Part of the bee venom workshop with Antonio Couto following this year’s Apitherapy Congress in Passau was a short presentation of the Schiele bath and a demonstration of its use in combination with bee venom. For all people who are interested to know more about it and who could not participate, I would like to present the Schiele bath in more detail and explain possible combinations with apitherapy.
The Schiele bath – a jewel of hydrotherapy
The healing effects of water and various baths have been used for thousands of years. The active principle of the Schiele bath goes back to the increasing- temperature foot bath, which was rediscovered in the 19th century by Sebastian Kneipp. The term “Schiele bath” is used colloquially to describe both the therapy method and the corresponding device.
It was developed by Fritz Schiele (1901 – 1990), who intensively studied the anatomy of the foot and the effects of various hydrotherapeutic applications in the early 20th century. He identified the particular sensitivity of the sole of the foot, which is connected to the vascular system of the entire body and organs via an abundance of nerve endings, thermoreceptors and reflex zones.
In a conventional increasing-temperature foot bath, hot water is poured in from above at intervals. The intermittent temperature increase can be unpleasant, for example for persons with heart disease or varicose veins. The fact that the warmth hardly reaches the sole of the foot is also a drawback
Schiele made it his mission to improve this method and constructed a special foot tub which is heated from the bottom automatically with a consistent temperature increase of 0.5° C per minute. This corresponds to an increase of 10° C within 20 minutes.
The bottom of the tub near the sole of the foot is the warmest zone in the bath, from where the heat slowly rises upwards. With the evenly direct temperature stimulation via the sole of the foot, a profound effect is achieved which is gentle on the heart and circulation. The Schiele bath is more intensive and faster, but gentler than the conventional increasing-temperature foot bath. It has proven itself for over 75 years at practices and clinics, but above all it is well suited for use at home.
Schiele also developed bath additives from medicinal plants, healing mud and alkaline salts. These special formulations, e. g. Solectron with the greatest circulation stimulating effect or Placenta for the regeneration of organs and glands, supplement the effect of the foot bath. Other bath additives can also be used, as we will see later.
As a pre-treatment, naturally pure essentials oils, so-called pre-soak oils, are rubbed undiluted into the dry sole of the foot. Their selection is based on the indication, but also on personal fragrance preferences. Your own nose helps to decide, because what is pleasant for your nose usually also has a vegetative balancing effect.
The pure essential oils intensify the contact between the bath liquid and the skin, quickly penetrate into the blood via the pores and take effect throughout the body. On the other hand, they can strengthen the effect of the Schiele bath in a certain direction. For example, the bath additive Solectron can be combined with the essential oil of rosemary for low blood pressure to strengthen the cardiovascular system, with lavender for high blood pressure and with camphor for angina pectoris.
As a rule, only one oil is used per treatment. However, a combination of two to three oils is possible and an “oil change” after a treatment period of a few weeks is even recommended.
A skin- and vascular-caring lotion, which gently contracts the pores and vessels, completes the treatment.
The effect of the Schiele bath
The stimuli acting on the sole of the foot during application trigger various reflective reactions, as a result of which certain vessels expand (e.g. skin, coronary vessels), others constrict (e.g. liver, spleen). Both reactions cause a large-scale redistribution of blood in the body. Blood from inside the body is directed to the periphery, congested blood is brought back into circulatory system, cardiac circulation is boosted, high blood pressure is reduced and strain of the heart is decreased.
With continued use, blood circulation and lymph flow intensify sustainably. The heart and vessels are gently trained and blood pressure stabilised. The new formation of capillary vessels, known as collaterals, is stimulated.
This intensive effect on the entire cardiovascular system is what gives the Schiele bath its real name, “circulation training device”. The correct technical name for the application is “passive circulation training according to Schiele”.
