What is Heilkunst?
A Short Introduction
Heilkunst is the complete system of medicine developed by the German medical doctor Samuel Hahnemann in the first half of the 19th century, and furthered with recent research. It means “the art of remediation,” and includes both the curing of disease and supporting the body’s innate capacity to restore balance. Its highest aim is to remove the blockages that prevent you from reaching your full potential on all levels of your being - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Heilkunst treatment works at the causative level to remove the roots of the disturbances that are affecting your health, not simply to suppress the outer symptoms. The practitioner can identify this deeper level of causation in each individual and provide the remedies that can reach there, while supporting the patient’s healing at every step of the way.
Homeopathy is just one small part of the complete Heilkunst system. And Heilkunst is not just another approach to add to the multitude of healing methods, but a map of the whole territory. Based on principles of nature that can be invoked in reproducible ways, Heilkunst is a truly scientific medical system.
Symptoms are not the disease
Conventional medicine, and even natural medicine to a large degree, is based on a material view of disease, which focuses on the symptoms and not their real causes. Many people think the best they can expect is to manage their symptoms as well as possible.
Because the conventional model sees the symptom as the problem itself, it uses suppressive treatments which drive the problem deeper into the system. The original symptom may be relieved, but the real roots of the disease are now even more deeply entrenched, to manifest again later.
Heilkunst understands that the disease symptom is a manifestation of a specific energy disturbance. Treatment reaches to the origin of the disturbance, which is on a deeper level than symptoms. It removes the underlying disease, and then the symptoms will naturally resolve.
Regimen and Medicine
We each have a life force which is dynamic - not material or chemical - and this life force has two sides. One side is the wisdom of the body that balances, supports and heals. All the natural healing methods work on this side - nutrition, herbs, acupuncture. This is the realm of treatment we call regimen.
But this healing is only half the equation. The other side of the life force is where the disturbances which we call disease are lodged. Disease is rather like a pregnancy - no amount of nutrition, herbs, exercise, acupuncture or energy healing can change that! Curing disease is the realm of treatment called medicine.
Disease can only be cured by using the correct medicines (remedies), chosen by the Heilkunst practitioner according to the curative law of nature, and at the proper time and in the proper dose for the patient.
When you begin treatment with a Heilkunst practitioner, you are asked to provide a list of all the traumatic events that occurred in your life, from birth to the present time. We call this the traumatic timeline.
Natural law allows for the cure of these disturbances in the reverse order, so you’ll be treated for the most recent one first, going backward in time. Your life energy that was blocked due to that trauma will be reintegrated into yourself. There’s no need to re-live the past, but only to remove the blockages that prevent you from moving forward in an unencumbered way, and to allow for the adjustment to a healthier state.
You’ll also be treated for any acute problems you might be currently having. You’ll be counseled in regimen (diet, nutrition, sleep, water intake, exercise, and other lifestyle issues), to support the healing process. You’ll receive therapeutic education, to help you to understand your responses to treatment and to help you develop the soul/spiritual aspect of your health.
So this task of full remediation is not simply to take away ills and have people go back to their lives unchanged. It can be a deeply transformative process, which requires our deepening understanding of who we are and our life’s purpose. It requires guidance beyond simply taking remedies, and the Heilkunst practitioner has the skill and depth of understanding to provide that, in a completely individual way for each patient.
The Healing Reaction
Soon after taking a deep-acting remedy, many patients will begin to feel better in some way. Then about 10-14 days after taking a remedy, some may experience a slight, temporary worsening of symptoms or discomfort. This is the healing reaction, the body’s own inner healing power working to eliminate waste, rebuild tissue or whatever is necessary to restore balance after the curative remedy has done its job.
Regimen - particular foods, supplements, etc., whatever is needed - is used to help support this important function so you move through this phase with a minimum of discomfort. Most people will experience a greater sense of health after the healing reaction has completed.
You can refer to the additional article, The Healing Reaction, to help understand the real benefit of the healing reaction.
Nuts and Bolts
To a large degree, the remedies used in Heilkunst treatment are natural substances that are highly diluted and energized in a very specific way so as to bring out their therapeutic action and eliminate the possibility of iatrogenic (medicine caused) effects. These are commonly known as “homeopathic” remedies. They have undergone extensive clinical testing, published in compendiums called materia medicas or pharmacopoeias.
Dr. Hahnemann’s life-long research proved the remedies safe and effective, when used properly, and they continue to prove safe and effective throughout the 250 years since. The particular remedies that you need, in the sequence, dose and potency that you need them, are all determined by the Heilkunst practitioner.
Some remedies are given in liquid form in dropper bottles, to take one drop at a time, and other remedies are given in a powder form.
Patients may continue using any doctor-prescribed drugs without interfering with the Heilkunst treatment. By the same token, Heilkunst treatment itself doesn’t interfere with any other treatment that patients may choose to undergo, although with Heilkunst treatment many other treatments may become unnecessary, depending on the particular case and the patient’s preference.
If you don’t live near a Heilkunst practitioner, phone consults can be done very easily, and the remedies sent by mail. Treatment is no less effective this way, and is always completely individualized.