The Mastery of Spagyric Medicine


written by: Ulrich Arndt  

Century-old alchemical wisdom on the production of special spagyric remedies that are designed to make an individual’s “inner light” shine once again, has experienced a revival. Current scientific research has made the secretive production procedures understandable for the first time, and also provides explanations for how the remedies act on the body and why they are so astonishingly effective.

“Where alchemy has been preserved as a cultural tradition, a bridge has been created linking the ancient understanding of nature to the medicine of tomorrow.”

This is how the famous doctor and alchemist Paracelsus described a situation existing four hundred years ago that is still applicable today. For a long period of time, alchemy was laughed at by scientists and given little serious attention. However, over the past several years, there has been renewed interest in alchemist’s ancient knowledge and healing remedies. This is primarily due to reports from medical and naturopathic doctors claiming that spagyric remedies have successfully used in the treatment of patients with chronic diseases though to be incurable by conventional medicine. Furthermore, scientists now have scientific explanations for the effects of the remedies as well as proof for the previously regarded “preposterous notion” that chemical elements can be transmuted through alchemical processes. Recently, there have been a number of public lectures and congresses on alchemy, and numerous books on the subject have appeared on the market. In Germany alone, there are a dozen small firms producing so-called spagyric remedies that are made according to alchemical principles.

Spagyric is the branch of alchemy which, through the use of traditional alchemical methods and detailed processes, is devoted to the production of medicines and tinctures that differ greatly from conventional or homeopathic medications. The various production steps involved – fermentation, distillation, purification, calcination and reunification – are far more time-consuming then the methods nowadays used to produce conventional medicines. Additionally, they are made in observance of and in harmony to specific cosmic cycles as well as the positions of the sun, moon and planets.

Healing Successes are Now Scientifically Explainable

Nowadays, there are numerous doctors and naturopaths using spagyric remedies to treat their patients. Likewise impressive is the success achieved when specific remedies are used to detoxify the connective tissue, which, during the course of years becomes a storage area for environmental toxins and metabolic by-products. This situation creates a continual stress on the organism’s reaction abilities, and disturbs the important acid-base balance, which is the physical cause of many chronic diseases.

How can these effects be explained? According to Dr. Peter Schleicher, the renowned immunologist from Munich, who has worked with spagyric remedies for a long period of time, “the secret knowledge of ancient medicines such as alchemy has become more transparent, thanks to new immunological findings.” In his opinion, the alchemists of old had their own way of understanding the inter-relationship between the complex regulation mechanisms affecting the emotions, the secretions from the hormonal glands, and the immunological system, and this has only recently been re-discovered by modern scientists. Furthermore, Dr. Schleicher states that the alchemists developed remedies that were “effective in influencing and activating” these regulation mechanisms.

According to immunological findings, these various regulation mechanisms, which comprise the so-called “psychoneuroendocrine immune system” are connected to each other in pyramid-like hierarchies. At the top of this immunological hierarchy are the emotions which relate to limbic activity, then the level of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which is followed by the regulation systems influencing the thyroid gland, and finally, at the base of the pyramid, is the functional source that comes from the gonads (the sexual organs) and the adrenal glands. “All of our immune cells are in direct communication with each other, and our immune system is harmoniously nestled within the laws of the cosmos”, emphasizes Dr. Schleicher.

According to the immune specialist’s experience, all levels of this hierarchy can be given regulatory impulses through the help of high quality spagyric remedies.

Truly amazing is the fact that centuries ago, in a symbolic manner, alchemy already associated different types of temperament and emotional characteristics to particular planets and astrological signs, which in turn were associated with specific organs and parts of the body. Alchemy itself offers very complex, philosophical explanations for the effectiveness of spagyric remedies: During the course of the production processes the “life energy” contained within the plant, mineral or metal is released from its attachment to material. This freed energy, which is an expression of the essential “prima material” is comprised of three different active energies: Sal (salt), the physical manifestation principle as well as quantity, Sulfur (sulphur), the soulful individual principle as well as quality, and Mercurius (mercury), the mental and spirited principle as well as movement.

Amazing Parallels to New Findings

Mercurius, or vital energy, brings the specific individual qualities (sulfur) to life in the physical body (sal). Human beings, animals, plants and everything on the earth including minerals and metals all came into being through a unique “mixing” of these three principles. During the spagyric processing of these substances (“Spagyric”: “Spao”=”separate, release”, “Ageiro” = connect, reunite”), these three principles are released, separated and purified in the stages of fermentation, distillation and calcination. When these three principles are reunited, a spagyric tincture is created that depending upon the starting substance, can be used as a healing remedy. However, in alchemy these spagyric preparations are only the beginning of more detailed procedures, which will be presented later.

In modern physics, we find astonishing parallels between the three principles and the original “building blocks” of material. Because material is nothing other then a conglomeration of (vibrating) energy it can, at least theoretically, be described as a complex pattern of interwoven vibrations. A particular vibration can be described through three specific characteristics – its amplitude (the peak of a vibration), the form of its wavelength, and its frequency (vibrations per second) – which likewise represent the trilogy of quantity, quality and movement. The breakdown of complex vibratory patterns into “three basic principles” is already being made and applied in chaos and brain research with the help of the so-called “Fourier Transformation”.