However, its effects of the Schile bath extend far beyond the circulation alone. The increases in capillary area microcirculation provide the cells with more oxygen and nutrients, metabolic end products are removed, deposits and blockages dissolve, the the cellular metabolism is boosted and intercellular spaces are detoxified. This means, that the cells that were undersupplied by the inadequate circulation are once again able to regenerate. All organs and metabolic processes benefit from this and it explains the healing effect of the Schiele bath in many illnesses.
“Anyone with experience (…), knows that circulation is the most important thing.
The Schiele baths help most where everything else has failed.“
Dr. med. Fritz Becker, Berchtesgaden, 1989, after 39 years of experience with the Schiele bath
Areas of application
Apart from treating cardiovascular and vascular disorders, the Schiele bath is particularly successful for the regeneration of nerve tissues and in the case of wound healing disorders such as diabetic foot syndrome and chronic pain.
The mucous membranes of the nasopharynx and the lower abdominal organs reflexively undergo the greatest warming during the Schiele bath; this gives rise to the bath’s healing power for all ailments that may be associated with chronic cold feet, such as recurrent airway and urinary tract infections, impaired renal function, irritable bladder, prostate disorders, menstrual disorders, digestion problems, migraine, etc.
Circulatory disorders, heart failure, high and low blood pressure, angina pectoris, after a heart attack, after a stroke, also preventive!
Note: With high blood pressure, a reduction in medication is often possible during the course of the treatment.
Vascular and lymph system
Arteriosclerosis of large and small vessels, peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD), chronically cold hands and feet, vascular spasms, e. g. Raynaud’s syndrome, vascular migraines, weak veins, varicose veins, lymphatic drainage disorders, lymphedema, leg ulcers, diabetic foot, smoker’s leg.
A special note about varicose veins: Conventional increasing-temperature foot baths are contraindicated in cases of varicose veins. However, the Schiele bath strengthens and trains vessels and connective tissue very gently. Large varicose veins remain, but may become less visible after a period of time. Water retention decreases and feelings of heaviness and cramping generally completely resolve.
Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, preservation of and improvement in vision, otitis media, otosclerosis, tinnitus, dizziness, age-related hearing loss.
Bronchial asthma, acute, chronic and recurrent bronchitis and sinusitis, colds.
Paralysis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, carpal and tarsal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, Sudeck’s atropy, headaches and other forms of chronic pain, restless legs syndrome, nervous agitation, sleep disorders, memory loss, concentration difficulties.
Chronic pains, muscle tension, muscle strains and cramps, spinal diseases, lumbago, spondylosis, ankylosing spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis, joint and soft tissue rheumatism, osteoarthritis, arthritis, bursitis, heel spur, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, for tissue regeneration after injuries and operations.
Digestive problems, sluggishness of the bowels, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, gout, diabetes type 1/2 and its complications, allergies
Tip: An acute attack of gout can often be alleviated with one or two gentle applications.
Psoriasis, eczema, neurodermatitis, acne, furunculosis, foot perspiration, wound healing disorders.
Acute, chronic and recurrent urinary tract infections, renal dysfunction, irritable bladder, incontinence, inflammation of the female genital organs, infertility, PMS, menstrual disorders, prostate disorders, erectile dysfunction
Apart from its therapeutic application, the Schiele bath is of course also an “anti-aging” agent par excellence due to its efficacy. However, I prefer the term “healthy ageing”.
Regular application, ideally on at least 5 consecutive days per week is crucial for success. The effect is more intensive and longer lasting if the application days are consecutive. For most medical conditions, a treatment period lasting at least 3 months is necessary; for chronic diseases, this period may be considerably longer, to the point of ongoing application.
For diseases involving the upper third of the body and if a foot application is not possible, hand or arm baths are used instead. At the start, the water temperature is about 33°C and increases to a maximum of 43°C. After a detailed consultation, in which the individual bath conditions are determined (starting and ending temperature, length of the bath, choice of bath additive and pre-soak oils), the Schiele bath is generally performed as a home application, once or twice a day depending on need.
