Basic knowledge of spagyric

The approximately 500-year-old healing method of spagyric has conquered naturopathy in recent years. Alongside homeopathy and classical herbal medicine, it is now also a common term among the general population. But what is really behind spagyric? It is worth taking a deeper look.

Spagyric is a branch of the still mystically enchanted aura of medieval alchemy.
The alchemical body of thought thus forms the basis of spagyric. Many people still associate alchemy with the magicians and sorcerers of the Middle Ages who tried to produce gold from lead or simple stones. As we know: in vain. Since we humans have always been very materially oriented, this part of alchemy has stuck in people’s minds and thus distorted the image of alchemy.

Yet real alchemy is something wonderful: alchemists were chemists, physicists, mathematicians, astronomers and astrologers, philosophers, theologians and mystics – all in one person. They did not separate the “competences”, because they believed that nature had to be seen from the point of view of all sciences together in order to arrive at a real result, a real understanding or insight.

Contrary to the common assumption that alchemists were looking for ways to turn base metals into gold, they were looking for the “pure force”, the “Quinta Essentia”, which was able to cure all diseases. This was the basic concern of alchemical activity, which naturally also found expression in the alchemically prepared medicines. The aim was to obtain the “Arcana”, the pure active substances, out of the conviction that these contained the greatest healing power.

The knowledge of the alchemists was only passed on orally, and only to selected people. The common people as well as the rulers were not initiated. This gave the impression of a secret society, coupled with the ill-smeared gold-making. However, there was a reason for the secrecy: the danger of misuse of the knowledge was too great, as was the danger of persecution and torture. Moreover, the alchemists felt responsible for what they passed on, since they also had to take responsibility for what others did with this knowledge.

Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, called Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) is considered the founder of spagyric. He separated spagyric from alchemy and introduced it to herbal medicine. The term spagyric is derived from the Greek verbs spao – to separate and ageiro = to unite and thus describes the basic procedure in the preparation of spagyric remedies (see below).

Paracelsus was of the opinion that a remedy (e.g. made from plants) must contain the active ingredients in their purest form. Only then is it an “arcana”, a pure remedy. Therefore, the active ingredients had to be freed from the “impure”.

The extraction of these basic substances for an “Arcana”, a pure remedy, is achieved by means of the spagyric production process, which according to Paracelsus is carried out in various steps:


First step: the separation (Separatio)

Through fermentation or putrefactive decomposition of the shredded plant. This "breaks down" the plant into its individual parts.

Second step: the purification (purificatio)

Through distillation or filtration of the fermentation liquid. This is how the "impure substances" are removed from the active ingredients and disposed of.

Third step: the ashing (calcificatio)

By burning the plant body to extract the species' own minerals. In the process, the plant residues are burnt at high temperatures so that only the species' own minerals remain, such as fine dust.

Fourth step: the union (conjugatio)

Of fermentation liquid and minerals to wholeness. The last step is now the reunification of fermentation liquid and minerals, which makes the plant "whole" again.

Through purification and ashing, all “impure”, “useless” substances are eliminated from the plant, so that after unification an “Arcana” is created, a pure remedy, which has an equal effect on body, soul and spirit: WHOLE in the truest sense of the word.

In contrast to homeopathy, there is virtually no initial aggravation with spagyric due to the special manufacturing process. There are also hardly any side effects to fear as with some recipes and tea mixtures from herbal medicine. Spagyric is a gentle therapy with a strong effect.

Especially in these modern times, spagyric has regained its place. Unlike symptom-based remedies, it helps the whole person, has a healing effect on body, soul and spirit. Therein lies the secret of its effectiveness.

Has had her own practice since 1987, specialising in dermatology, gynaecology and paediatrics. Author of several books and speaker at home and abroad.