogue of known criminals in a police database.

In contrast, the primary or tonic diseases can be identified from their cause. For example, if you are sick or in pain, and this is in some way connected to or following an accident, then you don’t need to focus on the symptoms, but only on the cause – the accident. Take a very simple case – you have a pain and you know that it is there because you were stung by a bee. You don’t need to examine the symptoms; simply give yourself a dose of Apis mellifica, a medicine made from the honey bee, and the pain will be gone. If the pain does persist in some form, it might be because the sting traumatized a nerve ending and in that case you would take the remedy for nerve trauma, which is Hypericum perfoliatum. When a medicine is used to remove a tonic disease, it becomes a homotonic remedy, and when a medicine is used to remove a pathic disease, it is a homeopathic remedy.

Here’s a somewhat more complex example. A woman came to see us suffering from a mysterious rash. Many others had prescribed various drugs, creams, salves and potions – all focusing on the skin symptom itself – but to no avail. In the consultation she mentioned that the rash had appeared shortly after a fearful car accident. She had never had any skin problems prior to the accident. After ascertaining the nature of the shock (essentially emotional), we gave her the remedy for that type of shock and her skin symptoms disappeared within a few days. We could give many more such examples.

Each time when you suffer a tonic disease, this disease can engender one or more secondary or pathic diseases in you. To get at the pathic diseases, you need to examine the symptom picture or image produced and see if you can then find a medicine that produces this same picture in a healthy person. In the case of more than one pathic disease, you have to identify each one according to its characteristic symptom picture and match this disease picture to a medicinal agent that is known to produce a similar disease image in a healthy person. Testing of medicines on healthy persons, using safe, diluted doses is termed a ‘proving’. Once we know what symptoms a given medicine will produce in a healthy person, we can then use that medicine to remove a similar disease in a sick person. We all know that cutting onions produces various characteristic symptoms, like a hay fever condition or certain symptoms of a cold. If you then come down with something such as a cold that produces symptoms similar to that produced by cutting onions, you could take the homeopathic version, Allium cepa, and remove the secondary disease behind the symptoms.

To conclude, homeopathy only treats secondary diseases; it cannot really treat primary diseases. For that you need to use a different method or approach, ‘homotonic’ prescribing. In Heilkunst, we include both  the homeopathic and homotonic method and apply each according to the nature or type of disease in a given case.

The term ‘homeopathic’ is also often used for various ‘natural’ formulas that contain herbs, vitamins, and other ingredients in a highly diluted form. But neither the ‘natural’ aspect, nor the dilution makes something ‘homeopathic’. It is only homeopathic when it is applied to a secondary or pathic disease according to the law of similars (in this case similar suffering or symptoms = pathos), which involves a substance that has been proved or tested in its effects on healthy persons (‘provers’) and these negative effects (only temporary in the provers) are then matched to a similar disease picture in a sick person.

Thus, Heilkunst includes homeopathy, but goes far beyond simply homeopathic treatment, as this only is able to treat secondary, pathic diseases, not the deeper primary or tonic diseases.

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Homogenic jurisdiction

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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