He Is Likewise a Preserver of Health: Homeopathic Doctor Samuel Hahnemann’s 4th Aphorism

Hahnemann, the Founder of Homeopathy, included the above statement as the fourth aphorism in his Organon of Medicine-the book that contains the guiding principles from which Classical Homeopaths work.


So, not only are physicians supposed to cure their patients (his first aphorism); a physician is also supposed to remove the factors that cause disease. In essence, the phrase that best states the actions of a physician (or “Healer,” as most “physicians” are in the medical system and they do not follow Hahnemann’s guiding principles): “Restoration & Preservation of Health & Vitality.”

Restoration & Preservation of Health and Vitality

Healers work to select the best Remedy and/or Supplement(s) and make recommendations regarding diet, lifestyle and daily choices. The focus is to assist you in the RESTORATION of your health and vitality. However, if there are Factors in your life that Derange Health and weaken the body’s ability to heal, even the best recommendations to restore health will likely not work as effectively to produce complete health and vitality. For example: if a person has bronchitis but continues to smoke, even the best-selected Homeopathic Remedy and/or Supplements will not completely heal the bronchitis so long as the person continues to smoke.

PRESERVATION of your health and vitality are equally important in your care as the restoration process. For example, you can get into a car accident; the car can be taken to a mechanic and the dings and damage from the accident can be removed to where no evidence of the accident is seen or known. Your injuries can also be taken care of so that in the end there are no signs that the accident had occurred. In essence, the mechanic and the doctor are like the Healer who recommends a Homeopathic Remedy and/or makes recommendations; once the illness has been healed, you’re as good as new-as if you hadn’t been ill.

However, as with the car, if you still drive crazy, there is a high likelihood that you will have another car accident. In health terms, if you do not alter the destructive patterns that can cause illness to occur (the Factors that Derange Health), you will likely get ill again. You can be given another Remedy, which can help you heal, but the illness can come again if the destructive pattern is not changed. And each time you get ill, it will be harder to treat; and the body is not as likely to be restored to its optimum health status.

After too many auto accidents, even the best mechanic will not be able to restore the car back to its original condition; and the doctor may not be able to restore the driver to his/her original status either. For both the car and the driver, signs of multiple accidents will remain.

So, both the RESTORATION and PRESERVATION of health and vitality need to be addressed when healing is the goal; the focuses are for the person to be restored to health and to stay as healthy as possible once health has been restored.

Factors that Derange Health