Workshop Homotoxicology Dr. Franse/Dr. Kustermann World Meeting 2000
New Definitions in Homotoxicology
Symptoms do not fit the drug picture of the homeopathic remedy given
Symptoms fit the drug picture of the homeopathic remedy given
Assessment criteria for new symptoms Symptoms do not fit the drug picture of the homeopathic remedy given Regressive vicariation (positive healing course according to Hering's rule) Progressive vicariation(negative course according to Hering's rule) Underlying illness progresses further. Intercurrent illness Allergic or other hypersensitivity reaction Vicariation
Transfer of the cardinal symptoms of an illness within one phase to another organ system or a change of cardinal symptoms to another phase with or without a change of organ system.
Progressive vicariation in the sense of an aggravation of all the symptoms of illness.
Aggravation of the symptoms of illness
Chronic forms develop
Progression of the illness from outside to inside, from bottom to top(according to Hering's rule)
Illness affects other organ systems
Increasing symptoms in vital organsRegressive vicariation
Regressive vicariation in the form of an improvement in all disease symptoms.
Improvement in symptoms
Discernible short lived reaction and excretion phases
Symptoms change from inside to outside and from top to bottom (according to Hering's rule)
Symptoms increasingly on body surfaces
Improvement in the function of vital organs
Differentiation of drug reactions
Aggravation of existing (local) disease symptoms
Simultaneous improvement in general condition
Drug testing symptoms
Occurrence of new symptoms
Symptoms can be assigned to the drug picture for a constituentHomeopathic aggravation = initial aggravation
Aggravation of existing disease symptoms, followed by increasing improvement.
Aggravation of local symptoms is accompanied by an improvement in general condition.
New disease symptoms may also appear.
Occurrence of the homeopathic aggravation relatively soon after administration of the drug, where there is no other possible explanation.
Homeopathic aggravation, often in the form of increased excretion, above all where symptoms were suppressed for a long period.
The initial reaction may also occur only on the 10th to 14th day.
Drug testing symptoms
Overdosage of low potencies
Use of high potencies in patients with reduced vitality
Long-term use even though the remedy is not( or is no longer) indicated
The patient has a particularly sensitive reaction to a specific remedy
Strengthening of organ function
1.The strengthening of organ function is dependent on the relationships between the cell and the extracellular space.
2.The cell enviroment system is organ-specific. 3.Disturbances of organ function can occur in three ways.
through the cell itself (primary disturbances, e.g. genetic disturbances)
through a disturbed enviroment, so that the cell suffers secondary damage
through the disturbance of superordinate regulatory mechanisms(e.g. hormone systems, autonomic nervous system).
The three therapeutic treatment options in antihomotoxic therapy
Improvement of matrix function by eliminating the homotoxins and regeneration of the matrix.
Improvement of cellular function by stimulating energy metabolism (by means of catalysts, for example) and by stimulating metabolism in the rest of the substrate (by giving homologous organ preparations =suis-organ prepartations, for example).
Regulatory control of the superordinate control centres by means of organotropic/ histotropic suis-organ preparations or functionally tropic homeopathic remedies.
The term potency chord used in antihomotoxic medicine is understood to mean a combination of at least two different potency stages of a homeopathic active ingredient which are available in equal quantities (example: 1 part sulfur D6 + 1 part sulfur D12).
The biological action of a potency chord is not identical to the sum of the actions of the potency levels it contains.
A homaccord is a combination of at least two potency chords.
The greater defensive system
The greater defensive system as defined by H. H. Reckeweg, with the 5 subsystems reticuloendothelium, anterior pituitary lobe adrenal mechanism, nerve reflexes, liver detoxification and connective-tissue detoxification function, should be brought into line with current medical and immunological terminology.
The term "greater defensive system" best equates to the modern term "psychoneuroendocrine immunology", each of which consists of further subsystems, namely:
2. Immune system
Enzymatically controlled detoxification reactions
Homotoxin bonds in the ground substance
Acid-base balanceThe typical feature of all three systems in psychoneuroendocrine immunology is that they all interact and thus form a unit (see fig. below). The holistic approach in antihomotoxic detoxification reactions, of using antihomotoxic remedies to stimulate the ground regulation system, can thus be explained very clearly.
Psychoneuroendocrine immunologyI. Psychovegitative system
3. Endocrine receptors
4. Limbic system
II. Immune system
1.Nonspecific cellular defences
2.Specific cellular defences
III. System of ground regulation
1.Enzymatically controlled detoxification reactions
2.Homotoxin bonds in the ground substance
Antihomotoxic diagnosis and therapy
1.Diagnosis from antihomotoxic points of view (stage of toxin loading, chances of vicariation, etc.) 2.Treatment plan on the basis of the empirical (experience-based) laws of homotoxicology
Avoidance of toxin intake (stopping smoking, avoidance of domestic toxins, use of toxin-free foods, etc.)
Use of antihomotoxic preparations (disease-oriented, e.g. Zeel for arthrosis, Vertigoheel for dizziness, etc.)
Supplementary antihomotoxic measures (blockade release, activating the metabolism, change of condition, etc.) Antihomotoxic preparations
The success of antihomotoxic preparations is based on three empirical approaches:
1.Elimination of toxins = "classic" detoxifying action on the matrix (the net-like connective tissue between the cells and organs)
2.Strengthening the function of organs
3.Strengthening the funtion of the immune system
The empirical action trilogy is verified (confirmed) by scientific studies which were started in March 2000.
The concept of antihomotoxic preparations corresponds to the empirical laws of homotoxicology, and particularly:
1.The six-phase course
2.The phenomenon of vicariation
The empirical laws of homotoxicology are verified by scientific studies which were started in March 2000.
The efficacy of antihomotoxic preparations has been demonstrated scientifically in many studies. The studies prove (for individual antihomotoxic preparations):
1.Their therapeutic efficacy in patients
2.That they are equal in value to standard allopathic active substances
3.Their suitability as a (reimbursable) basic therapy
4.Further studies of this kind will be performed in the years to come.
State of the art (current treatment standard):
Because of their efficacy and tolerability, antihomotoxic preparations fit into many traditional treatment regimens, such as:
2.Graduated scheme of chronic obstructive airways diseases
3.Scheme of treatment for sports injuries
The "Homotoxicology" project group will add the appropriate tried and tested antihomotoxic preparations to the above-mentioned treatment standards and inform the relevant specialist associations accordingly.
The following have been identified as possible action mechanisms (for individual constituents or preparations):
3.Ability to inhibit certain enzymes
Studies are in progress (more are planned) to confirm these assumptions and check their general validity.