Symptoms And ‘Internal Essence Of Diseases’- Studying Aphorisms With A Scientific Perspective

Hahnemann says, “totality of MORBID symptoms, is the “outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease”. According to him, INTERNAL ESSENCE OF DISEASE means, “affection of the vital force”.

Medical practice of hahnemann’s time was actually TREATING THE SYMPTOMS, based on mere ‘experiences’ and ‘speculations’ of physicians, without any scientific understanding regarding the actions, effects and dangers of crude drugs and methods they utilized. They considered SYMPTOMS as DISEASES.

Hahnemann actually initiated a revolution by declaring that MORBID SYMPTOMS are not DISEASES, but only the “outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease”. He made physicians to understand the importance of INTERNAL ESSENCE rather than its REFLECTED PICTURE. Same time, he demonstrated how this REFLECTED PICTURE could be utilized to identify the peculiarities of underlying INTERNAL ESSENCE, and to select appropriate remedial agents to correct its DEVIATIONS.

It was hahnemann who for the first time taught physicians to look into the ‘internal essence’ of diseases rather than the ‘outward reflections’ or ‘morbid symptoms’, same time utilizing the ‘outward reflections’ as a tool for studying and manipulating the ‘internal essence’.

Remember, hahnemann was making this statement 250 years ago, when modern BIOCHEMISTRY has not even emerged to inquire into the “internal essence of disease” in a scientific way. Nothing was known regarding the BIO-MOLECULAR processes involved in the phenomena of life and disease. In such a knowledge environment, it was impossible for hahnemann to understand or explain what is exactly the “internal essence of disease”. Only thing he could do was to explain it as “affection of the vital force”.

Empowered with the great advancements in scientific knowledge during last 250 years after hahnemann, we are now in a position to explain “internal essence of disease” in scientific terms. Modern biochemistry and life sciences have proved beyond any doubt that “internal essence” of disease lies in the MOLECULAR LEVEL ERRORS.

We have to re-write hahnemann’s statement as follows:

“the totality of symptoms is the outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease, that is, of the MOLECULAR LEVEL ERRORS in ‘vital processes’.

READ Organon : Aphorism 7:

“Now, as in a disease, from which no manifest exciting or maintaining cause (causa occasionalis) has to be removed, we can perceive nothing but the morbid symptoms, it must (regard being had to the possibility of a miasm, and attention paid to the accessory circumstances, § 5) be the symptoms alone by which the disease demands and points to the remedy suited to relieve it – and, moreover, the totality of these its symptoms, of this outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease, that is, of the affection of the vital force, must be the principal, or the sole means, whereby the disease can make known what remedy it requires – the only thing that can determine the choice of the most appropriate remedy – and thus, in a word, the totality of the symptoms must be the principal, indeed the only thing the physician has to take note of in every case of disease and to remove by means of his art, in order that it shall be cured and transformed into health.

READ Organon : Aphorism 5:

“Useful to the physician in assisting him to cure are the particulars of the most probable exciting cause of the acute disease, as also the most significant points in the whole history of the chronic disease, to enable him to discover its fundamental cause, which is generally due to a chronic miasm. In these investigations, the ascertainable physical constitution of the patient (especially when the disease is chronic), his moral and intellectual character, his occupation, mode of living and habits, his social and domestic relations, his age, sexual function, etc., are to be taken into consideration.”

MAIN LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THESE TWO APHORISMS:

1.”in a disease, we can perceive nothing but the MORBID symptoms”

2. “totality of symptoms are the outwardly reflected picture of the internal essence of the disease”

3. “totality of the symptoms must be the principal, indeed the ONLY thing the physician has to take note of in every case of disease and to remove by means of his art”

4. “symptoms are the only thing that can determine the choice of the most appropriate remedy”

5. In “acute diseases”, “particulars of the most probable exciting cause of the acute disease” has to be considered.

6. In chronic diseases, “the most significant points in the whole history of the chronic disease, has to be studied to discover its fundamental cause”

7. Chronic diseases are “generally due to a chronic miasm”.

8. “physical constitution of the patient should “ascertained” especially when the disease is chronic”

9. “regard has to be given to the possibility of a miasm”

10. MIASMS could be “discovered” only by “the most significant points in the whole HISTORY”

11. “Patient’s moral and intellectual character, his occupation, mode of living and habits, his social and domestic relations, his age, sexual function, etc., are to be taken into consideration in chronic diseases”

12. “manifest exciting or maintaining cause (causa occasionalis) has to be removed” as they are “useful” to the physician “in assisting” him to cure

From homeopathic point of view, what are the SYMPTOMS to be considered in the selection of SIMILIMUM?

NORMAL SYMPTOMS that represent normal physiological processes are of no value in selecting a homeopathic similimum. We need only ABNORMAL SYMPTOMS, which represent the ABNORMAL or DEVIATED bio-molecular processes happening in the organism.

Let us examine what Dr Hahnemann says about this issue. Read Organon(6th edition) Aphorism 6 :

“The unprejudiced observer – well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience – be his powers of penetration ever so great, takes note of nothing in every individual disease, except the changes in the health of the body and of the mind (morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived
externally by means of the senses; that is to say, he notices only the deviations from the former healthy state of the now diseased individual, which are felt by the patient himself, remarked by those around him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent, that is, together they form the true and only conceivable portrait of the disease.”

