Health and the Laws of Nature
• When we study or read books on natural medicine, we often hear about laws. We learn for example that there are laws of healthy diets, that if we become ill it is because we didn't respect the laws of health, if we want to be happy we have to follow the laws of life, etc.
For anyone who up to that point lived in the belief that illnesses appeared by chance, at random, and that a happy or an unhappy fate was a question of good or bad luck, the existence of laws regulating these occurrences comes as a big surprise and leads to many questions.
What is a law? How do they manifest? How can we say that something is ruled by a law or is a law?
The laws of nature
When we observe the Nature that surrounds us, it is possible for everyone to notice clearly that natural phenomena don't take place in just any way, in ways which vary from one moment to the next, but, on the contrary, they repeat in a regular way, in an identical and constant manner. The seasons always follow each other in the same order, planets travel in specific orbits, each plant grows in a precise way at specific times of the year, etc.
This regularity and immutability show us that these phenomena occur according to precise and specific rules. These rules are what we call laws.
However, there is a great difference between the laws of nature and laws which are laid down by man to govern the relation between the citizens in society. Human laws are often modified and even repealed, only to be replaced by new laws, while the laws of nature always stay the same and never undergo any change.
Now let's see what these laws are.
The law of cause and effect
Its activity makes each cause inevitably engender an effect. Therefore, each effect is triggered by a cause, there can be no effect without a cause, or as the popular saying goes: there's no smoke without fire.
Although everybody, when hearing the statement of this law, will agree on its obviousness, in practice, this law is rarely taken into consideration. And that's what we want to emphasize. The laws are not sufficiently known by everybody; they are not respected or used enough.
• How many digestive problems are treated with different drugs without the patient's eating habits being considered. This would after all be the most logical thing to do as it is the foods which wear out the digestive glands.
• Nowadays many people take blood thinning remedies because their blood is too thick which leads to heart and circulatory illnesses. To take the law of cause and effect into consideration would imply explaining to patients the causes which lead to their condition so that they may avoid these causes. These causes are well known: overeating, lack of exercise, etc.
In practice the law of cause and effect is so seldom taken into consideration that many people finally confuse the cause with the effects, and invert them, that is think that the effects are the causes.
• When someone has bronchitis, it is often said that the infection is the cause of the presence of all the mucus he expectorates. In fact it is the presence of waste products and mucus which enables the germs to multiply and trigger the infection.
The law of movement
Movement is characteristic of anything that is alive. Indeed, anything that lives moves and anything that wants to stay alive must stay in movement.
For example: blood must circulate continuously without slowing down too much and especially without interruption. Otherwise it will coagulate, making a clot which can block a blood vessel and the irrigation of vital organs. Air must constantly flow in the body. A few minutes without air and death occurs. Without constant physical movement, muscles weaken and lose their tone.
Numerous therapies are based on this law without people being aware of it. They have healing qualities only because they restore and support movement and not at all because they produce active curative substances.
Hydrotherapy, the application of cold or warm water, on small or large parts of the body, accelerates the blood circulation and the cellular exchanges. So does massage and reflexology. And what does acupuncture do? It regulates energy circulation through the meridians.
This law is again not often enough taken into consideration. People with poor blood circulation in the legs are given remedies instead of being advised to move: walk, go bicycling, climb up the stairs instead of using an elevator, etc., in order to stimulate the circulation of blood in the legs.
The law of affinity
The effect of the law of attraction of homogenous species is that things which are similar attract each other. In a nutshell: like attracts like.
It is often possible to observe that a unique treatment can have quite different effects depending on the patient it was given to. Some patient reacts very well to a given plant, while for others – with the same health problem – it has no effect or even a negative one. The same is true with acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, all of which are very effective with some people but not with others.
If there are differences in the effectiveness of the treatment it is because, as is commonly said, we may or may not be "in affinity" with the treatment!
For centuries, the importance of this law has encouraged therapists to find the affinity between the different therapeutic means used (herbs, foods, etc.) and the different kinds of patients. This research leads us to the knowledge of the different temperaments, that is, groups of people having the same physical characteristics who therefore react in a similar way to a similar treatment. There are four temperaments: the sanguine, melancholic, choleric and phlegmatic temperaments.
A person of the phlegmatic temperament, for example, which corresponds to the water element, likes calmness and serenity. They are happy to live near water (river, lake, sea), react well to remedies from the sea (seaweed), hydrotherapy and herbs in liquid form (infusions).
The great art in medicine is to find the affinity which exists between the temperament of the sick person and the therapeutic means prescribed.
Like the other laws we have so far described, the law of affinity is usually not respected either. Illnesses are treated without taking into account the patient's temperament.
Of the importance of the laws
As we can see after this presentation of these few laws, illnesses are the result of having not respected the laws. And that's where our responsibility lies. We get ill, not because the laws are deficient, but because we don't follow them or live according to them.
To know the laws and to follow them in our daily lives is therefore vital for staying healthy.