In the world of alternative medicine, spagyrics plays a crucial role by offering a unique perspective on health and disease. This blog post dives into the core competencies of spagyrics and highlights its specific healing methods. In the process, it becomes clear that not all diseases come from the same direction and that the same symptomology can have different causes in different patients.
From a meta-medical or phytosophical point of view, it is interesting to know what unique feature each healing method has. What is the peculiarity, the unique feature, the autonomy of spagyric? What are the reasons to choose just this kind of remedy in a special patient case? It is about the triage for the choice of the appropriate remedy.
Not all diseases come from the same direction. The seemingly same symptomatology can have an organic cause in one patient. In another, it is due to "errors in the order of life". In a third, it has a psychological basis: then it penetrates deeper and deeper into the body and organs on the psychosomatic path. It manifests itself there on different levels, although the cause still acts from above.
These "levels of psychosomatics and the mechanisms of PsychoNeuro...Immunology" I present on the following picture:
Levels and mechanisms of psychosomatics Image: Jens Bomholt
Only a meta-medical, overarching view allows us such overall views.
Specialized practitioners limit themselves to one approach (quite appropriate for their particular professional group, but not necessarily the most important one for the case). They concentrate on their method-relevant level of Figure 1.
Likewise, they refer to a certain image of man. Which of the images of man shown in Figure 2 is methodologically relevant to their diagnosis and therapy? A surgeon sees the organic, cellular human being. A laboratory physician or TEN-therapist sees the juice-man. In acupuncture, EAV, kinesiology and also in the search for interference fields it is about the body-energetic human being.
Images of people. Image: Jens Bomholt
How do alchemists see man? What is our picture of the nature of disease, and what is our picture of the nature of health?
Figure 2 above (taken from my book on phytosophy) shows different images of man. Note that each method, each way of healing, each corporate philosophy is based on a separate world- and human-view. Each one stands out from the others in essential details: crucial!
Notice the questions in the picture: Have we really recognized the essence of the disease? Have we correctly grasped the person in his suffering? As diagnosticians, we must have answered the differential diagnostic questions. The answers must translate into our treatment approach. Only then we can reliably claim: The chosen method of treatment, with the means of this company, is precisely applied at the right and decisive place!
Only when I have an "alchemical patient" in front of me, with whom an alchemical problem is present, the alchemical healing method offers the appropriate toolbox. Only then are alchemical remedies indicated at all. Only then do I look for the most suitable of the available spagyric remedies.
Yes: in spagyric remedies it has active ingredients. But active ingredients can be found in practically all remedies, with the exception of homeopathic high potencies (higher than D24, C12 and LM6 or Q6) and perhaps flower essences (Bach flowers and similar).
We are not interested in similarities and similar features. We are looking for the special, the unique, the unique selling points! In what respect can spagyric medicine not be replaced by any other healing method? What is the criterion that necessarily leads to the choice of an alchemical / spagyric remedy? For me it is the spagyric process that a plant has gone through on its way to becoming a remedy:
Spagyric process. Image: Jens Bomholt
Decisive and unique feature of the spagyric processing is the transmutation. This transformation takes the plant out of the polar this world, where "good" and "bad" or "healing" and "poisonous" are inseparable. Only after death and decomposition is the way to the pure remedy free. Only in the following purgatory-like heat processes of ashing and distillation the purification can take place at the previously separated being members. Subsequently, the completely purified (or consciously provided with a residual quantum of the poisonous antipole) three being members are united again. "Separating and uniting": this is what the term "spagyric" means. Decisive remains the intervening purification, in which (figuratively expressed) "lead is transformed / transmuted into gold". In the union not only the "resurrection in purified purity on a higher level" takes place. In the process according to Lüthi, as implemented by the founder of Aurora Pharma, the birth of the "Quinta Essentia" can also be vividly observed. This "fifth element" is not only proof of the functioning of the philosophically based manufacturing process. This Quinta Essentia also represents the "Arcanum", i.e. the actual healing principle.
The natural-philosophical worldview, which underlies the manufacturing process of spagyric remedies, has comprehensive significance. In this worldview, everything must fit together:
- The plant is seen as a carrier and representative of an ideal quality, which, however, must first be isolated, liberated. The plant represents the outer world: the macrocosm.
