(Please see "Some logic" and "Intro" discussions first, especially Carol.)
The symptom patterns which appear during Homeopathic treatment always involve the whole body, so the Brain's Homeostatic Control Centre is suspected as the primary target of the medicine. The Brain then triggers normal healing processes, so there is no direct action of the medicines outside the Brain.
Since symptoms are the currency of Homeopathy, their origin must be considered. This first model proposes a centre in the brain which initiates symptom patterns, and which responds differently for each type of "signal" from the medicines. The medicine could not possibly be acting diffusely or randomly around the body with such predictable symptom patterns.
The medicine may not actually directly affect the "symptom generator" - it may influence some other component of the Brain's Control system which then sends the signal to the symptom generator.
This model proposes that the Homeopathic signal is an artificial signal which mimics the Brain's own signals passed between the components of the Homeostatic Control System, (or the signal actually participates in the mechanism of these components to cause the symptoms).
Each homeopathic "signal" does not generate a single symptom, but a pattern of symptoms which, in totality, are unique for each homeopathic medicine.
Since a single "signal" operates in this way, it can be deduced that the Brain also aggregates symptoms to a particular signal in the same way.
For this to work, the Brain would need instinctual memory to be able to match each specific signal to its symptom patterns.
Alternatively, the symptoms may just be toxic reactions in the Brain resulting from the fault in the control centre.
Hahnemann preferred sensitive patients during the provings because the very first symptoms to appear tended to be almost unique to that medicine. He always had to start with very small doses because of the large variability of "prover" sensitivity, and then progressively increase the doses to toxic levels. All the hypersensitivity or toxic symptoms that followed with the higher doses were less important than the first, as they were so common among medicines, but had to be recorded anyway because other symptoms associated with this medicine appeared at the same time as them.
The years of many medicine "provings" (symptom gathering) provide for the Homeopath a detailed "logical" knowledge of the behaviour of the Brain's control system, but without knowing its physical structure.
The objective, then, is for the Homeopath to be able to recognise all possible "conditions of failure" of the control system through the external presentation of symptoms, so as to be able to then manipulate the control system in a precise way, according to the Law of Similars.
We do not need to know much about the actual structure of the control system in this logical model. Like any system, it will consist of a number of components which perform functions and communicate to, or pass something to, other components, or feedback to inhibit other components.
Any fault causes a kind of blockage in the system. The end result is that thing(s) accumulate excessively, and in a very characteristic way for each particular "component fault", resulting in the characteristic toxic reactions, which are actually ONLY IN THE BRAIN.
The areas of the Brain affected by this toxicity may be those controlling various regions of the body, which gives the patient the perception that the symptoms are actually coming from the organs and tissues that these brain areas are responsible for.
The untreated fault in the control system will usually "hang" in this state, stuck at a specific component(s) for years - or further accumulations will cause a worsening of toxicity and symptoms. This is similar to the behaviour of chronic diseases.
In disease, there may actually be no disease in the body at all except in the Control system itself, which is faulty and still producing symptoms because it is not able to complete its action and reset itself after a disease in the body has resolved. The Homeopathic medicine must, firstly, target and then PUSH the faulty step in the Control system so that the Control system can resume its processing of the disease and complete normally.
The "total symptom pattern" of the disease reveals the identity of the faulty part of the control system. The Homeopathic medicine, by matching these symptoms closely, is targeting the very same fault, and at the same time pushing that faulty component so that this obstacle in the system can be overcome.
[ 29. July 2003, 10:05: Message edited by: Timokay ]
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