The Constitution from the standpoint of Hahnemann

Translated from the Spanish.

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In the aphorism 5 , Hahnemann tells us that should be taken into consideration everything that can be ascertained from the physical constitution of the patient (especially when the disease is chronic), his moral and intellectual, occupation, lifestyle and habits, relationships social and domestic, age, sexual functioning, etc . “ (§ 5, Org VI)

While in the aphorism 6 tells us:

“The void of prejudices and well aware of the futility of transcendental speculations which can not be confirmed by experience, observer to each individual case of disease noted only -By exercised its power to the maximum penetration – the changes in health your body and mind(morbid phenomena, accidents, symptoms) which can be perceived externally by means of the senses; ie only he warns deviations based on the previous state of health leading to the now diseased individual,which are felt by the patient, confirmed by those who live with him and observed by the physician. All these perceptible signs represent the disease in its entirety or whether, taken together, constitute the real picture and the only conceivable disease. “

Then we have two polarizations of thought that lead to the ends when both paragraphs are not interpreted as a whole and according to other minor writings.For one allopathic school that is responsible for treating the disease and secondly the spiritualist school sobrepsicologizada James Kent (and derived via Sankaran and Vithoukas), in which the object of treatment is the person, as Hippocrates said through its maxim ” no diseases but sick . ” However, homeopathic school, from the Hahnemannian methodology is neither one side nor the other, but rather in an intermediate point of balance. The latter is responsible for dealing with the disease in the person, according to the ingenious modification of the maximum Hippocratic made ​​by Lain Entralgo saying ” no diseases but sick

Thus, from a genuine homeopathic approach, the physician may have 20 cases with the same diagnosis of disease, but symptomatically manifested differently by each of those 20 people. Therefore, Hahnemann advises us to consider all the factors mentioned in aphorism 5, to determine what has changed in the patient, based on his previous health status and thus be able to individualize each case when it has been manifested disease (§ 6).

In relation to these two aphorisms in the Organon, Boenninghausen shown their understanding and consistency with Dr. Hahnemann when his younger written “A Contribution to Concerning the Characteristic Value of Symptoms Judgment“indicates that knowing the personality and body constitution patient are necessary, but only for them to be considered as a benchmark to detecteverything that differs from that for the disease and that deserves special attention .

In the same aphorism 5, Hahnemann tells us that it is helpful in curing doctor “everything that relates to the exciting cause of the acute disease … and also the most important points in the history of chronic disease, that put you in a position to discover the root cause , which is generally due to a chronic miasma “and may well correlate with the last sentence of aphorism 72 that says”disease, called chronic, are caused by a chronic miasma .

So far, we assume that you have a clear conception of what is a miasma to Hahnemann . Now, should differentiate the cause exciting or exciter causecritical .

The exciting causes , in the aphorism 73 tells us that these can be ” excesses in food or deficiency, severe physical impressions, chills, hot flashes, dissipation, effort, etc., or physical irritations, mental emotions, and the like “.

On the other hand it says that the miasma (psora) is ” the most common underlying cause of chronic diseases “(§ 206 Org VI), which in turn indicates that root cause, Hahnemann refers to the miasma and the exciting causes are those that trigger the development of symptoms of acute illness or chronic disease is dormant. This should leave no doubt that in chronic diseases, the person must first have been infected with the root cause for an exciting cause can then “wake up” symptoms; therefore, the physical constitution, character, preferences and physical features of the patient are not the root cause of chronic disease, nor are symptoms themselves, nor predispose to acquire in the first instance.

Hahnemann advises us to take into account other factors that may be perpetuating exposure to possible miasma or both are hindering aggravating or canceling our prescription likewise advise other general measures.

  • 208 Org. SAW

“They must take into consideration the patient’s age, your lifestyle and your diet, your occupation, your home environment, social relationships and so on, to determine if these things have contributed to increasing their disease, or to what extent have helped or hindered treatment. Similarly should take care of their mood and mind, to know if they have any obstacles to treatment, or need to be addressed, stimulated or modified. “


Of no less importance is necessary to take into account the susceptibility in the patient according to Hahnemann in the case of acute diseases (epidemic) ” only have a few people at a time§73 , whereas in chronic disease thesusceptibilityto be affected by the miasma of itch is in almost all humans, whatever the circumstances , which does not happen with the other two … No other chronic miasma miasma infects as many people as surely and easily as pruritus … is the most contagious. “ (Par 71, 72 EC)

Of the Constitution:

During his speech, in chronic diseases, Hahnemann quoted in paragraph 46 the work of Ludwig Christian Juncker, who made ​​a series of observations concerning symptoms after the suppression of itching that patients with certain constitutions tended to deploy, or rather, symptoms that were dependent on the physical constitution and different temperaments. For example, the suppression of pruritus was followed in ” obese people by stifling coughs and mucous consumption

This should not be confused, because the context of the quote clearly refers to a time that has already made ​​the process of contagion by the miasmainfecting with subsequent reaction of the miasmatic disease acquired , in this case the Psora and for Hahnemann was a way to find that certain symptoms that he had observed belonged to the Psora disease .

