ElectroHomeopathy a New Trend or an Old Recipe?
ElectroHomeopathy, or EH, is practically a new therapeutic system. The founder of EH was the Italian scholar Count Cesare Mattei (1809-1896). Dissatisfied with modern medical practice and at the same time influenced by the works of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, Mattei wanted to explore some new paths in medicine.
Dr Count Mattei had a dog. Once when the dog suffered from a persistent disease. The dog ate some particular plant in his house’s garden. Mattei also noticed that the dog was rubbing his wound on the leaves of the same plant. To his surprise, Mattei observed the dog for a few days and found that the dog’s disease and the wound had completely healed. He then experimented with the plant the dog had used and was led to the discovery of a class of drugs for both external and internal use, which he then named “Anti”. This was the method of discovering the first drug in Electrohomoeopathy. In 1865, after years of experiments, he finally introduced a new therapeutic method, which he called Electrohomoeopathy, and in 1869 his first publication was published in Germany. By 1887 he had successfully discovered a total of thirty-eight drugs.
Paracelsus from Switzerland may be regarded as the father of a new path in medicine. Mattei borrowed from Paracelsus the process of making medicines from plants, extracting their essences, and combining them to form a complex pharmaceutical unit, as he himself believed that the complex human body requires complex medicine in order to be cured. Mattei not only reinvented this art but gave the world much more in a system based on the law of nature, a plant-based medicine in the form of Electro-Homeopathy. So he created his treatments using the plant kingdom alone. His message was: return to nature.
Mattei’s medicines had always contained complex agents, that is, stable combinations of several specially prepared plants, which he used when certain indications appeared. Mattei distinguished two causes of disease: “infection of the blood” and “infection of the lymph.” Therefore, some such agents in EH restore blood circulation and composition and are used when lymph malfunction occurs. Meanwhile, with these generic medicines, he added special medicines for organs used to heal the targeted individual organs.
Relying on his first drugs, Mattei developed a series in which he grouped drugs by a common basic function. So, by adding more and more drugs, he established his healing system. Mattei discovered that some liquid drugs played a particular role. Mattei observed an immediate striking effect resembling electricity in some patients after coming into contact with these factors. Indeed, he assumed that in contact with the body’s surface, an electromotive force was released. This – and the relationship of his therapeutic method to homeopathy – made Mattei name his system ElectroHomeopathy (Electro–Homeopathy).
In 1869, the first publication on EH was published in Germany. In the years that followed, Mattei wrote numerous books in Italian, which, with Theodor Krauss’s help, were translated into many languages. Thus, it became possible to spread EH far beyond the borders of Europe. Mattei’s work was continued by Theodor Krauss (1864-1924), who became acquainted with Mattei, translated and published many books of Mattei, and wrote his own papers on EH. With Mattei’s death, he gradually took over the helm of EH in Germany.
Based on his experience, Krauss then developed EH. In these contexts, he and his colleagues optimized the composition of the drugs and added additional drugs. The quality of drugs in the field of prescribed therapeutic methods is ensured through the registration of standard production processes. Legally they are characterized as complex homeopathic drugs. Even today, the raw material used is strictly of plant origin alone. As far as possible, it is obtained from organic farming.
The laws of EH
Hyperactivity of an organ is regarded as a positive disease. Hypokinesia of an organ is perceived as a negative disease. To return to neutral, one must treat a super-activity with negative doses (low doses) and a sub-activity with positive doses (strong doses). Finally, there are four laws regarding this treatment summarized below:
- Law of similarity: restoring the natural mode of action can only be done by removing the element that caused the malfunction by using a similar element.
- Law of complex drugs: treating the disease with a complex number of symptoms requires the combined action of several plants (“ComplexaComplexisCuratur”).
- Law of the minimum dose: a disease that creates many disorders in the organism requires minimal doses. It should be kept in mind that the weaker the action, the stronger the reaction.
- Law of polarization: the body is divided into negative, positive, and neutral sections.
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