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Hering’s Law of Direction of Cure – A Reliable Tool in Homeopathic Therapeutics
Leela D'Souza
Hpathy Ezine, December, 2009 | Decem ber 15, 2009

Recently, some colleagues (Saine, 14), have doubted the veracity of terming Dr. Constantine Hering’s observations a law, when they do not observe every aspect fulfilled in a case. This paper seeks to restore faith in this law as an indispensable clinical tool, with the help of reliable perspectives from homeopaths of great capability. Dr. Hering described his observations as a ‘law of order’​ (of symptom expression) in his Preface (12, Appendix 1) to the 1845 American edition of The Chronic Diseases by Samuel Hahnemann. (9, Appendix 2) Nearly a hundred years ago, master homeopaths: JT Kent, HC Allen, JH Allen, PC

Muzumdar and others. A homeopath must seriously consider anomalies i. He states (Saine. Introduction: In recent past. aptly supported by miasmatic interpretation of the phenomenology that develops. Dr. Praful Vijaykar. Dr. 2. center to periphery. perceive the conceptual details of the law accurately interpreted in that case. This paper seeks to restore faith in this law as an indispensable clinical tool with the help of reliable perspectives from homeopaths of great capability. as .” I suggest a better understanding and application of the law instead. A Law speaks of a recurrent pattern that exists in Nature. an esteemed colleague (Saine. With a thorough conceptual understanding of these patterns and conditions necessary to fulfill or violate them. 15) had doubted the veracity of terming the direction of cure a law. The Law: The 5 directions of cure Dr. since he could not observe every aspect fulfilled. individual to every case (15).e. from more important to less important organs and in the chronologically reverse order of disease development (Appendix 1). 16) a contemporary homeopath. (7. outwards. C. They regarded this law on a par with the Law of Similars and were tremendously successful. 15) “It is reasonable to assume that Kent was the one that officialized the term “Hering’s law” and so inadvertently popularized the concept of the existence of a clear and precise law of direction of cure. He also uses this to explain the concept of ‘suppression’ in homeopathy. one uses the law with hindsight in the various clinical decisions of remedy choice or change.1) by Samuel Hahnemann. counterfactuals (2. recognizing a pattern of deteriorating disease opposite to the direction of cure. Hering described this “law of order” in his Preface (12. 15. Essential to observing and accurately applying the law is to first thoroughly understand the expression and progress of disease in an individual case. Second. Appendix 2. His wide influence on other homeopaths through his article is regrettable. with the embryological development of a fetus. understood the application of Hahnemann’s theory of miasms in clinical case management in addition to Hering’s Law of Direction of Cure. downwards. has correlated the ‘law of order’​ observed by Hering. Hering observed were from above. within. 13) to this natural law and appropriately interpret this for clinical management. Appendix 1) to the 1845 American edition of The Chronic Diseases (9.

16. The Theory of Suppression (16) states. Mumbai. (quoted for brevity) “The (fertilized) human egg.. we must think seriously before we trivialize the law. An Embryological Perspective of the Law: Dr.” If such an intelligent. it gives rise to 3 germinal layers: a) b) c) Ectoderm Endoderm Mesoderm . medically trained. scientific homeopath. The Law of Direction of Cure (Hering) : The law of verification that gives us the requisite feedback in respect of the accuracy we have achieved in respect of the correct application of the Law of Similars. the ability to perceive it in the area of disease (drug as well as natural) and the capacity to achieve its establishment on the similar plane through the adoption of suitable techniques and the application of the right clinical judgment. ML Dhawale. Dr. like that of any chordate egg differentiates into various organs and systems. but an intuitive guide after achieving adequate conceptual training of the patterns of cure. with clinical experience spanning over 50 years had little reason to doubt the clinical veracity of Hering’s Law of Cure. that today runs over 6 successful homeopathic hospitals (apart from clinics) in and around Mumbai (Pavaskar. supported by clinical experience. Before it differentiates…. 2.well as posology.6) a pioneering homeopath and founder of the Institute of Clinical Research. Often this is not a conscious application. (8. The Law of Similars: The fundamental law of selection of the similar dynamic force which demands a total understanding of the concept of the Hahnemannian totality. His book. And we must ever remember that Law does not recognize exceptions. developed a reliable correlation of Hering’s Law based on an irrefutable pattern in nature – the in-utero development process of an embryo.13). 17) an extremely successful homeopath from Mumbai. (5. 6): “Homeopathy is scientific in that it is governed by two laws: 1. wrote in his article on Experimental design for Clinical Research in Homeopathy (Dhawale. FAMS. Praful Vijaykar. MD.

