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Homotoxicology, the theory of disease developed by Dr. Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg (1905-1985), understands illness as the human body’s defense against toxic substances (homotoxins) that threaten to overwhelm the intercellular matrix. According to this therapeutic model, the type and severity of an illness are determined by the duration and intensity of toxin loading in relationship to the body’s inherent capacity for detoxification. «Clogging» of the matrix obstructs the movement of nutrients from blood vessels into cells, disrupting the body’s steady state and hindering important biological processes. The resulting disturbances, which eventually manifest as illness, are the body’s attempt to restore a state of biochemical balance. For Reckeweg, restoring this balance was the ultimate goal of all medical treatment.
Antihomotoxic principles of diagnosis and therapy
Treatment based on an understanding of homotoxicology and the six-phase table is governed by the following principles:
Diagnosis considers antihomotoxic perspectives (stage of toxin loading, probability of vicariation).
Treatment protocol derives from empirical homotoxicological practices, especially:
Avoiding additional exposure to toxins such as tobacco smoke, household toxins, and food additives.
The use of disease-specific antihomotoxic medicines (for example, Zeel for arthritis or Vertigoheel for dizziness.)
Supplementary antihomotoxic measures that deblock enzyme systems, activate metabolism, etc.
The medications used in antihomotoxic therapy reflect the empirical laws of homotoxicology, specifically the progression of illness through six phases and the vicariation phenomenon.
Antihomotoxic («modern homeopathic») medicines
The homeopathic combination medications (Heel products) developed by Reckeweg on the basis of homotoxicology were designed to restore health by eliminating homotoxins. Reckeweg dubbed them antihomotoxic medicines, but they are now also known colloquially as modern homeopathic medications. Recent research on the intercellular matrix has already confirmed important aspects of Reckeweg’s hypothesis. The almost revolutionary results of studies of antihomotoxic medicines substantiate Reckeweg’s entire approach to therapy.
How they work
«Classical» detoxification: flushing toxins out of the matrix of connective tissue in which cells and organs are embedded Improving the functioning of individual organs Strengthening the immune system.
Are they effective?
Many scientific studies have confirmed that antihomotoxic medicines: achieve the desired therapeutic improvement are as effective as standard allopathic treatments are suitable for classification as primary, insurance-reimbursable therapies.
Additional studies of this type are currently in progress.