Law of Cure

Hering’s Law was formulated through the development of homeopathy, following the discoveries of Hahnemann, who is regarded as the Father of Homeopathy. Hering’s Law of Cure is the basis of healing in which the body heals itself. The states that symptoms of a chronic disease disappear in a definite order: 1. Reverse chronological order, 2. From within outward, and 3. From above downward. Reverse chronological order indicates that we will heal in reverse order of the symptom presentation or suppression through intervention. From within outward reflects that symptoms move from the more vital organs to the less vital organs, interior of the body toward the skin. From above downward means that we must heal from the head and trunk first, then toward the extremities.


Classical Five Element Acupuncture follows the principles of Law of Cure. JR Worsely describes that Law of Cure, “arises from the idea that the disease, which travels deeper as imbalance increases, reverses its path as Nature effects cure.” As Classical Five Element Acupuncturists, it is our job to assist Nature by treating the cause of the disease, rather than the symptoms, thus we must expect the presence of the Law of Cure within clients that we treat. Furthermore, we may expect that even though there is a brief and sometimes intense return of symptoms, that the client will acknowledge, ‘feeling better inside’. This presentation confirms that the body is in the process of healing itself on all levels of mind, body, and spirit.