Hering's Law

Constantine Hering was born in 1800 in Saxony. He later immigrated to the United States in the 1830’s and continued to work and teach until his death in 1880 in Pennsylvania. During his work in both Europe and the US, he began to more closely observe the healing process. What he learned affected his practice and our use of homeopathy, as well as his study and teaching in natural sciences, in a way that is particularly helpful for us today.

Although there are cases where this is mitigated, his basic rule of healing developed into four healing maxims:  

-From above, downward

-From within to outward (central to peripheral or deep to superficial)

-From more important toward less important organs or systems

-In reverse order of acquisition

Healing happens differently for each person because each individual, like our fingerprints, has a unique design and functional response to elements like heredity, environmental exposure, illness, and the treatments themselves. We can, however, still expected to have these maxims happening concurrently.

For example, Peter has digestive problems, and after treatments his digestion improves, but now he begins to notice dandruff. That is not a bad thing. Although his symptoms went “back up” the body, they also came closer to the surface (outward).

It is important to note several things in this example. Your digestive organs are more important than your skin (from more important to less important organs or systems). So it would be said that Peter’s healing is gaining important ground. If he dealt with dandruff years ago before digestive problems (from above downward), then this also signifies an improvement: older symptoms have now come back as part of the healing process, in reverse order of acquisition.

It should also be noted that if the “new” symptoms are not dealt with properly, then the core problem causing lack of good health and vitality could actually go deeper into your system once again, and the healing would have to start over. This concept is difficult for us to understand, or accept, today.

Often it means that in healing something might get worse (aggravated) or something redevelop before you have final healing of the initial complaint. We live in a world of the immediate, normalized by fast food and microwaves and a mutual understanding that our internet has to engage that very second or we are justified to swear at it. Healing take months to years if you have been sick or dealing with issues for years or decades. It is easy to suppress symptoms and in doing so, drive them deeper—the very opposite of what we would want to see in healing. In addition, long-term health and vitality are further compromised when other ailments join us as side effects of pharmaceutical quick-fixes.

From within to outward healing is possible, but it takes effort and time. It also takes an objective opinion at times. We can often be so engulfed in our own illness, we do not see when it starts to get better or when another aspect of life or health improves. Interacting with a doctor who takes vitalistic medicine seriously can give encouragement and much-needed perspective as you wait for the body to engage its inherent design and function.

It can also give hope to persons in the midst of something that cannot be healed, through sharing and shaping their the journey with another person and through finding ways to improve quality of life as they deal resiliently with what has been placed before them.