Detoxification A Synergistic Combination Of Homotoxicology And Chinese Five Phase Theory


The human body is bombarded daily with a myriad of known and unknown chemicals and xenobiotics. Out immune or defense system, under optimum conditions, can handle the elimination of these toxins. However, most of us, for the most part already have overworked immune systems due to the stress of modern living. The body has a number of compensatory mechanisms o support a weakened or stressed organ system. Chinese medicine five phase theory documents the many ways our body can compensate for weakened systems or illness. Homotoxicology also has documented a series of reactions the body undergoes in an effort to deal with a toxic burden. Both systems have fascinating complimentary similarities.

The German doctor Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg successfully applied the modern concept of science and technology to homeopathic experience and tradition. He introduced the concept of Homotoxicology, according to which illness is not a consequence of a sin (as Kent claimed) or even a constitutional or inherited condition, but often an organic and physiological reaction to the presence of toxins in the organism. The constitution, the psychical conditions and the hereditary factors are important because they determine the modalities, the particular type of reaction to toxins, viruses and so on. Every disease or illness is never casual or unexpected but is always a consequence of a series of problems, mostly toxic overloads. The concept is that all manifestations of life depend on the conversion of chemical compounds: no compound can disappear, but it converts according to well-defined chemical laws.

Homotoxicology can be considered the modern evolution of Homeopathy and the bridge between Classical Homeopathy and Allopathy. As Hahnemann studied the works of the famous researchers of his time and used these concepts to update the medical tradition, so Reckeweg studied the modem biochemistry and physiopathology to update the homeopathic tradition. Diseases are expressions of the battle of the organism against toxins, in its attempt to counteract and expel them. When it cannot expel the toxins, the organism tries through increased pathological means to make up for the damage done. The body's defenses are in distinct phases, which are used according to the condition and nature of the external attack.

Every disease should be treated with an overall strategy, treating not just the disease itself, since this will lead to a suppression. The complete pathobiography of the patient can be easily treated following the Homotoxicology Table created by Reckeweg.

There is no need to compare single remedy prescribing and combination remedies. The debate often ends up talking in circles and usually originates from political-economical interests. A thorough debate by the London Homeopathic community is published in a back issue of The Prover, Summer 1994, vol. 5 no. 2. This back issue is worth ordering and having on hand to dispel any doubts about using combination remedies.

The developments in physics over the past century from relativity to quantum mechanics support the concept of an "energetic or electromagnetic sphere of action" for homeopathic remedies. Dr. Vithoulkas stated in The Science of Homeopathy that the use of combination remedies is "analogous to trying to create harmony by tuning six different radios to separate stations simultaneously in the hopes of creating a symphony." It would seem more accurate that a combination remedy carefully constructed and developed so that the frequencies are complimentary, (similar to the harmonic overtone series in music) is more like a symphony and could be more powerful in action under the right circumstances than a single remedy. It is true that there is no such thing as a single remedy; rather there are remedies with chemical compounds that are similar in nature with complementary electromagnetic signatures. Any physician working along antihomotoxic lines needs to utilize combination and complex remedies as well as single remedies in both low and high potencies, in order to achieve the best results. Choosing when to use which tools at the night time will enhance the greatest chance of success.

The homeopathic remedy may be prescribed according to several principles: the totality of symptoms, the "keynote", the essence, the repertorization of findings, the basic miasms, the etiology, etc. The expert homeopath will prescribe the remedy using any of these principles. For every homeopathic remedy, typical features have been cured by means of the remedy. If these features are related to the table of homotoxicosis, then we will have for every remedy a clinical classification which, compared with the similar classification of the patient's biopathology, will be of great therapeutic advantage.

In the interest of the patient it would be desirable for the naturally oriented physician to use single constitutional remedies as well as complex homotoxicological remedies which act on completely different but complementary levels. According to Homotoxicology it is almost impossible to heal serious and deep disease only through the stimulation of the vital force as provided by the administration of a single remedy with high dilutions. given at long intervals.

