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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Ideogenic Jurisdiction

Did you know…

that there are natural diseases, but also specific diseases of the mind?

Within Heilkunst, we distinguish between primary, tonic diseases and secondary, pathic diseases. (See previous blog: Two Types of Disease) For primary, tonic diseases, we can view them in four groups based on the principles of causes:

irritant actions - involving some form of shock or trauma, forming the basis for the treatment of most accidents (first-aid) and emotional traumas.

microbial actions - involving the various germs carrying certain infectious and contagious diseases, such as the childhood and tropical diseases

drug actions - involving various drugs which are at base poisons and can all engender their own form of disease (termed ‘side-effects).

- actions based on ignorance –  involving various layers of false beliefs that compromise our health

We call the last group of diseases from mind/belief actions, ideogenic diseases. The ideogenic diseases arise from within the soul of man. The origin of all ideogenic disease is ignorance, or man’s lack of knowledge about himself and the world. Our separation from the Divine Source means that we struggle to know what is the right action, to know what is real and what is an illusion or delusion. In the face of uncertainty and doubt, we fill the vacuum created by our un-knowing with beliefs. These beliefs are assertions of the mind as to what we believe to be true, but do not know to be so. We use these beliefs as stand-ins for knowledge and base our actions upon them. The problem with beliefs is that they are often false, and thus, our actions are also false and harmful.

By its very nature, belief is based on a degree of fear (because we don’t actually know, we only think we know). We become very defensive if such beliefs are challenged in any way. Instead of being open to the truth, when our beliefs are challenged, we work very hard to defend them. Often we are not aware that we are defending a (false) belief, as we ‘believe’ it was true! The problem is that a rigid mind-set goes hand in hand with false beliefs. But with that our health certainly suffers the consequences. An example is the belief that eating meat is unhealthy, or conversely, that you have to be a vegetarian to be healthy. Regardless of one’s personal views on the raising and killing of animals, it is a matter of science whether meat or vegetables might be needed or beneficial to a certain person. I remember one case of a woman complaining of chronic fatigue who was a vegetarian, and yet based on our analysis should have been eating some form of fish or meat, at least in small quantities. Despite her improvement in other areas with treatment, her fatigue remained. When she finally agreed to try a small amount of organic, grass-fed beef, her energy level went up significantly. While we can choose to act based on beliefs, as is our individual prerogative, we must be aware of the health consequences that go along with them. We may not ‘like’ natural laws, but they are laws nonetheless and have consequences for our health if we ignore them.

There are various layers in the ideogenic diseases. The secondary and tertiary layers can be treated with remedies that match the state of mind of the disease/belief that is distorting our ability to perceive reality and act accordingly. However, in the original layer, to dismantle the various false beliefs we will need to replace ignorance with science. We mean science not in the narrow, materialistic sense, but in the sense of the method for approaching and understanding the world and its various laws so that we can act according to truth. These laws involve laws of mother nature (such as the law of gravity, conservation of energy, of motion, but also of biological life), laws of human nature (such as laws of economics – e.g. supply and demand, diminishing return, division of labor), and spiritual laws (e.g. Ten Commandments, but also other laws such as the Golden Rule (what you do to others will be done unto you), the laws of love and of forgiveness). This is a vast area to deal with and takes us into the world of philosophy, epistemology and science in its deepest, broadest and highest sense – natural, cultural and super sensible. Heilkunst treatment helps people to open their mind to new possibilities and to gain their objective understanding of the world. It is a therapy that is educational and an education that is therapeutic!

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:32 King James version) By finding our own path to truth and abiding in truth, only thus can we become free, including free from illness and disease. Heilkunst’s system of healthcare addresses simple matters such as bruises and sprains, more complex issues such as acute and chronic infectious diseases, drug-induced diseases, and profound diseases of the mind (stemming ultimately from a lack of knowledge). It is a comprehensive approach, based on the laws of nature and the super sensible world. Freedom and happiness follows on true health, of mind and body.

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Iatrogenic jurisdiction

Did you know…

that conventional medicine is the leading source of death in North America?

A study done several years ago by Gary Null, PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, Dorothy Smith, PhD showed that the “total number of iatrogenic [induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures] deaths is 783,936. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate is 553,251. “It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.“[http://www.ourcivilisation.com/medicine/usamed.htm]

Conventional medicine terms the negative effects of drugs, that is, the unwanted ones, ‘side-effects’. However, such effects are an integral part of the action of a given drug. All drugs have negative effects. It is just hoped that the desired or ‘positive’ effects will outweigh the negative ones. Drugs are given in relatively crude, material doses and have complex and largely unknown chemical impacts on living organisms. While the chemical effect of one drug is tested, though often just in terms of possible short-term negative effects (ignoring more long-term, chronic effects), the interaction of one drug with another is seldom if ever tested, much less the interaction of three or more drugs in a living human being. The lack of understanding of the interaction of different drugs leaves health hazard in a person’s system, like a mine waiting for explosion. The adverse effects of interactions from different drugs can be devastating and cause chronic health problems under the radar.

Despite the lack of testing and understanding of drug interactions, the use of prescription drugs has steadily increased over the years, as well as the over-the-counter self-medicated drugs. (Thanks to the relentless pharmaceutical campaign.)The average senior in North America is using several drugs, some 62 percent in Canada using 6 or more and of those over 85, some 29% were on 10 or more drugs.[http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/SENIORS_DRUG_INFO_EN] The figures for the US are similar. We have the problem of the growing use of prescribed drugs, particularly the opiates:

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. The increase in unintentional drug overdose death rates in recent years (Figure 1) has been driven by increased use of a class of prescription drugs called opioid analgesics (1). Since 2003, more overdose deaths have involved opioid analgesics than heroin and cocaine combined (Figure 2) (1). In addition, for every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic, nine persons are admitted for substance abuse treatment (2), 35 visit emergency departments (3), 161 report drug abuse or dependence, and 461 report nonmedical uses of opioid analgesics (4).[http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ mm6101a3.htm]

In Heilkunst disease nosology (classification), the iatrogenic jurisdiction deals with the primary, constant nature (or tonic) disease contributed by the drug disease effects, drug-drug interactions and drug dependence. We call this type of tonic disease, the iatrogenic disease. With the understanding of the principles on tonic disease (See previous blog: The Two Types of Disease ), the disease effects from a given drug can be addressed safely and effectively in Heilkunst, using dynamic and potentized doses of the drug itself based on the curative law of similars. Thus, we can use the remedy Pencilliinum to remove any negative, disease effects from taking penicillin, or Vancomycin for vancomycin use. Such remedies are called isodes, made from the drug (in energetic form) itself. Because of the method of preparation, they contain nothing of the drug in material terms. The energetic imprint of the drug can be used on the basis of the law of similars to remove the shock of the drug to our life energy, and the body’s natural healing power can repair the damage at the tissue and cellular level to restore health.

