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Hahnemann’s Conception of Chronic Disease, as Caused by Parasitic Micro-organism

samuel_christian_hahnemannWe all know the joy of seeing sicknesses of definite symptoms yield, almost miraculously, to the remedy of like symptoms. We thrill to the triumphs of Homoeopathy in Cholera-in Dysentery-in Ptomaine poisonings-in Pneumonias-in Broncho-pneumonias-in hundreds of conditions, trivial and severe and then!…..we all come across cases which, after apparent yielding to the seemingly indicated remedy, recur :-do less well :-finally cease to respond. Why is this?…..

This was also Hahnemann’s experience. Bu that indomitable Pioneer did not merely shrug his shoulders, and dub them, “Old Chronics!” Neither did he accept the suggestion of his followers that “perhaps not enough remedies had been discovered and proved to cover all cases of disease”….This he says he “rejected, as a mere subterfuge.

But-he stuck to his guns! “In spite of failures in the case of some chronic non-venereal diseases, the Doctrine of Similars has been, and ever will be, founded on the unshaken pillars of truth. Facts have confirmed its excellence-year-if this may be said of human things, its infallibility.”

“Why, then”, he asks, “should the continued homoeopathic treatment of the non-venereal chronic diseases have been so unsuccessful? Why should Homoeopathy have failed in thousands of cases to cure thoroughly and forever such chronic ailments?”

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One of the most misunderstood and contentious areas of homoeopathic practice today.

This subject will be covered in great detail in the advanced practitioner course

We read of practitioners treating ‘miasmatically’. This leads to questions being asked like:

  • What is a Miasm?
  • What influence, if any does a miasm have on a living organism?
  • Is a miasm a spiritual or physical dyscrasia?
  • Are there more miasms than the 3 that Hahnemann described?
  • Does modern medicine accept the miasm theory?
  • What effect, if any does a miasm have on case taking?
  • Is it possible to detect a miasm?
  • Can a miasm be cured?
  • What medicines, if any are specifically used to treat miasms?
  • Can a miasm cure itself?
  • Do we need to take miasms into account at all?
  • Are nosodes specifically for miasms?

It is interesting to note than in research over the years regarding miasms, that the Swedenborg school led by Hering and Kent have developed a religious and philosophical viewpoint regarding miasms, that it is diametrically opposed to Hahnemanns comments. This needs to be explored in detail by each individual practitioner as it fundamentally changes understanding of the practice of homoeopathy.

The IHM has collated all the information as presented by Hahnemann for his hypothesis, and will discuss with the students each step leading to the conclusion reached by him, and then compare it to modern medical knowledge of disease and progression, and see if there is validity in the theory.