Comprehensive antihomotoxicology therapy is based of four basic supports. Immune stimulation, nosode therapy, mesenchyme activation, and adjuvant therapy in the form of dietary supplements, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, etc.

Homeopathy is the only truly deep and comprehensive approach to patients that allows a therapy in complete harmony with human physiology. Many times the classical homeopath bases the diagnostic outline on symptoms that aren't always reliable. Some of these symptoms are related to the pathology that is being examined while others are caused by external factors in today's patients who are very different from the 19th century patients some Materia Medicas and Repertories refer to. It is true that in some ways humans are unchanged since the time of Hahnemann and so constitutional remedies are the same. It is also true that illnesses today are different from those of the end of the 18th century. Nowadays many illnesses, previously confined to small areas of the planet, have spread so people are affected more and more from strange sources that the immune system is unprepared to deal with. Many people are chronically or repeatedly assaulted by bacterial, vital and or mycotoxic overgrowths that continue to weaken the immune system. Read through the Spring PROVER 1996 vol. 7, Number 1, the article by Daniel Towle, DC titled "Miasms: A Theoretical Review of an Antiquated Concept". Read the parts about mineral deficiencies and realize that most of us are mineral deficient, which is also the cause of many disorders.

There are some of the most important reasons for which it is not enough to give patients a simple single remedy. Instead, it is more and more often necessary to build a complex therapeutic strategy which gives many factors cooperating in the development of the struggle against disease. Therefore, in the Homotoxiclogical strategy it will be normal to prescribe one or two compound remedies, a catalyst and a drainer going in the same therapeutic direction.

Homotoxicology doesn't deny anything of classical homeopathy but still uses the proven methods of taking the clinical history to reach the constitutional remedy. From this point, homotoxicology tries to go further to face all the new and deep clinical conditions we too often find nowadays, in a quest not only of an energetic result but also a biochemical improvement in the body.

Homotoxicology has re-examined every aspect of Homeopathy from a scientific point of view. Most of the basic theoretical principles are reinterpreted in a structure that can more easily be applied in a therapeutic practice. Homotoxicology uses modern and scientific terms, allows a logical clinical reasoning and suggests homeopathic remedies, all while clearly explaining their action on the cellular and biochemical level.

Therefore Homotoxicology represents the modern aspect of Homeopathy. It is a real and new kind of therapy that makes use of homeopathic remedies and takes into account the practical implications of the most recent scientific discoveries within physiopathology, microbiology, toxicology and so on. Homotoxicology can seem restrictive, yet it is extremely useful for the practical doctor.

There are 9 classes of remedies of Homotoxicology. Constitutional Remedies are polycrests in various ways of administration. Tissue Remedies are compounds in low, decimal dilutions acting specifically on particular pathological conditions. Drainage Remedies are phytotherapeutic compounds activating kidney and liver detoxifying properties. Nosodes are prepared from a wide choice of microorganism and pathological tissues. Intermediary catalysis are prepared from cellular biochemical catalysts. Homeopathically adjusted allopathic remedies are prepared from various physiological and chemical substances studied from scientific medicine. Biochemical substances and quinones are toxic substances prepared to detoxify from similar agents. Organ preparations, derived from pig tissues and organs, selected for their particular antigenic constitution exert a deep stimulating effect on the corresponding human tissues. Homotoxicological Compound Remedies are specific to particular organs, which stimulate organic function through the action of their components (nosodes, catalysts, etc.).

According to Dr. Reckeweg, the body's defense system can be divided into five sub-divisions, each with a great deal of overlap and inter-connectedness. The reticulo-endothelial system, the endocrine system, the neural reflex system, the liver and the connective tissue are the major subdivisions.

This flow system is controlled by the delicate balance of almost an infinite number of biological reactions that are, for the sake of clarity, organized into organ systems. These biological systems are controlled by chemical reactions which are in turn regulated by enzymes. All of these reactions are governed by chemical laws. An understanding of the chemical laws that control the numerous reactions that occur within the body combined with the principles of homeopathy provide us with a framework for understanding human pathology and the treatment of disease.