- The patient is seen as an "alchemical human being". He lives and suffers as a microcosm, trapped and challenged throughout life in the polarity of healthy and sick, subject to the influences of the macrocosm.
The following figure shows the "Scheme of Plant-Healing-Lore" from my "phytosophical manifesto":
Plant Healing Lore, empty tool for a chosen healing method. Image: Jens Bomholt
Each healing method, and also each remedy company implementing it, has its own world view. In the Phytosophy book I have inserted relevant keywords for Bach flowers and for homeopathy. There are also worlds between these two healing methods. Homeopathy sees the essence of disease in "disarrangement and disruption of the vital force." The remedy effect lies in a "morbid potency to provoke specifically and in the short term a medicinal acute disease". Dr. Bach (Bach flowers) has completely different, almost opposite ideas!
And where does the spagyric stand? Use this Figure 4 as a worksheet to fill in all keywords in the appropriate field that are relevant in connection with Aurora Pharma's spagyric (with the process according to Lüthi). If you know other healing methods or products of other companies, you should also fill in such a fact sheet for them.
You will see that small differences turn out to be significant unique selling points. They turn out to be decisive criteria. They necessarily lead to the choice of "exactly this healing method for exactly this patient with exactly this current health problem". It is no longer the consequence of routine, of specialization or of arbitrariness, which healing method we have to use or which company we have to choose!
As a naturopath, I work with different healing modalities. This basically forces me to triage, to differentiate from a higher, meta-medical point of view. How does spagyric medicine distinguish itself?
"Purification" and "transformation from lead to gold" I take as the basic theme. No other healing method uses this process, which purifies the plant from the polarity on this side into an ideal form on the other side.
- From the polar (simultaneously poisonous and salutary) to the ideal (Arcanum: the essence of the salutary).
- From the impure (lead) to the pure (gold)
- From the natural to the supernatural (died and decomposed - purified - resurrected).
The valuable thing about these remedies for me is not their content of mineral substances, the color, the aroma or other "worldly properties". (Such would not be a unique selling point.) What is essential for me is the "supernatural", which could only develop so fully after going through the spagyric process according to Lüthi: the Quinta Essentia as the actual healing principle, as Arcanum.
Thus, a remedy from Aurora Pharma will act as a model, an enticement, a guiding star. It serves as an orientation to find out from a confusion, ambiguity under the burden of life. It serves as a lighthouse when health and our own orientation let us down in a stormy phase of life. It presents the goal and paves the way. The spagyrically prepared plant is able to do this (of course, this also applies to minerals or metals) and only it. In any other preparation it does not do this, but something else.
Which plant do I choose? From the alchemical point of view, we are guided by the signature. These are all the characteristics and signs by which the nature and effect of things can be read and recognized. These include shape, form and color, taste, choice of location, social behavior within one's own species and towards other species, earned names and designations. Observed effect in healing or poisonous direction, be it anecdotal, empirical, or scientifically proven, we can also count to the signature.
The signature of the living plant is still the signature in the polarity: Here still negative shows up beside positive. Still leaden next to golden. Still poisonous next to healing. As it does not go differently in our this-side, polar world.
Of these, half no longer interest me. As a practitioner, I do not work with the plant, but with the spagyric remedy, which has already undergone the transmutation. What was negative has not survived the purification, has not been able to make the way to the Arcanum. Therefore, I will also consider only the positive in the signature.
Which signature features (on the former, this-side plant) represent the golden, the purified, the exemplary? What can be considered the "ideal" and the "lure to goodness, freedom, health"?
First to the superfluous: What signature traits and plant traits have lost their meaning after purification? No longer of interest to me personally are any "fight and flight" signatures. For many practitioners and patients, size, strength, and concepts like "strong defense system" have the overriding importance. They then choose plants that show up in the signature as big, strong, and defensive. Plants with sharp weapons or plants with effective armor. Oak, milk thistle, hedgehog would be favorites among the remedies. This is based on a worldly, polar view with criteria such as attack and defense, strength and weakness, perpetrator and victim, fight and flight, victory and defeat.
