The basic theory and process of the Spagyric Method is three-fold in nature. First, there is a separation step where the active principles, according to this system’s theory, are separated in crude form from the substance. These essentials, as they are called, appear in the form of three subgroups a clear volatile fraction, an oil fraction, and a mineral residue.
Secondly, there is a purification step where each fraction is subjected to purification methods within certain guidelines, based on the nature of the particular fraction. The purification methods generally involve distillation, calcinations, sublimation, and recrystallization. Spagyric processing releases all the principles of the herb (oil soluble, water soluble non-mineral, and mineral) allowing for full utilization of the herb by a system unable to fully process herbs because of lack of enzymes or other real function. The Spagyric product contains all of the mineral in the herb which cannot be obtained by any other system, processing, or digestion.
Once these essential active fractions have been separated and purified, the third and final step in the Spagyric Method is that of recombining the three fractions as one substance again. Since Spagyric products are derived from all natural sources (herbs and minerals), one major dispute is the determination of what exactly is essential in the substance and of therapeutic value. In the medical profession, there are those who use the whole crude herb, those who use only a tincture or extract from the herb, and those who prefer to use only the mineral components of the substance. The unique approach of the Spagyric practitioners is grounded in ancient concepts of matter and life which serve as the basis of the whole method. Only certain key ideas can be outlined here to show why Spagyric preparations are made as they are.
We feel it is important to inform interested persons of our purpose for each product formulation. Our product line was formulated for today’s health conscious person. The following data is meant to be for the purpose of education only, not to recommend or prescribe any product for the diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of any unhealthy condition.
The procedure of processing entitled “Spagyric” activates the nutritional properties within the herbal substance. When any nutrient is activated, a process is necessary to convert the substance into a nutritionally active supplement. In the case of herbs, the present primary focus of BioActive Botanicals is to convert the enzyme activity from plant photosynthesis to human biosynthesis. Spagyric processing releases all the principles of the herb (oil soluble, water soluble non-mineral and mineral) allowing for full utilization of the herb by a system unable to fully process herbs because of lack of enzymes or other malfunction. The Spagyric product contains all of the mineral in the herb which cannot be obtained by any other system, processing, or digestion.
Herbs have been known to be medicinal since Biblical times. In fact, most of today’s pharmaceutical products are synthetic chemicals which were originally herbal extracts. Herbal usage to this date has been based on folklore. Nothing is more important than our ancestors’ input in our health care. Today’s physical problems, however, are fare more complicated than yesterday’s. Therefore, a more advanced form of personal care is required.
The Spagyric line is designed to work with today’s health needs. We must concentrate on cause and not effect. The formulas have been manufactured and developed by a clinical pharmacist, naturopath, and an M.D., and have been clinically tested prior to being released for marketing.
Phytotherapy is the science of using herbal products as nutritional supplementation. It therefore covers everything from plants with powerful actions to those with very gentle action, such as chamomile, mint, and many others. The term “Phytotherapy” was introduced by the French physician Henri Leclerc (1870-1955). He had published numerous essays on the use of plants, most of them in La Presse Medicate, a Leading French journal. He summed up his lifetime experience in Precis de Phytotherapie, a concise work that has since become a classic.
Herbs have come a long way since the days of ancient ‘herbalism.’ The study of the use of plants is now a scientific subject. Knowledge of plants and their uses has been recorded from antiquity – by Imhotep, the priest and physician of ancient Egypt who devised the Step Pyramid of Sakkara. Other great men to study and record their research of plants and herbs include: Galen, a personal physician to the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, and later by Parcelsus, the Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, and the authors of the great herbals of medieval times, right to the present day.
The rise of chemistry, development of numerous synthetic chemicals, and the possibilities opened up by experimental pharmacology have caused herbal knowledge and research to be neglected. A new climate was created by methods evolved on the basis of modern physiology, concerned predominantly with effects that were measurable under experimental conditions. In this framework it was difficult to know what to do with the plants. Chemical compounds could always be precisely analyzed, giving results in parts by weight of so many milligrams. In phytotheraphy this method on the whole applies only to plants with powerful actions – great difficulties arise in other aspects of plant chemistry, particularly with many of the plants with gentle actions such as chamomile, mint, and many others.
The term phytotherapy has come to be internationally accepted for herbal nutrition being clear and unmistakable. It was introduced into French medical literature by Leclerc, and was then also adopted in Germany to describe the use of herbs.
Phytochemists, pharmacists and pharmacologists are trained to consider the properties and actions of isolated medicinal principles traditionally referred to as ‘pharmaca.’ It was logical for them to refer to a plant constituent as a phytopharmacon. The terms ‘phytotherapeutic agent’ and ‘phytopharmacon’ therefore mean the same, simply taking another point of view.