Dr. Reckeweg developed a six phaseTable of Homotoxicosis, which can serve as a "road map" n following the progression and regression of disease. The phase of disease, recognized by their symptoms are arranged along the abscissa, and the tissue affected is along the vertical axis according to its embryological origin. If the physician relates to the table all the past diseases of the patient, the result will be a neat description of his/her biopathology. It will be possible to appreciate the progression of the different diseases and the possible effects of harmful therapies. All this information will provide further help in the homeopathic strategy of therapy.

Besides making the prognosis clear, the possibility of an aggravation following Hering's law will be better understood with less seemingly random symptomatology. Following the Table of Homotoxicosis, Hering's law is applied in a more convenient and clearer way using more intelligible medical terms. Recovery must progress from the inside outwards, from the more important to the less important organ, from above downwards. This tendency may be more easily understood with reference to the original embryonic organs and layers.

Ectodermal derivatives include: the central and peripheral nervous system; the sensory epithelial of the ear, nose, and eye; the epidermis; mammary gland; pituitary gland, and subcutaneous glands; and the enamel of the teeth.. The endodermal derivatives include: the epithelial lining of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, the parenchyma of the tonsils, thyroid, parathyroids, thymus, liver, and pancreas; the epithelial lining of the urinary bladder and urethra; and the epithelial lining of the tympanic cavity and Eustachian tube. The mesenchyme refers to the epithelioid cells that form the ventral and medial walls of the mesodermal somites that are characterized by a high rate of proliferation during the fourth week of embryogenesis. These mesenchymal derivatives include: connective tissue; cartilage; skeletal system; and the hematopoietic and lymphatic systems (including the spleen). The remaining mesodermal derivatives include: the kidneys and reproductive system, the heart; and the serous membranes that line the pericardial, pleural, and peritoneal cavities.

The first three phases are called humoral phases because intra-cellular systems are for the most part not disturbed. The defense systems of the body are intact and capable of responding to homotoxins by eliminating them through, various body orifices (including the skin and lungs) These phases are called the excretion, reaction and deposition phases of disease. The excretion phase eliminates toxins through the orifices. During the reaction phase inflammation is the primary means the body utilizes to remove homotoxins. During the deposition phase toxins are both deactivated and stored.

Diseases that fall into the second and last three phases represent the cellular phase of a disease. Enzyme systems are damaged, and the defense systems may not be able to eliminate toxins. In the neoplastic phase of disease the cell genome is damaged. These cellular phases are effectively treated with antihomotoxic therapy. According to Dr. Reckeweg as outlined in the "Table of Homotoxicosis", progression of symptoms from the left to the right and from the top to the bottom represents deterioration or "progressive vicariation". This is retoxification and deterioration. An improvement or detoxification is "regressive vicariation". It is possible to follow the symptoms of a patient through the table like a roadmap. Symptoms may shift from one layer to another and skip from one phase to another as suppression or elimination occur.

The purpose of the immune system is to maintain integrity, to preserve the identity and individuality of the organism with respect to both exogenous and endogenous factors. The immune system does not differentiate between our outer and inner worlds. For a system with high rates of general and cellular metabolism, environmental toxins have more evident effects on the body's resistance functions. Most people today live in a hyper sympathetic state of nervous function. This in turn causes a higher rate of cellular metabolism. Also when the body is functioning in a sympathetic mode, the glomerular filtration rate of the kidney decreases, thus allowing more potential toxins to accumulate in the blood, interstitium and cells.

Environmental effects can lead to immune suppression, susceptibility to bacterial, viral or mycotoxic overgrowth, increase in allergies, autoimmune disorders and oncological diseases.

Lead vapor, cadmium, oxides of nitrogen, sulfites, silicate and asbestos dust, carbon monoxide, benzoic vapors, as well as other harmful substances, such as, mercury, medication, radiation, stress (cortisone), tobacco smoke (Cd+CO), alcohol abuse, inhibit secretion of what has been called the immunological protective coating of the mucosa, i.e., production of the mucosal antibody IgA, and lead to inhibition of suppresser T lymphocytes (T8).

