Aphorisms 201 to 203 and Suppression
Aphorisms 201, 202 and 203 highlight Hahnemann’s theory of suppression and disease as the main focus. The development of the totality model is evident here with regard to the totality of disease and totality of symptoms being necessary in the treatment of disease. This essay will explore the modern day meaning of the aphorisms highlighted and discuss the aspects of suppression through modern treatments and the impact of vaccination on the theory of miasms in relation to the topics discussed.
Aphorism 201 emphasises the externalisation of internal symptoms of disease as an instinctive reaction from the vital force when disease is present which naturally creates less risk to more vital organs that are threatened from the originating disease organism. In effect it could be described as an innate response by the body’s natural defences to survive and reduce resulting impact on the internal organs and systems. As the vital force becomes further stressed and the disease within the internal body increases, the external localised disease also increases in a response to protect the internal organs. Such responses can be seen within the modern medical field with allergic reactions. Should a person ingest something that will cause such a reaction, a skin rash can appear rapidly which is different from the location of the originating source.
Psora is another excellent example of such manifestations of an internal disease on an external organ such as the skin. In Chronic Diseases, Hahnemann discusses this in more depth, echoing his theory and describing the beliefs of the ‘old school’ as horrible untruths. The physicians of the day and indeed those within more modern times still hold this truth within their practice today. ‘Every eruption or itch is merely a local ailment of the skin that must be driven away from the skin through local applications. If the eruption is once removed from the skin everything is well and the person is restored and the whole disease is removed’ Vithoulkas echoes Hahnemann within his integrated totality model of the levels of human kind. Here Vithoulkas highlights three main areas relevant to this aphorism, ‘the human organism always works as a totality; signs and symptoms can be seen on one or more levels of existence; the defence mechanism creates the best defence possible at any given moment, always attempting to limit symptoms to the most peripheral levels.’ Sankaran, uses an excellent example of such theory by describing a dam concept. He likens the body to a dam which prevents the water contained within a reservoir from damaging the vital structures around it. Should the pressure of the water contained within it become too much and threatens its structure, then excess water is diverted and released into areas which do not house the vital structures to its existence. Should those outlets be blocked then pressure would again build and the danger continues to be a threat to its physical existence.
Aphorism 202, continues to describe the act of suppression on the individual and states, ‘If the physician of the old school destroys the local symptom by some external means, thinking thereby to heal the entire disease, nature compensates for this by awakening the internal malady and the other symptoms that have lain dormant next to the local disease.’ In essence, this describes the internal disease being increased when general medicine considers the disease cured by the localised symptom disappearing and we see the vicious circle continuing with the internal disease having its protective outlet blocked and the journey of disease redirecting its course, thus affecting the more vital organs and biological systems.
Aphorism 203 relates directly to the miasmatic taint that individuals can possess and the danger of not treating the underlying cause of the disease itself rather than focussing on symptomatic treatments and suppression. Hahnemann himself, expressed this as a concern when he was treating his patients who presented with similar of worse symptoms at a later date, when he had considered a cure to have been achieved. He stated, ‘Why then, cannot this vital force, efficiently affected through Homeopathic medicines, produce any true and lasting recovery?’ It would appear that in his early years of homeopathic practice that, although he was treating within the similimum model of symptomatic pictures presented, the miasmatic taint carried by the individual was not cured, even though localised symptoms had been eradicated. It is here that traditional medical approaches, through the methods described in the aphorisms discussed and known as suppression are not effectively supporting the curative process and continue to suppress disease, only to make matters worse in the longer term.
Suppression is defined within medicine as ‘the cessation of any physiological process.’ However, as the above discussion has shown the cessation only occurs on the outward symptoms present. As Sankaran and Vithoulkas describe the symptoms often presented to the physician are not necessarily a true picture of the underlying disease itself; however more often than not such symptoms are suppressed. Ian Sinclair describes the concept of health in three key stages (illustration 1) and highlights the freedom required for the body to naturally purify itself from toxic states such as acute disease that, when suppressed further thus, preventing the body’s natural purification system can lead to further toxicity resulting in chronic disease. This chronic disease, once suppressed further still can lead to a level of toxicity within the body that a presenting disease can be considered incurable. In essence, Sinclair is highlighting the direct relation to suppression of one disease (acute) to another as a result of the suppression occurring within the previous presenting disease state as Hahnemann brought to our attention in his Aphorisms. As the illustration shows, the level of toxicity within the body exceeds the level of natural elimination through the elimination organs such as the Kidneys, Lungs, Bowel and Skin. Should this level increase as a result of suppressive actions the level of disease classification also increases, thus impacting on the health and wellbeing of the individual as the vital force requires support to ‘fight’ the levels of toxicity it is faced with which can depend on many factors impacting as a suppressive agent.