Drink a glass of water to support circulation and metabolic process
Fill the tub with water and bath additive. If the water has reached the desired starting temperature, massage about 5 drops of the pre-soak oil, pure, into the sole of each foot and then immerse the feet in the tub. Spend the 20 minutes until the final temperature is reached by enjoying a book, a telephone call, the television or – the best option – simply remaining at rest. A few minutes more can be spent at the desired final temperature. If the person feels unwell, the treatment can be stopped at any time at a lower temperature.
For an arm application, massage the pre-soak oil into the palms of the hands and then the tips of the fingers and immerse the palms of the hands or the lower arms in the tub.
Dry off the feet or arms and massage with Kavitham lotion. If possible, rest for half an hour with the legs elevated. Afterwards, it is important to keep warm.
A rapid improvement in symptoms is possible, however, in chronic and severe illnesses, a brief worsening is possible which should be interpreted as a healing reaction.
Old symptoms may temporarily return, existing symptoms may be worsened or even symptoms which would occur in the future in the case of a circulatory condition which did not improve will become noticeable. Thus pain may occur at known but also at previously unknown spots.
The following is also possible: mild edema and/or feelings of heaviness in the legs, deeper respiration, lethargy, increased urination with an increased uric acid component, decreased blood pressure.
If the reactions are felt to be unpleasant, the gentle application is performed from now on.
The gentle application
The milder, the gentler – the better and more effective.
The alternative medicine practitioner Klaus Dieter Nassall developed what is known as the gentle application of the Schiele bath. Not all patients could tolerate the original standard application (bath duration 20 minutes, temperature increase by10°C from 35°C to 45°) equally well.
The gentle application allows the therapeutic stimulation to be adapted to the patient’s current degree of vitality and regenerative strength through both the shortened duration of the bath and also through the very slow increase in the final temperature. Overloading of the vessels and organs and initial worsening can be largely avoided, and the best individually tolerated and thus the most effective final temperature can be reliably determined. Gentle application is advisable in cases of
- Severe cardiovascular diseases, high and low blood pressure
- Varicose veins, weakness of the veins and lymphatic system, edema
- Kidney disease
- Diabetic foot syndrome
- Pain, for example due to joint disease
- Diseases with damage to nerve tissue
- At the start of treatment in the case of severe illnesses
Performing the baths
1st week 33°C – 37°C
2nd week 33°C – 37,5°C
3rd week 33°C – 38°C
4th week 33°C – 38,5°C
Starting from the second month, a final temperature of 39°C should be maintained for the next three months. Afterwards, it may be increased in 0.5°C increments on a trial basis in consultation with a therapist – provided this is felt to be beneficial. If unpleasant reactions occur, the final temperature should be reduced once again to a comfortable range.
In principle, the therapy can also be effectively continued at a final temperature of 39°C or 40°C. To ensure success, no further increase of the final temperature is necessary, but instead regularly performing the baths.
There are only a few restrictions to keep in mind: The Schiele bath should not be used in case of acute appendicitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, (aortic) aneurysms, acute thrombosis as well as postoperatively, if there is a risk of bleeding. Besides, it should not be performed directly after eating or in the case of fever.
The diabetic foot and its treatment with the Schiele bath
The Schiele bath plays an especially important role in the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot syndrome, a feared secondary complication of diabetes mellitus. Every year, this leads to an estimated 40,000 amputations in Germany, which accounts for two-thirds of all amputations performed. Type 1 and type 2 diabetics are affected.
Causes and development:
Blood glucose concentrations which are elevated over a longer period of time damage the large and small blood vessels (diabetic macro- and microangiopathy) and the nerve tissue (diabetic polyneuropathy). The damage to the capillary vessels of the eye (retinopathy), kidney (nephropathy) and nerves (neuropathy) is particularly severe.
Ischemia and deposited metabolic end products damage the nerve tissue to the point of a loss of function. These changes take place throughout the entire body but they are often first noticed in the feet.
