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Hering's Law-A False Perception

Hering's Law-A False Perception

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Each new generation of Homeopaths has readily accepted Hering's law as a perfect law of cure and so unintentionally perpetuated a misleading assumption....Read in detail

Each new generation of Homeopaths has readily accepted Hering's law as a perfect law of cure and so unintentionally perpetuated a misleading assumption....Read in detail

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09/17/2013

 
© Dr Abhishek Udani
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HERING’S LAW
-A FALSE PERCEPTION 
In Homeopathy today, Hering's law is widely recognized as the second law of cure, the first law of cure being
similia similibus curantur 
, or like cures like. Hering's law pertains to the direction in whichthe symptoms of the patient will disappear during a cure under Homeopathic treatment. Before we gofor details in the H
ering’s law first, we must have idea about law
its importance in literature. 
Definition:
According to Webster's dictionary, a law is defined as a sequence of events that occurs with
unvarying
uniformity.
The Importance of law and Principles:
Every medical modality is a mixture of art and science. However, before understanding the art of Homeopathy, the student must master the science-the infallible laws of nature upon which it is founded.The art of healing depends on the experience of the practitioner. Why did he see that case that way?What was his perception and reason for the selection of such remedy? The student trying to imitate onlythe art of the teacher will fail. It is like trying to learn chess by watching a grand master of chess withoutknowing the rules of how the pieces move. As Kent learned Homeopathy cannot be learned from the
clinic: “the art of healing must not be taught first
. The science must be taught first, and the art next-thelaw first and the experience following. The successful man is the one who has worked out the reason forhis doing
.
 Too often we see a Homeopath presenting a case in many of the seminar and lastly coming upwith an obscure remedy, like magician pulling a bird form a hat, leaving audience suitably impressedwith his knowledge of materia medica but no wiser as to how he found the remedy. In many seminarsHomeopath represents same case repeatedly with a few modification. So one case they present for manyyears. Many times they tell us different things in seminars but the reality is totally diverse in practice.From each case presentation we should be able to gather universal methods which we can apply to anycase in our practice, based on the following laws and principles
Hering's law - the four principles
:
1
The disease progresses from outside in, and when it cures, it cures from inside out.
2
Cure will be from above downwards;
3
Cure will go from the most important, to less important organs;
4
Cure is in the reverse order of appearance of symptoms.
 
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How does psychosomatic disease fit in Hering's law?
 If disease progresses from outside in and is cured from inside out and if it is a law, how can we explainpsychosomatic disease within that law? A law is a law. It is not contradictory. A law means that it doesnot change. If you have the right circumstances, the outcome will always be predictable. A law is foreveryone, everybody who will observe it will see the same thing.If it is said that a law has four aspects, we have to respect these four aspects. What I am telling you is avery complex phenomenon. The direction of cure is a very complex phenomenon and it has not beenwell explained yet. If I ask you some questions like this it is just to show that our own understanding of it is very minimal. We don't really understand the whole process, but you have hints, you have observedcertain things clinically that you know that are true, but they may not fit the law.I tell you that when Kent wrote it, it was not known as Hering's Law. When he wrote his lectures onhomeopathic philosophy, it is not described as Hering's Law. Before doing further discussion abouttopic we must know how H
ering’s law
is evaluated?
History of Evolution of Hering's Law:-
Some people tell us that history is not important. How important is it to know the history of homeopathy, the goal is to cure the patient. Many homeopaths will say that and it is true, who caresabout the history, what Hahnemann did and what Hering said and what happened. Who cares, you havethe symptoms of the patient, you have the materia medica, you take a remedy, you give it and that is it!Today our system is suffering from critical situation due to attitude of every Homeopath. If we want tomake our system advance and scientific than every Homeopath should develop habit of proper searchfrom history.Here I give brief ideas about formulation
of Hering’s law
through our source books.
Chronic Disease:
Between
1828
and
1843
, Hahnemann enunciated his theories of chronic diseases and described hisobservations and rules about the progression and resolution of these chronic diseases. One key point of his theory is that a skin eruption is the first manifestation of psora, which is the source of all chronicdiseases of non-venereal origin. In chronic disease the
 presenting
symptoms of the patient ("thoseailments which have been most constant and unchanged")
may
aggravate and
will
disappear in thereverse order of their appearance with the correct antipsoric remedies in the correct posology.
Possibly
,old symptoms
may
return during an antipsoric
 
treatment. In all diseases, if after a Homeopathic remedythe psychic symptoms are the first to improve or aggravate it is a
most certain sign
of curative change.For Hahnemann this inside outward improvement was not a law but rather a
most certain sign
of 
 
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curative change. Finally not all diseases progress from outside inwards but certain diseases(psychosomatic diseases) can progress from within outwards.
Organon of Medicine
:In
aphorism
 
161 and 248
of the fifth and sixth edition of the
Organon of Medicine
, Hahnemann saysthat in the treatment of old and very old chronic disease, aggravation of the original disease does notappear if the remedy is accurately chosen and given in the appropriate small doses, which are onlygradually increased.
"
When this is done, these exacerbations of the original symptoms of the chronicdisease can appear only at the end of the treatment, when the cure is complete or nearly complete." Theoriginal symptoms of a chronic disease should be the last to aggravate or become more prominent beforedisappearing
.In
aphorism
 
225
, Hahnemann states that some psychic diseases are not the extension of physicaldisease but, "instead, with only slight physical illness, they arise and proceed from the psyche, frompersistent grief, resentment, anger, humiliation and repeated exposure to fear and fright. In time suchpsychic diseases often greatly harm the physical health." In other words, Hahnemann had recognized theexistence of psychosomatic diseases, those diseases which progress from within outwards and fromabove downwards.This is the background that now leads us to Hering, who, among all Hahnemann's students, wasmost similar to him
.
Like Hahnemann, Hering was a true scientist who totally adopted the inductivemethod in his scientific pursuits.
 
Hering’s
contribution:
In
1845,
 
Hering
enunciated the original observations of Hahnemann as a law of order in a work never tobe published. In this law he mentions essentially four points, that "the improvement in pain takes placefrom above downward; and in diseases, from within outward. Chronic diseases if thoroughly cured,always terminate in some cutaneous eruption" and lastly "the thorough cure of a widely ramified chronicdisease in the organism is indicated by the most important organs being first relieved; the affectionpasses off in the order in which the organs had been affected, the most important being relieved first, theless important next, and the skin last". As a reader we do not clearly sense that Hering is officiallyproclaiming the original observations of Hahnemann as an absolute law but rather that there is a "law of order" during a curative process. Also we were unable to find Hering or any of his contemporariesreferring further to this unpublished work or to a law of direction of cure.

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