Homeopathy is a method of medical treatment designed to stimulate the body's own healing processes in order to cure illnesses. It is based upon the discovery that a substance in small doses may alleviate symptoms similar to those it causes at higher doses. The phrase "likes are cured by likes" is often used to describe a basic concept behind homeopathy. Thus, the two cornerstones of homeopathy are that "likes are cured by likes," and that the remedies are properly diluted to eliminate or minimize their toxic effects.
In Homotoxicology, diseases are considered to be ultimately caused by toxins, whether toxic chemicals, bacterial exotoxins, biological endotoxins, post-traumatic cellular debris and also by-products of the bodies metabolic processes. Furthermore, disease symptoms are said to be the result of the body's attempt to heal itself and should not necessarily be suppressed.
In Homotoxicology, homoeopathically manufactured combination products are designed to work with the body's defence mechanisms and facilitate the body's elimination of toxic substances. When used in combination formulations which contain measurable amounts of homoeopathically prepared active ingredients, they can be utilized by Physicians to treat specific indications. Combination homeopathic products in Homotoxicology are easy to understand and use for health care practitioners trained within the conventional medical paradigm, as well as those trained in non-conventional medicine.
Homotoxicology is a bridge between orthodox medicine which has a focus on tissue integrity and homoeopathy which has a focus on the systemic effects of imbalance within the person. Homotoxicology can provide a framework to understand its effect at the tissue level, furthermore it can provide health care solutions which may be used alone or used to complement orthodox treatment without drug interactions.
Dr. Hans Heinrich Reckeweg was a German Medical Doctor who understood the tenets of Homeopathy. He broke with the tradition established by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., who postulated that only one remedy should be used at a time. Dr. Reckeweg postulated that if there were ten remedies that did the same thing, then it would be prudent to add all ten to one formula, and let the patient’s system choose the one that it wanted. He also further developed the concept of the Homaccorde. Considering that potencies need to become more and more dilute, he would add multiple potencies of the same remedies, and let the patient’s system choose not only which remedy it wanted, but which potency of the remedy it wanted.
He developed a whole line of these combination remedies, covering all phases of medical problems, and declared his new field of medicine “Homotoxicology”. This was seen as a “bridge” between allopathic medicine and homeopathic medicine, as the remedies were used for Allopathic diagnostic indications, but treated them with these homoeopathically prepared mixtures. In the close to 40 years that Dr. Reckeweg did his work in Germany, he developed approximately two thousand of these combinations.