Isopathy and our Source Remedy
Tracing the simillimum through Isopathy.
A few years back when I was working on my stages concept in Homeopathy, I decided to look at Isopathy through the light of the stages concept. In the process I was surprised to discover a deeper meaning into our patients and their remedy itself.
Here is how I would classify the different types of Isopathy into four stages from my understanding and clinical experience.
When you give the same substance ( that caused the disease) in same potency ie in its crude form. This generally cures only the common disease symptoms after exposure to the causative agent.
Immunotherapy for allergic treatment seems to work at this level.
It is when you use a remedy prepared from the same substance in a lower potency (low triturations to maximum 30C). This generally cures not just the common but also some local peculiar symptoms.
This form of Isopathy is used in some of the 'homeopathic' trials eg David Reilly and colleagues (Lancet 1986; ii:881-886) compared a homeopathic pollen remedy (30C) to placebo in hay fever in 144 human subjects. They showed a small but statistically significant worsening of symptoms during the first two weeks of treatment but a small but significant improvement in the two weeks after completion of the treatment that was associated with a reduction in the amount of antihistamine needed to control their symptoms.
It is when you use a remedy prepared from the original substance in a medium potency ( 30C to 200C) and it cures not just the local symptoms but also general and constitutional symptoms.
This form of Isopathy is seen when our patients have been “Never Well Since” a particular illness and then we prescribe a nosode or an intercurrent remedy made from the same infective agent in a moderate potency.
Eg Tuberculinum or Baccilinum 200C dramatically ameliorates the local ( respiratory infections) and general state ( Hectic pace, restlessness and desire for change, Wanting to take a deep breath etc).
For me the core of homoeopathic miasmatic theory finds its roots in this concept.
It is when you use a remedy prepared from the original substance in a high potency ( beyond 200C) and it cures not just local and general symptom but creates a huge shift at a core identity and energetic level ie it is the Simillimum.
Now the fascinating part is in clinical practice my experience has been that the patient may not necessarily have been “exposed to” this causative agent during their own life time but sometimes in the generation before or even beyond. This was seen in my video case in my last blog where the mother's exposure to mercury was expressed in the daughter.
Most frequently if the patient is ready to go beyond he or she may connect to the very source of their remedy when the case is explored deep enough.
The Language of the Source.
It has been frequently observed that the source remedy at Stage 4 can be expressed by the patient as an intense fascination or repulsion or reaction to that substance at Stage 1.
Let me give you an example here.
Now this does not mean that every thing that a patient reacts to strongly would end up as their most accurate remedy.
The process is being open, exploring and learning. To note the subtle clues of that deeper connection to the source of the remedy at Stage 4, at the same time being able to remain unprejudiced and ensuring that the remedy indeed fits the patient all other stages at 3, 2 and 1.
It is a fine balance which beautifully expresses the whole. It also means that you should be ready to accept that there may be no connection of the isopathic remedy at the source and explore something else that emerges instead.
So on one hand although not every isopathic remedy connects at all four stages this way, on the other hand is not surprising to see accidental Simillimums in clinical practice are frequently found through Isopathic prescriptions.
The aim of this blog is to be open up your isopathic defination as another potential key to the most appropriate remedy when the cause can be traced to the very source....
Let me know your thoughts. Do you have isopathic experiences to share at any stage?