Eizayaga’s Layer Method
Eizayaga, an argentine homeopath promotes a philosophy which initially seems quite removed from the homeopathic practices of Hahnemann, Kent or Vithoulkas. He views a case by looking at disharmony from the outer surface inwards. And in doing so he treats the outer surface as completely separate to the general symptoms belonging to the patient.
He believes, as do others, that the outer manifestation of disease shows the vital force has become so weakened internally that it must throw symptoms to the outer surface. Because of this weakness Eizayaga believes that the outer surface is the first to be removed as a separate entity, therefore it would seem not working holistically.
Initially it would seem that Eizayaga isn’t working holistically but also that he is working against the direction of cure, however looking more deeply into his philosophy he believes that the outer surface is the latest manifestation of disorder and dis-ease of the vital force from the inner surfaces. He puts forward the idea that there are four main layers in health and disease.
The symptoms which belong to the disease itself. When disease is shown at this level the body has failed to internally deal with disorder and has thrown disease onto a sacrificed local area in order for the rest of the system to attempt to carry on. In the acute case given above this represents the manifestation of sore throat symptoms.
Mental emotional and physical symptoms which belong to the patient and not the disease, these are like our dis-ease with life in general. They are acute situations which present early warning symptoms that might precede disease symptoms. Like changes in usual bodily functions, for example if the body is unable to reabsorb water from faeces then this will lead to diarrhoea which would be a fundamental layer disorder. At an emotional level not being able to cope or adapt to stresses in everyday situations which lead to irrational behaviour and represent a fundamental layer disease. In the acute case above it was elicited after successful remedy prescription that the symptoms had come as a manifestation of a fear of talking in public. Although the clinic prescribed upon the local layer the disturbance laid at a more fundamental level. This fundamental layer was revealed by the patient once the initial remedy had been successful
Miasmatic layer – predisposition to disease which gives the patient a susceptibility to various types of disease that they may experience within their life on mental/emotional and physical levels depending on which miasm is active. This layer Eizayaga believed would be treated with nosodes. In the acute case above, the fear of talking in public was not explored any further due to the patient giving the information after the remedy had been successful. The patient was happy, and required no further action however it may be that this fear has not been addressed and will manifest again at a later date. This would indicate exploration of the miasmatic layer which may have been inherited from a parent or may have been acquired through suppression of past symptoms.
The central core, non treatable characteristics of a person, these cannot be changed and remain with a patient throughout life. This corresponds to a person in health and therefore represents nothing to be cured. To treat constitutionally is to raise vitality, maintain existing health rather than to cure anything
Eizayaga thought that to cure was to starts at the outermost (local/legional) layer and progress inwards in removing disturbance; he also believed that there are three different types of cases
- A localised lesion or clinical entity – local/regional disease where the symptoms of the disease are showing
- Psychosomatic illness only – the patients symptoms which precedes organic disease where the fundamental layer is showing
- No pathology but only morbid trends or a condition of susceptibility expressed in the terrain or in the constitutional characteristics of the person.
It seems Eizayaga believes that when the disease has reached the legional layer it is a separate part to the life of the person which continues to weaken the vital force. If the body has externalised its symptoms away from the vital force then the vital force no longer organises this level of the disease and cannot be holistically treated.
Therefore remedies need to be used to bring these parts back into function with the vital force and the remedy choice wouldn’t depend on more fundamental layers of how a person generally feels because they are separate to the disease. This is why Eizayaga doesn’t take these into consideration in his first prescription. Anything that doesn’t directly relate to the legional layer is of no relevance at this stage of Eizayaga’s prescription.
Eizayaga isn’t prescribing holistically because at this stage the body isn’t performing holistically any longer. So in differentiating legional and fundamental layers Eizayaga is saying there are two totalities, one of the disease and one of the patient
Kent looks at disease holistically as the vital force not being able to maintain health but unlike Eizayaga who believes remedies bring the diseased parts back in line with the vital force, he believes that giving remedies helps restore the vital force to being able to heal itself. Kent would also look towards more spiritual reasons for pathology through the mental/emotional presenting symptoms when prescribing as indication of the weakened vital force.
Eizayaga’s method still prescribes on the totality of symptoms according to what belongs to the disease and what belongs to the person and follows the direction of cure. It is the totality of the legional layer symptoms which are seen initially as the presenting symptoms until the first, correctly prescribed, remedy is given; then there is better understanding of the body’s response to it and the fundamental layer is treated. When prescribing for the symptoms of the fundamental layer according to how a remedy works, then any symptoms that are recurring again are those of the miasmatic layer.
Many homeopaths treat in layers and are treating holistically as, by giving remedies the disharmony that was always there is presenting itself in ever appearing symptoms. After the first prescription the patient comes back and reveals something else that had not been previously shown or told. This revealing of another layer comes about because the presenting symptoms at the initial consultation have now altered to present slightly differently. This is not to say that these are new symptoms of a new layer; the symptoms were always present, they have just been revealed by the previous remedy in order to present a further layer to the disease that has always been present, just hidden.
Taylor W. (1997) Homeopathic family medicine
Kent’s lectures on homeopathic philosophy