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Unlike Haehl's edition this one is exclusively based on Hahnemann's original manuscript and precisely transcribing all its handwriting, vouches for its authenticity. Hence there is no reason left to ignore Hahnemanns instructions concerning Q-potencies. This paper presents the history of the reception of Q-potencies as well as their prerequisites and evolution up to Hahnemann's final modifications of his earlier directions. As it turns out, these late instructions of Hahnemann do not mean complete change of all his previous opinions.
Rather they are the logical completion of a course followed by him for ten years already. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. The first dilution he called a 1C. 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. 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. While medicines prepared according to Dr. Hahnemann also developed, towards the end of his career, a new potency scale a dilution of , 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.
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 —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. 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. 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.
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 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. 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. 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. 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. Clarke reprinted by B.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Heilkunst encompasses three realms: 1. Immediately thereafter, in Aphorism 3, he states that such a system must provide three things: 1. POSOLOGY 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.