FROM THE WRITINGS OF CONSTANTINE HERING, FATHER OF AMERICAN HOMEOPATHY
Constantine Hering (01/01/1800 – 07/23/1880) was born on January 1, 1800, in Oschatz, Germany and is considered to be the Father of American Homeopathy. While attending Leipzig University, in Germany, Hering was the student assistant of a doctor who had been asked to write a book to disprove the legitimacy of homeopathy. However, the doctor’s busy schedule forced him to refer the project to his assistant, who eagerly accepted the assignment. Hering ardently studied the writings and teachings of Samuel Hahnemann (04/11/1755 – 07/02/1843), known as the “founder” of homeopathy; and expanded his research by conducting experiments and repeated provings.
Hering had a dramatic change of heart when he received successful homeopathic treatment for a wound that had become inflamed and seriously infected. After this experience, he decided to quit his job and leave the University. Hering went on to become highly influential in the expansion of homeopathic studies. One of his works was to summarize the ways to administer a nosode found in the writings of Hahnemann.
A synopsis of this work was posted on I LOVE HOMEOPATHY, Saturday, November 20, 2010. It has a lot of technical terms known best by those who have advanced knowledge of homeopathy, but it is worth reading at any level.
1. The first indication for the nosode is when the mental, physical generals and particular symptoms are characteristic of the proving of the remedy. This makes the nosode a constitutional remedy. 13-11-10
2. The second condition for using a nosode is when well-chosen remedies do not act, hold or just change the symptoms. This is usually caused by the chronic miasm, such as psora, sycosis, pseudopsora and syphylis, this is one of the reasons why it is important to know what miasm are in the back ground of a constitutional syndrome. 14-11-10
3. The third way to use a nosode is when there is a lack of symptoms. Very few to prescribe and there are strong inherited or acquired miasm has repressed the ability of the constitution to show symptoms.
4. The fourth way to administer a nosode is when a person has not recovered from a miasmic infection and its suppression. This state is called The Never Been Well Since Syndrome.
5. The fifth way to administer a nosode is when partial pictures of the constitutional remedy manifest yet no one remedy completely fits the case.
6. The sixth way to administer a nosode is when a miasmic obstruction of the progress obstructs the progress of a constitutional remedy or miasam intercurrent. The old remedy becomes ineffective. The nosode then will unblock the case.
7. The seventh way to administer a nosode is when the remedy is related to the disease genus, related to, or example Clark’s use of Pertussin nosode.
8. The eighth way to administer a nosode is homeopathic profilaxis. To prevent some specific infectious diseases. For example, Boenninghousen’s successful use of Variolinum to prevent smallpox. Nosodes may also be used as a method to protect children from the miasma they have inherited through their parents.
9. The ninth way to administer a nosode is as a homeopathic remedy made from the patient’s own disease substances. This is called auto-nosode made from sputum, blood, urine, pus, leucorrhoea, exudates, skin eruptions, microbes from cultures … of the patient.
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DEFINITION OF TERMS USED IN THIS ARTICLE1:
A “nosode” is a homeopathic remedy made from diseased tissue or the product of disease.
A “constitutional remedy” is of fundamental importance to the health of an individual during his entire lifetime.
A “miasm” is a noxious influence. An infectious principle, or virus, which when taken into the organism, may set up a specific disease.
An “intercurrent” is a remedy given to provide movement in a stalled case.
John Henry Clarke (1853 – 11/24/1931), a pre-eminent British Homeopath, who, among many distinguished accomplishments, presided over the 1906 World’s Homeopathic Congress.
A “homeopathic profilaxis” (or homeoprophylaxis) is the administration of homeopathic remedies to induce immunity against a particular disease.
Clemens Maria Frans von Boenninghousen (1900 – 1980), a British homeopath and scholar, wrote Insights into Homeopathy (1990) and was president of the Faculty of Homeopathy (London) during the mid 1950’s.
1Definitions from Yasgur’s Homeopathic Dicitionary and Holistic Health Reference, 2004 (fourth edition).
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Biography of Constantine Hering, Whole Health Now
© 2010 Myra Nissen.
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