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Author : Dr. Smita Deb Krori, BHMS, MD(Hom, Reader in LBS Homeopathic Medical College, M.P.
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Article Updated: May 27, 2011

Modus Operandi is the mode of operation, and here, how Homœopathic medicines, after their administration, on the basis of Symptom-similarity, works.

Master Hahnemann emphasized on Vital Force in the 5TH edition of Organon of Medicine and it was substituted by Vital Principle & Vital Energy in the 6TH edition. He has explained many a times the characters of Vital Force and through various philosophies it has been made to us vivid & clear the working principles of the Vital Force.

It has been proved & explained that the vital force is our life-force which keep us living; without the vital force we have no existence; similarly the working of the vital force can be appreciated only through the material body, as has been written in §15, that, ".... The organism is indeed the material instrument of the life, but it is not conceivable without the animation imparted to it by the instinctively perceiving and regulation vital force ['regulating dynamis' in the Sixth Edition] (just as the vital force is not conceivable without the organism), consequently the two together constitute a unity, although in thought our mind separates this unity into two distinct conceptions for the sake of ['easy comprehension.' in the Sixth Edition] facilitating the comprehension of it".

Our vital force is a spirit-like dynamis, one of the characters of it, can only be attacked, and harmony disturbed by a spirit-like dynamic force; and such morbid derangement (disease) can only be removed by the spirit-like (dynamic, virtual) alterative powers of serviceable medicines acting upon our spirit-like vital force, which perceives them through the medium of the sentient faculty of nerves, everywhere present in the organism.

The disease process is manifested primarily by 'dynamic derangements' of the vital character, expressing themselves solely by alterations of the sensations & functions of the organism. So anything which affects the Life-principle morbidly must do so qualitatively. The knowledge regarding this specific quality inherent in the medicine cannot be required through the study of the chemico-physical properties of the drugs. The only way by which we can gather the required knowledge is that of experimenter the drug on healthy individuals and recording the qualitative or dynamic changes produced on them.

When we administer medicines in the dynamic form according to the symptom-similarity, following the Nature's law, there is no doubt that the disease remains, as it has been proved often a time that the Curative power lies in the Disease producing power. The Nature's Law surmises that "A weaker dynamic affection is permanently extinguished in the living organism by a stronger one, if the latter (whilst differing in kind) is very similar to the former in its manifestations".

Thus the curative power of the medicines, therefore, depends on the similar symptom to the disease, but superior to it in strength, such that in each case the disease is surely, radically, rapidly & permanently annihilated (destroyed) only by the medicine capable of producing in the human system in the most similar & complete manner, the totality of its symptoms (artificial disease) which is at the same time stronger than the natural disease.

The administration of the remedy can be done through stomach, the tongue and the mouth - as these parts are most susceptible to the medicinal influences; the interior of nose, the rectum and the genitals are also equally capable of receiving the medicinal action - i.e. the parts that are destitute of skin; wounded or ulcerated spots permits the power of medicine to exercise the same has been taken by the mouth or still better by olfaction. These are instructed in §290 of the 5TH edition - but in §284 of the 6TH edition, it has been explained that the route of administration of medicine must be through the tongue, mouth & stomach which are commonly affected by the medicine; the nose & respiratory organs are receptive media of medicines in ffluid form by means of olfaction & inhalation through the mouth. The whole remaining skin is also adapted to the action of the medicinal solution with the simultaneous external administration.

The Homœopathic medicines work on the dynamic plane through the sentient faculties of nerves of the ascending tracts of the Central Nervous System - of which we are not conscious or aware. The ascending tract responsible for carrying unconscious kinæsthetic impulses to the Cerebellum is Dorsal Spino-cerebellar (Flechsig's) Tract. The Ventral Spino-cerebellar (Gower's) Tract carries the unconscious kinæsthetic sensations. The Spino-olivary Tract transmits propriceptive impulses to the cerebellum through the Inferior Olivary Nucleus. Dorsal Spinothalamic Tract is responsible for all pain impulses, temperature impulses. They are the afferent (sensory) tracts of the lateral column.