Signs of circulatory disorders of the foot:
- Cold feet
- Pale or bluish skin
- Calf pain and cramps
- Wound healing disorders
- Open ulcers, necrosis
Signs of nerve damage of the foot:
- Reduced pain, temperature and vibration sensitivity
- Feelings of numbness and cold
- Pins and needles, tingling, burning, stabbing
- Pain in feet at rest, especially at night
- Paralysis of the muscles of the feet, incorrect loading, pressure points, injuries
- Joint swelling
- Increased callus formation
- Fungal nail infections
- Rather warm feet and very dry, chapped skin due to abnormal perspiration.
Diabetes is a complex disease, and symptoms of either circulatory disorders or nerve damage are seen in only a portion of cases. Mix forms are common. Combination of the two factors ultimately leads to the development of the diabetic foot.
Charcot foot (DNOAP = diabetic-neuropathic osteoarthropathy) is a complication of the diabetic foot. As a result of polyneuropathy with malalignment and loss of pain sensitivity there are undetected bone fractures. Other causal factors discussed, among others, are multiple microfractures and bone metabolism changes. The initial signs are swelling and redness of the foot with a nearly complete lack of pain. Instead of the necessary rest, the foot is stressed further. Severe joint and bone deformation as well as open ulcers may result.
Performing the Schiele bath in cases of diabetic foot/charcot foot:
As a general rule, the gentle application is used initially in order to avoid a more severe worsening at the beginning. Open wounds can initially be covered with lanolin, for example, or left out of the water entirely until they are closed. It is also possible to only treat the healthier foot at first; because of the consensual reaction, the circulation in the other foot is also intensified. If both feet have large wounds, the treatment can be started with arm baths and continued on the feet after recovery.
- Marked tingling, restlessness of the legs
- Return of pain sensitivity
- In Charcot foot: transient increase in swelling
- All symptoms which are or were present, return: depending on the severity of the tissue damage, there is generally an initial worsening, especially if the sensitivity disorders are already present.
Reactions with continued use:
- Disappearance of the tingling
- Reduction in pain to the point of becoming pain-free
- Initiation of wound healing
- Resolution of necrosis
Several decades of treatment experiences show that, depending on how long symptoms have been present and how severe they are at the start of the treatment, the Schiele baths are able to at least prevent the condition from spreading. In most cases, the treatment leads to deep regeneration and a significant improvement in the symptoms, especially in the case of nerve tissue damage. Most patients become symptom-free with long-term consistent application.
There may also be improvements in arterial and venous circulatory disorders as well as in retinopathy and neuropathy as “side effects” of the treatment. Diabetes (type 2) as an underlying illness may also be positively affected. For this reason, the medication should be regularly reviewed during the treatment and adjusted, if necessary. It is important to continue the treatment even after an improvement is noted, in order to avoid relapses.
Schiele bath and apitherapy
With the blood circulation, the Schiele bath supports a fundamental life function. It can therefore be sensibly combined with many other therapy methods. Since its effect is predominantly systemic in nature, there are generally no undesirable interactions or overburdening on the patient due to an excess of different therapy stimuli.
I have been working intensively with the Schiele bath for many years and the more I am involved with apitherapy, the more often I can experience how particularly effective and harmonious both interact.
In a nutshell: The better the circulatory condition and the more efficient the cellular metabolism and signaling, the more effective the apitherapeutic measures. This can be achieved with the Schiele bath. Its effect, in turn, can be intensified by means of apitherapy and can be more specifically aligned to special complaints.
In addition to the long-term synergy achieved by combining the Schiele bath and apitherapy, we can also utilize short-term, targeted effects to reciprocally increase effectiveness. This approach gives rise to a whole range of possible combined applications.
