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. Some of this came through is practice and use of homeopathy, as well as his study and teaching in natural sciences. Although there are cases where this is not true, his basic rule of healing developed into these 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

There can be times where healing happens differently, but there is still expected to have the other maxims happening then. For example: if you have digestive problems and then after treatments, your digestion begins to get better, but you now have dandruff. That is not a bad thing. Although your symptoms went “back up” the body, it also came closer to the surface (outward). Your digestive organs are also more important than your skin. So it would be said that healing is improving. If you dealt with dandruff years ago before digestive problems, then this is also a good thing. Older symptoms have now come back as part of the healing process. If the new symptoms are not dealt with properly, then it could actually go deeper again and the healing would have to start over. However, this is difficult for many people to understand or like today. Often it means that in healing something might get worse (aggravated) or something redevelop before we have final healing of the initial complaint. We live in a world of immediate. Healing take months to years if you have been sick or dealing with issues for years or decades. In addition, it is easy to suppress symptoms and in doing so, drives it deeper, opposite of what we would want to see in healing.

            Healing is possible, but is also takes time and effort. It also takes an objective opinion at times too. We can often be so engulfed in our own illness, which we do not see when it starts to get better or when another aspect of life or health improves. We miss it due to being distracted by the main issue. Having someone else that can look at your whole picture can assist in giving not only hope, but also another perspective. It can also help give hope in the midst of something that cannot be healed, by sharing the journey with another person and also finding ways to improve other aspect of life to improve the quality of life as one deals with what has been placed before them.