(3rd layer) The neuro endocrine glands are externally derived from ectoderm.The fourth is a specialized ectoderm called the neuroderm or neuro-ectoderm. (4th layer) Connective tissue: …connection between endoderm derivatives and mesoderm derivatives …is established by tissues arising out of the mesenchyme of the medoserm…. These organs arise out of mesothelium of mesoderm. and coverings of organs. In the cure axis. … forms our 2nd layer. heart. kidneys) or parenchyma of viscera. bones. All these indicate the 4 directions of cure: a) More important to less important b) Above downwards c) Inside out and . the head or brain or upper part is more important than other parts which are formed later. whether it is central or peripheral and the brain are derived from the neuroectoderm which is a specialized ectoderm. …our first layer. But the functional part of it. Ectoderm: Gives rise to all the organs which are in connection or exposed to the external environment (skin). This is also … exposed to the external environment. lymph. * The cephalo-caudal axis so formed denotes the higher to lower level importance * The spread of mesoderm paraxially from inside out * and from dorsal to ventral region also denotes the importance of that direction.As the embryo grows. i. the connective tissue includes blood. endoderm or even mesoderm. Endoderm: Forms the respiratory tube lining. muscles. Mesoderm: Gives rise to the viscera (lungs. (6th layer) …. the nutrition is supplied from the first formed organ which acts as the chief source. *The first to form is the Precordial plate which represents the head part. gastro-intestinal tube lining and urinary tract lining. cartilages. dermis and fascias. (5 th Layer) The nervous system.e. the secretary cells are of either neural crest in origin or neuroectodermal in origin. It is of least importance.

that in addition to being universal in form. were JT Kent. 6. Among master homeopaths that had effectively done so.106-108 . Laws are not expected to express logical necessities of truth. maps suppression (in 7 layers) and miasmatic deterioration therapeutically. The Endoderm and Mesoderm give rise to organs which are in between. as a clash with observation or experiment. David Little (12) www. Vijaykar’s insight into embryology. 16. One develops a conceptual idea of natural patterns in this process. This is how we understand the difference between a law and an accidental generalization. JH Allen. Dr. 14). 8). because there will exist counterfactual conditions to them (Appiah. though these rely on inductive logic based on a priori premises. What makes a mere generalization a law. Among contemporary groups. These homeopaths also correlated the philosophy of miasms parallel to their spiritual backgrounds. How beautifully the circle becomes complete! From ectoderm – to endoderm – to mesoderm – to neuro-ectoderm – to ectoderm once again. PC Muzumdar. JF Allen and HC Allen. Praful Vijaykar (8. and is brilliant and clinically reliable. in The Chronic Miasms Vol 1 (1). Clinical Perspective of the Law: Science today has realized the necessity of natural laws. 13). We could add to our conditions on laws. 17). Mumbai (5.d) Centre to periphery Ectoderm is least important when it forms skin and most important when it forms brain and neural tissue. not an explanation of it (Rosenberg. Mumbai. listed in ‘References’ are .” Explanatory details can be read in my article (D’souza.simillimum. Embryological development involves serious study. Dr. pg. universal patterns in nature. Groups of homeopaths who perceived miasmatic expression in individual disease evolution. It is expected that universal laws continue to be modified over time. but is worth the investment. Hence it’s possible to detect an anomaly in natural law. It is crucial to bear in mind that this is a symptom of their being laws. as conditions are added to it and anomalies further explained. reflects the necessity of combining Hering’s Law with miasms. Straightforward cases and acute clinical conditions always support the law of cure. which is a sophisticated explanation of Hering’s Law of Cure. Stuart Close. they support counterfactual conditions. One counterfactual condition for observed anomalies of the law in complicated clinical cases is Hahnemann’s theory of miasms. also successfully applied Hering’s Law. without rejecting the law. is the necessity of linking cause with effect as seen in applications of Hering’s Law. ML Dhawale’s ICR. It is not necessary for a universal law to hold true in every instance. 2).

You can never see disease any more that you can see life itself. The miasm is the opposing force to the life force. is an enemy of law or at least there is no mutual understanding between him and law. Organon & Philosophy Pages: 1 2 Leela D'Souza Leela D'Souza is a Bombay -based homeopathic professional whose ex perience includes intensiv e medical training in one of India's leading homeopathic medical institutions. but all invisible as well…… Why? Because both the life and the disease (and you know disease is perverted life) work from within outward and from above downward and not from without inward. The physician who suppresses any miasmatic state. We must first know that law rules not alone the visible things. or it is a physiological law opposed. Nature is the complement of life. the life. we must enter into correspondence with it (life). we must deal with that which animates the organism and gives it its being. not without. the disease is within. http://homeopathy .” Please share this article: Posted in Hom eopathy Papers. therefore the forces being against it must be in true opposition to the miasm and not alone against the life itself or we disturb it more. Her priv ate practice in homeopathic healing spans a decade and a half. not upon the surface.Therapeutically speaking then. Any other procedure endangers suppression or a greater deflection of the perverted life force. It must go with the life (force) and work through the life (force) and be in cooperation with life (force). for suppression itself is a retrograde process or a deflection of law. It is also true that we can only see through law the mystery of suppression. but we must assist nature through its right channels and by the way of law. …… ….“We can only understand the forces of nature by and through law. and we must work with it along these lines. even the very unit of life (the cell) works from within outward or from its nucleus. The life is within. Disease appears through the medium of the same law that governs life. as it is only through it the unknown principle (the miasm) is clearly revealed to us with all its attending phenomena. because law is the relater of all things. or disease process if you wish. It is only an expression of it that you see.