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Just as death is a part of life and night follows day, so too are health and illness two sides of the same coin. In its innate wisdom the body knows exactly when it needs an acute illness for its development. Illness is a self-healing mechanism inherent to the body. Faced with an overload of work, stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition and lack of exercise the body will defend itself. As with a sensitive instrument, careful handling is needed. Coarse and careless treatment combined with ignoring the need for rest will lead the body to react with symptoms to gain attention. Every symptom of illness is a message urging a change of direction in life.

Acute Illness

An acute sickness is often the body's only way of recuperating and recharging its batteries. In today's fast moving times the natural rhythm between rest and activity is often ignored. Lack of sleep and exercise rob the organism of energy.

A 'flu-like infection is a good opportunity to develop a healing fever. Only a healthy body has the energy to develop a fever. Nearly all pathogens lose mobility from about 38.5°C to 39°C and can be seized by antibodies and neutralised. The heat from the fever accelerates the metabolism and activates the body's "police". Cleansing and combustion processes are supported.

All artificial lowering of a fever weakens the defence.

Childhood Diseases

Experiencing childhood diseases is of great significance for healthy physical and mental development. Nowadays this is often underestimated. For example, in my youth it was seen to that one had had measles before going to school. It was known that complications only occur when the disease is contracted at a later age.

Childhood diseases such as measles act as a valve to release inherited physical, as well as mental patterns. The more burdens one has from parents, grandparents and ancestors, the more important it is to be able to detach oneself from them. One can always observe a visible maturing. Physically a natural immunity is developed, which is not only lifelong, but is also passed on to children via breastmilk. This immunity protects not just against a recurrence of measles but also against other infectious diseases.

Childhood diseases give children the opportunity to detach themselves from the physical and mental pattern they were born with.

Chronic Diseases

When I ask them about the occurrence of fever many mothers who come to me are very relieved to report that their child has hardly ever had a fever. It may be constantly ill with coughs, colds and rashes, but thank goodness no fever.

The suppression of acute illnesses with fever-reducing remedies such as antibiotics and cortisone leave the body no choice but to develop a chronic complaint.

Nowadays chronic ailments are increasing rapidly. To have allergies is fashionable. Environmental influences, one-sided nutrition and especially vaccinations make their own contributions.

In homeopathy, chronic illnesses are treated with so-called constitutional remedies.

What is a constitutional remedy?

A constitutional remedy encompasses the individual as a whole and is guided by how body and soul react to outside events. The question "What kind of a person is this?" accompanies every homeopathic assessment.

Just as each lock has its own key, there is a suitable medicine for each individual among the infinity of medicines. It is as if creation had simultaneously created mankind and all that is needed to heal body, mind and soul.

The constitutional remedy - an exact likeness of the internal ailment - has the task of making subconscious behaviour patterns conscious.

Just as surroundings and partner reflect subconscious behaviour patterns, so too can the medicine show the individual a mirror image. Like a good friend it contains all the symptoms, can meet body and mind and penetrate the deepest layers.

Simultaneously with the alleviation and healing of the physical ailment, mind and soul heal. Once again freedom is felt. Life awakens from numbness. Imperceptibly the flow of life and energy return to their paths.

Sometimes patients report that the medicine had worked like a "drug", so intensely could they feel it.

In a wondersome way the environment seems to change as well.

The environment is like a mirror. As soon as one perceives changes in someone, it is difficult to realise that it is only one's own changes that are being perceived in the other person.

If part of a gridlocked system starts to move, this gives the others the freedom to leave their own blocked positions.