Immunodeficiency results not only from excessive burdens of environmental toxins, but also from a lack of physical conditioning and lack of a good workout. Once in a while, letting the immune system have a full blown workout from a "cold" is the best way to keep it functioning properly.

Human beings are currently being continually exposed to a rapidly increasing number of new and potentially allergenic substances. The sources come from an enormous range including textiles, home furnishings, room and garden plants, chemicals in industrial work, new cosmetics and medications and food related chemicals. Many foods are available today from all over the globe. How often did our grandparents eat kiwi fruits or yucca?

The lifestyle of modern humanity represents an environmental factor which affects the immune system, Pathological disinfection, household cleaning and preservative products to produce a constant sheen, even our house plants get waxed, constant use of room deodorizers, pot-pourri, air fresheners, personal hygiene grooming products and deodorizers all to destroy any faint normal scent of humanity. No wonder we over salt our food, our taste buds are as dead as our sense of smell.

The introduction of the vacuum cleaner, for example, eliminated the robber mite which lived in floor cracks and allowed the household dust mite to proliferate undisturbed in ecological niches. With additional encouragement by wall-to-wall carpets, one result of these developments has been an increase in housedust allergies.

Allergens, (antigens or environmental antigens) react with IgE or antibodies. This reaction leads to the release of mediators, the substances histamine, bradykinin, and serotonin which originate from most cells and which are responsible for immediate allergic reactions. The many and various toxic burdens to our bodies lead to enzyme blockages, dysfunctions in regulatory processes and a weakening of the body's resistance.

Toxins that are deposited in mesenchymal tissues must also be eliminated by the activation of mesenchymal tissues. Once the storage capacity of the mesenchyme has been exhausted, i.e., when the accumulation of waste products exceeds the body's detoxification capabilities, toxins can pass unhindered into the blood and tissues. Cleansing of the mesenchyme is essential.

The connective tissue is the site of antigen antibody reaction and the site of inflammation. Its extensive drainage system takes up the waste products given off by cells and then sends them away through the lymph tracts or places them in temporary storage. These functions are controlled by the nervous system and hormones. The constant rhythmic alternation of acidic and alkaline reactions play a decisive role.

The connective tissue function is controlled hormonally by the anterior pituitary lobe and adrenal cortex thorough the acid-base metabolism. Acidification of the connective tissue begins around 3:00 A.M., changing to alkalosis around 3:00 P.M. Each time mobilization of the autonomic nervous system takes place.

In horary cycles the times between 1 am and 3 a.m. correspond with the liver. This time is when the liver has the most qi or yin-blood to fill itself. Also when the body is at rest the mesenchymal tissues can release some of their acidic burden back into the blood stream to be released into the liver and kidneys. The first morning urine after 3 a.m. is the best sample to determine the acidity of the mesenchyme, indicating the presence of acids of incomplete breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and proteins and other metabolites of toxic origin.

There are five systems of toxin elimination from the body, they are the intestine, liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. An old Chinese Proverb states: What the kidneys and bladder cannot eliminate, is left to the intestine. What the intestine can no longer eliminate, is left to the lungs. What all of these can no longer eliminate, is left to the skin. What the skin can no longer eliminate is left to death.

The skin, lungs and intestines all form interfaces, as contact organs, with the environment. The skin and lungs represent interfaces to the outer environments and the intestinal tract, to the inner. The skin surface is only 1.5-2 square meters in size, and the area of the respiration tract is greatly larger, 80-100 square meters. The inner surface of the intestinal tract, is truly enormous, 300 square meters. In addition to its confining functions, the intestinal tract represents the major port of entry for many substances, junk and luxury foods (alcohol, coffee, tea), medications, bacteria, viruses and fungi of all kinds.

The intestinal tract of a healthy person contains more than 1 X 10 (14) bacteria representing about 500 microspecies. The principal flora consists of 90% of nonpathogenic beneficial bacteria. Concomitant flora is a 10% mix of potentially pathogenic and beneficial bacteria. The remaining flora is less than 1% pathogenic and harmful microorganisms.

