The Substitutional Healing Method10
The Substitutional Healing Method endeavours to make available to the organism everything it requires. Substitution means replacement, and in our sense, the lack is replaced by filling up, resp., covering the losses.
Essentially, it is not in accordance with the achievement-oriented society any more. There is no effort to be made for restoring health.
Provision is made until capability is restored. Capability here also stands for regeneration and purification processes because the organism will then not be able to bring about this “performance” . When the organism is provided with enough detoxification and purification substances11, it will be able to perform these domains again, whereby the body moves towards the direction of healing and health.
In Schuessler’s healing method, a buildup from the inside is aimed for, a strengthening of the organism, so that it will be capable to cope much better with normal operation on its own initiative, but also with burdens and problems, so that it can organize itself in an optimal way.
In this context, the following sentence is quite fitting, “You should not take over the burden of the others because you will quickly be overexerted. You should endeavour that people will be able again to carry their burdens easier, resp., will be able to cope with them much better.”
A small problem, which normally requires no effort in coping with it becomes a confusing hurdle when the courage to face life and the vial power have shrunk to a minimum. The same goes for health burdens. The weaker the body, the sooner health burdens strike through in the shape of diseases. Thus, it cannot be a question of fighting diseases, but only of strengthening the organism, which will then be able to cope with the burdens out of its own accord if it not too severely damaged.
Biochemistry according to Dr. Schuessler with regard to Substitutional Healing Method
When the organism suffers from lack and this mainly within the cell, it comes to functional disorders, which we call diseases. Schuessler has answered to this knowledge, as already mentioned, with the well-known sentence,
“Then the health of the cell and thus of the body must occur by covering of the loss.”
But Schuessler knew as a doctor that the mineral substances – when administered in a pure form – could provide a burden for the body. We know this when we think of the side effects of the customary iron or calcium preparations when they had been taken for too long and uncontrolled.
Dr. Schuessler has pointed out these facts as we have mentioned on several occasions:
“In order to prevent damage and to make the cell receptive for the cell, these same (mineral substances) have to be diluted!“ 12
Thus, he had mineral substances diluted in such a way that they can also permeate the tiny ionic channels of the cells. Significant new research was carried out which showed that the exchange of mineral substances between the cell and the surrounding fluid is possible on the molecular level. When the mineral substances are diluted so far that the molecules are available individually, and also in a context in which the body needs them, they immediately enter into the cells or are stored in the storage. Due to the dilution, there is also no danger anymore that too much had been taken.
In homeopathy it is a question of healing likes by likes. A disease is treated with doses of potentized agents, which call forth on their own similar reactions in the body like the illness to be treated itself.
As a distinction with regard to homeopathy, Schuessler describes in one of his writings the nature of his biochemistry, “
“In any part of the body, a deficit of molecules of one of the twelve mentioned mineral substances has occurred, a disease develops where the healing takes place to the degree as by an addition of homogenous molecules such deficit is covered. As the deficiency is a molecular one, the replacement also has to be of a molecular nature.
The molecules released by dilution of the therapeutically applied mineral substances reach their destination point in the fastest way possible, by diffusion. The movement of the molecules progresses faster the fewer molecules are contained within the dilution fluid. The number of molecules of the mineral substances applied for therapeutical purposes, however, has to be large enough for providing the necessary replacement for covering the deficit.”
It should be added that there are also such diseases, which are not caused by a lack of function minerals and which can therefore not be influenced by mineral substances according to Dr. Schuessler and which therefore require different measures.
In recognition of the physiological healing method, certainly the realization evolves by itself that it is particularly well suited for supporting all other healing methods. It is easy to recognize that the Substitutional Healing Method backs the success of the other healing methods, indeed, that the provision of the organism by means of the respective mineral substances is sometimes even precondition for the possibility of interventions, or treatments inside the body in the first place.
If toxins, chemical substances or stimuli (also healing stimuli) are brought to the body, it has to adapt to them and respond, which involves intensified operation. For this, the body requires a great amount of mineral substances, which are made available by the mineral substances according to Dr. Schuessler.
If the homeopath has formulated, “Homeopathy wants to get things moving, but sometimes there is simply nothing to move anymore.”, then, as a supporter of the Substitutional Healing Method, one can formulate, “The endeavour that something can be made to move, has priority.“
An integrated and complementary kind of medicine would be desirable, which allows all healing method to have their place, and which places the patient and his health into the centre of its endeavours.
In his book, “Biochemische Hausarzt”, Dr. med. J. Schneider writes in 1920 as follows,
“A permanent metabolism takes place in the body. By nutrition, new nutritional material enters the body, and the excretions take away unnecessary and destroyed old cells. In case of diseases, the cells try to heal evil spontaneously; they work harder than in healthy days (therefore fever quite often!) and they try to master the enemy. The reinforced work, according to Dr. Schüßler , has the consequence that the cells lose part of their mineral substances that are so necessary for their function, and thus become less resistant, weaker, and with other words, ill. If one now returns those inorganic substances back to the cells, which they had lost during the fighting of the disease, these will get healthy again and the disease will be remedied.
This is the basic idea of the biochemical healing method according to Dr. Schuessler ; he has not referred to it as being homeopathic because the choice of remedies does not take place according to the principle of similarity, but according to physiological-biological principles as it does not indirectly aim for healing with heterogeneous means, but reaches its aim directly by covering a deficit.