See an outline below:
|Combined application||Definition||Examples||Synergistic effect
|Accompanying||The apitherapy agent and Schiele bath are applied during the same period (but neither simultaneously nor mixed).||- Propolis 3x a day and Schiele bath 1x a day in the evening |
- Pollen 1x a day, Apilarnil 2x a day and Schiele bath 1x a day
|Sequential||The apitherapy agent and Schiele bath are applied sequentially, following one another||- Schiele bath prior to apitherapy||x|
|either in indirect or direct succession (but neither simultaneously nor mixed).||- Honey massage following Schiele bath|
- Beeswax poultice following Schiele bath
- Apipuncture prior to/followingSchiele bath
|Simultaneous||The apitherapy agent and Schiele bath are applied at the same time (but are not mixed).||- Beehive air and Schiele bath|
- Propolis vaporizer and Schiele bath
- Bee venom cream (applied locally) and Schiele bath
|Simultaneous and mixed||The apitherapy agent and Schiele bath are mixed prior to treatment and applied at the same time.||- Bee venom solution as bath additive to Schiele bath|
- Propolis extract as bath additive to Schiele bath
Different types of Schiele bath/Apitherapy treatment combinations
On a longer period of time (weeks, months, as a cure, possibly also permanently), the complementary actions of the Schiele bath and apitherapy are particularly beneficial, when used in chronic and recurrent conditions, as a prophylactic Treatment and in the area of “healthy ageing”. All bee products can be used without any restrictions as an accompanying agent in combination with the Schiele bath.
- Cardiovascular and vascular strengthening: Schiele bath + honey, bee venom, propolis
- Improvement of blood composition, blood thinning: Schiele bath + bee venom
- Reduction of sclerotic deposits (vessels, kidneys etc.): Schiele bath + wax moth larvae tincture
- Rheumatic diseases: Schiele bath + apipuncture or bee venom ointment, propolis
- Susceptibility to infections and recurrent respiratory infections: Blood circulation and decongestation of the mucous membranes of the nasopharyngeal area with the Schiele bath + propolis, royal jelly, honey, beehive air
- Urogenital diseases, e.g. recurrent inflammation, menstrual complaints, prostate diseases, infertility and potency disorders, which are often associated with cold and stagnation processes: Warming, activating and cleansing of the abdominal organs with the Schiele bath + depending on the symptoms propolis, apilarnil, royal jelly, bee venom
- Wound treatment (see also “The Diabetic Foot and its Treatment with the Schiele Bath”) must not be missed at all: here two therapeutic heavyweights meet with Schiele Bath and honey, which complement each other perfectly. Whether it is used exclusively concomitantly or also sequentially or simultaneously, must always be decided in the course of therapy according to individual and practical considerations. At the beginning of the treatment with the Schiele bath there is usually an increased exudation from the wound. Once the wound has been healed, the Schiele bath is the preferred method for preventing recurrences.
For certain effects or their strengthening, Schiele bath and apitherapy are used.
The Schiele bath can be used alone for several weeks as a preparatory treatment to improve blood flow, vascular elasticity and organ functions as well as for detoxification prior to starting apitherapy. Such a sequential application in indirect succession allows us to create a milieu that is conducive to apitherapy and to reduce the risk of adverse reactions to strong therapy stimuli such as bee venom.
For the targeted use of short-term effects (during and shortly after application), especially of the Schiele bath, it is advisable to apply both procedures sequentially, in direct succession:
The increase in blood and lymph flow along with dilated vasculature of the skin boosts the metabolism of the skin. All apitherapeutic skin treatments benefit from this, in particular the honey massage, but also ointments, masks, poultices, compresses.
The synergy created by the Schiele bath and bee venom is particularly potent. Together they make a strong team, even in severe illness, by promoting circulation and capillary growth, and the regeneration of nerve tissue and by acting as immunestimulators and pain suppressants.
With this combination, the individual cardiovascular condition of the patient has to always be taken into consideration. Both applications tend to lower blood pressure for a short time, but the Schiele bath also stabilizes the circulation and balances blood pressure.