We have been made more aware of the ill effects of vaccinations through the works of many authors (Isaac Golden and Robert S. Mendelsohn are two examples). The number of vaccinations that children, in particular, receive has increased dramatically, from perhaps a half-dozen several decades ago, to 4 times of that at least in the first two years of a baby’s life. [http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-schedule/history-of-vaccine-schedule.html] While the principle of prevention by means of immunization is a valid and good one, the injection of crude viral material, along with various toxic adjuvants or preservatives, such as mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde, which is termed ‘vaccination’, is risky, with many adverse (that is, disease-inducing) actions. Many autistic cases have been triggered by vaccine injections. Our experience is that many conditions from allergies and autism spectrum disorders, to numerous immune system problems can be improved significantly once the iatrogenic disease(s) engendered by vaccinations are removed using energized forms of the vaccine material. For example, to remove disease effects from an MMR vaccination injection, we would use a highly diluted, dynamized remedy called MMR, taken orally. There is no more MMR matter in the dose, but by the law of similars the energetic imprint left in the making of the remedy removes the shock to the system caused by the MMR vaccine.

As you can see, with the wide-spread use of prescription and self-medicated drugs and the vast dumping of vaccine injections, the number of iatrogenic diseases is high. They are the tonic diseases routinely addressed through Heilkunst treatment, effectively and safely.

Next week we will take a look at another tonic disease category that goes beyond the usual and common, taking us into the realm of diseases of the mind. Stay tuned and in the meantime, have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Pathogenic jurisdiction

Did you know…

that there are several sub-divisions of the primary, tonic diseases?

Last week we examined one of these: the homogenic jurisdiction. Here we find the various physical and mental-emotional shocks and traumas of life.

Another important jurisdiction of the primary, tonic diseases is the pathogenic jurisdiction. This one is familiar to most as it corresponds to the conventional infectious diseases, such as the childhood diseases – measles, chickenpox, mumps, whooping cough, etc. – as well as the various tropical diseases, such as cholera, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, etc.

The governing principle of this jurisdiction is the link between a given disease agent, or microbe, called a pathogen, and a given disease state, such as the parasite, Plasmodium delivered by certain mosquitos and the disease termed malaria.

Again, it is important to remember here that while the pathogen is the carrier for the disease, the disease itself is a dynamic or energetic entity that is able to get into and destabilize a person’s life force, and in particular the generative side of that life force. Once there, it acts to weaken our system.

These primary pathogenic diseases we also term miasms, from an old medical term for disease ‘influence’. There are certain self-limiting miasms, such as the childhood diseases that stay for a certain period and then are seemingly gone. However, they can remain to a certain degree in the system in the form of an impairment to our energy system, which can then leave undesired consequences to our health, or what are termed ‘sequelae’. For example, a person who had chickenpox as a child can later suffer from it in the form of the condition termed ‘shingles’. In Heilkunst, we would mainly treat shingles as the lingering or sub-chronic disease of chickenpox. I once had a case of a middle-aged woman who had one side of her throat paralyzed as a result of polio as a child. When she was treated for the polio virus, the paralysis went away and she was able to swallow normally again.

Some miasma are of long duration, and if not removed when they occur, will become chronic in nature, and significantly undermine one’s health. These are the diseases often referred to as degenerative, such as the sexually transmitted diseases (STD) – syphilis, gonorrhoea, as well as others such as tuberculosis, lyme and malaria. These are disease states that can be passed on from one generation to another. To a greater or less degree each of us has some of these inherited disease patterns within us, which undermines our quality of life either acutely, as they often can be brought out into manifestation upon a sort of upset, or sub-clinically as lack of energy or motivation for life. Most complex disease conditions, such as mental illness, diabetes, cancer, and autism-spectrum disorders, involve one or more of these chronic miasms. The good news is that they can be treated through the Heilkunst approach even if passed down from a previous generation.

In the pathogenic jurisdiction of disease we can treat for the infectious primary diseases as they occur. These include the well-known childhood diseases (measles, chickenpox, mumps, whooping cough, etc), various tropical diseases (cholera, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, etc), STD (syphilis, gonorrhoea), tuberculosis, lyme, malaria, influenza and strep throat. Anything that has a viral and infectious origin can be treated in this jurisdiction by using the dynamic, energetic form of the virus, applying the law of similars. The treatment is safe and effective, without the side-effects and toxic effects of drugs.

We can also treat for the lingering impairment of the acute infectious diseases of the past, such as removing the chickenpox virus for shingles treatment and the polio virus for the longstanding defect/paralysis in the adult. The treatment on past infectious diseases in the adult can have deep health boosting effects.

Finally, we can treat for the inherited disease patterns, which we call chronic miasms, the result of the infectious disease states passing on from one generation to another. Treating the chronic miasms can bring forth immense health improvement for people suffering from chronic conditions and serious illness (mental illness, diabetes, cancer, and autism-spectrum disorders).

Next week we will look at another tonic disease jurisdiction, one that is becoming more and more of a problem for our health – diseases caused by prescribed drugs and synthetic chemicals in foods. So stay tuned, and in the meantime, may you have a joyous and heart-felt Christmas celebration.

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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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The Two Types of Disease

Did you know…

That there are two fundamental types of disease?

There are primary diseases that have a constant nature, such that they are easy to recognize when they re-appear, such as measles, chickenpox, yellow fever, cholera.

These primary, constant nature diseases can give rise to one or more variants, or secondary diseases. Which ones will arise in a given person, once affected by the primary disease depends on a number of factors, including one’s constitution, typology, etc. Thus, we say that these secondary diseases are of a variable nature.

Primary, Constant Diseases

The constant diseases are readily identified, and can be sub-divided into specific jurisdictions according to the operative principle. The main ones are:

- homogenic – they arise from the principle of irritant action

- pathogenic – they arise from the principle of infectious action

- iatrogenic - they arise from the principle of improper drug action

There are also diseases that fall into the realm of mind as well as the soul-spirit, which we term ideogenic diseases; the principle here is that of ignorance which leads to belief, illusion and delusion, distorting our ability to perceive and apperceive reality.

Because of the constant nature of the primary disease, only one (constant) medicine is required to treat a given primary disease. The same remedy is used for the given primary disease regardless of the variety of outward manifestations, signs and symptoms in different individuals. The matching between a primary disease with its curative medicine or remedy is relatively easy.

The homogenic diseases are either physical (such as toxins, poisons, accidents, physical injuries) or emotional (unresolved grief, fear, anger or guilt). The specific remedies for each of these have been worked out clinically over time, such as Natrum muriaticum for unresolved grief, and Arnica montana for a bruise, or Apis mellifica for a bee sting.

The pathogenic disease remedies are determined by identifying the microbe or pathogen and making an energetic medicine from them, either as a pure strain (isode) or by means of a characteristic disease exudate or discharge (nosode). For example, treating the chronic disease pattern tuberculosis is done by the nosode Tuberculinum; treating measles is done through the nosode Morbillinum.

The iatrogenic diseases are determined by the drug prescribed. Treating a disease engendered by a given drug is done via the isode made from that drug, such as treating ‘side-effects’ of the antibiotic Amoxicillin by means of the isode Amoxicillin. Or we could remove the disease effects of a vaccination by using the energized isode of the vaccine injected, such as MMR for the MMR vaccination.

