Theoretical Implications Of Master’s Advice To Apply Infant’s Similimum Through Mother’s Milk
‘Classical homeopaths’ believe that ‘drug energy’ of potentized drugs selected and applied as similimum acts dynamically up on the ‘vital force’, thereby rectifying the imbalances of vital force and ‘mind’, which in turn ‘cures’ the body as a whole. Some ‘energy’ medicine homeopaths even believe this ‘drug energy’ can be transmitted to great distances by various means, without administering medicines directly up on the ‘physical body’.
I would like to request those people what Hahnemann says in ‘Chronic Diseases : Para 139’ regarding administration of homeopathic drugs, and ponder over the implications of ‘master’s statement:
He says- “Sucklings never receive medicine; the mother or wet-nurse receives the remedy instead, and through their milk it acts on the child very quickly, mildly and beneficially”.
This statement prompts us to re-view the fundamentals of homeopathy in a new light. I think Hahnemann has turned his whole principles upside down here.
1. Hahnemann is asking here to give ‘similimum of the infant’ to mother or wet nurse, for whom that drug need not be symptomatically indicated. If a homeopathic drug is taken by a person without being indicated his similimum, it will not act on his ‘vital force’ as per the theory of similia similibus curentur. That means, the ‘mother or wet nurse’ receiving the similimum of infant has no any role in the curative process. Further, if the ‘unindicated’ drug can cause ‘proving’ as believed by classical homeopaths, there is even chances of adverse effects on the individual!
2. Potentized medicines are said to act through ‘nerves’ on the vital force. There is no ‘nerve cells’ present in ‘milk’. If the medicine could be conveyed to infant through the milk of mother or wet nurse, it clearly proves nerves are not involved the conveyance of medicinal action, as ‘believed’ by classical homeopaths. We will have to consider a different explanation regarding mode of conveyance of homeopathic ‘drug energy’ inside organism, if it act through milk.
If you want to get a ‘positive’ influence, you will have to determine the similimum for wet nurse by collecting totality of her symptoms, not for infant.
Let us consider the argument “dynamic homeopathic medicine when work on vital force that is produce some required chemical changes in body”. If so, the infant is getting the milk subjected to “chemical changes” by the action of drug upon the “vital force of mother”. It is this “chemically changed milk” that is consumed by the infant. How this “chemically changed” milk would act homeopathically on the organism of ‘infant’? If anybody argue that the “vital force” of mother is acting on infant through milk, how would you explain this phenomenon if the milk is collected in bottles and given to infant? Would you say “the changed vital force” of mother is collected in a bottle and transferred to infant?
I think we can explain this phenomenon more rationally and without any confusion. The ‘active principles’ of potentized drugs selected as similimum for the infant is conveyed through blood of mother to the milk, and thereby into the organism of the infant. The active principles act in the infant the same way as a similimum given directly. Is not this explanation more rational and simple?
This phenomenon clearly proves that active principles of potentized drugs are conveyed through body fluids, not through the ‘nerves’ as commonly believed. I wanted only to make that point clear. If it were ‘nerves’, it will never be conveyed to infants through mother’s breast milk.