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Three laws for healing

When one ponders the ways in which healing takes place, there are three laws to understand.

— Law of contraries. This law is commonly used by allopaths – medical doctors – but may be found in many of the healing arts. This law is invoked whenever a practitioner uses a technique or procedure to get rid of whatever is causing the problem. The practitioner might, for example, lance the boil to drain out the infection or give you an antibiotic to do something similar throughout the body.

From a psychological perspective, you might receive an antidepressant to work on your emotional tone and rid you of your depression. St. John’s Wart would be the herbal equivalence to a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor like Prozac.



The wonderful thing about this law is that it is incredibly specific. If you have a sliver in your finger, take it out.

The problem with this law is that it sometimes misses the larger picture. In prescribing the antibiotic to kill off the bad bugs associated with an illness, the antibiotic may also kill off good ones that we need in our intestines to help digest food. A course of antibiotics, for example, may inadvertently give us candida.




In the same vein, seeing depression as only an imbalance in the brain chemistry may miss the lifestyle aspects associated with the depressive episode. Perhaps the depression may benefit from adjunctive counseling; many scientific studies have shown this to be the case.

— The law of similars. This is used primarily by homeopaths, employing the clinical framework of “like cures like.” The homeopath’s job is to find the “simillium,” or substance that could cause the illness or symptoms you are experiencing, then give you that substance in a highly diluted and potentized form.

It is said that when the homeopathic remedy resonates exactly with the symptom picture of the individual, it will have a catalytic effect, triggering a systemic response within the patient. This response will strengthen the individual from the inside out by stimulating the immune system to resist disease, thus allowing the individual’s “vital force” to become stronger.

So if you had a bad case of poison oak or poison ivy, the homeopath would give you Rhus Toxicodendron (available at your local health food store) to stimulate your immune system to react and cure the skin rash from the inside out.

In treating depression, the homeopath would review your case and find the remedy that would likely cause depressive symptoms similar to yours. For example, he or she might prescribe arsenicum for depression that is accompanied by anxiety, insecurity and perfectionism.

— The law of balance. This is used primarily by flower essence practitioners. The practitioner assesses what way your life (style) is out of balance by examining what aspects of your life have been touched by physical, emotional or psychological wounding. The practitioner then creates a mixture of flower essences to help those areas heal, thus bringing your life back into balance.

Flower essences were originally developed in the 1920s. They are not perfumes or aroma therapies. Instead, dew-laden petals of a flower are collected in the morning light and placed in a bowl of spring water to create a sun tea of their essence. This tea is then highly diluted and used by the practitioner.

These essences may be taken orally or applied topically to the skin. Each flower essence has its own attributes to help bring the mind, body and soul into balance.

Practitioners, unlike the allopath or homeopath, are not looking for the flower essence to treat the disease. Instead, they are looking at the big picture and trying to determine what aspects of your life are out of balance.

In treating depression, flower essence practitioners would look towards understanding your life history and lifestyle in order to find the essences that will help get them back into balance. For example, they might use bleeding heart to help you resolve relationship issues, larch to help you find your voice or centaury to help you find your interpersonal power.

By helping your lifestyle come into balance, your depression is lifted. In a recent clinical study (see http://www.IJHC.org), flower essences were found to help depressive symptoms significantly.

Jeffrey R. Cram, Ph. D., is a wholistic psychologist with a practice in Nevada City. He offers psychotherapy, biofeedback and flower essence and music therapies. Write him c/o The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.


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