Prevention in Homeopathy

Prevention in Homeopathy

The theory of constitutions is the basis on which homeopathic therapy is based, understood not only as a cure but also as prevention

Prevention in Homeopathy


An adequate diet, therefore connected precisely to the constitutional characteristics of the subject in question, represents in this sense the best way for a serious health prevention intervention.

The constitution of a human being must be understood as the set of morphological and metabolic-functional (physiological) characteristics, mainly linked to heredity, which differentiate single individuals from each other, mainly in the outward appearance. The classification adopted in homeopathy is that of Nebel, elaborated by Vannier and enriched by the studies of Henry Bernard: it, at least initially, recognizes the existence of three main models (carbonic, phosphoric and fluoric) which will later be approached by a reference constitution. (sulfuric). Let’s start talking about this.


Sulfur biotype

The sulfuric constitution corresponds to the best metabolic-functional balance to which any individual can aspire, and thus, even on the external level, and since childhood, the sulfuric subject will be characterized by an evident harmony of the individual parts of the body and of the anatomical relationships between them.

The awareness of their own abilities, often compared to the indecision and indeterminacy of subjects belonging to other constitutions, nevertheless push the sulfuric subjects to take possession of what they feel instinctively attracted to in advance, often pushing them towards an attitude led to overrule others and, consequently, marked by the overcoming of the health limits imposed on them by nature, behaviors that over time end up making the sulfuric impulsive and impatient, and for this reason often led to uncontrollable outbursts of anger.


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From the pathological point of view, the first manifestations of the functional imbalance of this constitution have their main localizations on the skin and on the more superficial excretory organs (upper respiratory tract): the skin will therefore undergo reactive processes, almost always violent, characterized by periodic dermatitis (including various forms of urticaria), often also with suppurative tendency (furunculosis and pustular acne), while extremely frequent, in this constitution will be the allergic manifestations, and in particular those involving the more superficial mucous membranes (rhinoconjunctivitis), as well as the manifestations with a spasmodic nature of the gastrointestinal system.


In relation to the main hygienic-dietary measures to be followed, in order to delay the pathological progression of subjects belonging to this constitution, the most important will be those aimed at first of all encouraging the performance of regular physical activity – possibly also of a competitive nature – and particular attention, in the diet, to the restriction of foods (animals) with a higher protein content, with the simultaneous limitation of simple sugars in favor of more complex ones (containing starch) and therefore slower absorption (also defined as having a low glycemic index).


For these subjects, in other words, the Mediterranean food model will certainly be the most suitable, as it is characterized by the frequent replacement of animal-derived fats with vegetable foods and fish, the latter (blue fish and salmonoids in particular), rich in acids. polyunsaturated fats of the omega 3 series; instead, among foods containing sugars, whole grains (bread and pasta) should be preferred and, as already mentioned, all those with a lower glycemic index (legumes among complex carbohydrates, skimmed milk and fruit among simple ones, with the exception of bananas, figs, grapes and persimmons).


If followed correctly, and over time, this diet will be able to delay the onset of those metabolic diseases (dyslipidemias, arterial hypertension on an arteriosclerotic basis and diabetes) to which subjects of this constitution are more easily destined.



Carbonic biotype

The external appearance and the temperament of the carbonic subject are inevitably affected by the particular endocrine structure, characterized by a reduced thyroid and pituitary-genital function, the latter responsible for numerous cases of delayed pubertal growth typical of adolescence. In addition to these glandular aspects, there is a prevalence of the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system (subjects that tend to be vagotonic) over the orthosympathetic one, which is also able to justify the particular temperament of the balanced carbonic, very different from that of the sulfuric biotype: since childhood , in fact, the carbonic subject appears calm and diligent, his lower efficiency and physical resourcefulness, however, compared to the sulfuric constitution children, leads him to develop a certain insecurity,


The pathologies most easily encountered by subjects of this constitutional class will therefore be precisely those linked to overeating: overweight and obesity, in particular, will often determine a resistance to the peripheral action of insulin, the hormone responsible for promoting ‘entry of sugar into the cells, with the consequent appearance of a progressive glucose intolerance (elevation of glucose levels in the blood fasting and after meals) which over time may lead to a frank diabetes; on the other hand the little propensity to carry out physical activity (which in itself has an insulin-like action, therefore tending to lower blood glucose levels), will also facilitate the appearance of osteoarticular arthritic and / or osteoporotic manifestations.