Hahnemann rules out all “transcendental speculations which can receive no confirmation from experience” as “futile”.

According to him, physician should take note of ONLY “the changes in the health of the body and of the mind”. Kindly notice- The CHANGES only!

He elaborates further: “only the deviations from the former healthy state” should be “noticed” by the physician. It is obvious that he was asking to avoid SYMPTOMS OF PREVIOUS HEALTHY SATE, and consider only symptoms that represents DEVIATIONS from healthy state. According to this view, symptoms representing FORMER HEALTHY STATE or CONSTITUTION are of no value in determining the similimum

Hahnemann considers “these perceptible signs represent the disease in its whole extent” as “only conceivable portrait of the disease”

APHORISM 6 clearly shows, hahnemann was also of the opinion that only ABNORMAL SYMPTOMS that represent DISEASE should be considered for deciding a similimum.

Author: Chandran Nambiar K C

I started practicing homeopathy in 1970, when I was 20 years old and studying for final year of BSc (Zoology) course. My interest in homeopathy happened very accidentally, through a constant relationship with a local practitioner who happened to be father of my classmate. I was a regular visitor in his clinic, where from I started reading BOERICKE MATERIA MEDICA and other homeopathic books, which helped me to cure myself my troublesome asthma that have been haunting me since my childhood days. I became a voracious reader of homeopathy. I was also deeply involved in studying marxism and dialectical materialism during my college days, which attracted me to political activities. MARXISM and HOMEOPATHY became two essential parts of my intellectual and practical life, which still continues so. Even though I joined DHMS course in a karnataka homeopathic college, I could not continue it due to my intense involvement in revolutionary political activities that resulted in jail life and a lot of criminal cases. Once that phase was over, I took a diploma in veterinary science and became a livestock inspector in animal husbandry department under govt of kerala. I have been continuing my study and practice of homeopathy all through these years. Since CCH act came into force only in 1976, and it contained provisions allowing existing practitioners to continue, my homeopathic practice went smoothly in parallel with my government job. In 1987, co-operating with some local homeopaths and social activists, I started Kannur District Homeopathic Hospital Sociey, which established a chain of hospitals and homeopathic clinics in different parts of Kannur district. After a few years I had to leave the society for some political reasons, and I established a 100 bedded well equipped homeopathic hospital in Taliparamba, employing a number of prominent homeopaths. That was ended up as a financial disaster for me due to many reasons, including my lack of skills as a money manager, and I was compelled to close down my dream project with in a short period. I lost huge money I invested, lost my reputation, and it pulled me into a debt trap. I learned a lot of valuabl lessons from this failure- about life, human psychology, relationships, and above all, about myself. I realized failure is the greatest teacher, if you are prepared learn from it. I learned how will power and determination to win will help us come back into life as a phoenix from our own ashes. I learned, one does not fail unless he stops fighting and accepts failure. My failure and the hardships that followed has moulded my personality in such a way that I can now withstand any disaster and fight back. I tell you, you will not know what life really is, unless you miserably fail at least once in your life. By this time, I left my government job also, and settled as a full time homeopathic practitioner. By this practice, I could repair my earlier financial losses, and establish well in life. It was during this period that I felt the need of developing a simple and user-friendly homeopathic software, that resulted in the evolution of SIMILIMUM, which was later upgraded into SIMILIMUM ULTRA. Similimum Ultra was well accepted by the profession, and it collected good revenues which continues even today. I stopped my practice a few years back , and concentrated in the study and research activities to evolve scientifically viable explanations to the so-called riddles of homeopathy. This unrelenting study resulted in MIT or Molecular Imprints Therapeutics, which provides a scientific and rational explanation for homeopathy. I started a homeopathic discussion group on facebook called HOMEOPATHY FOR TOTAL CURE, which has more than 35000 homeopaths as members. By this work on facebook, I could establish close relationship with many homeopaths around the world. It goes on. I could successfully convert facebook as my office and work place, from where I propagate my MIT ideas, co-ordinate my works for homeopathic community, and sell my Similimum Ultra Software. My years of hardwork in search of HOW HOMEOPATHY WORKS ultimately resulted in the publication of a book titled REDEFINING HOMEOPATHY (3000 pages, 3 volumes, hard bound, Rs 6000), in which I have compiled my articles regarding my scientific explanations of basic principles of homeopathy. These ideas are called MIT or MOLECULAR IMPRINTS THERAPEUTICS. MIT is now included in the syllabus of MD (HOM) course of prestigious DY PATIL DEEMED UNIVERSITY, PUNE, INDIA. Research department of SARADA KRISHNA HOMEOPATHIC COLLEGE, Kulashekharam, Tamilnadu, India, the only NAC accredited homeopathy college in India, has recently taken up certain reserch projects for proving the scientific explanations proposed by MIT. Based on MIT perspective of homeopathy, I had developed an MIT PROTOCOL for scientific homeopathy, and initiated a project for establishing a chain of MIT NETWORK CLINICS all over India, where MIT PROTOCOL will be practiced. More over, I have developed a whole range of 351 MIT FORMULATIONS, which are disease-specific combinations of post-avogadro diluted homeopathy drugs. NOW I AM IN 71st YEAR OF MY LIFE, AND STILL LOOKING FOR NEW HORRIZONS!

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