The “vital principle” is a term used in the Organon of Medicine to refer to the concept of the vital force, which is an invisible, intelligent force that is believed to animate the body and maintain health. According to homeopathic theory, the vital principle is affected by both external and internal factors, including the person’s diet, emotional state, and environment.
Hahnemann believed that the vital principle could be disrupted by physical or emotional trauma, as well as by inherited factors. He also believed that the vital principle could be influenced by the use of certain substances, such as drugs or toxins.
The concept of the vital principle is central to homeopathic theory and is used to help homeopaths understand the root causes of a person’s symptoms and determine the most appropriate treatment.