Dr. Hahnemann, who founded the system of medical Heilkunst, was clearly a genius, who brought many new and even radical insights into the understanding of health, disease, and the true basis for cure. A deeply compassionate and ethical man shines clearly through his writings, and his desire to always find a better and quicker method for restoring his patients to true health propelled him through every phase of his life.
One of his original observations involves his radical understanding of disease itself, as being fundamentally of a qualitative nature, and involving what he termed the generative power. Nowhere in the history of medicine had anyone seen this before Hahnemann. The medical philosophy before him (and which has continued on to this day in all allopathic approaches to medicine) completely misses this, and therefore treats disease at the wrong level, which produces superficial results, at best.
The generative power is that part of us which is creative — whether procreative, as in our sexual energy, or otherwise co-creative, as in all of our activities of producing new things (objects of art, or industry, or even the mundane activities of creation which we engage with in our day-to-day lives). Hahnemann’s great insight was that all disease lodges itself within this generative power, hence the reason that we can correctly refer to “de-generative” diseases.
The usual everyday approach to health care generally revolves around symptoms and their elimination, and unfortunately usually without any concern as to how or why they are made to disappear, and more importantly, where they have been shifted to (usually deeper into the organism with allopathic approaches). While there are multiple methods and modalities for eliminating symptoms, they mostly don’t do anything to actually improve the patient’s health.
Hahnemann’s insight, as captured in his system of Heilkunst, instead understands that symptoms are only a secondary issue, and it is the overall health and forward momentum of the patient which are of primary importance. His observation of the role of the generative power in disease implies that a principled (ie lawful) cure of a disease, by definition, liberates the patient’s creative energy.
We confirm this all of the time, as we take patients through their sequential treatment, and watch as they progressively become more and more creative within their life, and engage in a much more dynamic way, while their symptoms fall by the wayside. In fact, the same is true for patients who don’t particularly have any “symptoms” to speak of, yet they are not feeling this sense of overall health and creativity in their life. These patients actually come to treatment for the sole purpose of re-enlivening their generative power. What a true joy to be able to witness these patients give birth to themselves anew!