However, administering the medicine in very small doses is what the biochemical method has in common with homeopathy.“ 13
Also Wilhelm Scharff expressly cites Dr. Schuessler in his book, “Alphabetisches Repertorium zu Dr. Schuessler ’s Abgekürzte Therapie“ (first edition 1899 at the same publishers where Dr. Schuessler published his writings, too, namely the Schulze Hof-Buchdruckerei and Verlagsbuchhandlung),
„Thus, biochemistry intends the correction (rectification) of physiological chemistry (chemistry of the natural life manifestations). It reaches its aim, which is: covering of the deficit (directly); the other healing methods, which are heterogenous (unlike) with regard to substances which constitute (form) the human organism, reach their aim indirectly (by way of detour),
Biochemical means, used in a properly selected way, are sufficient for the healing of diseases, which are curable by internal means.“
Here, Scharff makes the following remark, “A deficit of inorganic substances at the respective places of the human organism thus (according to Schüßler ) causes a functional disorder, i.e., the various states of disease of the same; the balancing of the deficit by intake of the missing inorganic salts causes their healing and thus a restoration of health.“ 14
The Integrating Healing Method
An outlook on new possibilities, which could be made available to person who is seeking advice.
A person is unable to have the entire knowledge necessary for health sustainment at his disposal at all times. This is simply not only just knowledge about the body but, as already mentioned in the introduction, knowledge on all levels which make up a person, namely the human being as a whole.
The Integrating Healing Method anticipates that ignorance of life and its fundamentals, as well as on the conditions for health sustainment can lead to bottlenecks, problems, crises, or even illnesses in the long run.
If the person remains at one place for too long, when thus life moves away from him, when things go on and the person stays behind, he will be unable to give appropriate answers on the upcoming problems. These demand a lively attitude towards life as they arise from the demands of the here and now. If this is impossible for him, he will then give answers that arise from his inertia or even his solidification, but which do not support his life. If he tries to answer questions life is placing for him with old answers which had formerly been adequate, he will stand beside himself. He has dropped out of the flow of life, his life, – which finally leads to huge problems.
Time and again, the flow of life demands a new orientation. The person is then in a position to answer the questions life is placing for him due to the possibilities gained by his development and his age.
The Integrating Healing Method assumes that the person is lacking the respective information in his problems. Therefore, he is unable to answer and solve his difficulties in order to be able to move about again in the flow of life.
In the above mentioned healing method the attendant assumes that the client, the searcher, immediately integrates into his self-organization the given information which he receives, and from this extension of his view and his sphere of life works on his problem and solves it. A precondition for the effectivity of all consultations is in principal the buildup of a certain trust by which the advice-seeking person is encouraged to carry into effect the possibilities offered. 15
It is often necessary to guide the seeker to the questions that concern him. Quite frequently he does not even know which questions arise for his life at all. In going about carefully with this work, the client will be able to recognize his problems, to work out the appropriate questions, and then wish for respective enlightenment with regard to his problems. It is absolutely useless for the person seeking advice if the counsellor, guide, or therapist gives him answers to the questions that he does not have. Everything not moving inside this field is of no use for the person seeking help.
In the Integrating Healing Method, the art lies in determining where the lack of information exists, where the bottleneck in organizational skills of the person lies, and then to raise awareness. The healing method described is based on the primary attitude of man who is in principal interested in his own life. It enables the person seeking help to tackle the upcoming problems out of his own abilities. Probably, however, not all people are prepared or even able for such an attitude, so that the focus in the accompaniment of people should be focused on this more and more.
The Integrated Healing Method endeavours to give people the module, the building element, the information that is about to be dealt with. This can be integrated into the person’s system as there exist connection points. This method has confidence in the principle willingness of people in wanting to cope with their lives in an increasingly free way and manner.
Decisive is the art of offering the right module at exactly the right time so that the bottlenecks of the advice-seeker become transparent and become master-able. The healing method mentioned has its limits in the competence with regard to diseases for which a layperson cannot be responsible. However, in all probability, a person moving at the seam of development of his life in the above described manner will be unlikely to bottle up larger health problems.
The mentioned healing method understands that a person will get the necessary skills that are required for this state of development. This way, there will be no backlog of developmental needs, and the person will always be close to the height of his developmental possibilities.
The Integrating Healing Method has a lot to do with the development of man. Some proverbs illustrate this connection, like for example, “He that will not hear, must feel.“
A wise proverb about grown-up learning stems from Chinese background, “Learning by imitation is the easiest, but also the most simple and by and by most unsatisfactory way to learn something. Learning by experience is the most bitter way. Learning by reflection and thought, by contemplation and meditation is the most noble way.” It will again and again come to a blending of the three ways, but in the long run, the third way should become the aim.
In principle, the healing method mentioned has something to do with the question after the liveliness of man.
10 Kurt Hickethier describes this healing method as the “Satisfying Healing Method”, which will be referred to in a later chapter.
11 Kurt Hickethier describes this healing method as the “Satisfying Healing Method”, which will be referred to in a later chapter.
12 This sentence is one of the central statements of Dr. Schüßler and is always quoted at the respective places in order to particularly underline the facts.
13 Schneider, Dr. Med. J.: Biochemischer Hausarzt, Leipzig: Verlag Dr. Willmar Schwabe, 1920, 3rd, unaltered edition, page 5
14 Scharff, Wilhelm: Alphabetisches Repertorium zu Schüßler’s „Abgekürzte Therapie“,
Oldenburg und Leipzig: Schulzesche Hof-Buchdruckerei und Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1899, 10th edition, 1922, page 2
15 Konrad Lorenz with regard to this, “Spoken is not heard, heard is not understood. Understood is not agreed. Not agreed is not carried out. Carried out is not retained.“
…to be continued