Dr. Arvind Sharma (Homeopathy with Edel)
Diathesis and constitution are integral parts of a person, which helps in individualization.
Diathesis is a state or condition of the body or a combination of attributes in an individual causing a susceptibility to disease.
The word diathesis was known to the world before the discovery of modern science. Dr. Hahnemann never used the word diathesis. He used the word predisposition. In § no.7 in Organon of Medicine, he used the word accessary circumstances.
Diathesis represents certain deviations in susceptibility. This concept has a long history in medical terminology. The word diathesis derives from the ancient Greek word ‘Diatithenai’. The Greek verb diatithenai means ‘to dipose’. Diathesis is not a disease, but a predisposition, which under certain conditions of the external environment can be transformed into a disease. It is: ‘A condition of the body which makes the tissues react in the special way to certain stimuli and thus tends to make the person more susceptible to certain diseases.’
Many types of diathesis are described by different stalwarts and some of them are:
Rheumatic or Gouty Diathesis
Different people get sick in different ways, even if they have experienced a similar stress, whether physical or emotional. This will cause different forms of illness in different people based on their diathesis. It indicates the type of susceptibility towards the disease. The diathesis makes a simillimum in medicine therapeutic. This is also important from the standpoint of preventive medicine. In certain psychosomatic condition, we correlate to the development of a certain disease by knowing the pathogenesis of these diseases. We could anticipate nature and can arrange some protective measures to prevent the development of these diseases in the predisposed individual. It also helps to the individualize the disease.
Constitution: Chronic diseases do not resolve themselves, but can be treated with the help of well-chosen homeopathic remedies known as constitutional remedies. To select such a constitutional remedy, knowledge about the constitution is necessary.
Constitution is defined as the structure, composition, physical make up or nature of a person, comprising inherited qualities and modified by the environment. The English word, constitution, comes from the Latin root, constitution, which means constitutes: to set up, to establish, to form or make up, to appoint, to give being to. In homoeopathy, the choice of remedy is based on a consideration of the totality of an individual’s symptoms and circumstances, including personality, behaviours, fears, responses to the physical environment, food preferences and so on.
Conclusion: Study of these traits helps in understanding the constitution of medicines as well as of patients. Recognition of diathesis helps the physician to understand the morbid constitution of a person. These two traits are part of individualization.
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