Secondary, Variable Diseases

These diseases are more difficult to identify as this must be done by means of the specific symptoms of the patient. This is the basis for homeopathic prescribing proper (prescribing for the constant diseases is more properly termed ‘homotonic’ prescribing’). However, since the secondary, variable diseases are derived from the primary, constant diseases, treating the primary diseases often removes certain secondary diseases at the same time. The homeopathic prescribing based on the symptoms, disease expressions of the patient, is mostly used in acute situations when it is relatively easy to ascertain the secondary disease being expressed.

To aid the process of homeopathic prescribing, homeopaths have undertaken many clinical trials, which are called ‘provings’,of a given substance (in a safe dose) and then noted the symptoms that arise. These symptom pictures are catalogued in a resource called a Materia Medica, and in a tool for sifting through all the symptoms, termed a repertory. Some well-known and traditional works include: Boericke’s Repertory and Materia Medica, Clark’s Dictionary of Materia Medica, and Kent’s Repertory. There are many more, and modern ones have been updated with the more recent provings.

Thus putting the two types of diseases and their treatment together, if a person had chickenpox, he would be given Varicella, the specific for that disease, and the remaining acute symptoms would be examined to see which possible secondary disease picture existed, and once this symptom picture was matched to the symptom picture of a medicine in the Materia Medica, this particular medicine or remedy would also be given to the chickenpox patient.

Hahnemann laid down a rule that the primary, constant diseases should be treated first, and then if there are any remaining secondary diseases, these are to be treated.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at the different jurisdictions of the primary diseases. Stay tuned!

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Dual Nature

Did you know…

That flowing from the dual nature of our life force, and from the dual nature of disturbances to our state of health, there are two laws of cure in nature?

Two Types of Disturbances = Two Types of Laws of Cure

Disturbances to the sustentive side of the life force produce a disorder. Thus, insufficient Vitamin C or any other substance essential and necessary to the healthy functioning of life within us, will create a disorder in the healthy metabolic processes that depend on Vitamin C. Such imbalances, or disorders, can be corrected by simply supplying what is missing. The same applies in the case of something we are taking too much of, such as coffee or alcohol; the corrective measure is to reduce out intake to the level the organism can handle and is also healthy for it. These actions, in which we increase what is deficient and reduce what is in excess is known as the law of opposites.

Disturbances to the generative side of the life force produce a disease. A disease cannot be removed by simply increasing or reducing some substance or activity, as in the case of a disorder. A disease is akin to an impregnation, and requires a different action, according to a different law. This is known as the law of similars. Thus, if you are stung by a bee, an appropriate dose of the bee venom will remove or cure any disease created by the sting. If you are poisoned by a chemical or a drug, similarly, any disease engendered by such products (as they are synthetic poisons), can be removed by an appropriate dose of the chemical or drug itself. This is the law of similars and often referred to in such expressions as ‘fighting fire with fire,” “set a thief to catch a thief,” and “the hair of the dog that bit him.”

The law of similars works on the basis of resonance, so we could also call it the law of similar resonance. Resonance is not a function of crude matter, but of energy, just as in the case of love. Thus, it is the dynamic or energetic nature of a medicine that must resonate with the dynamic nature of a similar disease. And at the level of energy, two similar energy waves or patterns cancel each other out. This is seen, for example,  in the case of running signals through a pair of twisted wires – the signal disappears, as the one cancels out the other.

This energetic nature of disease and the action of medicines is also crucial to the safe use of the law of similars. Use of crude doses can be harmful and dangerous, but when medicines are used not in crude but dynamic and energetic form, they are quite safe.

Two Types of Treatment

Treatment for disorders we categorize under the term ‘regimen’, which consists of activities or specific regimental agents, such as diet, exercise, physical manipulation, as well as herbs, supplements, etc. Most of the natural health field falls into this category of seeking to remove symptoms by re-balancing what is judged out of balance.

Treatment for disease is categorized under the term ‘medicine’, which consists of using certain agents, called medicines or medicinal agents based on the law of similars.

So, how can we determine which medicine is similar to which disease? Part of the answer lies in the fact that there are two fundamental types of disease, but that is a topic for our next blog. Stay tuned!

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Happy Book release day!

The HCH is proud to announce two books – one from Rudi Verspoor, Dean of the Hahnemann College, and the other from Aleksandra Mikic a grad of the College and a member of the faculty. Please, check them out and be sure to leave a review and pass the word on to others!

From Rudi

Homeopathy at Home: Everything You Need to Get Started with Confidence

We have finally published a basic, yet comprehensive book on ‘homeopathy’ for home use (first aid). It is intended for wide-use to help people help themselves in simple emergency situations.

The HCH would like to get this out to as many people as possible. To that end, amazon.com allows us to make the book available for free for five days only. After that it is, however, only 2.99. Even then it is a great deal. We invite you to download it for free now, and in return ask only that you possibly provide a simple review to encourage others to get the book and make the use of Hahnemann’s medical system available to many others. The more reviews (especially positive ones, of course!), the higher the book will show up on searches.

Feel free to share this link to the free download of the book with your friends, Facebook contacts, and other groups you belong to, and if you are a practitioner, with your patients, and encourage everyone to spread the word about the book.

Note: You do not need a Kindle Reader to read the book. You can download for free a Kindle app for your computer (Apple or Windows), or your iPad, iPod or iPhone  (or any such device) or you can use the Kindle Cloud option which allows you to read it in your computer or other device’s web browser. Get the app you need at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=dig_arl_box?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.


 From Aleks

The Forbidden Truth About Vitamins what you don’t know will hurt you

What if everything you think you know about vitamins is wrong – including the basic assumption that vitamin is one particular substance?

What if you believed that you were doing everything right concerning nutrition, yet ended up diseased, distressed, overweight, unhappy? Would it mean that disease and mental/emotional wellbeing has nothing to do with nutrition? Or could it be that the ideas about nutrition given to you were false? Rest assured that it is the latter!

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Disorder vs. Disease

Did you know…?

One of the most amazing things in our modern world, awash in information, is how little we actually know. We are literally drowning in words, yet dying of thirst for any true knowledge.

Recently we had a person seek help from our clinic. Her story is all to familiar and common. She is suffering and has tried the conventional medical approach to no avail. She then went to a naturopath and he was perplexed by her problem and could offer no help. Most of our patients are those who have tried many other things and either gotten some relief or none, but in all cases, no real resolution of their problems.

I once had a patient who came with a simple question: Why am I still very sick despite following all the advice on how to get healthy?

It is easy to fix little issues, but it seems that most of our health problems are now complex and in many cases, what is supposed to work doesn’t or what once worked no longer helps. And in most cases, despite our best efforts we seem to still get sicker and sicker. To address chronic illness requires not a one-size fits all or a simple ‘take this for X’, but a complete system of healthcare. With the current system, we cannot get ‘there’ (health) from ‘here’ (sickness). We need a new system grounded in science, in natural and spiritual law, to address not just the body, but also the mind, soul and spirit. Heilkunst is such an approach to healthcare.