The principal flora consists of anaerobic microorganisms of which 90% are bifidobacteria. They are designed as protective intestinal flora, since they coat the walls of the entire intestinal tract and protect it from invasion of pathogenic organisms, such as proteus, clostridium types, staphylococci, anaerobic sporogenic organisms and types of yeast. Healthy intestinal mucosa represents the most essential barrier against permanent antigen burdens.

Mother's milk, colostrum in specific, is loaded with the bifidobateria allowing the nursling a full spectrum of natural biological protective bacteria to be introduced to the newborns intestines. Formula fed infants from the start do not obtain this initial protective layer, often plagued by allergies throughout the rest of their life. Their intestinal flora are predominantly lacto bacillus lined. Supplementing an average person's diet with a high quality symbiotic Acidophilus-Bifidus blend is essential.

Healthy intestinal mucosa enables the exchange of substances between intestinal lumen and the inner environment of the body. Supplementary defensive functions are carried out by mucosa, lysozymes, cells of Paneth, phagocytes, granulocytes, macrophages, immune functions and more. In other words, the intestinal tract has an extensive immune system at its disposal.

An old Chinese doctor Yang Tschau once said, "Beware of trying to shift the symptom of a disease." This warning is nothing more than an early formulation of the interrelationships among various diseases. They are clearly expressed as suppressions or progressive vicariation. Acupuncture also includes these relationships, although it considers them from another standpoint.

The interrelationships among homotoxicology and acupuncture have become better understood from the insights of modern biochemistry. One example of this greater understanding involves the enzymes associated with inflammation. According to the teachings of Chinese Acupuncture, inflammation is often initially associated, for example, with pronounced involvement of the stomach, and later, if the disease negatively develops over the Biological Section of the Table of Homotoxicosis, in a process of progressive vicariation, with the functions of the pancreas as well.

The inflammatory process is one of the primary means that the body has of ridding itself of toxins. In this process they are "burned up" in an acid environment, liquefied and then sent out of the body through the channels of elimination. The connective tissue is the primary site of the inflammatory process where hyaluronidase enzyme dissolves the connective tissue ground substance. The pathogenic bacteria producing this enzyme allow the spread of the infection.

If there has been extensive an extensive loss of the structural matrix of the connective tissue, the body's ability to heal itself may be reduced. Inflammation occurs with the activation of pancreatic proteases which break down proteins. This intensive process takes place as a result of the conversion of the mesenchyme gel, through an acidic reaction made possible by conditions in the stomach. This process provides all the prerequisites which enable mesenchymal cleansing through the phenomenon of inflammation. Basically, inflammation is a biologically goal-oriented cleansing process, one to be supported and not suppressed.

The teachings of Chinese medicine include the five-element concept. This concept is based on the observation that the meridians of the body can be respectively assigned to one of the five classical Chinese elements. The lungs and large intestine are associated with metal. The elemental concept of earth is associated with the organ systems of the stomach and spleen/pancreas. The elemental concept of fire is associated with the heart and small intestine. The elemental concept of water with the bladder and kidney. The element wood relates to the organ systems liver and gallbladder. The element of minor fire contains the pericardium and the systems of circulation and triple burner. This sixth element, is part of the main fire. Its actual function is to initiate and maintain life, somewhat in the sense of an ignition flame. The five elements are static, the sixth enables and maintains dynamic vitality.

Chinese Medicine has determined that the activity of each organ system is associated with particular time of the day or night, resulting in a circadian rhythm. This cock of energy circulation for the organs begins with the lungs, which reach their peak time of activity from 3:00 to 5:00 a.m. The energy then shifts to the Large Intestine from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. This completes the metal phase, then earth phase organs, the Stomach and Spleen follow in the cycle. The entire cycle can be summarized as follows: METAL lungs

3 to 5 a.m. large intestine
5 to 7 a.m. EARTH stomach

7 to 9 a.m. spleen/pancreas
9 to 11 a.m. FIRE heart

11 to 1 p.m. small intestine
1 to 3 p.m. WATER bladder

3 to 5 p.m. kidney

5 to 7 p.m. SM FIRE pericardium

7 to 9 p.m. triple burner

9 to 11 p.m. WOOD gall bladder

11 to 1 p.m. liver

1 to 3 a.m.

