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Hering’s Laws of Cure Help Us Understand How Homeopathy Works

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

November 8th, 2012  |  9 Comments

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In the 1830s, a German homeopath, Constantine Hering, emigrated to the United States and became the Father of American Homeopathy. Included in his works is what today is called “Hering’s Law of Cure.” The precepts of his laws can be used to assess health history and present symptoms. They are not absolute, but should be used as a guideline in prescribing. When an illness is treated homeopathically, you might very well witness the almost unbelievable accuracy of the body’s memory as the healing processes follow “Hering’s Law of Cure.”


Hering’s First Law is that healing migrates from the innermost part of the patient, such as the emotions or lungs, to the outermost areas, such as the muscles or skin.


If we see someone with a lung infection who is relieved of coughing spasms and pain after a homeopathic prescription and then is plagued with an old case of eczema, we are comforted with the knowledge that the pathology has been shifted to the outer area of the body.


Using a cortisone-type cream will likely eliminate the skin issue but may cause the lungs to take on the pathology once again. This is why I plead with my clients to put up with temporary annoyances like rashes without succumbing to over-the-counter or prescription medications.


Once a homeopathic remedy is administered, the body begins to retrace the steps and paths it has taken throughout the illness. The good news is that the retracing of past conditions isn’t a regression, but a progression!


As the body heals according to “Hering’s Law of Cure,” one observes that its first priority is to preserve and protect its most vital organs. Dangers to the internal organs, such as the heart and lungs, are the first to be eliminated. When order is restored to them, the body can then begin healing the less vital organs and systems.


According to Hering’s Second Law, symptoms appear and disappear in reverse order from which they appeared. This is not always evident in acute illness but is often observed in a chronic one.


Hering’s Third Law states that healing proceeds from the upper part of the body to the lower parts. For example, a headache may disappear after the correct prescription, and then the pain will relocate to an old, arthritic wrist. In these cases, we are happy to see this movement towards health, but it doesn't mean we stop there. The next step may mean that we look for the next remedy that will complete the cure by eliminating the last, lodged location of pain.


Observing the direction of cure is valuable for its ability to give us information. It will clue us in to whether the correct remedy has been chosen and where the illness will take the patient.


Understanding these homeopathic laws is of utmost importance for those being treated constitutionally. Be a detective and keep an eye out for any changes. They just might be the signs of cure.


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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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9 thoughts on “Hering’s Laws of Cure Help Us Understand How Homeopathy Works”

  1. Debby Bruck says:

    Great article, Joette. I was just doing a reading about Hering’s law and it provides a us with a wonderful guide. All the best, Debby

  2. Zoe says:

    This explanation seems so innately logical! And it’s a great reminder to those on constitutional remedies, not to be alarmed by the reappearance of old symptoms. Can be annoying, but worth it in the long-term. Thanks Joette!

  3. Krista says:

    Makes so much sense! Here’s a question though: When it comes to symptoms returning when the pathology is driven outward (such as a rash on the face) could you use essential oils to quell the outbreak? Would essential oils or other natural products drive the symptoms back to the deeper issue like the cortisone would?

    1. admin says:

      No! herbs, flower essences, essential oils, and food generally don’t drive pathology in deeper. That’s the beauty of the real , the natural and the wholesome.

  4. Jill says:

    I have to admit I’m still trying to fully understand these principles, but have heard over and over how homeopathy has healed people of acute & chronic conditions that have bothered them for years!

  5. Sherrill says:

    When treating constitutionally, doesn’t one continue to take the constitutional remedy untill all symptoms dissappear? I am confused about the constitution v a mix of remedies that seem to me to treat only the symptom,which I thought was a allopathic style of medicine?

  6. Meg Evans says:

    Question- I thought that essential oils, perfumes and other strong odors, even mint and chocolate, caffeine and coffee could antidote homeopathic remedies? I have even been told not to use mint while using homeopathic- even when remedies are not constitutional. Is this true? Exaggerated? Thanks, Meg

  7. BIlly says:

    This is going to be very useful for me thank you very much for posting

  8. Fernando A. Siyang says:

    1986, i met an accident spinal injury t-12 years pass by up to now affected is my lower extrimities very weak.

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