You will not find information on this blog, such as what to take for what. We are drowning in this kind of information, but dying of thirst for any real knowledge about chronic conditions and disease and how to restore health. What you will find is knowledge about a complete system of healthcare that already exists to treat chronic, complex conditions regardless of the ‘name’ put on them, whether ASD, GERD or IBS, or simpler names such as arthritis, depression or chronic fatigue.

In our first blog, we gave you the overview. Now, we are going to explore it one part at a time. The first part is knowledge about the difference between a disorder and a disease? They are not the same. Their difference arises from a fact of our nature. We are energy beings in a material body. We each contain a living, dynamic energy that gives us life. At the material level, there is no difference between a living person and someone who suddenly died. The corpse, however, cannot get sick, cannot be infected with disease, cannot be insulted, defend itself, digest food, suffer physical trauma, etc. Life biological does not come from or exist at the material, physiochemical level, but at a higher level. The life within us determines our functioning, both physically and psychologically. If there is an impairment anywhere, which we feel, sense or experience, it is due to an impairment first in this life force.

This life force within each of us has a dual nature:

- one side maintains, sustains our health, and when our state of health is challenged in any way, reacts to restore balance – we call this the sustentive side

- the other side is responsible for growth and reproduction, which we term the generative side.

Now, if there is simply a disturbance of the sustentive side we suffer a disorder. This disorder can be resolved by addressing the cause of the imbalance. If it is due to something we need to do, but didn’t do, we need to do it. For example, if we need certain nutrients, such as Vitamin C and we are not getting enough somehow, we can resolve the problem by taking more Vitamin C, preferably in its whole, natural form.

If, on the other hand, there is an impingement that affects our generative power, such as in the case of an infectious agent, such as a lyme spirochete, we have an imbalance, but this imbalance is a disease. A disease cannot be corrected simply by taking more vitamins or nutrients. Doing so may strengthen our immune system to fight the spirochete, and so is useful in the initial phase, but if we somehow lose the fight, it infects us, and lodges itself in our generative power. At this point, we need a different approach. This is where medicine comes in, but not chemical medicine. Chemical medicine cannot address the cause of the disease, but only address symptoms, but often at a high cost in terms of so-called ‘side effects’, which are really new disease effects (iatrogenic diseases).

So, a disorder is like a temporary imbalance that can be corrected fairly easily usually with what we call lifestyle changes, but a disease is a deeper, more serious problem, and requires a specific treatment based on knowledge of disease.

Next week, we’ll cover the two natural laws of cure – one for disorders and one for disease. So, it is important to know which is which, and even just to know that they are different. Stay tuned.

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Everything you always wanted to know about Heilkunst….

What better way to really launch the HCH blog than to explain Heilkunst from top to bottom? This is an article from the Heilkunst Journal, 2009, reprinted here with the author’s permission.

Heilkunst: An Overview by Rudi Verspoor DMH 


In 1810, a German doctor, Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann, issued a formal explanation of a radical new system of healthcare. This work, Organon der Heilkunst, went through six editions between 1810 and his death in 1843.

Dr. Hahnemann has since become famous worldwide for creating a treatment approach called homeopathy. And yet, homeopathic treatment is only one part of a much more complex and comprehensive approach to healthcare bequeathed by the genius of Dr. Hahnemann.The rest of the story of Hahnemann’s complete system, Heilkunst, has yet to be told. Reducing Dr. Hahnemann’s complex system to homeopathic treatment is akin to reducing the entire system of Chinese medicine to acupuncture.

While such a reduction is understandable historically, due to past ignorance and faulty translations, it is demonstrably false. Modern research has now revealed the rest of the system hitherto unseen or ignored, and there remains no impediment to its rightful acknowledgment.

The purpose of this article is to set out the nature and extent of Dr. Hahnemann’s complete system of healthcare, and also to place that system and Hahnemann within a broader context. Heilkunst is not an isolated or erratic boulder on the landscape of Western science and philosophy, but an integral part of a stream within Western thought that provides a clear, rational foundation for Dr. Hahnemann’s ideas and connects them with other important thinkers and scientists both prior to and after Hahnemann’s time.


Heilkunst refers to the comprehensive system of healthcare principles developed by the German medical reformer, Dr. Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann (1755–1843), more commonly known for having founded homeopathy, the best-known part of his system. “Heilkunst” is from the German word meaning, literally, “the art (kunst) of making whole (heilen).”

Hahnemann’s system of healthcare is based on the understanding of disease as dynamic (energetic) in nature and origin, rather than material or physical.

Heilkunst encompasses three realms:

1. therapeutic regimen (the restoration of balance – homeostasis),

2. internal medicine proper (the removal of disease -palingenesis), and

3.therapeutic education (the establishment of a healthy mind through means other than regimenal measures or medicines).

Heilkunst contains a complex disease classification (nosology), a systematic method of preparation of medicines (pharmacopeia), and a comprehensive database of remedial substances (materia medica).

The epistemological foundation of Heilkunst derives from a significant stream of Western thought going back to Greek thought, mostly the pre-Socratic thinkers, but starts more formally in modern times with Sir Francis Bacon. It then picks up various contributors to German Idealism, such as Schelling and Hegel as well as the approach to the investigation of nature developed by Goethe. On the English side, we have the works of Drs. Hunter, Brown and Saumarez, and the extensive and intensive mind of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

More recently, expansions of the original contributions to Heilkunst have been made by the medical teachings of Dr.Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophical medicine, and Dr. Wilhelm Reich, founder of orgonomic medicine (orgonomy).

In essence, Heilkunst, as conceived by its founder, constitutes a structured method for the evaluation (anamnesis), understanding (diagnosis), treatment (therapeutics) and management of disease and illness in a given individual, at all levels – body, mind, souland spirit.


Until recently, Dr. Hahnemann’s teachings had been restricted to only one aspect, homeopathy. Because of this, the term homeopathy has come to have two meanings: one, to refer specifically to the use of a medicine based on a match between the symptoms of a disease in a patient and similar symptoms produced by the medicine in a healthy person (known as “provings”); and, two, to refer generally to Hahnemann’s works and teachings as a whole.

Homeopathy is the specific approach developed by Dr. Hahnemann to deal with a certain type of disease, a “pathic” disease. In this approach, the physician takes the symptoms of a given disease in a patient as constituting the image of the disease itself, and then seeks to find a medicine that has been shown to produce a similar disease image (called an “artificial disease”) in a healthy person. Hence he coined the term, from the two Greek words, “homoios” (similar) and “pathos” (suffering or symptoms).

Dr. Hahnemann’s work and treatment approaches, however, went beyond homeopathy. When he formally presented the set of principles for his radical revision of Western medicine, he entitled the treatise, Organon der Heilkunst. It encompasses diet, nutrition, psychotherapy, energy manipulation and detoxification, as well as several approaches to treating disease, including, but not limited to, homeopathic prescribing. His first work after his abandonment of the prevailing medical approach, A Friend of Health, covered hygiene, diet and nutrition, and mental health. His next significant work, a long essay in 1796, laid down the basic principles of Heilkunst, included in which, but not restricted to, was the homeopathic approach.