The Chinese medicine brother-sister law pairs a yin (inner) organ with a yang (outer) organ of the same phase. Most of us are already familiar with this concept. According to the brother-sister law and the relationships reflected in the Chinese organ clock, each element corresponds to one organ of the yang group, and one organ of the yin group.

The Chinese have determined that an afflicted organ almost always brings about an apparent disorder in the organ opposite to it on the Chinese organ clock. This is the noon-midnight law. As a rule, related disorders appear in the following pairs of organ systems: Lungs and bladder: Chronic bronchitis occurs together with frontal sinusitis. The main frontal sinus point is Bladder 2. (Zan Zhu) The large intestine and kidneys; stomach and pericardium; spleen/pancreas and triple burner. This relationship is more obvious with diabetes, thyroid, and adrenal cortex disorders. The last two pairs are heart and gallbladder, and small intestine and liver. Often a diseased organ will demonstrate symptoms twelve hours after its actual peak period of activity.

The mother-son law concerns disorders in the adjacent system on the Chinese organ clock. With respect to the following elements, the mother-son law applies here. The earth is the son of fire, and the pancreas-spleen is the son of the heart for the yin organs. The stomach the son of the small intestine for the yang organs. The Chinese note a parallel that water nourishes wood, wood nourishes fire, fire nourishes the earth (with ashes), earth allows metal to originate in its interior, metal gushes forth from the earth as water. To complete the cycle water nourishes wood.

For example, certain cases of bronchitis (metal) are successfully treated by liver (wood) therapy at the same time. Particular forms of angina (fire) will heal only after therapy of the pancreas (earth).

As long as the cycle proceeds without interruption, the organism-whether the earth or the human body-remains in healthy balance. The exterior lines connecting the elements portray a pentagon of serenity.

Disease develops when a line of influence connects two elements by skipping over a third, in interruption of the natural sequence. The result is a pentagram, a traditional symbolic figure of evil (Beelzebub).

In the alternated sequence representing disease, wood will sour and rot in the earth. The earth soaks up all water, and water quenches fire. Fire melts metal, and metal cuts wood. To complete the cycle, wood rots in the earth. Applied to human health, this imbalance occurs when people eat and sleep at improper times, or if he confuses sympathetic and parasympathetic rhythms.

The same relationships apply to therapy as well. When we treat pulmonary edema (metal) by stimulation of the heart (fire), we have violated a principle of the five-element concept. The proper sequence would be first to treat the water (to promote diuresis), and only then to enhance cardiac tone - otherwise, the small fire will be quenched by the overpowering water.

The following two elements stand in opposition, fire and water, also earth and metal.

The diagram demonstrates how Chinese medicine configures groups of diseases. In the first stage, there are imbalances between fire and water, either the fire causes the water to evaporate, or the water quenches the fire. In the first case, the two organ groups involved are the Foot Tai Yang bladder and Hand Tai Yang small intestine, and the frontal sinus. These organ systems represent the Tai Yang organs of the two elements fire and water. These two organ groups also correspond to the excretion phase of disease in the Table of Homotoxicology, which is the expulsion of toxins through physiological orifices.