I think in spagyric we should leave behind this polar, this-worldly view. Even in the polar this world, plant life usually works without struggle, without defense, without threatening gestures, without demonstrations of power. Typically, "live and let live" applies. Most plants, even if they suddenly dominate, are merely milieu indicators: they appear highly specifically in the places and at the times when the general conditions are ideal for them and virtually call for them. We now know how plants support and care for each other and live together in communities. This happens across any species boundaries and encompasses the various kingdoms of nature. Here I see (personally) the positive and exemplary.
So I prefer harmless plants, and interpret their signature in the good. I think, for example, of the daisy, which has no thorns and no toxins. Without protective mechanisms, it lives in eternal-childlike lightheartedness on every lawn, and allows itself to be stepped on without resistance by humans and animals. Again and again it is run over and decapitated by the lawn mower. Nevertheless, without resentment or suspicion, untraumatized and without being resentful, it comes right back: always in complete childlike lightheartedness. If the daisy already has so much harmless and positive about it in this world: imagine how perfectly it presents itself as quintessence and arcanum! Do you want to adopt this quality of complete carefree guilelessness?
My interpretation of the positive may differ from your interpretation. That has its correctness. I am flexible: I work for patients. My personal interpretation is not a dogma, but merely serves as an introduction and suggestion. How does it resonate with the particular patient? Does it resonate with him? Does he have differing ideas? Where do we agree? Which part do we both accept as an appropriate "ideal"? What can he take away with him? What serves as a role model and welcome guide on the path from illness to health?
Here is a list of plants for which I note something exemplary in key words:
- The daisy as a plant that blithely copes with being frolicked on and regularly decapitated and trimmed.
- The plantain as a faithful and affectionate companion on the road, which endures unimpaired the endless repetitive load of wheels and boots.
- The mullein that takes its time and then assumes posture: exuberant in its hospitality to insects, balsamic in its properties.
- The ivy, which gladly takes help to climb, remains a faithful companion and gratefully returns the favor by providing shelter for the host and shelter for many creatures.
- The sunflower that always turns to the light.
- The coltsfoot as a pioneer plant in exposed situations. Here, it first lets its flower light up before taking care of the leaves (and thus self-sufficiency).
- The evening primrose, shining its light at dusk.
In other cases, I go by the name that the plant in question has earned over centuries:
- Lady's mantle / Alchemilla, the alchemist plant: virtually the epitome of the alchemical worldview.
- Sage / Salvia: namesake of the soothing and sensual preparation in the form of ointments.
- Angelica Archangelica, literally "Angel Archangel": what higher esteem can one show a plant than to give it this name?
I emphasize again (as already in my previous post): I do not apply the spagyric remedies in the sense of a specialized and more luxurious phytotherapy. Phytotherapeutic indications and criteria of remedy selection do not matter to me at all. For that I would resort to phytotherapeutic remedies within the framework of the appropriate way of healing.
Decisive for me is this unique selling point of spagyric: a spagyric remedy has already gone through the transmutation process "from lead to gold": has died, been purified and resurrected in ideal, poison-free form. It is no longer a natural remedy on this side, but a supernatural remedy on the other side.
I apply such a means to concretize the patient's vision, to present him his role model, to entice and motivate him to health with his ideal. Such a means serves as a model for me and for my patients. Yes, also me: with every treatment I also remember this process, this ideal, this future.
The means of external alchemy should stimulate, stimulate, motivate the processes forces and internal alchemy in us. Healing from the macrocosm, to which we respond as a microcosm.
A special remedy is Archangelica (angelica) in the preparation as a compositum (comp.), i.e. the so-called "Archangelica comp: In this remedy of Aurora Pharma all basic principles are represented in the sense of the 12 astrological houses or their herbal representatives. Thus we have not only "a single guiding star", but a whole firmament. This remedy is a "universal specific", which provides a positive and harmonizing impulse in all situations. I want to recommend this remedy as a nice start to all whose enthusiasm for this wonderful healing method has been freshly awakened.
cant. approb. Naturopath. 27 years of gentle, non-invasive naturopathy, 16 years of posturology posture release, 27 years of courses and teaching. Own practice in St. Gallen. More information at www.bomholt.ch.
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