Roberts considers several external features that can act as such agents in that can impact on the vital force’s ability to support elimination of disease. These can be summarised in the following key groups:-
Roberts expertly summarises such key areas and demonstrates how through continual suppression, the risk of the centre of vitality being negatively impacted upon increases. As with Sankaran’s Dam analogy, the above six areas, if suppressed like a river will ultimately discover another route to flow, placing other organs and systems at high risks of physical or energetic toxic levels.
Suppression, so far has been discussed in relation to physical symptoms and the above stimuli possibilities; however, within homeopathic thinking, the concept of miasms is a key risk associated to suppression and suppressive treatments.
Miasms are considered to be the underpinning foundation of any present, predominant or persistent symptom that occurs within a patient being treated.
Norland describes an analogy of the soil and the reflection of this basis for specific plants to grow in certain soil types. He continues with this analogy in a concise description of a patient as, ‘the individual expresses the predisposition for disease (soil) by the symptoms of the disease (plant).’
Psora here is a clear example of how through suppression has been perverted (mutated) over time due to the suppression of skin symptoms (Number four above of Roberts) thus being driven deeper, attacking more important biological systems and organs. Norland continues to state that for a cure to occur, thus preventing the patient having reoccurring symptomology, or deeper pathology, the suppressed eruptions and original disease form must return, bringing internal relief to the body. Referring back to illustration 1 this can be understood as the original elimination will enable the overarching vital force to eliminate the toxicity being experienced reducing risk of the acute to chronic to incurable disease occurring.
Vaccination in particular places such miasmatic taints at risk of being suppressed. Not only are vaccine compounds not working within a similimum approach, which one would have thought would be the case in the theory of inoculation against disease, but rather an artificial organism that suppresses such symptoms discussed required for health and wellbeing is indeed utilised. A major aspect of missed theoretical grounding that mainstream medicine has either missed or refused to acknowledge is the concept of susceptibility. Previous essays completed, explored this is more depth; however, in summary, the concept of inoculation believes in herd immunity theory and that all people are susceptible to the same disease as each other. Pasteur, believed in this until his last acknowledgement prior to his death was to renege on his germ theory stating that it is indeed ‘the soil that is all-important, not the disease.’ This is echoed by Norland on the previous page and recognises that people are individuals and this is evident in totality of symptom approaches that is a key element of homeopathic philosophy and practice.
Miasm theory has expanded somewhat since Hahnemann highlighted the key three taints as Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis, however it is clear as a result of the background reading for this assignment that suppression has indeed mutated such miasm classifications thus expanding miasmatic theory as it currently stands today.
Roberts also describes an element of such suppression within a miasmatic model in his statement that, ‘we often see cases where these suppressing emotions not only affect profoundly the single individual, but extend their influence to the next generation though the effect of the nursing mother.’
Here, the influence of the ‘soil’ the infant is receiving has been tainted by a suppressive action, not necessarily consciously, by the mother at the time of nursing.
In conclusion, it can be argued that suppression has an ultimately long term negative effect on health and well being due to physical, energetic or indeed miasmatic toxicity remaining as a result of the vital force not being able to fully eliminate through its naturally present system. Emotional, physical and chemical suppression are key influencing factors and continued actions in this direction will ultimately pollute the soil further from which we grow. Leaving the last word to Norland, he summarises, ‘From the perspective of the health of future generations it would be best that the outward expressions of diseases be left untreated by medical intercessions.’ such as suppressive, medication, topical agents, emotional suppression through sociological based suppression and indeed the inoculation programmes that ultimately push disease deeper into the soil that we wish to nurture and grow the future of mankind from.
Adapted: Ian Sinclair Model of Health, Toxaemia and Evolution of Disease.
For example, cancer (advanced stages)
Normal Metabolic Waste via, Lungs, Kidneys, Bowels, Skin
For example, flu, tonsillitis, fever, measles, infection
Arthritis, Diabetes, CFS, Ulceration
Exceeds capacity for elimination
 Hahnemann. 1982. The Chronic Diseases. P14
 Vithoulkas. 1993. The Science of Homeopathy. P56
 Sankaran. 1999. The Spirit of Homeopathy. P74
 Hahnemann. 1982. Organon of Medicine (6th edition). P145
 Hahnemann, 1982, The Chronic Diseases. P5
 Medical Dictionary for Nurses. 2009.
 Sinclair, 2009, Health: The Only Immunity, the alternative to vaccination. P28/29
 Roberts, 1979. The Principles and Art of Cure by Homoeopathy. P157
 Norland, 2003. Signatures, Miasms, Aids. P20
 Roberts, 1979. The Principles and Art of Cure by Homoeopathy. P157
 Norland, 2003. Signatures, Miasms, Aids. P204