Signatures, Miasms, AIDS shows how a deeper knowledge of two key concepts, miasms and the doctrine of signatures, can enrich our under-standing of remedies and the disease states we encounter in our patients. It also helps bridge the gap between spiritual and scientific world views.
• The book examines the historical and alchemical background of healing, placing homeopathy firmly within the context of the ancient, unchanging and practical truths of the `eternal philosophy'. Based upon this, a model for potency selection is offered.
• New light is cast on Hahnemann's original three miasms, while Tubercular, Cancer and AIDS miasms are examined through the nosodes of those diseases. These are set within a developmental model, helping us locate patients and remedies on a miasmatic map.
• New information is included from the extensive provings of the AIDS nosode and the frequently used remedy Falco peregrinus.
Misha Norland has been dedicated to homeopathy since the early seventies and is a founder member of the Society of Homeopaths. Since 1981, he has been the director of the School of Homeopathy, Devon, where many remedy provings have been conducted. His diploma-level correspondence course to train new homeopaths has attracted many students worldwide. He practises homeopathy and teaches at the School (also the family home), and gives homeopathic seminars internationally. He enjoys the intimacy of family life, music, taking the dog for walks, cooking evening meals and writing poetry.
Much of this book could have been written ten years ago-many of the ideas were in place. It has rested on the back boiler because I have been busy running the School of Homeopathy, teaching and being with my family-and also because for me, writing is an arduous task. Like many dyslexics who learn to write, I have compensated for lack of acumen by developing habits of perfectionism. I often rework a single sentence several times before I am satisfied. I disrupt my flow of ideas by concentrating upon details. When I speak, however, none of these impediments are apparent. For years, friends have suggested that I find a collaborator.
I am therefore grateful to Claire Robinson for working with me on this book. Claire shares my delight in finding the right words to clearly present what needs to be said and a fascination with homeopathy and philosophy. The latter stages of this book have been written in close collaboration; we have literally sat side by side and crafted the raw material of ideas and facts into coherent shape.
My thanks go to Stuart Gracie for his many years of management of the homeopathy correspondence course, alliance and friendship; also for taking on the publishing of this book. Without this implementation, it would still be languishing in a pending file.
I am grateful to Peter Fraser for his work on new provings and his substantial contribution to the AIDS and Falco peregrinus sections in the book.
I would like to thank Brigitte, my wife, for her painting (used on the cover) and for her ongoing support of me, our children, and our extended `family': the teachers and students at the School of Homeopathy.
I would like to honour the memory of my mentor John Damonte who generously gave of himself and provided me with a vision of healing and homeopathy. Finally, my thanks go to E C Whitmont for his inspiration and encouragement. He was severe with me, entreating me to get off my butt and write a book incorporating the doctrine of signatures. "It is your duty," he said "to communicate your understanding!"
Signatures, Miasms, AIDS shows how a deeper knowledge of two key concepts in homeopathic theory-miasms and the doctrine of signatures-can enrich our understanding of remedies and the states we encounter in our patients.
Part I presents some of the historical and alchemical background of homeopathy, placing this system of healing firmly within the context of the ancient, unchanging and eminently practical truths of the 'eternal philosophy'. In an Appendix, we show how an understanding of this knowledge gives a model for potency selection, based on observation of how vital energy expresses itself in individual patients. New light is cast on Hahnemann's original miasms of Psora, Sycosis and Syphilis, creating the foundation for an understanding of the 'newer' miasms posited by modern homeopaths.
Part II examines some polycrest remedies in the light of their signatures and miasmatic tendencies. The concept of signatures is expanded to include the origins, stories and myths surrounding the use of medicinal substances, as well as their cultural, commercial and scientific applications. Remedy pictures are underpinned by extensive clinical experience. Readers who are familiar with the journals Homeopathic Links and The Homeopath may be acquainted with some aspects of the remedy pictures, but these have been reworked to include new insights.
Part III looks in detail at the AIDS miasm through the nosode of that disease and the sarcode Falco peregrinus. New information is included from the provings of both remedies. Because these are new remedies, their materia medica 'pictures' are not established in the same way as those of the polycrests. The `Natrum mur type' and the 'Silica type' have become familiar enough for us to fold our signature insights into the well-known remedy themes that have emerged from decades of clinical experience and evolving materia medica. But while Falco peregrinus and the AIDS nosode have been extensively proven and used curatively in some clinical cases, we cannot yet tell how the 'types' of these new remedies will present. Nor do we yet have a full clinical picture of the disease states that will respond to the remedies.
Our treatment of the AIDS nosode and Falco peregrinus in this book is therefore very different from that of the older polycrests. We present background information about the remedy substances, linking them to the themes that emerged from the provings. As these remedies are used by more homeopaths in future years, clearer pictures of the remedies will form themselves out of the raw material presented here, just as they have for the polycrests. However, in our experience, familiarity with the 'stories' of these remedies as presented in this book (in addition to repertory work and materia medica searches) has proved sufficient both to recognise corresponding disease states in patients and to bring about a curative response. We therefore thought it useful to include our existing knowledge in the hope that others will subsequently give it a more defined shape.
Part IV looks at the 'newer' Tubercular, Cancer and AIDS miasms within the context of a developmental model that helps us to locate patients and remedies on the miasmatic map, and also provides a summary of the developmental model of miasms used throughout the book.
Appendices include a model for potency selection based on an elemental model of constitutional types and a homeopathic glossary of commonly used terms for those who may not be familiar with all of the terms used in this book.
New provings carried out at the School of Homeopathy may be viewed in their entirety by logging onto www.homeopathyschool.com and linking through to the proving site provided by Peter Fraser.
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