What is Biotherapeutic Drainage
Biotherapeutic Drainage is a philosophy and treatment context that has been used in Europe for over 100 years. Within this context, lifestyle changes, homeopathic remedies, UNDA numbered compounds, plant based remedies and nutrients are all used to rid the body of accumulated waste and toxicity.
Toxicity, in conjunction with one’s habits, genetics and predispositions are at the root of most modern diseases. The goal of treatment with Biotherapeutic drainage is always to get the body to react, self- regulate, and return to normal, healthy physiologic functioning. In other words to help influence the body to heal itself.
Dr. Bernoville, a French physician in the 1800’s and one of the pioneers behind the theory of drainage stated: “The theory of drainage is, before all, a theory of purification of the intoxicated organism that shows symptoms”. The routes of detoxification in the body are referred to as “emunctories”. It is crucial that all of these routes, drains, be open and working properly so that the body may rid itself of stored toxicity. Treatment with the UNDA numbers allows this process to occur so that a person can detox and also begin to heal on a deep level.
Proper drainage takes time to accomplish properly. Unlike western palliative medicine, Biotherapeutic Drainage aims to allow the body to actually heal itself. However, since there are many of these toxins in the body, stimulating them to be released too quickly would overwhelm the body and lead to increased suffering. So we take a well tolerated but persistent approach to gradually open the body's drains and rid it of toxins without overwhelming the system. Once the main drains are functioning well, we go deeper into the physiological tissues of the body and begin to clear them of the accumulated waste.
Dickson Thom DDS, ND, one of my mentors, describes the drainage process with a metaphor. Think of the ill or imbalanced body as a room that needs to be renovated. Prior to starting the renovation, it’s important to move out the old furniture, scrape the old paint off of the walls, then sweep and mop the floor before you can begin to rebuild. Painting over dirt or on top of an old cracking paint job will always lead to renovations that just don’t last. In the same way, we need to rid the body of toxic residues before we can begin to rebuild damaged organs or tissues for true deep healing that will last.
Another metaphor which I sometimes use is that of a swimming pool that has a lot of dirt on the bottom. It is easy to brush the dirt and get it back into solution. However, unless the filter is turned on the dirt will end up settling on the bottom again. So with Biotherapeutic Drainage the aim is to turn the filters back on and then begin to remove the dirt.
We use a number of different therapeutic modalities to accomplish the reharmonizing of the body. These include:
- UNDA Numbers - unique set of homeopathic remedies.
- Gemmotherapies - Super herbals made from the biologically active embryonic plant tissues.
- Phytogens - A combination for concentrated Gemmos.
- Cell Salts - Are remedies based on inorganic salts
- Aroma Therapy
- Herbal Medicine - herbal remedies.
- Nutraceuticals - Vitamins, minerals, oils etc.
The UNDA Numbers
The Unda numbered compounds are unique complex homeopathic remedies that allow the body to begin to deal with this accumulated toxicity. The UNDA numbers were formulated in Europe in the early 1900s. The formulations are based on Chinese Medicine theory as well as homeopathic and Anthroposophic principles.
Each cell in the body functions like an individual ecosystem. The UNDA compounds are formulated with groups of plant remedies that have an affinity for certain organs. The remedies were formulated to support the ecosystems of specific groups of cells (like liver or kidney cells) by bringing minerals to act within the enzymatic systems of the cells interior and membrane (the true “brain”of the cell). There are no other remedies that act in this remarkable way to truly support the body’s attempts at self-healing.
The UNDA compounds are unique in that they combine diluted forms of plants and minerals, which give them a dual action. The plant part of the medicine (or remedy as we say in homeopathic terms) has an affinity for certain organ systems in the body. For example, the plant Chelidonium majus has an affinity for the liver whereas the plant Cratageus oxycantha has an affinity for the heart and cardiovascular system. The plants also possess unique characteristics in terms of the way they affect an organ or organ system. For example some plants may have a stimulating action whereas others will calm or sedate an organ's function.
The minerals in the compound have an affect on the way our cells carry out chemical reactions. Basically, every cell in our body is like a tiny, individual engine. Engines process different reactions and then eliminate the waste products left over from their work. Different metals enable the cells to carry out their functions. When used in homeopathic dilutions this is an energetic stimulus.
So the plants guide the remedy to the appropriate organ system, such as the endocrine, cardiovascular or digestive sytems, and the minerals help change the way the cells are biochemically functioning. These remedies are actually helping the body detoxify by helping all the individual cells work more efficiently, especially with regard to eliminating waste. That is why drainage is called drainage. The body is aided in the elimination of waste.
The implications of drainage for health and healing are enormous. The body's ability to properly eliminate plays a large part in determining the status of health. In other words, health is restored when the body is able to rid itself of toxins that naturally accumulate in the cells. But cleansing is just the first step in attaining the higher goals of preventing disease and maintaining health. To restore balance and harmony in the body we must also rebuild immunity, improve circulation, prevent aging and protect and nourish the nervous system.
In the world today, toxins are an enormous problem. Both from the environment and from self generated toxins due to poor diets, overstressed lifestyles and inherited weaknesses. Biotherapeutic Drainage is an important aid in helping to overcome these limitations and allowing us to return to and maintain optimal health and well being.
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