Therefore, in order to prevent the development of these pathologies, the most important advice to be given to these subjects on the food plans will be to limit the intake of foods with a high glycemic index and animal fats in particular, favoring a diet with a higher protein content. , but where this nutritional principle comes mainly from vegetable foods (dried legumes and soy) and from animal foods with a lower cholesterol and saturated fat content (white meat and fish).


It is useful to replace common table salt with iodized salt, both to keep the thyroid function more active and to prevent the risk of hypertension resulting from atherosclerosis.


Since the association of high blood glucose with high levels of triglycerides in the blood is not uncommon, in case there is indeed this risk, it will be even more important to recommend extreme caution in the ingestion of soluble sugars, contained in particular in the products of pastry (cakes, candies, ice creams, etc.), to be consumed, if anything, in moderate quantities, always at the end of a meal, and never dissolved in aqueous or hydroalcoholic liquid; it will also be necessary to almost totally exclude alcoholic beverages (wine, beer and aperitifs) and spirits in particular (digestives, liqueurs, etc.).

With regard to physical activity, it will be useful to encourage carbon dioxide subjects towards an initially regular, but moderate activity, which however provides for periodic exceeding of their limits, so as to gradually strengthen their degree of self-esteem. Only in a more advanced stage will it be useful to push the subjects belonging to this category also towards a competitive type activity with third parties.



Phosphoric biotype

The inherited metabolic-functional structure, which supports the subjects of this constitution, is dominated by an evident neurodystonia, which conditions phases of sympathotonia, with hyperthyroid and hypergenital attitude, alternating with phases of vagotonic prevalence, with depression of the thyroid and genital function , and hypoadrenalism.


From the pathological point of view, the most recurrent aspects of this constitution are the tendency to lose weight and demineralization, diseases affecting the respiratory tract, and a certain vulnerability of the thyroid function. The metabolic-functional character, previously described, accounts for other aspects of this constitution, such as orthostatic hypotension which, associated with a certain degree of iron deficiency anemia – conditioned precisely by demineralization – accounts for the recurrent feeling of tiredness . typical of these subjects.


Precisely because of their basic weakness, conditioned by the relative deficiency of mineral salts, the diseases affecting phosphorics will never be extremely violent in their onset and in their manifestations, compared at least with those of sulfuric, but will present a torpid and prolonged course, which he will count these subjects as perennially sickly .


The dietary measures of prophylaxis will be aimed above all at restoring, or preserving, an optimal level of mineral salts, through a diet where meat and fish predominate (due to the greater bioavailability of the ferrous element) all vegetables and fruit, particularly rich in trace elements, milk and dairy products, which in any case ensure the greatest organic intake of the phosphoric element.


If among the fruit, then, bananas are certainly not recommended to carbonic and sulfuric subjects, due to their high content in soluble sugars, with a high glycemic index, they are instead recommended to those belonging to this constitution, due to the high content of phosphorus, iron, calcium and potassium; these last two trace elements are also present in other foods with a high caloric content – and therefore always indicated in this constitution – such as chestnuts, almonds and pistachios for potassium, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts for calcium.


The recommended physical activity must take into account, on the one hand, the constitutionally deficient bone, ligament and muscular scaffolding and, on the other hand, the ease of discouragement and introversion, typical of phosphorics: therefore, moderate activities will be indicated, at least initially. or which, however, enhance the natural elegance in posture (dance and rhythmic gymnastics in particular), supported by a pedagogical attitude that aims to encourage the subject and not to brutally prod him.

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