We speak about health; yet this isn’t possible without relating it to the term disease – and vice versa.
Especially in recent years we have been increasingly confronted with word creations such as health care market – equivalent to market of the future, health care awareness, health care funds, health care promotion, health care reform … but health care is more than a heavily expanding future market. Health, to feel healthy, has turned into a major aim in life: two thirds of the German population indicates that being healthy makes them happy. Considering the steadily rising costs in the health care system, we cannot help asking the question: How many people, then, are unhappy in Germany?
Just like happiness, health is, above all, a subjective condition. This is precisely the reason why it is worth our while to have a closer look at that term and to define it. Below we will introduce some attempts at explanations written by great thinkers over the last two millenniums. All approaches originate from a holistic view to health and disease; a view that the homeopathic-spagyric complex remedies by PEKANA are based on as well.
In his work On the Obscurity of Health, Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900 – 2002), one of the most renowned German philosophers, repeatedly asks the question: “But what really is health, this enigmatic something, which we all know and yet somehow do not know as it is so wonderful to be healthy?” Health is not noticeable; failing health, having fallen out of one’s living conditions, though, is a characteristic of the sick, of a case of sickness. For Gadamer health is a state of inner adequacy and of being in balance with one’s self; a state one is not conscious of is a feeling of wellbeing that makes us enterprising, perceptive and self-forgetful. It is “being there”, “being in the world”, “being with humans”.
In his book How Health Develops, Eckhard Schiffer describes – based on the model of salutogenesis (development of health, salus = health; genesis = development), whether we stay bodily and mentally healthy under stress and/or in case we fall ill, whether we regain health as fast as possible.
For Schiffer, health is integrated by the feeling of coherence (inner coherence) and the sense of coherence (outer coherence). These, in turn, are comprised of the components understandability (of the world, to grasp contexts), viability (confidence to master tasks in life independently or with support of others), as well as sensibility, and therefore they are basic, forming the basis for the health of every human being.
Pic.: Model of salutogenesis: adapted according to Eckard Schiffer
Until his death in 1843, Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homeopathy, occupied himself intensively with the research of disease processes. In The Organon of the Healing Art Hahnemann explains in 291 paragraphs the rules of health, disease and healing as well as the principles of homeopathy and their application.
In § 9 of The Organon, Hahnemann describes the term health as follows: “In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamics that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purpose of our existence.”
In the other paragraphs Hahnemann describes the impact of this controlling, non-material vital power in whose absence for him no living organism would exist and so render the organism incapable of sensation and self-healing. According to Hahnemann, every disease weakens the vital power, vital principle, and dynamics, which is made noticeable through different symptoms. To restore this vital power, to bring it back to balance is the aim of therapy; therapy, however, understood in the true sense of its meaning is ‘service’.
Not only was Paracelsus physician, natural researcher, alchemist and astrologer, contemporary to Martin Luther and Leonardo da Vinci, he was also one of the most important personalities of medical history as well as a pioneer in the empirical, mentally oriented art of healing. Even about 500 years after his death, his knowledge has not lost any relevance or fascination. Homeopathy and spagyrics have their roots in Paracelsian ideas.
Paracelsus views the causes of diseases in the microcosm (human being) in correspondence with the macrocosm (environment). Humans originate from the macrocosm and so are subject to it in both disease and health alike.
According to Paracelsus the ideal remedy (arcanum) should unite the three basic principles sal, sulphur and mercury. This is due to the fact that the human being consists of body, soul and spirit, and the true remedy should incorporate these as well. Here sal represents the organizing structure, mercury the spiritual, creative but also volatile element, and sulphur the omni-uniting, forming and individualizing mental principle. Remedies containing these basic elements in their purest form are gained by means of alchemical processes. They rekindle the vital forces that are incapable of self-healing.
The great Greek philosopher Plato (427-247 BC) wrote: “For it is the greatest mistake when treating diseases that body and soul are separated too much from each other, whereas they cannot be separated; yet this is exactly what physicians overlook and so they miss so many diseases; because they never see the whole. They should turn their attention to the whole because there, where the whole is sick, it is impossible for a part to be healthy.”
This intellectual time travel covering more than 2,000 years, impressively shows that the holistic view has proved consistent throughout the ages in an approach to health and disease.
The diseases of our times are manifold and have multiple causes. Particularly today it is extremely important to understand every disease as a burden of the body on the mental and material level.
The use of the homeopathic-spagyric complex remedies manufactured by PEKANA corresponds to that image. According to the findings of the therapy method, their remedy scheme includes, apart from organic regulations, also spiritual-mental symptoms and at the same time offers treatment with the vital energy characteristic of the plants.
The spagyrically manufactured PEKANA preparations unite the principles sal, sulphur and mercury which constitute, according to Paracelsus, the ideal remedy (arcanum).
Pic.: The inseparable trinity of sal, sulphur and mercury
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