Impulses from the muscle spindle pass along the sensory nerve to the posterior route of the spinal cord. From there conscious kinæsthetic impulses pass through the Tract of Goll & Burdach and the unconscious kinæsthetic impulses pass through Flechsig's & Gower's Tract. The afferent impulses do not rise to the level of consciousness. The tracts carrying them end somewhere below the Thalamus. The tracts mainly responsible for these are Flechsig's & Gower's tract and some fibres of the tract of Goll & Burdach.

In §29, Dr. Hahnemann has given a scientific explanation on Modus Operandi of Homœopathy. Every natural disease (which do not come under the domain of surgery) with peculiar disagreeable sensation with altered functions which we refer to as morbid derangement of our vital force in sensation & function and the administration of a medicinal agent selected on the basis of accurate symptom-similarity, a somewhat stronger, similar artificial morbid affection is produced which displaces the natural morbid affection. The vital force is now merely under the affect of the artificial, medicinal disease which due to its shorter action (has a definite duration of action) is overcome by the vital force; which by then has gained its energy and is hence enabled again to carry on healthily the vital operations of the organism.

The modus operandi has been again explained in §148 of 5TH edition of Organon of Medicine, "A medicine selected in this manner, which has the power and the tendency to produce symptoms the most similar possible to the disease to be cured, consequently a similar artificial disease, given in a suitable dose, affects, in its dynamic action on the morbidly deranged vital force of the individual, those very parts and points in the organism now suffering from the natural disease, and produces in them its own artificial disease, which, on account of its great similarity and preponderating strength, occupies precisely the seat hitherto occupied by the natural morbid derangement, so that the instinctive, automatic vital force is from that time forward no longer affected by the natural disease but solely by the stronger, similar medicinal disease; which in its turn, on account of the small dose of the remedy, being, like moderate medicinal disease, overcome by the increased energy of the vital force, soon spontaneously disappears, leaving the body free from all disease, that is to say, healthy and permanently cured".


The life-force thus restored to its original normal condition, takes change of the altered tissues and bring them, also, back to their original healthy condition. It must be remembered that in a Homœopathic Cure, cure is effected instantaneously by the administration of rightly selected medicine - but it takes him to make that cure perceptible to us because the structural changes must involve some appreciable lapse of time. It is often seen that a feeling of well-being is established immediately after the administration of the remedy homœopthically and much more before the restoration of the pathological changed in the body to their original healthy condition.

This is the sequence of events in the vital plane which manifest themselves in & through material organism. Hahnemannian dynamic conception of the health, disease and cure are not incompatible with the physiological & pathological ideas of the modern scientific school - but they represent something which eludes the grasp of an investigator with the materialistic stamp of mind.


  1. Chatterjee, Chandi Charan - Human Physiology (vol. II) [Reprint, January 2004; Medical Allied Agency, Calcutta].
  2. Hahnemann, Samuel - Organon of Medicine (5TH & 6TH edition combined) [Reprint, 1994; Modern Homœopathic Publication, Calcutta].
  3. http://www.vithoulkas.com

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The disease process is well explained...altered tissue into normalcy is by vital force./life force.
  Comment by: Dr.paul murugan, India.    on Jul 19, 2014 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

The concept of vital force is very excellent and explained well.
  Comment by: Dr.paul murugan, India.    on Jan 22, 2014 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

I strongly protest against this concept of Vital Principal or Vital force. The concept of vital principal is one theory which put a question mark on scientific approach of Homeopathy. In practical use, during taking cases and prescribing medicines we never use this theory of vital principal. In mid 19th century, when science was not developed, Dr Hahnemann proposed a hypothetical concept to explain his Homeopathy. Why we still stick to that unscientific hypothesis.
  Comment by: Dr. Ravinder S. Mann, India.    on Jun 26, 2011 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

We should present Homeopathy with scientific approach. And just imagine if Dr Hahnemann born in 20th century, if then too he would propose that kind of unscientific things. I say, a big NO. So if Dr Hahnemann have proposed some hypothetical concepts and if they are not of practical use, then we should left them behind. What we are doing is same as religious peoples are repeating rituals of thousands years back, which are lacking any logical facts.
  Comment by: Dr. Ravinder S. Mann, India.    on Jun 26, 2011 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

Thank you for giving this all things to us with out any obligations, You welcome!
  Comment by: henry gunasekara, Sri Lanka.    on Jun 10, 2011 0 Agree  |  0 Disagree       Report Abuse

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