Oligo-elements are bioavailable forms of trace minerals that are rapidly absorbed sublingually for therapeutic support.

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Introduction to Oligotherapy

Oligotherapy uses oligo-elements that are bioavailable forms of trace minerals that are rapidly absorbed sublingually for therapeutic support, supplementing the necessary minerals for enzymatic functions. These bio-available elements work by normalizing enzyme and hormonal functions in order to regulate the homeostasis of the body.

Oligos in Greek means “a very tiny quantity”. Oligo-elements, or trace elements, are very minute doses of minerals. Most minerals come from metals, except for calcium, fluoride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and sulfur which are metalloids (non-metallic).

Oligotherapy is a method of providing the body with the ions it cannot synthesize and which are indispensable for cellular enzymatic functions. This functional therapeutic modality requires the use of trace elements in precisely measured, small doses in a highly bioavailable form. These trace elements are co-factors in a multitude of biochemical reactions where they accelerate the speed of these reactions without ever modifying the important equilibrium that exists and that must reign within the body to maintain optimum health.

Gabriel Bertrand, a French chemist, and biologist, first identified these enzymatic cofactors approximately 100 years ago and named them “oligo” elements. Later, French physician Dr. Jacques Menetrier demonstrated that oligo-elements could be used in the treatment of biochemical dysfunctions. Oligotherapy is widely recognized throughout Europe as a powerful modality for treating a multitude of diseases, some of which include bacterial infections, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, circulatory disorders, and neurological conditions.

Benefits of Oligotherapy Mineral Supplementation

Clinical experience has shown that oligotherapy may be used to improve wellbeing and that the benefits include:

  • Serve as biological catalysts that activate metabolism and enzymatic function at the cellular level
  • Provides essential nutrition to stop the free radical activity which destroys bodily tissue
  • Enhances the movement of ions into and out of the cells
  • Removes heavy metals and reduces toxicity in connective tissue
  • Normalizes enzyme and hormonal functions in order to regulate homeostasis of the body
  • Supports coagulation of the blood, rhythmic functions of the heart and intestines, e.g. calcium
  • Regulates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, e.g. cobalt
  • Controls membrane permeability, muscular contraction, nerve impulse condition and regulation of protein synthesis, e.g. magnesium

How Oligotherapy Works

Almost all biological reactions require enzymes (biological catalysts) in order to occur at the rates the body needs for health and survival. Many enzymes depend on specific mineral cofactors for proper functioning. These minerals need to be present in extremely low concentrations, but they are absolutely vital to bio-regulation. These bioavailable forms of trace minerals are rapidly absorbed and work by normalizing enzyme and hormonal functions in order to regulate homeostasis in the body.

Supplying these needed mineral cofactors at precise concentration unblocks diseased metabolic pathways, thus allowing the body’s healing mechanism to operate. Oligo-elements may also prepare the patient to respond more readily and successfully to other modalities.

Oligotherapy is a simple, non invasive way to provide the patient with vital trace elements that are necessary for cellular function.”

Caitlin Policastro, NP

The ionized trace elements used within oligotherapy include bismuth, cobalt, fluoride, copper chromium, iodine, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sulfur, and zinc (as well as various combinations). These supplements are low concentrations of specially prepared elements that are vital to the regulation of various enzymatic functions. These “oligo-elements” (trace minerals) when administered work at the cellular level to supply needed mineral co-factors at precise concentrations to unblock diseased metabolic pathways, thus allowing the body’s healing mechanisms to operate.

Keeping the correct balance of trace elements throughout an organism is essential for enzymatic function, and a deficiency in any element may lead to a functional disorder. Oligo-elements can be found in food, but also in pills and powdered drinkable solutions. It is recommended to take them 15 minutes before eating and to ensure that a 15-20 minute break is taken between doses.

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Science & Safety

Trace elements such as iron, iodine, fluoride, copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, manganese and molybdenum are vital for maintaining health and often prescribed in the specialized form allowed through oligotherapy to patients in various states of disease. This is most true in integrative medical centers found in Europe, where a biological approach is found most effective and with fewest side-effects.

Manganese, another micromineral, is necessary for the formation of enzymes. It also works as an antioxidant. Women with osteoporosis have been found to have decreased plasma or serum levels of manganese and also an enhanced plasma response to an oral dose of manganese (19, 20), suggesting they may have lower manganese status than women without osteoporosis.


Where does Oligotherapy fall on the medical spectrum?

Oligotherapy falls under the ‘Biological Medicine’ section of the medical spectrum.

Alternative Medicine

Also known as holistic medicine, it is the study and application of nature, botany, energy, and technology to bring the body back to balance and address the root causes of disease without detrimental side effects, toxins and chemicals, or a lifetime of intervention.

Biological Medicine

Also known as European Biological Medicine, this modality, popular in Germany and Switzerland, applies numerous therapies that aim to restore the body’s regulatory and self-healing capacity by promoting proper regeneration on a cellular and organ level.

Conventional Medicine

Conventional medicine is the most recognized and practiced section of the medical spectrum that includes pharmacological drugs, surgical procedures, lab testing, and more in an attempt to reduce symptoms and manage disease. 

Conventional Therapies

The Innovative Medicine approach considers all conventional options and appropriately prescribes or refers patients to specialists in which this approach would be most suited.

Emotional Therapies

Mental health and the study of mind-body medicine is an integral part of the medical spectrum that can often go overlooked and unaddressed.

Psycho-Emotional Intervention

The study of psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) has shown how our thoughts and psychological state impact our biochemistry and can lead to disease. Any comprehensive treatment plan must address psychological stress to be successful.

Spiritual Practices & Therapies

We often confuse spiritual practices with religion, but the role of spirituality, consciousness, awareness, purpose, and information on a quantum level is incredibly important in healing.

Receiving Therapy

Receiving Oligotherapy Treatments

We are pleased to offer oligotherapy and mineral supplementation at our clinic, the New York Center for Innovative Medicine (NYCIM). We have a large dispensary of high-quality oligotherapy manufacturers from around the world. However, the use of this or any of our numerous therapeutic options is only performed on patients after an in-depth health evaluation. Our ultimate goal is the complete restoration of health in the most efficient and safe manner, and with so many therapeutic options, it is impossible to know if oligotherapy is right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.

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Oligotherapy uses oligo-elements that are bioavailable forms of trace minerals that are rapidly absorbed sublingually for therapeutic support, supplementing the necessary minerals for enzymatic functions. These bio-available elements work by normalizing enzyme and hormonal functions in order to regulate the homeostasis of the body.

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