The field of chemical synthesis made tremendous advances after the second world war. The result was that ‘simple’ herbal products came to be largely forgotten and considered old-fashioned. Only a limited number of pure principles extracted from plants still held their own.
The large field of herbs, their use based on long-standing experience, more or less fell by the wayside. These products, Leclerc’s phytotherapeutic agents, now came to be used only as part of folklore. Hardly any mention was made of them in schools.
Yet they survived and have begun to enjoy an important revival. One reason was that the constituents and active principles of various plants were being isolated and identified in plant chemistry. The data produced by these chemists confirmed empirical uses and could no longer be overlooked. Plants were gaining scientific recognition.
It must also be stressed that phytotherapy is not homeopathy. Homeopathy makes use of plant materials in fundamentally different ways from those of phytotherapy. The latter has taken some ideas from homeopathy, particularly since that discipline has traditionally made use of a whole number of plants which are not generally in medical use.
In order to overcome the obstacles associated with chemistry and phytochemistry, BioActive has chosen the Spagyric Process for producing our botanical and homeopathic products.
The basic theory and process of the Spagyric Method is threefold in nature. First, there is a separation step where the active principles, according to this system’s theory, are separated in crude form from the substance. These essentials, as they are called, appear in the form of three subgroups:
- A clear volatile function
- An oil fraction
- A mineral residue
Secondly, there is a purification step where each fraction is subjected to purification methods within certain guidelines. This is based on the nature of the particular fraction. The purification methods generally involve distillation, calcination, sublimation, and recrystallization. Spagyric processing releases all the principles of the herb (oil soluble, water soluble, non-mineral, and mineral) allowing for full utilization of the herb by a biological system unable to fully process herbs because of enzyme deficiency or other biochemical disorders. The Spagyric product contains all of the mineral in the herb which cannot be obtained by any other system, processing, or digestion. Each botanical formula is actually a combination of herbs, bundled together to create a synergistic effect.
The third and final step in the Spagyric method is that of recombining the three fractions as one substance again. The BioActive line and formulas have been developed by a clinical pharmacist, a PhD nutritionist, and an MD with an extensive background in Herbology and Homeopathy.
What is Homeopathy?
In the late 1700s, homeopathy emerged as a highly systematic medical science through the efforts of German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Prior to developing homeopathic science, Hahnemann had been an esteemed physician and chemist. He was the personal physician to members of the German royalty and the author of one of the most respected texts on chemistry in his day.
Hahnemann coined the Latin phrase similia similibus curentur (“let likes be cured with likes”) to describe his discovery that substances in small doses stimulate the organism to heal that which they cause in overdose. He termed the medical system based on this principle “homeopathy” from the Greek words homoios for “similar” and pathos for “suffering” or “disease.” This principle, most commonly known as the “law of similars,” states that any substance which can cause symptoms when given to healthy people can help to heal those who are experiencing similar symptoms.
Hahnemann’s observation that a substance can mimic symptoms helps cure a person revealed a revolutionary understanding of symptoms. Instead of assuming that symptoms represent illogical, improper, or unhealthy responses of the body and that they should be treated, controlled, and suppressed, Hahnemann learned that symptoms are positive, adaptive responses to the variety of stresses the body experiences. Symptoms represent the body’s best effort to heal itself. Hence, instead of suppressing symptoms, therapies should stimulate the body’s defenses to complete the curative process.
Symptoms are not the disease. Symptoms accompany disease. Symptoms are evidence of disease. But treating symptoms is like killing the messenger bringing bad news. In fact, by treating symptoms, you are suppressing the body’s natural responses and inhibiting the healing process.
As far back as 180 years ago, long before the term “holistic health” was coined, homeopaths recognized the inseparability of body and mind. Homeopaths have always stressed the importance of assessing the totality of the person, the physical and physiological.
Hahnemann began to experiment with the size of the dose to see how little medicine he could give to still cause a sustained healing response. After years of rigorous study he found a method of diluting substances that kept the toxic properties at a minimum while the potential to cure was magnified. He called this pharmaceutical process “potentization.”
Potentization is different from simple dilution. Homeopaths have found that the medicines do not work if they are simply diluted repeatedly without vigorous shaking or if they are just diluted in vast amounts of liquid;. Nor do the medicines work if they are only vigorously shaken. It is the combined process of dilution and vigorous shaking that makes the medicine effective, when the symptoms of the medicine are similar to those of the ill person.
Homeopathy uses natural substances from three realms of nature, animal, vegetable and mineral. Those homeopathic medicines which are made from herbs are precisely manufactured to potentized substances far beyond their herbal origins according to standards and procedures set forth in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. The homeopathic remedies made from animal and mineral sources are treated similarly so that they, too, are potentized beyond their regions.
