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Dr. Gregory Pais, ND
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HOMEOPATHY AND THE RETURN OF SYMPTOMS

I thought it would be useful to cover something that many homeopathic patients experience. That is, the return of a previously experienced symptom. Why is this topic important? If you have a symptom doesn't that mean you are sicker than before? Not necessarily. In 1828, in Samuel Hahnemann's first edition of  "The Chronic Diseases", he noticed that the cure of symptoms would lead backwards to an old suppressed eruption. This held true as long as the person's vitality was strong enough. Once the old symptom had come and gone, the patient was well on their way to being cured.

In Hahnemann's day skin lesions and syphilis were treated with suppressive therapies-chemical substances, Mercury derivatives, etc. So often, when an old symptom returned during his homeopathic treatment, it was a skin symptom. This holds true in my practice today. Many of my patients have had an occurrence of eczema treated by cortisone, a yeast infection suppressed by topical treatments, a bout of acne covered up by antibiotics, or other similar experiences. While under homeopathic care these symptoms return once again, in modified form.

What these situations have in common is the externalization of an interior imbalance. The Vital Force creates symptoms in response to this imbalance. Usually these symptoms are on the surface or in superficial areas, where symptoms, though uncomfortable, will not cause deep harm to the organism. If these symptoms are covered up and suppressed by treatments that do not address their cause, then deeper problems will develop. Though the shape of these symptoms has now changed-it was eczema, now it's asthma-the energy driving the symptoms, the cause, has not. With homeopathic treatment, the organism has a chance to heal the old symptom, as the cause is being dealt with.

At your next follow-up, when I ask you if old symptoms have returned, pay closer attention to what has transpired. It might be an old physical injury that acted up; maybe you experienced some indigestion like you used to when you worked that stressful job; perhaps your menstrual cycle symptoms were just like they were when you were a teen. These connections, these related aspects of your health, may be the best indicator as to what is happening. So, if I say, "that's promising" or "it's a good sign" you'll know that I'm hoping that things are progressing in the direction of cure.

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