Here, the recommended approach is to follow the bee venom treatment with the Schiele bath. The good distribution of the bee venom’s active substances and the metabolism working at full capacity ensure intensively effective Treatment while the patient is relaxing.
In case of insufficient circulation and blood pressure problems, a Schiele bath prior to the bee venom treatment may be advisable. If the blood pressure is low, with cold feeling perhaps connected, the bee venom reaches an already “pre-warmed” patient with stimulated circulation activity; thereby high blood pressure can somewhat be lowered. In both cases the relaxation during the bath also contributes to a stable circulation.
In order to find the best treatment for a patient, it is helpful to first check the individual reactions to the single applications before starting the combined treatment.
If the application is not too complicated and the various therapy stimuli remain clear, the Schiele bath and apitherapy can also be used simultaneously.
Often, breathing becomes deeper during the Schiele-Bath. This suggests that simultaneous application of beehive air or propolis vapor from the vaporizer results in a deeper inhalation that can reach the lower regions of the airways. The well-perfused airway mucous membranes allow the efficient transfer of the health giving components into the blood, which then distributes them throughout the body.
Also suitable are smaller, locally limited skin applications which are possible in a sitting posture and do not disturb the relaxation during the bath, e.g. a honey mask, embrocations with propolis or bee venom ointment. Larger skin applications are better to perform after the Schiele bath.
Also suitabel are smaller, locally limited skin applications which are possible in a sitting posture and do not disturb the relaxation during the bath, e.g. a honey mask, ointments with propolis or bee venom. It is better to perform larger skin applications after the Schiele bath.
Simultaneous mixed application
A simultaneous and mixed application achieves the most intense level of connectedness between the Schiele bath and apitherapy. Bath additives, such as bee venom, are very easily absorbed into the blood via the soles of the feet prepared with pre-soaked oils and quickly distributed around the body by the accelerated circulation.
This additional application offered by the Schiele bath is not only very pleasant, but also an alternative method, if a treatment with injections or apipuncture is not possible or desired.
In addition to bee venom solution, you can also use a diverse range of bee extracts for this combined application (such as teas or powders). Moreover, propolis as an aqueous solution may be used. Resin and wax containing preparations are not suitable because of their lack of water solubility, they would also make the cleaning of the Schiele bath more difficult.
The possibilities presented here for the combination of apitherapy and Schiele bath do not claim to be complete. On the contrary, due to the multitude of apitherapeutic agents and methods of application, the list must remain inadequate. Some combinations have already been successfully tested, others are still in the phase of consideration and others are certain to be explored in the future. Above all, my intention here was to give interested apitherapists an insight into the working principles of the Schiele bath, on which the synergy potential is based.
As is the case with many other traditional healing methods, knowledge of the Schiele-bath’s effectiveness is predominantly based on practical experience. Its successes have been documented extensively over the past decades in testimonials from doctors, alternative healthcare practitioners and patients. On the part of science, researchers are currently conducting what is known as clinical assessment to polyneuropathy, among other things.
Prophylaxis, therapy, rehabilitation, stabilisation of therapy successes, recovery and relaxation, care and cosmetics as well as healthy ageing – for me, the Schiele bath and apitherapy prove to be reliable partners every day in all such fields, that want to be applied with care and then gently but most effectively strengthen the natural harmony that we call health.
Questions and thoughts, suggestions and reports based on experiences are welcome. Further information about the Schiele bath is available upon request.
Erich Fähnle (81), beekeeper in one of the first apitherapy-certified organic beekeepers in Germany, apitherapist, long-standing DAB member and DAB cash auditor, has also been using the Schiele bath for around four decades. I asked him about his experiences.
Mr. Fähnle, when did you get to know the Schiele bath and how did it happen?
A lady not only recommended the Schiele bath to me at the beginning of the 1980s, but also brought the bathtub with her and gave it to me as a present, in its original packaging, with the remark: “Can be used anywhere and for anything”. And I took that literally and immediately tried it out with all my complaints at that time, which were very complex due to an unrecognized Lyme disease.
