Cure: n. A cure is the end of an illness.  ( Reference: 1)

Causal cure: v. To bring about the end of an active illness by addressing the cause.

Illness: n. An illness is a negative condition, consisting of a cause, which might be in the body, the mind, the spirit, or the community of the patient, and the consequences, signs and symptoms, which affect the body, the mind, the spirits and the communities of the patient.

There are three basic types of illness:

a. causal illness: the illness is active because the cause is active.
b. injury: the cause is gone, but it has left a hole in the body, mind, spirit or community of the patient.
c. blockage: where the illness consists of an inability to perform naturally healthy functions. A blockage might exist in the body, the mind, the spirits, or the community aspects of healthiness.

Cures: There are four distinct types of cures: curing, healing, transformation, and prevention.

Types of Cures

1. Curing: bringing about the end of an active illness in the body, the mind, the spirits, or the community, by addressing the cause. Illness is the intersection of a cause and negative consequences, signs and symptoms of illness. It is cured when the cause has been successfully addressed. Corollary: The cause of an active illness has been successfully addressed when the illness is cured. If the cause reappears, an new illness might result. When a cure is completed, no more medicines are required.

partial cure occurs when the cause of an illness is partially addressed, or when a single cause of a compound illness, with multiple causes, is addressed.

temporary cure occurs when the cause of an illness is temporarily addressed. Temporary cures can lead to chronic illness if the cycle is repeated.

A chronic illness has a chronic cause, which can often be characterized as a habit. Curing a chronic illness requires a chronic cure.  It requires not only addressing the cause, it also requires addressing the chronic nature of the cause.  Chronic illness often requires changing the habits of the patient, once the cause has been identified.

While an illness is not cured, it creates injuries.

2. Healing is an ongoing curative process that repairs injuries before, during, and after the illness. (Reference 2, 3, 4). An injury might come from an illness, or from an external event. Healing is seldom perfect.

Imperfect healing can lead to a blockage or a disability.

3. Transformation: Removing, and thus curing, blockages that reside in the body (physical), the mind (mental), the spirits (spiritual) or the community (communal). (Reference 4) Surgical cures are transformations. Most transformations are less severe:  physical changes to body, changes to mental, spiritual, or community states cure blockages. Removal of blockage often necessitates healing.

A blockage that cannot be cured is a disability.

A disability is converted to a blockage by transformation, by curing it.  A blockage is converted to a disability by giving up in attempts to cure, by accepting it as final.

4. Preventative cures address causes before illness can arise.

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How to CURE any Illness

Once we have a clear definition of cure, for every illness, it is possible to design a process to cure any illness.

As we can see, some illnesses, those that are permanent disabilities, cannot be cured.  If they can be transformed into other illnesses, as a cleft lip is transformed by surgery, or as a mental block is transformed by understanding, they can then be cured by healing.

A key principle of healthicine, is the concept of causal cure. The word cure, today, is often used for treatments that make no attempt to cure, and cannot cure. Most treatments are symptomicines, cures for symptoms of illness, that do not address cause, and cannot produce a cure, except by accident.

Current Medical Status of Cure

When we fail to define cure and cured for any illness, we can fail to find cures.  Today, many illnesses are considered incurable, and we have given up attempting to cure – but not given up fundraising for cures. Pity.

None of today’s medical theories, sciences, or practices have clear definitions of cure, cures, nor cured which cover all types of cures and all types of illnesses. There is no name for the concept of causal cure, in today’s medicine. It’s actually worse than that.

Many of today’s published medical dictionaries, from Barron’s to Oxford, to Webster’s, simply do not contain the word cure. When they do attempt to define cure, the definitions are weak, simplistic, and often simply wrong. Webster’s online dictionary for learners, for example, defines cure as ‘the act of making someone healthy again after an illness‘.

When you search medical practices, from conventional medicine, to Ayurveda, to Chinese Traditional Medicine, to chiropractic, you will not find a useful definition of cure. Most medical practices simply fail to define ‘cure’ and avoid the word cure in theory and practice. Even homeopathy, which touts the mantra ‘like cures like‘, does not define cure.

This creates several simple problems.

  1. When cured is not defined, we cannot find cures. How can we search for a cure? How would we know if we found one, or if one occurred by accident?
  2. When cured is not defined, anyone can claim a cure.
  3. When cured is not defined, anyone can dismiss or dispute a cure claim.
  4. When we decide to treat, but not to cure, we create a chronic illness.

Therefore: there are no cures.

If we want to find cures, if we want to know cures, we need to define cures. We can only see a cure, once cured is defined.  We can only dispute a cure claim, once cured is defined. Then, and only then, can we seek cures. Today’s medical science is entirely based on measuring signs and symptoms – cures are ignored. There is no accounting, there are no statistics for cures for any disease, because cured is not defined. Cure rate, often used in cancer and spreading to use in other diseases is a statistical measure of ‘not sick’, not actually related to cure. We only measure cure rate, because we have no definition, and thus no way to notice, detect, or prove actual cures for many diseases.

This page provides simple, clear definition of cure, that can be applied to any illness. This definition was first published in the post: Miracle Cures vs. Healthicine Cures. It has been updated several times for clarity.

I have been researching and writing about health, healthicine, and cures for many years.  You can learn more about healthicine’s explorations of cures in these posts:

Miracle Cures vs. Healthicine Cures

The Disappearance of “CURE” from Modern Medicine

Diseases Cured – but not by Medicines

The Importance of Cures

Curing Chronic Illness

Why Can’t we Cure Scurvy?

Cure Ignorance

The Alternative Medicine Cures

Is Your Disease Curable? or Incurable? – how to cure any illness.

Cures Rule!

Searching for a Zipless Cure

Hunting the Wumpus Cure

The Invisible Cures

Are you Too Depressed, or Two Depressed? – curing depression

Mr President: “America Can’t Cure Cancer”

Why Medicine gives up on Cures

Solving the Mysteries of Anecdotal Cures

Cure Ignorance: Myths and Realities about Cures

Healthicines Cure Unhealthiness, Medicines Cure Illness, Symptomicines don’t Cure

Understanding Medical Cures

Cancer Cure Catch 22

Cure: The most Forbidden Word in Modern Medicine

The Strangest Secret in Modern Medicine

What if we found a Cure for Cancer?

Is Diabetes the Easiest Incurable Disease to Cure?

How Cesar Millan Cures Chronic Illness


  1. Webster’s: Cure: 3. “a complete or permanent solution or remedy. 
  2. Oxford: Cure: 7. “A means of healing”.
  3. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary: 1. “To heal, to make well
  4.  Oxford: Cure II 4. “To treat surgically or medically, with the purpose of healing