In the second phase, the illness moves to a deeper level and afflicts the yang elements of metal and earth, the large intestine and stomach. This corresponds to Reckeweg's reaction phase, which removes the pathogen usually by inflammation. Insights into the functions of inflammation can help here. Acidification mobilizes greater numbers of toxins, hyaluronidase activates them, other splitting enzymes and polypeptides follow, the decomposed toxins are flushed out by the hydration processes. The stomach and large intestine can, within a very short time, shift the organism into the reaction phase. The stomach and the large intestine help regulate water and electrolytes and nourishment through food. The stomach initiates the reaction by a change of pH, the large intestine most probably furnishes enzymes for the decomposition of toxins. The flora of the large intestine normally provides enzymes in plentiful amounts, although these flora are rarely in healthy intestine as result of the influences of modem living. The large intestine also eliminates toxins in great quantities through septic diarrhea. The Hand Yang Ming Large Intestine and the Foot Yang Ming Stomach channels have the most abundant qi in the body and react strongly to a pathogenic influence in an attempt to expel the toxic burden as quickly as possible.

If the disease progresses further to the third stage, then it concerns the yang organs of the minor fire and wood, Hand Shao Yang the triple burner and Foot Shao Yang gallbladder. Reckeweg termed this the deposition phase. The gallbladder functions as a deposition organ and simultaneously, as an organ of elimination for the yin phases. The hormone systems support these regressive vicariation processes by way of regulatory functions. The deposition phase involves storage followed by deactivation of toxins in connective and adipose tissues and in the vascular system.

In the context of Chinese thought, after the illness has progressed through the elements water, fire, metal and earth, it has eaten its way through wood to arrive at the minor fire (pericardium). Here it will have crossed Reckeweg's Biological section and begin to impair the yin elements of water, fire, earth, metal and minor fire. Disease should never be allowed to go beyond the Biological Division.

At this point, the disease has progressed far enough to affect all the yang sections. The illness may develop further beyond the third into the fourth phase, the impregnation phase Chronic pancreatitis is an example of a disease n the impregnation phase. In cases where the gall bladder system no longer functions as an escape route for toxins, the lungs may assume this role. Pulmonary diseases may represent the organism's attempt to eliminate more deeply deposited toxins. The hand tai yin lung and foot tai yin spleen channel's correspond to the impregnation phase.

The illness now is on a secondary and more grievous level between the minor fire and the wood. The illness or homotoxins has now penetrated into the depths of the metal and earth, the organs and channels afflicted are the hand tai yin lungs, and foot tai yin spleen/pancreas, corresponding to Reckeweg's impregnation phase. The relationships here were elaborated on in greater detail by the pancreas enzyme studies conducted in 1963 by Buido Fisch, M.D. (Neuchatel Switzerland).

In Reckeweg's fifth, or degeneration phase, the elements fire and water reappear in conjunction with illnesses of the heart and kidneys - the two yin sections of the fire - water system. Here we have severe damage to the hand shao yin heart and foot shao yin kidneys. In this degeneration phase the organ is increasingly and irreversibly damaged, with alternation of the cellular enzymes and the organic structure.

The last, or neoplasm phase afflicts the minor fire and the wood once again, to such a degree that death will result if therapy in the form of reversal of phases (regression vicariation) is not successful. The remaining wood s completely consumed by the minor fire, the yin organs which are associated with the liver and circulatory systems. This is the exhausted yin phase affecting the organs foot jue yin liver and hand jue yin pericardium. The liver is no longer able to eliminate toxins so these accumulate until neoplasms develop, or until disorders associated with the toxins spill over into the fifth phase, where heart or kidney failure bring about the death of the patient. In this neoplasm phase the cell genes are damaged.

These last three phases represent a largely ineffective attempt to counteract and eliminate the disease. The condensation principle applies to these phases, and is expressed by the organic deterioration and by the failure of the cells and tissues to heal.

The Chinese have recognized that each of the five elements incorporates constituents of the other four as well. This principle explains how each organ system is capable of developing through one or several of the six phases.

If an organ (element) is in the fourth phase of disease, say, an impregnation of lungs, the organ systems involved should logically be stimulated in their functions of elimination, through the fourth, third, second and first phases (earth, metal, water, fire) in a backward development through the regressive vicariation process, toward the healthy state. During the therapy. the physician should make uninterrupted efforts to first resolve the more superficial phases and to effect the necessary cleansing action there. so that the body can purify more easily within the deeper and more dangerous phases.

