Differences between Healing System and Immune System
Homoeopathy works both upon the healing system and the immune system while other systems of medicine work only upon immune system. That is why Homoeopathy is also called the Rational art of Healing. Master Hahnemann had a keen mind as he recognized this fact more than century ago. Let us clear in our mind the differences between these two.
When people first hear of "the healing system," they often confuse it with the immune system. Even though on one level the two systems may be difficult to tell apart because they work together in a cooperative effort. On another level they are two very different systems that serve entirely different purposes.
The fundamental difference between the two systems is that the immune system is concerned with defending the body against infections, while healing system is responsible for repairing tissue damage from injuries or illnesses, and restoring the body to its natural state of health. The immune system’s focus is largely on attacking and protecting body from foreign invaders. The healing system focuses more on healing, growth, regeneration, restoration of function, and maintaining health.
For example, if one was to come down with bronchitis, the immune system would be expected to attack and eliminate the offending organisms that are causing the infection. However, if one was injured in a car accident and broke his arm, his healing system would be called upon to heal his injuries. His immune system would not become involved because typically there is no infection with a broken bone. The mending of the broken bone would be a specific function of the healing system.
Similarly, if one had a heart attack, the healing system would immediately become activated. A heart attack is not caused by an infection, and so healing from it does not involve the immune system, but rather the healing system. After a heart attack, the healing system repairs the damage to heart muscle while it restores normal functioning to the heart.
When we understand that most diseases and injuries are not caused by infection, the distinction between healing system and immune system becomes clearer, and the unique role of healing system becomes much more significant. The healing system and immune system work together and cooperate with each other to maintain health. For example, if body has sustained damage from an infection, healing system and immune system will work side by side to repair the damage as they fight against, neutralize, and remove the infectious agents to prevent further damage to body. The immune system will attack the infection that caused the problem while healing system will actually repair the damage the infection caused to body.