Homeopathy - Homotoxicology

What is Homotoxicology?

Classical homeopathy, according to Samuel Hahnemann orients itself bases upon the so-called ‘drug picture’ to determine the appropriate remedy. Symptoms of disease behave reciprocally towards those symptoms which a healthy test person reports after intake of the substance. This method of remedy determination is called a ‘proving’. The key principle of homeopathy is that ‘like cures like’. So the remedy chosen will be the one that has the most similar symptoms to those of the patient. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body’s defenses in order to restore health (similar to the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbs).

Classical homeopathy is an exacting practice in which single remedies are used therapeutically. Such remedies are only partly single as many botanical extractions contain a highly complex mixture of ingredients. Considering the huge number of proven remedies, the selection of a single remedy requires careful observation and skill on the part of the practitioner. One must go through the extensive repertory of remedies to select the most appropriate one for treatment. Once chosen, the potency, or degree of dilution needs to be determined which also requires expertise.

The matter of homeopathic dilutions was scientifically supported by Arndt and Schutz through their work on the medicinal effect on bio-systems. The Arndt-Schulz principle states:

  • Weak stimuli stimulate life functions
  • Moderate stimuli accelerate life functions
  • Strong stimuli act as inhibitors
  • The strongest stimuli suspend life functions

So in homeopathy, the more dilute (weaker) the remedy, the more effective and powerful it is.

Homotoxicology was formulated by Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, MD, in 1952. Combining his knowledge of classical homeopathy with modern medical science, he created a synthesis that provides a bridge between homeopathy and conventional medicine. Reckeweg formulated the essential tenet of homotoxicology as follows:

“According to Homotoxicology, all those processes, syndromes and manifestations which we designate as diseases are the expression thereof that the body is combating poisons and that it wants to neutralize and excrete these poisons. The body either wins or loses the fight thereby. Those processes which we designate as diseases are always biological, that is, natural teleological (self-realizing) processes which serve poison defense and detoxification.”

Homotoxicology pursues an indication-based approach, i.e., there is a remedy based on the syndrome or indication of the patient. Most anti-homotoxic preparations contain complexes of remedies in the low to middle ranges of dilution. Each preparation carries an indication, facilitating its use, so there is no need to determine the individual remedy choice from the repertory or the potency. Using conventional medicine indications connects anti-homotoxic with allopathy while its use of potentized substances unites it with homeopathy, thereby making the connecting link between conventional (allopathic) medicine and homeopathy.

Homotoxins (human-toxins) include all of those substances (chemical or biochemical) and non-material influences which can cause illness in humans. Their appearance results in regulation disorders in the organism. Every illness is due to their effects. Homotoxins may be introduced from the exterior (exogenous) or from the body itself (endogenous).

Homotoxicosis is a non-physiological condition which arises after reaction of a homotoxin on cells and tissues. This occurs as a humoral or cellular phenomenon and can be followed by morphological alterations on tissues. The specific homotoxicosis is named after the homotoxin which triggers it and leads to defensive measures by the organism whose goal is the elimination of the homotoxins and restoration of the physiological conditions when possible, i.e., return to balance.

Healing occurs following the principles of Hering’s Law of Cures, i.e.:

  • From top to bottom
  • From inside to outside
  • From organs of major importance to those of lesser importance and
  • In reverse chronological order

Homotoxicological medicines have been developed to serve the very specific purpose of restoring regulation in the body. Rather than being a single remedy, they are complex homeopathic compositions that incorporate various dilutions of remedies, as well as potentized catalysts, allopathics and vitamins. Single remedies often induce a “healing crisis”. The combination of remedies within the anit-homotoxic formulas modifies this process. This topic is quite complex and I highly recommend that when you set up an account with Heel, Inc., you attend their free seminars in which homotoxicology is discussed in greater depth.

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