Science has also at least partially shown that through the course of the spagyric procedures, the starting substance goes through a variety of transmutation processes that are interesting with regard to their medical applications. For example, during the fermentation process, natural bacterial activity causes the production of various enzymes and vitamins that help to regulate and support metabolism. (In the spagyric according to Strathmeyer, for example, no further production steps are taken in order to preserve these ingredients.) However, the goal of the traditional spagyric procedures previously described probably has more to do with the storage or preservation of this information in water, and in this respect is similar to homeopathy. The water molecules themselves serve as information carriers due to their special geometric composition that consists of 12 pentagon-like bodies, larger bodies with larger surface capacities, (so-called “Buckyballs”) and resulting combination of patterns that often takes on a spiral form that binds around ions, enzymes and other active electromagnetic substances. The existence of “Water Geometry” as well as water’s stability, even after it has been converted into steam, was proven in both Pennsylvania and Berkeley Universities, USA in 1995 and 1996.

The Transformation of Materia by Enzymes

The above explanation is at least a theoretical explanation for how plants, minerals and metals can leave their “fingerprint” in water, and how information can be stored as “memory” in water. The influence of planetary constellations can also be stored in this manner through, for example, so-called cosmo-cyclical procedures and the rhythmic shaking of spagyric tinctures. The research of Professor Giorgio Piccardi, Professor W. Peschka and Dr. Georg Unger has proven that planetary influences cause water to change.

Water that has been distilled one or more times may also have healing properties. It is known that distillation reduces the natural concentration of deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen. The latest research from Dr. Gabor Somlyai, Budapest, shows that the amount of deuterium in the body plays a major role in cell division and other metabolic processes. In animal experiments, he showed that water with a reduced concentration of deuterium helps to prevent cancer. However, this doesn’t imply that distilled water alone is responsible for the special healing properties of spagyric remedies, and that the other substances in the remedies are irrelevant. With so-called thin-layer chromatography (a method used for distinguishing the materials in a mixture because of the differing speeds in which the components transverse a piece of filter paper – also used for quality controls), one can identify the various plant products within a tincture, and these in turn can be differentiated from homeopathic remedies made from the same plant or the same plant mixture.

Just as spectacular as the current knowledge on the characteristics of water is the research of Louis Kervran, which puts a new light on the assumption that alchemists can transmute chemical elements. According to prevalent scientific theories, this is only possible when extremely high quantities of energy are used to accelerate the particles. The director of the French Institute for Medicine in Paris, member of the New York Academy of Science and advisor for UNESCO, was able to scientifically prove that, through the use of natural enzymes, at least some chemical elements can be transmuted at room temperature. Kervran hermetically sealed seeds and sprouts in glass containers for several weeks, and, at intervals, determined the concentration of several chemical elements. The experiments showed that specific enzymes cause the transmutation of certain elements such as potassium, hydrogen, magnesium and oxygen into calcium. In the same manner, sodium and hydrogen are transmuted into magnesium, and sodium and oxygen can change into potassium. This phenomenon, which to a certain extent is a natural “alchemical” process, is known as “Biological Transmutation” or the “Kervran Effect”, and is a direct contradiction of accepted scientific beliefs.

Another phenomenon that hasn’t been scientifically explained is an effect that Prof. Dr. Adolf Miethe discovered in 1924 with mercury lamps: when operating at a voltage of 170 volts, instead of at 220, which is the voltage nowadays used, the lamps were used up at a quicker rate, and the mercury changed into gold. The amounts of gold were, however, negligible and the technology was therefore unprofitable. What caused this atomic transmutation to happen in the first place is still a riddle after 70 years. It seems as if alchemical processes correspond to “other” practically unknown forms of Chemistry and Physics, which operate with rhythmic, cyclic changes as opposed to high quantities of energy. Alchemy describes these methods in a symbolic, coded language that most conventional scientists can’t even begin to understand. Their meaning first becomes clear after the alchemical adept himself makes repeated attempts at carrying out the traditional procedures in the laboratory.

Strengthening a Human Being’s “Inner Light”

In their spagyric remedies, alchemists aim at separating the three original principles Sal, Sulfur and Mercurius and thus the “imprisoned light within the material” out of the starting substances. Correspondingly, the aim of the treatment with spagyric remedies is to strengthen the “original light” or “soul energy” of the patient so that he can fulfill his original life’s purpose. This aim resembles progressive findings in modern medicine and science. In the last several years, experiments in the field of Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI), and the findings from biofeedback experiments and research done on meditative states have confirmed the enormous influence that psychic and spiritual energies can have on materia – and in these cases, on the human organism. Even the so-called spontaneous healing of life-threatening diseases such as cancer almost always corresponds with spiritual and mental processes in which there are major changes in the patient’s “inner attitude”.

» Learn more about spagyric medicine


Hans-Josef Fritschi: “Spagyric, Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch”, Gustav Fischer verlag.  Ulm 1997
Helmut Gebelein: „Alchemie, Die Magie des Stofflichen“, Diedrichs Verlag, Munich 1996
Alexander Roob: „Alchemie und Mystik“, Bendikt Taschen Verlag, Colonge 1996
Rudolf Hauscka: „Substanzlehre“, Klostermann GmbH, Frankfurt 1990
Peter Schleicher: „Grundzuge der Immundiagnostik und Immuntherapie“, Hippokrates Verlag, Stuttgart 1997

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