Nature Of Healing Effects
The human organization does not consist of a self-contained system of
interlocking processes. If it were such a system it could not be the
bearer of the soul or the spirit. It is only because the human
organism is continually decaying or entering the path of lifeless
mineral activity in its nerve and bone substance and in the processes
with which these substances are incorporated, that the soul and spirit
can have the human organism as their basis.
In the nervous tissues the protein disintegrates. But in these
tissues, unlike what happens in the egg-cell and other organic forms,
it is not built up again by coming into the domain of the influences
radiating in toward the earth. It simply disintegrates. Through this
the ether-influences radiating in through the sense organs from the
objects and processes of the environment, as well as those that are
formed when the organs of movement are involved, are thereby enabled
to use the nerves as organs along which they are carried throughout
In the nerves there are two kinds of processes: the disintegration of
protein, and the permeation of this disintegrating substance with
etheric substance, whose flow is started and stimulated by acids,
salts, and materials of the character of phosphorus and sulphur. The
equilibrium between the two processes is mediated by fats and water.
Seen in their essential nature, these are processes of disease which
permeate the organism all the time. They must be balanced by no less
continuous processes of healing.
This balance is brought about through the blood, which contains not
only those processes that constitute growth and metabolism, but in
addition a constant healing action by which the nerve processes
inducing illness are opposed.
In the plasma substance and in the fibrinogen the blood contains those
forces which serve the growth and metabolism in the narrower sense. In
that which appears as an iron content when the red corpuscles are
examined, there lies the origins of the blood's healing
property. Accordingly, iron also appears in the gastric juice, and as
iron-oxide in the chyle. In all of these, sources are created for
processes that counterbalance the processes of the nerves.
Iron reveals itself, upon examination of the blood, as the only metal
which, within the human organism, retains a certain tendency toward
crystallization. It thus asserts, even within the body, forces which
are in fact none other than the external, physical, mineral forces of
nature. Within the human organism they form a system of forces that is
orientated in the sense of outer physical nature. This is, however,
perpetually being overcome by the ego-organization.
We have therefore two systems of forces. The one has its origin in the
nerve processes; the other in the blood-formation. In the nerve
processes, pathogenic processes only develop to the degree that the
perpetual counter-influence of the blood processes is able to heal
them. These nerve-processes are brought about in the nervous
substance, and hence in the organism as a whole, by the astral body.
The blood processes, on the other hand, are those in which the
ego-organization within the human organism confronts outer
physical nature, which is here continued into the body and subjugated
by the ego-organization to its own formative process.
In this inter-relationship we can directly grasp the essential
processes of becoming ill and healing. If there arises within the body
increases of those activities which are present in their normal
measure in all that is stimulated by the nervous process then there is
illness. And if we can confront such processes by others presenting
reinforcement of certain effects of outer nature in the organism, a
healing effect can then be brought about if these effects of outer
nature can be mastered by the ego-organism and are such as to
counterbalance processes directed in opposition.
Milk contains only small quantities of iron. Milk is the substance
which as such represents least in its activities, pathogenetic forces;
the blood must perpetually expose itself to all that produces illness;
it requires therefore the organized iron, that is to say the iron
which has been received into the ego-organization the
haematin as a continually acting remedy.
For a remedy which is to influence a morbid condition appearing in the
inner organization, or one that is brought about externally but takes
its course within the organism, the first point is to discover how and
to what extent the astral organization is working so as to bring
about, at some point in the body, a disintegration of protein such as
is induced by the nervous organization in the normal way. Let us
assume that we are dealing with obstructions in the lower
abdomen. We can observe in the presenting pain an excessive
activity of the astral body. In which case we are dealing with a
characteristic situation for the bowel organism.
The important question now is: how is the intensified astral influence
to be counterbalanced? This can be done by introducing substances into
the blood which can be taken hold of by just that part of the
ego-organization which works in the intestinal system. These are
potassium and sodium. If we introduce these into the organism in some
preparation or through the organization of a plant, e.g.,
Anagallis arvensis we take away the excessive nerve-effect of the
astral body and through the blood, bring about the transition of the
astral body's excess action to that activity of the named substances
mastered by the ego-organization.
If the substance is given in mineral form, we shall have to take care
that the potassium or sodium enters the circulation of the blood in
the right way, so as to arrest the metamorphosis of protein before the
point of disintegration; this may be done by the use of auxiliary
remedies, or better still by combining the potassium or sodium in the
preparation with sulphur. Sulphur has the peculiar property of helping
to arrest the disintegration of albumen; it holds as it were the
organizing forces of proteins together. Brought into the circulation
in such a way as to maintain its union with potassium or sodium, it
will make its effect felt in the region of those organs to which
potassium or sodium have a special affinity. This applies to the