With rising awareness of western medicine’s often dangerous side effects, holistic treatments are quickly gaining popularity. Though still relatively unknown, spagyric technique is something of a amalgamation of homeopathy (diluted substances), phytotherapy (herbal medicine), and modern science’s sterility. It results in the administration of a painstakingly prepared plant formula for physical healing and an understanding of the underlying causes of the ailment for psycho-emotional healing.
Paracelsus, Alchemy, and Spagyric Remedies
Although spagyria draws many principles from Ayurvedic, Chinese, Tibetan, and other millennia-old healing practices, it was first explored in the western world by the Swiss-German Renaissance man, Paracelsus. It was Paracelsus who coined the name spagyric, from the Greek spao, to tear open, and ageiro, to collect. Paracelsus was nothing if not appreciative of nature, and he famously said, “Nature is the first and the biggest alchemist: the transformation of matter is nothing else but life.”
In Paracelsus’ time, spagyric technique coincided with the then-popular alchemy. Contrary to myth, legend, and misconception, alchemy has nothing to do with turning things into gold. The Renaissance man himself said that alchemy’s true purpose was medicine.
Making Spagyric Remedies
In modern practice, the spagyric method relies on the principles of alchemical properties:
- Mercury, or mercuious, the water element and the extract of the plant which carries its essence.
- Salt, or sal, the earth element and the calcined ashes of the plant.
- Sulphur, the fire element and the essential oil of the plant.
As with the components, there are three basic steps to formulating a spagyric remedy:
Practitioners extract the essential oil of the plant with vapor (or “sulphur”) and ferment the remainder of the plant and extract the “mercurious” by distilling the alcohol. The “sal” is produced by extracting the mineral components of the plant and then added to (or reunified with) the formula.
Why all this trouble for a bottle of plant essence? This non-toxic plant essence captures a plant’s natural, complete spectrum of properties from more than one angle—usually distillation in alcohol or oil in the form of extracts and essential oils—but rather from three. Many practitioners even perform certain steps in the process during certain planetary and lunar alignments to harness the subtle (but oft-overlooked) influence of cosmic rhythm.
Using Spagyric Remedies
Whether taken internally or applied as an ointment, spagyric essences are gentle, non-toxic remedies that practitioners say can be used complementarily with other methods.
Additionally, the patient is expected to gain a gradual understanding of the underlying causes of the ailment experienced, which are often brought on or magnified by stress and other emotional states in addition to more common culprits like diet and health habits. True to the holistic formula, spagyric remedies promise to be gentle and all encompassing, beneficial both inside and out.
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- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM