Kent [1849-1916], they rejected the outer physical aspects of disease as being the true realm of disease causation, believing the organism to possess an inner ‘spiritual body’ or ‘vital force’ – “…Van Helmont’s Archeus, Stahl’s Animal Soul…” [Lesser Writings, 1808, 490; Haehl, I, 284] – that heals and coordinates during health, but which also harbours the root causes of sickness, and what van Helmont called “…exogenous agents…that irritate the Archeus…” [Pagel, 428]. In the Organon, when writing about the vital force, Hahnemann even “uses phrases that might have been Stahl’s own,” [Haehl, I, 284].
Unlike Sydenham, van Helmont correctly interpreted Paracelsus that contagion occurred by a “spiritual Gas,” [Pagel, 1946, 436] that invades the Archeus and so creates sickness. Contagion had always been viewed as a spiritual process and never physical. These ideas also resurfaced with homeopaths like Kent, who denounced “the bacteria doctrine,” and “the molecular theory,” in favour of a position of unbridled vitalism, declaring that “We do not take disease through our bodies but through the Vital Force,” [Kent, Lesser Writings, 1926].
GET EXCLUSIVE FULL ACCESS TO PREMIUM CONTENT
SUPPORT HOMEOPATHIC RESEARCH THAT MATTERS
EXPERT ANALYSIS OF AND EMERGING TRENDS IN HOMEOPATHY AND WELLNESS
Educative Homeopathic VIDEO WEBINARS
Get unlimited access to our EXCLUSIVE Content and our archive of subscriber stories.