The term Organon has Greek and Latin roots and means “a set of principles for use in scientific or philosophical investigation.” It goes back to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle (used by his students to refer to the full set of his works on logic) and Sir Francis Bacon (Novum Organum), who wrote in Latin.

The term Heilkunst is a German term that is difficult to translate. There is no direct equivalent in English. It literally means“the art of rendering a being whole,” derived from the two German words “heil” and “kunst.”“Heil” has a dual meaning in German, one related to health (compare the Old English, hale, as in “hale and hearty”), and one involving a greeting (as in the English “hail fellow, well met”), although both are related, not to mention heil as in heil-ig (holy) and Heil-and (savior).

In its health context, it includes two concepts rendered separately in English – cure and healing. Thus, while it is often translated as “medicine,” this does not really capture the richness of the German term. “Kunst” is also often rendered as “art,” but the concept of art in German is somewhat different from that in English. It encompasses the idea of a rational approach to knowledge that is grounded in, but goes beyond the sense-based world, and uses a form of knowing that goes beyond intellectual knowing (“wissen” in German, hence the German term for science in English is “wissenschaft”), to a deeper knowing involving more intuitive capacities (“kennen” in German). Again, English has only one word, know, where German has the two. English can only capture the distinction in the inflection and context of the word:“Do you know that man?” “Yes, I’ve known him for several years,but I don’t really feel that I know him.”

The term “Heilkunst” then is properly used to refer to the complete system of medicine developed by Dr. Hahnemann, and the term “homeopathy” refers more narrowly to one of the uses of medicines according to the law of similars, done on the basis of matching the symptoms of a disease in a patient to a similar symptom picture produced by a medicine in a healthy person (known as a “proving”), mentioned above.


Although the elements of Heilkunst are derived largely from the writings and teachings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, their discovery and elaboration had to wait for more recent times. Part of the reason was the necessary emphasis that Dr. Hahnemann himself placed on homeopathy in his writings. It was a new, yet complicated approach to the application of the ancient law of cure known as the law of similars, one that required significant elaboration, so it is perhaps not surprising that this element received the most attention in quantitative terms in his works and from his followers. Part of the problem can be laid at the door of poor translations, so that until recently, there was significant distortion in English translations, and many of the foundational concepts were effectively eliminated or obscured.

German and English form a certain polarity; where German has one term, such as heilen, English has two (cure and healing), and where English has only one, such as knowing, German has two (wissen and kennen). Also, where Dr. Hahnemann used various precise terms in German to refer to a key element of his approach to medicine, namely the concept of a living power at the root of life, health and disease. This concept and its epistemological basis was little understood, if at all, by translators.

Thus, the various terms in German involving this living power (Lebensprincip, Lebenskraft, (and its polarization into Erhaltungskraft and Erzeugungskraft) Lebensenergie, Dynamis, Kraftwesen) were conflated into one English term – “vital force” – on the mistaken notion that all of this referred in some way to the theory prevalent in the 19th Century of a vital force that directed the activities of the physical body (vitalism). This conflation hid deeper insights to be found in Dr. Hahnemann’s works.

However, translation problems cannot be the problem when it comes to German-speakers working with the original German writings. The deeper and more important reason lay in the fact that until recently, no one had understood the broader philosophical context within which Hahnemann was working and writing.This context is critical to being able to understand the complexity of his system and its driving principles.

What is unique to Hahnemann is not the law of similars. This concept had been known to medicine for centuries prior. It is not the idea of testing medicines on healthy persons (provings), as this had been suggested earlier, though not carried out as systematically as by Dr. Hahnemann. It is in the understanding of the polar nature of life, and in particular in the understanding of the supersensible forces in sense objects as well as of the independent life of the mind above nature.

These are the ideas that came to life in the cultural and philosophical developments of Europe known as Romanticism, German Idealism and aspects of English Associational Psychology, what Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a prime figure in this cultural development, termed “the Dynamic System of Thought.” Hahnemann, though practically oriented, worked within and was an integral part of this system. The key to unlocking the other aspects of Hahnemann’s system, and also placing homeopathy properly within that system, lay in the understanding of this broader philosophical and theoretical context.

It was not until recently that a scholar who had dedicated his life to studying this system of thought applied himself to Hahnemann’s works. The result was the first translation of Hahnemann’s main works, the Organon of Heilkunst and the Chronic Diseases, that revealed what lay in his system beyond homeopathy. Steven Decker, of Santa Barbara, California, also created the first translation wherein the reader can follow the thought process of the translator word by word to the final rendition, but also one in electronic form that allows the researcher to search on the same term in English and its various German counterparts, or to see how the same German term can be variously translated into English.


At the very start of the Organon of Heilkunst, Hahnemann states that any valid medical system needs to be founded on“clearly realizable principles,” (Aphorism 2) that is, on principles grounded both in nature and reason. Immediately thereafter, in Aphorism 3, he states that such a system must provide three things:

1.the basis for an accurate identification of disease or imbalance (diagnosis based on a clear categorization of disease, or nosology);

2. a comprehensive classification of remedial agents, identifying the potential therapeutic action of each (materia medica, or pharmacopeia); and

3.the basis for matching the diagnosis with the curative agent (therapeutics).


The foundational writings of Heilkunst are the following main works: Organon der Heilkunst, Chronische Krankheiten (Chronic Diseases), and a collection of articles, Gesammelte kleine Schriften (Collected Smaller Writings, very misleadingly translated in English as The Lesser Writings).

The Organon der Heilkunst is the formal treatise created by Hahnemann to expound his discoveries, but it is supported by and linked to his other significant works, both initially and throughout his life. It is also the most difficult title to translate into English (see above).


The fundamental basis of Heilkunst is found in its “dynamic” view of disease, which places it in what Samuel Taylor Coleridge termed “the Dynamic System of Thought” in Western philosophy.

This system or stream of thought in Western philosophy is not well known. It’s origins can be seen in Bacon’s efforts to rid the mind of various “idols” or delusions to which it was prey in order that it could be used as a fit and proper scientific instrument for a systematic and methodical inquiry into nature, both mother nature and human nature; not just the outer appearances (natura naturata), but also the inner, living content (natura naturans) (see in particular the Novum Organon included in Bacon’s Great Instauration).

It is next to be found in the stream of German philosophy termed German Idealism, which sought to penetrate the veil between nature’s outer form and inner content using those aspects of mind beyond the intellect (Verstand). Where English has only one word for the concepts mind and thinking, German has several, reflecting that the act of thinking and consciousness involve the whole of man, not just the brain (see for example, modern research on the second “brain,” the extensive neural system found in the gut).

The main figures in German Idealism are Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, followed by I.M. Fichte,Troxler, Deinhardt, Scchlege, Planck, Preuss, Grimm and Hamerling, to name a few. Later figures, and ones that came after Hahnemann’s time are those involved in the development of phenomenology, such as Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Gadamer.

