There are two concepts of health, disease and cure proposed by Prof Vithoulkas that we have presented in esteemed medical conferences all over the world and which are invariably accepted without any resistance from the medical scientists – The theory of Levels of Health and The Continuum of Unified Theory of Diseases. These concepts when understood and applied well make a sea change in the way a physician understands and assesses the possibilities and responses in his patients. While firmly rooted in Classical Hahnemannian homeopathy, these concepts explain the different aspects and varied responses to treatments as we see today. The theory of homeopathy sometimes is very difficult to understand and appreciate in clinical practice, which is probably the reason behind so many different versions of it. But the truth is only one and the teachings of Prof Vithoulkas make it so simple to appreciate Hahnemannian concepts – without distortion or adaptation. Today students from over 65 countries have benefited from these teachings and the common trait in all these students is the success in their practice. Prof Vithoulkas also teaches that success must be defined beforehand so we know whether we have achieved it or not. This means, ‘any change’ in the symptoms of a patient cannot be success. There is a definite way in which homeopathic cure proceeds and if one is unable to appreciate this then one has not succeeded yet. Even today he works hard to make sure he is justifying every single patient. This is the responsibility he bears and has taught us to bear too… every single student of his has felt this.
The cases presented here are exemplary not because they are talking of some rare unheard of condition that was miraculously cured with homeopathy, or of a rare remedy that speaks of how learned the physician is. They are exemplary because they are everyday cases that we see in clinics. The idea behind presenting them is to showcase the theory in working. In every case there is a learning point that one may use in one’s own practice. As the research head of International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, I bring these cases to you with a hope that it will show the amount of hard work and detailed learning that is essential to be successful even in everyday cases. By successful, let me remind you, I mean that we see the changes in the deep pathology and a shift towards health and not just change in symptoms or their mere removal.
If you look at the case of the Barrett’s oesophagus you may wonder if all such deep pathologies may be handled with such success with homeopathy. The truth is, though a very serious incurable pathology, in this particular case the patient was of a very good health level. As prof Vithoulkas teaches us, irrespective of the pathology, if a patient belongs to a high level of health, the condition is usually curable.You may see the authors mentioning these levels as A, B, C and D – A is the highest health group and D is the lowest. Each of these groups is further divided into 3 levels, making 12 levels of health in all. There are specific parameters which decide where a patient stands and may be learnt from Prof. Vithoulkas’book, Levels of Health.
Also similar are cases of thyrotoxicosis and PCOS that are presented in this issue. You must also observe that in these high health level cases whenever the patient has some stress that undermines the health, they tend to return to the same remedy picture. This means that the immune system is so strong that it will maintain the same state (and a clear symptomatology) under stress. Whereas, if you go down the ladder, as you will see in the case of the H.Pylori patient, the child’s health is not as great as the others we just mentioned. Along with the chronic inflammatory condition, the child has recurrent infections. This automatically puts the child in the next level (B). Here with every acute episode the child required an acute remedy and later would have a relapse of the chronic condition and many repetitions were required before appreciating a good shift in the level of health. The betterment was appreciated through the decrease in recurrence of the infections AND decrease in the chronic condition. But before this was achieved, while the chronic was getting better, the acutes were increasing. This is the right direction of cure indeed. This direction may be appreciated even in the ringworm case where during the treatment of his ringworm and allergy the suppressed warts came back. Such changes are appreciated ONLY if one follows the rules of health.
The Tourette’s and infertility cases are examples of addressing the right pathology (where is the actual pathology of the patient?). Though one would not commonly think of remedies such as Stramonium in infertility, it was exactly this remedy that helped her conceive. Also, unless the layer of grief was addressed in the Tourette’s, one could not take the case further. This is taught by prof Vithoulkas as ‘Strategies to Prescription’ where he teaches the different ways in which a homeopath must understand a patient in order to prescribe the simillimum. The case of hypercholesteremia is an example of how we have the possibility to slowly withdraw drugs such as statins from patients who are otherwise on it for life (with the side effects that come with them). However, a word of caution; to be able to do so, one must follow the rules of homeopathy meticulously and have the keen understanding and observation to interpret the direction a patient is taking or one could end up doing harm.
The case of the multiple pathologies by Dr Petakov is a very classical example of the kind of cases we receive these days in clinics. The way every reaction must be assessed and interpreted is exemplified in this case. The meticulous description of the follow ups must be studied for the concepts that have been covered there and the final outcome, which is change in the level of health though the patient is still on treatment must be appreciated. The case of the comatose patient is an example of how to work when there are no subjective symptoms present. It shows how much homeopathy can help even in cases where physically only a surgery may truly remove the problem.
Every other case is also on these lines and have in them learning points while being examples of what homeopathy may achieve. But, like I said, these are not cases for excitement and propaganda but cases that are to be appreciated for the ardour and diligence we require in practice.
Dr Seema Mahesh
IACH, Alonissos Greece