What Constitutes a Cure?

Richard Hiltner – USA

As Dr. Samuel Hahnemann explains, the term “cure” or health occurs when:

“…the spirit-like vital force [dynamis] animating the material human organism reigns in supreme sovereignty. It maintains the sensations and the activities of all the parts of the living organism in a harmony that obliges wonderment. The reasoning spirit who inhabits the organism can thus freely use this healthy living instrument to reach the lofty goal of human existence.”1


Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was a German physician, best known for creating a system of alternative medicine called homeopathy

Hahnemann makes it very clear that the “real” person is not the physical body alone. The body is the vehicle for the “reasoning spirit” [force, chi, qi, vital force, consciousness] which it uses to obtain knowledge and experience on this plane of energy/substance, so that it can evolve and experience all of life. In other words, so it can bring out all of its potential [“the lofty goal of human existence”].

Of course, Hahnemann emphasized the need to eliminate any material, emotional, intellectual or ethical cause for the illness. Even though there cannot be a direct contact with this “reasoning spirit,” it can be aided through the “Laws of Similars.” This Law need not be elaborated for those reading, who one takes for granted, know the basic concepts of this approach.

He also defined miasms and chronic disease which primarily are associated with heredity.

In Paragraph 286 Hahnemann states that:

The dynamic forces of mineral magnetism, electricity, and galvanism act no less homeopathically and powerfully on our vital principle than medicines actually called homeopathic…”2

In Paragraph 288 he mentions that animal magnetism can be a great healing force:

This healing force acts in different ways: on the one hand it replaces vital force in various places where it is deficient; and on the other hand it drains off, reduces, and more equally distributes it where it has become so strongly concentrated in certain parts that it has caused and sustained vague nervous conditions…”3

So one sees that the master himself is aware of other approaches to cure, than strictly using homeopathic medicines.

With all the above stated, now let me try to give my opinion more specifically to the term of “Cure.” If one wishes a TOTAL CURE, all “levels” [Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual] of the person must function without any hindrance of energy/consciousness/life/substance. The “spirit-like vital force…reigns in supreme sovereignty.”

Is this really possible today for all of us folks with all the miasmatic, environmental, ignorance, injustice and unethical happenings about us, to see a cure as above described? Very unlikely. A few, perhaps.

It will take many generations for this to occur even with the best homeopathic and other legitimate non-suppressing medical approaches.

On the other hand, if one is speaking of a PARTIAL CURE, then the future is brighter.There is no doubt that partial cures or cures on various levels can occur.

And even if someday all of us obtain perfect health [perfect cure on all levels, and taking for granted that all environmental factors are also perfect], there is still “free will.” Which means that if on any level [ethical, mental, emotional and physical] one should decide to go to extremes [lose one’s balance, so to speak], then illness will surely return with its appropriate consequences.

Also, one must enter into the equation the destiny of future humanity. How will it appear millions of years from now [taking for granted that humanity makes it, which I think it will]? Is it not likely that our physical appearance will be different? Even if this is so, the above comment on health and cure on all levels will still be appropriate.

1 Organon of Medicine. [Sixth Edition]. Samuel Hahneman. [Jost Kűnsli,MD, Alain Naudé, and Pete Pendleton]. J. P. Tarcher, Inc. Los Angeles.1982. Paragraph 9. Page 14-15.

2Op. Cit., Paragraph 286, Page 209.

3 Organon of Medicine, Paragraph 288, Page 210.

(*) Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.