The significant scientific writings of Wolfang von Goethe from 1780 to 1830 set the basis for an inquiry into natural phenomena that was based on a form of cognitive participation using other aspects of mind than the intellect. These efforts, and those of the German Idealists and Romanticists,to get at the“Spirit and the Wesen in nature” (the supersensible aspects of matter) were expanded on and developed further by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophical medicine, which he saw as an extension of Heilkunst. At the same time, the work of Dr Wilhelm Reich into the dynamics of sexuality led him to a deeper understanding of the nature of the generative power discovered by Dr. Hahnemann, and provided a means of understanding the sub-sensible or elemental aspects of nature.

All of this has been advanced in terms of insights and better integration by a lifelong student of this Dynamic System ofThought, Steven Decker. As noted above, his studies allowed him to translate the Organon and the Chronic Diseases and to reveal aspects of Hahnemann’s discoveries that had been previously hidden by misunderstanding and ignorance about the context within which Hahnemann lived and worked, and about his predecessors and also his heirs.


Dynamic Nature of Disease 

Dr. Hahnemann’s research led him to reject the prevailing notion of his day, and still a dominant one to this day, that disease is something material, that is, that science and medical science must concern itself with sense-data. This is based in the Western philosophical tradition from Descartes, Hume, and Hartley to the influential works of Immanuel Kant in the 18th Century.Thus, in this view, if there is a skin lesion, then the problem is to be found in the skin itself or in some chemical imbalance, or hormonal dysfunction or blood disorder, for example. Treatment is then directed at the offending material cause (materia peccans).

At the same time, Hahnemann rejected the vitalist tradition that derived its idea from medieval medicine, such as the works of Paracelsus and Von Helmont, positing an abstract notion of some “vital force” not grounded in any natural observed reality that was above the material realm and directing it. Disease was seen here as an imbalance in a person’s life that could be corrected by natural measures or spiritual means, an approach that is at the base of much of the natural health field today.

Hahnemann’s research led him to the conclusion that health and disease involve an interaction between the dynamic element of a human being, which suffuses, but is not identical with, the physical body, and the inner essence of various external factors, whether nutritional or inimical, traumatic (physical or emotional) or microbial, psychical or somatic. He concluded that this “living principle” or “living power” (Lebensprincip or Dynamis) is the key to understanding and treating disease and sickness. Since the Dynamis mobilizes the physical body, the physical body cannot become sick unless the Dynamis is first disturbed.The symptoms of abnormal function at the level of the psyche and soma are then the result of this disturbance.

Thus, the cause of sickness must be sought beyond the material or sense-world. Sickness ultimately is supersensible in nature, or to borrow from Aristotle’s students, metaphysical (beyond the material or sense-based realm). The physical body simply reflects the derangements at the supersensible or dynamic level.

Also, while Hahnemann understood the role of infectious agents (well before modern microbiology), the real agent of disease was not, in his view, the physical carrier (microbe), but the energetic or dynamic element in that agent that was able to act on the living or dynamic element of the human organism.

Hahnemann was convinced that he had placed his new system of medicine on the firm foundation of natural law and principle. This then provided for the rational ordering of therapeutics, on a basis which is empirical, but not materialistic, because it is grounded in nature and in principles derived from natural law. Without this foundation, any system of medicine for Hahnemann was without principle (allopathic) and had the potential to cause great harm because it relieved by suppressing symptoms, but did not remove the underlying cause. For example,if a person has a headache and takes an anti-inflammatory, the pain may be reduced or even removed, but the cause of the headache is not addressed. For Hahnemann, the result of a disease process (inflammation) can never be the cause of itself, a basic principle of logic. Anti-inflammatory drugs are then suppressive of the symptom, not curative.


Hahnemann further discovered a distinction between disease and disorders due to imbalance. This is based on his discovery of the dual nature of the living principle or Dynamis. Disease he considered to be a dynamic impingement on the generative side of the Dynamis; imbalance is a disturbance of the sustentive power (what traditionally was termed the vis medicatrix naturae or inner healer). The generative power (Erzeugungskraft) is that power responsible for cell division, fertilization of the egg, and the creation of new ideas. Proper generative function is palingenesis. The sustentive power (Erhaltungskraft) is the power that maintains homeostasis, keeping things in balance.

Because of this dual nature of the Dynamis, there is a distinction in the disease process between the initial action (Erstwirkung) of the disease agent, which involves an impingement on the generative power of the Dynamis, and the reaction or counteraction (Gegenwirkung, Nachwirkung) of the sustentive side, much as in physics where each action produces a counter-action.

Thus, the initial action of disease is seldom felt, much like the initial moment of conception, as we can see in the initial infection of typical infectious diseases (e.g., chickenpox). This is followed by a prodromal period wherein the sustentive power readies to react and restore balance due to the initial action of the disease agent. The counteraction of the sustentive power produces the various symptoms we associate with disease (fever, rash, discharges, etc.).


The dual nature of the disease process has a counterpart in the dual nature of the remedial (Heil) process, also as between the initial action of the medicine, which destroys the disease lodged in the generative power, and the counter action of the sustentive power to restore balance again,which now succeeds as the disease has been destroyed.

This polarity also provides a distinction between the concepts of cure and healing. Cure involves the removal of disease (curative action or lysis) by use of the right medicine acting on the generative power of the Dynamis (all medicines being such by virtue of their power to so act). Healing is the restoration of balance (homeostasis) by the sustentive power side of the Dynamis following the removal of disease, and also often involves various symptoms known as the healing reaction or crisis.


Hahnemann’s research and experiments had led him to rediscover the ancient principle of cure, called the “law of similars” (similia similibus). This law, known to the Egyptians and Greeks, stated that a disease could only be cured by a medicine that could cause that same disease in a healthy person. The problem in the past had been one of dose; crude doses used according to the law of similars were dangerous, and because of that this method had been largely abandoned by Hahnemann’s day in favor of the law of opposites (contraria contrarius), or for simply using regimenal measures to support the natural healing power.

If the principle of similars, which Hahnemann concluded was grounded in natural law, is curative, then using medicines on the basis of the law of opposites is suppressive.

Heilkunst does include the application of the law of opposites, but within the proper jurisdiction which involves the healing function of the sustentive power in diet, nutrition, lifestyle, energy work, psychotherapy, drainage, detoxification, etc.

There are several applications of the law of similar resonance, one of which is based on the overt symptom picture (totality of characteristic symptoms) of the patient, which is matched to the symptom picture or image produced by a given medical agent in a healthy person, to which Hahnemann gave the name homeopathy. Another is to make a remedy from the causal disease agent, either through a characteristic discharge, such as tubercular sputum (Tuberculinum), known as a nosode, or by isolating the disease agent itself, such as by using a dynamized and potentized form of cortisone to remove an iatrogenic disease caused by that drug. This is known as an isode.

Practitioners in Hahnemann’s time developed the use of nosodes, which are homeopathic dilutions of the disease agent made from an excretion of a person suffering the disease in question, of which Hahnemann approved. Rabies nosode, for example, is made by potentizing the saliva of a rabid dog. This provides a ready and effective means of finding a curative medicine for a new disease not yet identified.