Homeopathy: The Philosophy
Man does not become sick in part. The whole of him becomes sick: body, mind, and spirit. The body will manifest symptoms in the illness, but the physical body is not the origin of the illness. At death, the physical body remains, but it is no longer curable. That which is curable has left the body. An imbalance in the vital force is the origin of the illness. The symptoms expressed by the body, the mind, and the spirit are simply the signposts telling of that imbalance. Homeopathic doctors used those symptoms to select a remedy especially for that person in his illness, but the remedy is a potentized substance having an energy force. That energy force acts on the vital force. Once the vital force returns to balance, the person heals himself.
Classical Homeopathy: Three Principles
Classical homeopathy has three principles or tenets. These principles are the rockbed of homeopathy. They have remained unchanged over the centuries, their truth continually redemonstrated through successful treatment of the sick.
The first principle or tenet is similia similibus curentur which is a Latin phrase meaning likes should cure likes. Each person shows symptoms of his body, mind and spirit when he is sick. Some of these symptoms are common to the particular sickness and some of them are unique to that individual. Thus, for the homeopathic remedy to be curative, the symptom picture of the remedy must be like that picture which the sick person shows.
The second principle of homeopathy is the single remedy. It would be quite impossible for one to know which ingredient was doing what to a sick person if that person were given a medicine which was a combination of ingredients. Therefore, the homeopathic doctor gives only one medicine at a time to the sick person. The doctor allows sufficient time to pass to observe the effects of that one medicine on the ill person.
The third principle of homeopathy is the minimum dose. Drugs given to people in material doses are frequently found to cause side effects or adverse reactions. To minimize this problem, the homeopathic doctor gives the smallest possible dose so as to maximize the beneficial effects and minimize the side effects of the medicine.
Combination or Complex Homeopathy
In Germany, towards the end of the nineteenth century, an increasing number of practitioners, both lay and medical, were using complex mixtures of low-potency preparations. It proved possible to make up mixtures which were organ targeted, i.e., would work on the pancreas or liver, or would be useful in particular illnesses such as rheumatism or tonsillitis. Gradually this approach, known as complex homeopathy, became the order of the day and the classical mold relying on detailed descriptions of single remedies (typified by the repertories of Boericke and Kent) became well and truly broken. The advent of EAV techniques accelerated this change, which until very recently has been confined to Germany. Slowly this approach to homeopathy is gaining popularity outside Germany. In many ways complex homeopathy has moved closer to herbal medicine where the use of specific herbs for particular organs or illnesses has been commonplace for centuries. To the average doctor this approach is more acceptable than having to learn complicated remedy descriptions, as it allows him to prescribe complex homeopathic mixtures in the same way as he would prescribe standard allopathic drugs. Increasing numbers of complex homeopathic guidebooks are becoming available in English, thereby making this approach more accessible to the English-speaking world.
There is a danger that the pendulum may swing too far away from classical homeopathy. Skillful high potency prescribing of single remedies still has an important part to play, and it is doubtful whether EAV techniques can replace clinical skill in the use of these preparations. It is to be hoped that as more practitioners begin to use complex homeopathy they will become interested in learning something of classical homeopathy. It will soon become apparent to the enquiring mind that great skill and care is required in handling this aspect of classical homeopathy. In many ways this ‘conventional’ form of homeopathy is difficult to practice successfully, particularly when tackling chronic disease, as the choice of the similimum is not easy. Results are much easier to obtain using complex homeopathy and therefore the complex approach is more attractive largely for this reason. Successful ‘single homeopaths’ are relatively uncommon as much skill ands long experience are required.
General Principles of Complex Homeopathy
In classical homeopathy the remedy ‘Belladonna’ contains a homeopathic potency of belladonna itself. A complex homeopathic preparation such as “headache” contains belladonna, Bryonia, Gelsenium, and Cimicifuga, all at low potency. Making a complex mixture as described has two effects: first it minimizes the occurrence of side effects that may occur by giving a single remedy like belladonna alone, and secondly it gives a preparation with a wider range of action than belladonna has alone. This means that it is more likely to produce a clinically useful result.
Complex homeopathy, like many natural healing methods, is largely a stimulatory technique and makes use of the patient’s powers of resistance (reticulo-endothelial system) and detoxification system termed by Dr. Hans Henrich Recheweg as the “Greater Defense System” in his book Homotoxicology. When dealing with an extremely toxic patient who is exhausted and has chronic fatigue it is wise to combine nutritional support, phytotherapy, and complex homeopathy in an approach to improve the patient’s powers of resistance anddetoxification capacity. The decision as to which combination of products to select for the Chronic Fatigue Patient may be derived from experience or through selection by kinesiology or EAV/Vega test/Interro techniques.
A number of remedies are given together in nearly all cases treated using complex homeopathy. This is because illness does not exist in isolation so therefore it is not sensible to treat, for example, the liver on its own; the related organs such as the pancreas and colon must also be treated at the same time. As a result a combination of remedies is the order of the day.
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