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

Progressive vicariation in the sense of an aggravation of all the symptoms of illness.

Aggravation of the symptoms of illness

  • Degeneration

  • Illness affects other organ systems

  • Improvement in symptoms

  • Symptoms change from inside to outside and from top to bottom (according to Hering's rule)

  • Improvement in the function of vital organs
    Differentiation of drug reactions

     Homeopathic aggravation

  • Simultaneous improvement in general condition
    Drug testing 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.

    Acute disease

    Occurrence of the homeopathic aggravation relatively soon after administration of the drug, where there is no other possible explanation.

    Chronic disease

    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

    Possible causes

  • Use of high potencies in patients with reduced vitality

  • 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 a disturbed enviroment, so that the cell suffers secondary damage

  • Neurotransmitters

  • Endocrine receptors

  •  Neurogenic inflammation

    2. Immune system


  • Homotoxin bonds in the ground substance

  • Avoidance of toxin intake (stopping smoking, avoidance of domestic toxins, use of toxin-free foods, 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.

     Action model

    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:

    1."Rheumatism pyramid"
    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.

    Action mechanism

    The following have been identified as possible action mechanisms (for individual constituents or preparations):

    1.Antiinflammatory properties
    2.Antiviral properties
    3.Ability to inhibit certain enzymes

    Studies are in progress (more are planned) to confirm these assumptions and check their general validity.