Erich Fähnle, beekeeper and apitherapist (photo: Ruth Fähnle)
Your first experiences – what were they like?
If used properly, success is achieved very quickly – even after the first application: the blood circulation is stimulated and it proved to be relaxing, comforting, soothing, and beneficial to get sleep. I have never experienced disappointments and surprises in a negative sense, however unexpected successes. For example: One day a young woman, less than 30 years old, comes and complains about headaches and migraines. I recommend her a Schiele bath with a handful of sea salt and provide her with my Schiele bathtub and some most important guidelines. Already on the next day, the complaints have almost disappeared. As a result, her condition stabilized; the recommended change in diet largely prevented her from getting further attacks. From my today’s point of view, I would definitely advise this patient to have additional beehive air.
What experience have you gained over the years, what for and how often do you use the Schiele bath today?
My experiences are based on a basic tendency. I use the Schiele bath on almost every occasion and as often as possible. The whole family uses it with conviction, always successfully and purposefully. As part of the home pharmacy, it is the first choice. The focus lies on both acute and chronic complaints. Simply out of pure idleness, the Schiele bath is only used, when it is evidently urgent.
My bathtub has two markings. If used gently, I only go to the lower mark. I use bath additives only quite purposefully, a handful sea salt, because my therapy approach is based on the emphasis of removal and decontamination as well as on natural nutrition (advice of Paracelsus: “Your remedy is your food and your food is healing food”). No further precautions are necessary for disease-related use.
Do you occasionally recommend the Schiele bath to beekeeping customers seeking help?
When it comes to therapeutic advice, I always recommend to buy a Schiele bathtub. Unfortunately, there are many reasons that most of the patients don’t purchase a Schiele bathtub. According to my observations, the most common reason is a lack of willingness to contribute to prevention or healing.
In your opinion, what role can the Schiele bath play in the prevention of diseases?
It is always helpful to prevent the onset of a cold or flu by strengthening the immune system and improving blood circulation. A curative use at certain times of the year, e.g. spring/autumn, is always helpful and preventive.
Today, a Schiele bathtub is quite an expensive purchase. How do you see the cost-benefit ratio?
Surely today’s price is not insignificant and not affordable for less fortunate people. Nevertheless, the price/performance ratio is acceptable and rewarding. I still use my bathtub from the 70s without any repair.
After more than forty years of application experience – what is your personal understanding of how the Schiele bath works?
In the many decades of using the Schiele bath, there have been many possible application methods. These have also been described and documented in many different ways. Now, after more than forty years of experience, three areas stand in the foreground for me: to improve blood circulation, to detoxify, to stimulate and strengthen the immune system.
In your experience, where can apitherapy and Schiele bath complement each other most effectively?
Since a Schiele footbath is helpful and useful for almost all diagnoses of illness, it is of course also a good supplement for apitherapeutic measures, especially for measures regarding the removal of various types of toxins (detoxification/deacidification).
Have you noticed any differences over the years between the traditional temperature-increasing foot bath and the Schiele bath?
With the “normal” temperature-increasing footbath, very good results can also be achieved if it is carried out to its optimum: uniform temperature increase, same concentration of a bath additive, maintaining the same water level. In order to guarantee this in the best possible way, the Schiele footbath is unsurpassable and functions absolutely safely and reliably.
Finally, perhaps a concrete tip for the readers?
A Schiele footbath can be recommended again and again, can be used in almost all symptoms and illnesses for improvement until healing and is even in the wellness area very beneficial. The profit is to the one who uses it. And especially today, when more and more younger people get the diagnosis cancer, a Schiele bath is urgently recommended from my point of view.
Dear Mr. Fähnle, thank you very much for sharing your experiences with us and for the time you have given us.
German Apitherapy Magazine, Issue 2/2018, German Apitherapy Federation, https://apitherapie.de