Homoeopathy as the Mother of Medicine

Just like homoeopathy, antihomotoxic medicine postulates the setting up of an overall treatment plan: in order to be able to select the right homoeopathic remedy or remedies in a given case, the toxin situation had to first be established in detail. Thorough case taking was part of this as it took into account previous illnesses, how they were treated and how the diseased organism had reacted to the treatment.810 The symptom picture needed to be clearly delineated and the course of the present, acute or chronic, disorder investigated. In homotoxicology, every toxic situation has its particular symptom picture on the basis of which the antihomotoxic remedy is selected.811 The preparation chosen in this way supports the organism by stimulating the immune forces against the homotoxins. The choice of remedy complies with Hahnemann's similarity rule. If there is no clearly matching drug picture for the constellation of symptoms it is, according to Reckeweg, a matter of several toxins putting strain onto the organism with their interference rendering it impossible to identify one definite drug picture.812 In these cases he recommended a therapy concept with combination preparations in which the state and course of the disease in relation to Reckeweg's table of phases played an important part. Depending on the disease phase, different remedies had to be combined so that

808 For Shope's work cf. www.jem.org/cgi/content/full/203/4/803

809 Cf. above.

810 Herzberger and Reinhart (2007), p. 83.

811 Herzberger and Reinhart (2007), p. 84.

812 Herzberger and Reinhart (2007), p. 85.

one toxic layer after the other would disappear and ultimately only one remedy would be necessary to achieve a full recovery.

One maxim of homotoxicology is that acute conditions require lower potencies while for chronic cases the strategy was different: the patient had then, according to homotoxicologists, reached of the three cellular phases and the immune forces were no longer able to deal with the homotoxins. Because those homotoxins were now so numerous and the defence system already weakened it was not advisable to choose the potencies too low, because of the risk of further aggravating the homotoxin situation. The mild stimulants would gradually reactivate the organism's defences. In phases four to six especially, it could come to "inhibited fermentation" and damage to the cell structure. Reckeweg preferred suis-organ preparations in these situations to achieve a stronger stimulation of the cell structures.813

Reckeweg regarded homoeopathy not as a complementary method, but as the basis of all drug therapy; for him it was "the mother of medicine"814, a fact which did not prevent him from considering other remedies to be also useful for detoxification. Biological remedies were for him in tune with nature and supported the organism's own healing forces. They characteristically aimed at effecting regressive vicariation, in other words, at moving the symptoms towards a more favourable phase, always with regard to the physiological excretions. It seems only logical therefore that Reckeweg favoured the methods of naturopathy as well. He was particularly enthusiastic about clay therapies.815 According to homotoxicology - and we have met the same ideas in naturopathy and in Felke's concept - secretions such as sweat, mucosa, pus and pruritus must not be suppressed as this would hinder the excretion of pathogens and encourage renewed toxification.816

813 Herzberger and Reinhart (2007), p. 87.

815 Biological therapies, according to Reckeweg, included diet, fasting, massage (gymnastics, sports, physical exercise), hydrotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, correction of posture, treatment with leeches and cupping, urine therapy, non-specific protein therapy, haematogenic oxidation therapy, oxygen insufflation, cellular therapy, hormone therapy, antibiotics therapy (elimination of homotoxins), inoculations, surgical measures, cytostatics, roentgenotherapy, neural therapy. Reckeweg (1975), pp. 667, 582.

Instead, Reckeweg recommended washing, bath- claim exclusivity for homoeopathy and did not re-

ing, poultices, compresses, external "healing earth" strict himself to drug therapy, but included dietetics applications etc. in order to rinse off, draw out and and hydrotherapy in his treatment plans. Reckeweg divert the homotoxins directly.817 It was Felke who advocated other "biological" healing methods next had complemented homoeopathy, the "backbone" to homoeopathy and saw it as his life's task to bring of his healing system, with healing factors such as about the union of orthodox medicine and homoeo-

light and air and who had included guidelines on pathy.818 nutrition and exercise. Hahnemann also did not

817 Reckeweg (1959), p. 11. After the war, Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg had spent two weeks in the "Pastor-Felke Bath" in Diez on the river Lahn taking mud baths and doing exercises. He was so enthusiastic about the clay therapy that he went on to recommend clay compresses and mud baths to many of his patients after returning to Triberg where he had settled down. His father, Heinrich Friedrich Reckeweg, had also been enthusiastic about the Felke Bath. Cf. Doerper-Reckeweg

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