Isopathy - Key to Simillimum
Isopathy and Homoeopathy
I never really acknowledged Isopathy during my homeopathic medical training. It seemed too basic and one sided as compared to the deep multidimentional classical homoeopathy I was studying.
Ian Watson's quote that "Homeopathy was never meant to be that simple" summarised this well!!
Hence when I was asked to cover isopathy as one of the topics for my year four students around 6 years back, I wasn't sure how would I structure it. All I was clear about was that I did not want to present anything that I had not experienced clinically in my practice.
Thus started my own research on isopathy and its comparitive study with homeopathy filtered through my own clinic.
I did find loads of information on Isopathy. But what was interesting was that although none of the homeopaths really appreciated Isopathy, it did not deter them from experimenting Isopathy through their practice.
Isopathy in Homeopathic Practice
I realised that Homeopaths had incorporated isopathy in innumerable ways in the form of using nosodes, sarcodes, tautopathic, homeoprophylactic remedies and so on.
It seemed to be used as a default complementary strategy whenever they had struggled to address the issues through constitutional or "classical" ways.
Directly or indirectly we used it when patients who had been never well since a particular infection are prescribed relevant nosodes as inter currents.
We also used it when stimulating, inhibiting or balancing specific organs through relevant sarcodes.
We address annoying drug side effects, ill effects of substance abuse, reducing the severity of allergic reactions or chronic poisoning effects of certain toxic substances through tautopathy.
Thus the list goes on...
Isopathy, a Subset of homeopathy or more?
Most authors consider Isopathy to be a subset of homeopathy.
So if someone was suffering from side effects of Iron tablets, then isopathically the remedy Ferrum Met can be used to reduce the symptoms
Whereas homeopathically any remedy that produced symptoms similar to excess Iron in provings should cure these symptoms eg Pulsatilla has been used for Iron abuse according to law of Similars.
Hering mentioned that in his seven years of experience using Isopathy he had never been able to cure but rather only ameliorate symptoms using Isopathy. Deeper effects were seen only with homeopathics.
So accordingly, Ferrum Met removed only those symptoms which were caused due to excessive Iron whereas Pulsatilla because it is chosen on the totality of Symptoms along with those of excessive ferrum created a much deeper change and possible cure.
Isopathy and Homoeopathy- Is it a fair comparison?
While I knew there was logic here, there was something missing for me. From my own clinical experience I realised this was an unfair comparison and conclusion.
Have you wondered about what could happen when the isopathic remedy itself was the patient's simillimum?
For example what happens when an Apis constitution is stung by the honey bee.
Then if he or she happens to be given Apis in a potency, what would unfold ?
Now let me share you a case from my acute clinic.I saw this patient around the same time I was reseraching isopathy and it was the first time I got some clarity into this topic.
Through time there was an even more deeper question that came up -
Why does a Apis person shows symptoms of Apis poisoning even without being ever stung by the honey bee as far as they could remember!
Have you wondered about our unique relationship to the source of our simillimum?
In my next blog I will share with you an interesting insight which will change the way you look at Isopathy ie - how we can actually confirm whether the isopathic remedy is indeed the patient's the simillimum!!
I would love to hear your thoughts? How do you associate isopathy and homeopathy?