We can transpolar these observations concerning symptoms depending on the constitution, to which for example now we understand in conventional medicine as a predisposing factor (from the cause exciter ) of diabetes in a patient who has become obese or overweight, considering the the possible pathogenesis of autoimmune process implicitly associated with the disease and, according to various sources, is produced by viruses, chemical factor, among others, that in the case of chronic disease model would be the root cause . The hereditary in this model Hahnemannian not have a definition confined to what we understand today as such , nor is it implicit in the origin of chronic disease according to design theory by the author himself. (See: According to Hahnemann What is a miasma? )

Given this, then your doctor may order a proper diet, exercise routine, stress management, as well as educating the patient about the full care of your body and warning signs.

Chronic diseases:

95. ” The awakening of internal psora , which so far has been dormant, latent and, so to speak, contained by a good body composition and favorable external circumstances , and its forthcoming violent eruption under the guise of aches and More serious diseases, are foretold by increased symptoms that are given below and by many other signs and disturbances. These are varied, conforming to the different body constitutions , the hereditary disposition ( congenital ), errors in education and habits, the way of life and diet, to the various activities, which occupies the mind, morality and so on. “

96 .- “It is then when the internal disease of itching begins to develop secondary overt disease , the symptoms listed below ‘mentioned, who have observed and removed entirely from the medical records of cases that I I have tried it successfully and, with no doubt, originated in a contagion of itching and were not complicated with syphilis or with psychosis. “

  • 81 Organon VI

“The fact that this extremely ancient infecting agent has gradually gone through many millions of human bodies in some hundreds of generations, reaching an incredible development, makes it conceivable in a way as you can now display such innumerable morbid forms in the human family, particularly when we consider that number of circumstances 131 contributes to the production of this variety of chronic diseases (secondary symptoms of psora), plus the indescribable diversity of men about their congenital physique ; so that should not be surprising if such a variety of harmful influences at work internally or externally, and sometimes continually on such a variety of blended agencies psoric miasma, produce an endless variety of defects, injuries, disorders and suffering which so far had been treated in the works old pathology February 1 low number of special names, as diseases of an independent character right. “

1 Some of these causes exert modifying influence on the transformation of psora in chronic disease , sometimes clearly depend on the climate and the unique physical character of the place that is inhabited, sometimes the variety of physical and mental education Youth, which may have been neglected, delayed or carried excesses or abuse in business, or living conditions, on the issue of diet and regimen, passions, behavior, habits and customs of various kinds “

In this regard, we must emphasize once again that the constitution ( physical ) and other factors to investigate in aphorism 5 are ” useful to the doctor to help curebut not to select the remedy for the simple reason that OR a person’s height, color of skin or eyes, the shape of his head or his eyes, his fingerprints, his personality preferences or wrongly understood as constitution, can be considered as symptoms of disease and neither can be altered or produced by a remedy in a person.

With the investigation of all these personal aspects of the patient if the doctor finds some cause exciting or occasional ( ocasionalis ) that trigger or maintain the disease, then you can proceed to intervene or make other recommendationsNP  to remove, without forgetting that the miasma as the cause critical can also be intangible nature, and that the goal of treatment is to eliminate, as far as possible, the susceptibility to infection miasma and thus resolve the chronicityof the disease-reaction can be confirmed by then cured.

NP.-aphorism Footnote 7

Needless to say that every intelligent physician separates the existing occasional cause, with usually cease spontaneously indisposition. So, away from the room very fragrant flowers , which tend to cause syncope and hysterical sufferings; extracted from the cornea the foreign body that causes inflammation of the eye, loosened the bandages too tight in an injured limb, threatening gangrene, to apply best; discovers and binds the wound bleeding artery to determine syncope, tries, by vomiting, the expulsion of belladonna berries , etc. etc, that had ingested; extracted foreign bodies that may have been introduced into the holes of the body (nose, throat, ears, urethra, rectum, vagina); grinds bladder stones ;imperforate anus opens newborn , etc.

In synergy with the aphorisms 5 and 6, the teacher is clear in stating that there are no diseases exciting to remove identifiable cause ” can not perceive anything but the symptoms , must … be only them the means by which the disease calls and it indicates the appropriate remedy to relieve … “( § 7 ) “… antipsoric or not, but to save the greater symptomatic similarity …” (§209)

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