The appropriate substance to treat a disease is one which induces a similar disease state in a healthy person. Heilkunst uses a vast range of isodes, that is, those made from all manner of disease agents (drugs, poisons, chemicals, vaccinations, etc.,) related to the pathogenic and iatrogenic disease jurisdictions.


What symptoms are associated with various substances is determined by provings, in which the researcher imbibes the remedy and records all physical, mental, emotional and modal symptoms experienced. A homeopathic repertory is a listing of remedies by symptom, used to determine the most appropriate medicine for a given disease. The appropriate application of a medicine can also be determined from clinical experience based on the knowledge of the applicable principle governing a disease jurisdiction.


Since the cause of disease is not material, but lies in a disturbance of the dynamic or energetic level of our being, the diagnosis must address itself to this level. Hahnemann developed an extensive classification of disease.

First, he distinguished between those diseases that are idiopathic, that is, self-standing, autonomous and not dependent on other diseases, and those that are secondary and derivative of a prior disease. The self-standing or idiopathic diseases have a constant nature, that is, they always show up the same, such as the classic infectious diseases (measles, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, etc.) and are termed “tonic” (Stimm-based disease in German) diseases in Heilkunst. They are addressed by means of the homotonic principle, that is, by means of remedies that are specific to a given disease. An example would be Apis mellifica for the homogenic disease from a bee sting.

The secondary, derivative diseases are variable in nature. That is, it depends on the nature of the interaction between the tonic disease and the patient as to which new diseases are spun off. These Hahnemann termed “pathic” diseases. They are addressed by means of the homeopathic principle.

Second, Hahnemann distinguished disease according to temporality. There were diseases that were acute and those that were of long duration (distinction by quantity of time) and diseases that were of a self-limiting nature versus those of a chronic nature (distinction by quality of time). Thus, measles would be an acute disease of a self-limiting nature, whereas malaria would fall in the category of a chronic disease, but if the person just contracted it and was suffering symptoms, it would be acute, and if the patient had been suffering for several years from periodic flare-ups, it would be of long-duration.

He also distinguished between the various layers of pathic diseases and the different jurisdictions of the tonic diseases. Within the tonic disease realm, he identified several: those based on a certain disease “irritation,” such as mental, emotional and physical traumas (homogenic); on improperly prescribed medicines (iatrogenic); infectious agents (pathogenic); and finally diseases caused by various false beliefs that cause us to act in ways against our overall health (ideogenic).

Hahnemann’s nosology also encompasses the spirit, soul, mind and body of man, providing a basis for assessing the impact of disease on the various levels of our being. It further includes the different elements of disease, from symptoms that are pluralized (plurific) in nature (changes in feelings, functions and sensations that the patient reports) and those that are unific in nature and require the participation and discernment of the practitioner, such as“the Feeling,”(das Gefühl) or“the Impression” (das Eindruck) of the disease.

In the area of acute diseases, Hahnemann distinguished those that were simply flare-ups of underlying chronic diseases, from true acutes, and here he distinguished between epidemic and sporadic on the one hand, and acute versus chronic miasms on the other. A miasm is a disease of constant nature, the term meaning“a noxious influence”in the medical terminology of his time.

Hahnemann wrote a separate book on his discoveries of the chronic miasms, and therein also distinguished these from the chronic diseases that were spun-off from these chronic miasms. The chronic miasms are tonic diseases, and the chronic diseases are pathic in nature.


From the very beginning of his new system, Hahnemann came to the conclusion that medicines, to the extent that they can affect the human being, must be able to act dynamically and that their power to act as medicine lay in this dynamic effect. He also was conscious of the serious negative effects of the crude drugs of his day and finally of the problem in using crude doses and the law of similars. All of this motivated him to seek to dilute the crude nature of medicines and to seek that level at which the negative effects of the medicine was minimal or nil, while still preserving a therapeutic (positive, curative) effect.

Thus, Hahnemann initially used doses that are akin to the current doses for drugs (milligrams and micrograms). However, he continued to dilute the medicines using a method based on the new decimal measurements. He systematically diluted on the scale of 1/100, or 1 unit of the crude matter (mother tinctures, bark, minerals, etc.) to 99 parts of water/alcohol mixture. The first dilution he called a 1C.Then he would take one unit of the 1C solution and add another 99 units of water/alcohol, and call this a 2C. Each of these levels represented a certain strength of potency of the dynamic essence of the medicine.(Thus,the 1C is known as a 1C potency,the 2C as a 2C potency, and so on.)

In the process of dilution, he shook the vial strongly, sometimes with impact, sometimes with a downward motion (succussion). As he increased the dilution, he noted that the therapeutic effect increased rather than decreased. Being a noted chemist, he knew about the limits set by Loschmidt’s Number (or Avogadro’s Constant as it is generally known in English); based on his system of dilution, the centesimal scale, this limit would be reached after the 12th serial dilution. However, in keeping with his insights regarding the dynamic action, he continued beyond this limit, finding that the higher dilutions increased in therapeutic power, and he came to refer to them as potencies.

The use of medicines in highly diluted doses is the most overtly controversial aspect of Dr. Hahnemann’s new system of medicine, but it is not essential to the application of the law of similars: the key to the law of similars is a similar resonance between medicine and disease, not whether the medicine is potentised or not. While medicines prepared according to Dr. Hahnemann’s rules are often referred to as “homeopathic medicines,” it is their application in an actual case against disease, not their dilution or potency level, that makes them “homeopathic,” or “isotonic” or “homotonic,” as the case may be, depending on the degree of similitude involved.

Hahnemann also developed, towards the end of his career, a new potency scale (a dilution of 1:50,000) which is often termed the LM scale, but is more properly called the Q scale. This scale is less well-known and developed as it has only come to light in the last 50 years. Research on the appropriate application of each of these two potency scales, as well as the D or X scale, is ongoing.


A fundamental principle of Heilkunst is that there can only be one remedy for a given disease state.

Hahnemann discovered that a person could have more than one disease at a time, each of which might be contributing to the overall symptom picture of the patient.

Hahnemann clearly set out, right from the beginning of his new system of medicine, that the practitioner should first seek to treat the diseases of a constant nature, as these can more readily be identified in most cases by cause (e.g., Arnica for contusion disease), and since they are fixed in nature, they are always treated with the same medicine, thus simplifying treatment. The homeopathic approach to the remaining pathic diseases could then more easily be used.

However, because it was possible for there to be more than one disease at a time in the human organism, this also opened the possibility of the prescribing of more than one remedy at a time to the patient. Out of this understanding, and from his knowledge of the dual nature of disease, Hahnemann, through his own work with intercurrent and alternating remedies and the experiments of a close pupil, Dr. Karl Aegidi, used and worked with dual remedy prescribing. Initially (1833–36) he gave two medicines in the same solution (simultaneity of ingestion), but due to political pressures and misunderstandings switched to the use of two medicines within the duration of action of the other (simultaneity of action).