The Chinese have a wise proverb about this: If you want a tiger out of the house, don't start by pinching his tail. First open all the doors and windows, he just may go out by himself.

(conclusion) Under present modem conditions, the human body is no longer capable of fully implementing the compensatory buffering mechanisms which are necessary to eliminate the great many toxic influences now confronting all of us. As a result, we physicians can generally observe that serious regulatory disorders are seen in our patients more than ever, including children and teenagers. These disturbances occur among the yang organs and lead to impairment of the yin system. Or, from the European standpoint, to disorders encountered among the first three phase groups of Reckeweg's Table of Homotoxicosis.

The greatest danger concerned with diseases in the yin phase is that for the most part, these diseases are silent disorders which involve metabolic alterations in the sense of enzyme damages or weakness. Modem medical science has had until now placed exaggerated emphasis of the yang phases, with little or no attention to the quieter and deeper yin disturbances. Without making themselves known, the yin organs become diseased and suffer minor metabolic disorders for many years, until the entire system suffers a huge breakdown. When this happens it becomes dramatically apparent how much ancient Chinese medicine and homotoxicology have in common. This phase is usually where the skeptical but fed-up follower of Western medicine crawls through our door, looking for the magic bullet to get well.

Serious diseases do not always manifest themselves beforehand in a clinical sense. There are plenty of cases we've all heard of where men still in their vital years, often with active. athletic habits and very healthy outward appearances, suddenly collapse without warning and die of heart attack. If these people were examined years previously with attention to their yin organs, then an astute physician would have at an earlier stage determined a great deal of evidence concerning derailments among the kidney, spleen, pancreas, heart, liver and lungs, in time for preventive measures and therapies to be started.

As we all know in Chinese medical diagnosis, the tongue and pulse patterns reveal the inner condition of the organs, more often than not showing earlier weaknesses than the patient is aware of. For the same example, the sudden heart attack, the pulse could be wiry, irregular, bounding on the right and weak, superficial thin and floating on the left. This would alarm any acupuncturist, especially if the sides of the tongue were dark red with stasis dots all along the sides (liver/gallbladder/wood) and covering the tip (heart/fire).

The same applies for carcinomas which may finally be detected as the result of bloody expectoration, chronic bronchitis, bloody vomit or the like: they represent the last stages in a long chain of development which can and should be interrupted much earlier.

If a physician practices medicine basically oriented along the main objectives of holistic conservation of human health and healing of overall disordered organ systems, that is, if the physician bases his/her professional efforts on solidly founded and traditionally confirmed standpoints such as those summarized by Dr. Reckeweg, then overall patterns of development in the life of a patient become clear and understandable. Logical principles then become apparent in otherwise mysteriously disjointed case histories such as the following:

-- Frequent diarrhea beginning soon after birth

-- Unexpected appearance of rashes

-- Later attacks of asthma in conjunction with abdominal cramps

-- Sudden symptoms of ketosis

-- Reappearance of diarrhea at the age of two and three

-- Hypertrophy of the palatine tonsils

-- Long intervening years of apparent good health

-- Unexpected passage of a kidney stone at the age of 28

-- Repeated occurrences of the flu, with periods of being unable to work for 2 to 3 weeks at a time

-- Detection by the dentist of chronic inflammatory periodontitis, with the result of complete dentures around the age of 40

-- Unusual bouts of fatigue, which the patient somewhat relieves by taking so-called neurovegetative remedies

-- Death in the mid-forties as a result of cardiac infarction or acute pneumonia, (even with heavy antibiotics).

Such patterns were not mysterious or illogical to Reckeweg. A study of traditional Chinese medicine, also will show the same interrelationships. This correlation emphasizes the nature of both schools of medicine, as well as the truths of the insights into biological law and principles on which both stand-points have been based. The consequences for us are that we can take a closer look into research data which has remained unexplained by conventional medical approaches. We can organize and confirm our findings by the application of these biological systems of organization. We can prevent illnesses and restore health to our patients. Most importantly is the enrichment of our Western medical tradition through the wisdom of the Orient.


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