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 12 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.
And I did find loads of information on Isopathy. And what was interesting was that while homeopaths really never appreciated Isopathy, their practices and patients had benefited tremendously through Isopathy.
Isopathy in Homeopathic Practice
Today I have come a long way with the use of isopathy in my own practice successfully in innumerable ways in the form of nosodes, sarcodes, tautopathic remedies and so on.
And while it has been used as a default strategy whenever people have struggled to address the issues through constitutional or "classical" ways;
today I can say that Isopathy has a definite scope in our practices that homoeopathy cannot replace...
-In the form of nosodes for patients who had been never well since a particular infection.
-In the form of sarcodes to stimulate, inhibit, repair and balance specific organs.
-To address the annoying drug side effects.
-To reduce the ill effects of substance abuse,
-To reducing the severity of allergic reactions or chronic poisoning effects of certain toxic substances through tautopathy.
-And then there is a complete parallel field of homoeoprophylaxis where specific nosodes are used to prevent specific infections.
Thus the list goes on...
We simply cannot deny the power of isopathy and its incredible scope in our practices today. And hence this gives rise to a fundamental question.
How is Isopathy related to homeopathy?
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 may be used to reduce the symptoms
Whereas homeopathically any remedy that produced symptoms similar to excess iron in provings will 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 iron abuse will create 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. There were a lot of missing links and unanswered bits.
Have you wondered, 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.
and then he or she happens to be given Apis in a potency for the bee bite, what would unfold?
Through time there was an even more deeper question that came up -
Why does a Apis state come up in patients even without being ever stung by the honey bee as far as they could remember!
Have you wondered about the unique resonance patients have to the source of their indicated remedies?
To answer some of these questions, let me share with you a case from my acute clinic. I saw this patient around the same time I was researching isopathy and it was the first time I got some clarity into the connection between Isopathy and Homoeopathy.
I will continue to share more insight into the clinical application of isopathy and its relationship with homoeopathy in the coming weeks.
But in the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts on this case? Was it isopathic or homoeopathic?