In the light of difficulties treating more complex cases, Hahnemann undertook further research and developed his theory of chronic miasms, which are diseases of a fixed nature of the pathogenic type (originally infectious, but also inherited) which give rise to all the (secondary) chronic diseases, which are pathic in nature. Hahnemann identified three chronic miasms: syphilis, sycosis, and psora, and there is evidence that he also discerned a fourth that is now termed tuberculosis.

Dr. Elmiger of Lausanne, Switzerland uncovered a specific sequence to these miasms, which confirms and extends what Hahnemann himself wrote and taught, and which he termed the Law of Succession of Forces. This allows for a more effective and systematic treatment of various disease conditions that have an inherited component, even when that component is latent or not readily recognizable in the symptoms of the patient. Recent research has uncovered several more chronic miasms that also fit into the Law of Succession of Forces.


Hahnemann also gave indications as to when the practitioner could tell that the disease had been cured by the similar medicine and healing was underway (the complete process termed “heilen” or remediation). Constantine Hering, often called the “Father of Homeopathy” in the US, further developed these guidelines, which are often referred to as “Hering’s Law, or Principles”:

  • from more vital to less vital organs
  • in the case of pain, from above down
  • in the same direction as the natural disease process

This was later amended by James Tyler Kent who noticed that when disease was suppressed or several groups of symptoms (diseases) developed in a patient over time, the remedial process proceeded in the reverse order of the emergence. This provides the basis for the sequential treatment of traumatic disease states, from most recent back through time to conception, followed by the sequential treatment of the chronic miasms. The pathic diseases, existing in layers, are dealt with as they arise at various stages along the way.

If some symptoms become worse almost immediately after taking a similar medicine, this represents an apparent worsening of the natural disease, but is really an exacerbation due to the adding of the symptoms of the similar medicine to those of the original disease in the patient. This so-called “homeopathic aggravation” is of short duration and generally only found in acute diseases. There is also a later worsening of some symptoms, and even a return of old symptoms, essentially in chronic, complex cases, which Hahnemann called the “counteraction” and which is often referred to as the healing reaction. The “homeopathic exacerbation” involves the initial action of the curative medicine affecting the generative power of the Living Principle or Dynamis. The “healing reaction” involves the counteraction of the sustentive power of the Living Principle against the medicine (artificial disease).


Western Medicine recognized, even into Hahnemann’s time, two natural laws of therapeutics. The law of opposites (contraria contrarius) involves the restoration of balance or homeostasis, and is applied in diet, nutrition, supplements, various energy healing modalities, psychotherapy, and generally the entire range of the natural health field. The law of similars (similia similibus) involves the annihilation of disease states using a medicine that has a similar resonance or disease effect to that of the disease in the patient. Because of the power of this law to harm the patient if the dose was not correct, it was largely abandoned and replaced by the approach set out by Hippocrates (Let food be your medicine), involving the law of opposites, on which the modern natural health movement is based, albeit unconsciously.

The genius of Dr. Hahnemann was to discover a way to attenuate the dose so that it could be rendered harmless as to chemical side effects, what is often referred to as dynamization or potentization. Dynamization refers to the use of the dynamic aspect of a substance, while potentisation refers to the increase in strength of the dynamic or energetic action.

Because the prevailing system of medicine prescribed substances or therapies without any conscious knowledge or application of one or other of these two natural laws of remediation, Hahnemann termed it “allopathic”, meaning that it was without any principle of application grounded in natural law.

Because of the use of these two laws, Heilkunst holds that there are two great realms of medicine: medicine proper, which is the application of the law of similars, and therapeutic regimen, which is the proper application of the law of opposites. There is also a third realm, that of therapeutic education, which involves the expansion of human consciousness through the destruction of false beliefs that Hahnemann termed the “highest diseases.”

Later research by Wilhelm Reich was able to uncover the full extent of disturbances connected with the generative power in man, thus rationally expanding on what Hahnemann had discovered empirically. The principle underlying tonic remedies was taken to new heights by Rudolf Steiner in his lectures on medicine.

Rudi Verspoor DMH 

Rudi Verspoor has been studying Hahnemann’s medical system for almost three decades and has acquired extensive clinical experience, particularly relating to complex and chronic cases, in the application of this system. His abiding interest in history and philosophy has led him to undertake continual research into various problems and issues that have arisen in traditional “homeopathic” treatment.This research has led to the development of a systematic dynamic approach to therapeutics that is now being offered through the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst.

His publications include: Homeopathy Renewed, A Sequential Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Illness (with Patty Smith); A Time for HealingHomeopathy Re-examined: Beyond the Classical Paradigm (with Steven Decker); The Dynamic Legacy: Hahnemann from Homeopathy to Heilkunst (with Steven Decker), and Autism:The Journey Back, Rediscovering the Self Through Heilkunst.


Note: Most of the older texts are only available as reprints from Indian publishers. All of the texts should be available at the two main on-line bookstores: Minimum Price Books (www.minimum.com) and Homeopathic Educational Services (www.homeopathic.com).

Haehl, Richard, MD, Samuel Hahnemann, His Life and Works,Vols I&II, 1922, English Translation by Wheeler and Grundy, edited by J.H. Clarke reprinted by B.J. Publishers (Pty) Ltd., New Delhi, 1985 (later reprints available)

Hahnemann, Samuel, Organon der Heilkunst, available in electronic form from http://www.ebookmall.com/ebooks-authors/steven-rdecker-ebooks.htm

These are three linked PDF books (there are instructions at the end of the English version on how the links work).

* The Extended Organon of the Remedial Art of Samuel Hahnemann (english)

An Interlinear Rendition of The Organon of the Remedial Art by Samuel Hahnemann

Organon der Heilkunst und Chronische Krankheiten von Samuel Hahnemann

A written version, which is based on the Decker translation is the edition by Wenda Brewster O’Reilly,Birdcage Books,Redmund,Washington.

Hahnemann, Samuel, The Lesser Writings, ed. By R.E. Dudgeon, MD (B. Jain reprints)

Hahnemann, Samuel, Chronic Diseases (B. Jain reprints)

Handley, Rima, A Homeopathic Love Story, North Atlantic Books and Homeopathic Educational Services, Berkeley, 1990

Handley, Rima, In Search of the Later Hahnemann, Beaconsfield Publishers, Beaconsfield, Bucks. UK, 1990

Decker, Steven R., and Verspoor, Rudi, The Dynamic Legacy: from Homeopathy to Heilkunst (electronic version available at http://www.homeopathiceducation.com/dynamiclegacy/)

Three books by Decker and Verspoor that are available for free download at http://www.heilkunst.com:

An Affair to Remember: The Curious History of the Use of Dual Remedies, Its Suppression and Significance 

Precursor to the Organon: Hahnemann’s Occasional Writings 

Selected Topics in Homeopathy:A New Look at Old Issues Eizayaga, Francesco Xavier, Treatise on Homeopathic Medicine, printed in Argentina

Elmiger, Jean, Dr., Rediscovering Real Medicine, Great Britain

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