Knowledge Of Therapeutic Substances
It is necessary to know the substances that may be considered for use
as remedies in such a way that one can judge the possible effects of
the forces they contain within and outside the human organism. In this
connection the reactions which ordinary chemistry investigates only
come into consideration to a small extent; the important thing is, to
observe those effects which result from the connection of the
inner constitution of the forces in a substance, in relation to the
forces that radiate from the earth or stream in towards it.
Let us consider e.g., grey antimony ore from this point of view.
Antimony shows a strong relationship to the sulphur compounds of other
metals. Sulphur possesses a number of properties which only remain
constant within relatively narrow limits. It is very sensitive to
those natural processes such as heating, combustion, etc. This also
makes it able to play an important part in the proteins' faculty of
completely freeing themselves from the earth-forces and subjecting
themselves to the etheric. Antimony will readily partake in this
intimate connection with the etheric forces through its affinity with
sulphur. Hence it is easy to introduce into the activity of protein in
the human body; and it will help the latter in its etheric action when
the body itself, through some disease condition, is unable to
transform a protein introduced from without, so as to make the protein
an integral part of its own activity.
But antimony shows other characteristics as well. Wherever it can do
so, it strives towards a cluster formation. It distributes itself in
lines which strive away from the earth, toward the forces that are
active in the ether. With antimony, we thus introduce into the human
organism something that comes half way to meet the influences of the
etheric body. What antimony undergoes in the Seiger process also
points to its etheric relationship. Through this process it becomes
filamentous. However, the Seiger process is one that begins, as it
were, in a physical way from below and passes upwards into the
etheric. Antimony integrates itself into this transition.
In addition, antimony oxidizes at a red heat; in the process of
combustion it becomes a white vapour, which, deposited on a cold
surface, produces the flowers of antimony.
Moreover, antimony has some capacity to repel electrical effects.
Under certain conditions, when deposited electrolytically on the
cathode, it will explode on contact with a metallic point.
All this shows that antimony has a tendency to pass easily into
the etheric element the moment the conditions are present in the
slightest degree. All these details merely count as indications for
spiritual vision; for this directly perceives the relationship between
the ego's activity and the working of antimony; it sees in effect how
the antimony processes, when brought into the human organism, work in
the same way as the ego-organization.
As it flows through the human organism, blood shows a tendency to
coagulate. This tendency stands under the influences of the
ego-organization, by which it must be regulated. Blood is an
intermediate organic product. The blood substance, as it originates,
has undergone processes which are already on the way to the fully
human organism, i.e.., to the organization of the ego. It must undergo
further processes which fit in with the configuration of this
organism. What kind of processes these are, can be seen in the
following. As the blood coagulates when removed from the body, it
shows that it has in it the tendency to coagulate, but that within the
organism it must be perpetually prevented from doing so. Now the power
that hinders the coagulation of the blood is that by which it
integrates itself into the human organism. It integrates itself into
the configuration of the body by virtue of the form forces which lie
just before the point of coagulation. If coagulation actually took
place, life would be endangered.
Hence, if we are dealing with a disease condition where the organism
is deficient in those forces directed to the coagulation of the blood,
antimony will work in one form or another as a therapeutic substance.
The formation of the organism is essentially a transformation
of protein, whereby the latter comes into collaboration with
mineralizing forces. Chalk, for instance, contains such forces. The
formation of the oyster shell demonstrates this. The oyster must rid
itself of the elements which are present in the shell, in order to
preserve the nature of the protein. A similar thing happens in the
formation of the eggshell.
In the oyster, what is chalky is excreted so as not to
integrate it into the protein. This integration must take place in the
human organism. The mere action of protein must be transformed into
one wherein the formative forces, which can be evoked by the
ego-organization from the chalky substances, work as well. This must
take place within the formation of the blood. Antimony counteracts the
forces that excrete chalk and leads the protein, which wishes to
preserve its form, into formlessness; through its kinship with the
ether element, this formless state is receptive to the influences of
chalky substances or the like.
Take the case of typhoid fever. The illness clearly consists of a
deficient transmutation of protein into blood substance with its
formative power. The kind of diarrhoea, occurring in this disease,
shows that the incapacity for this transformation begins already in
the intestinal tract. The markedly lowered consciousness shows that
the ego-organization is driven out of the body and prevented from
working. This is due to the fact that the protein cannot approach
those mineralizing processes where the ego-organization is able to
work. The fact that the excretions carry the danger of infection is
also evidence for this viewpoint. Here the tendency to destroy the
inner formative forces shows itself enhanced.
If antimony preparations are used in typhoid manifestations in an
appropriate compound, they will prove to be a therapeutic substance.
They divest the protein of its own forces and enable it to integrate
with the formative forces of the ego-organization.
From the points of view that are so widespread and habitual today, it
will be said: Such conceptions as these about antimony are inexact;
and they will emphasize in contrast the scientific exactitude of the
methods of ordinary chemistry. But the fact is, the chemical reactions
of substances are no more significant for their action within the
human organism than is the chemical composition of a paint for its
application by the artist. Undoubtedly the artist will do well to have
some knowledge of the chemical starting-point from which he works. But
how he treats his colour as he paints is derived from another
method. It is so for the therapist. He can regard chemistry as a basis
which has some meaning for him, but the mode of action of the
substances within the human organism has nothing to do with this
chemical domain. So long as we only see exactitude in the conclusions
of ordinary chemistry its pharmaceutical branch as well we
destroy the possibility of gaining conceptions of what is taking place
within the organism in the processes of healing.