The approximately 500-year-old healing method of spagyric has conquered naturopathy in recent years. In addition to 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.
Alchemical thought thus forms the basis of spagyric. Many still associate alchemy with the magicians and sorcerers of the Middle Ages, who tried to make 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 our minds, distorting the image of alchemy.
While real alchemy is something wonderful: alchemists were chemists, physicists, mathematicians, astronomers and astrologers, philosophers, theologians and mystics – all rolled into one. They did not separate the “responsibilities,” for they believed that nature must be seen from the point of view of all the sciences together in order to arrive at a real result, a real understanding, or a real insight.
Contrary to the common belief that alchemists were looking for ways to turn base metals into gold, they were looking for the “pure force,” the “Quinta Essentia,” that could 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 had the greatest healing power within them.
The knowledge of the alchemists was passed on only orally, and only to selected persons. The common people as well as the rulers were not initiated. This gave rise to the impression of a secret society, coupled with the maligned practice of making gold. However, there was a reason for the secrecy: the danger of misuse of the knowledge was too great, as well as 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 the other person did with that knowledge.
Theophrastus Bombastus of 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. So one had to free the active ingredients from the “impure”.
The extraction of these basic substances for an “Arcana”, a pure remedy, succeeds by means of the spagyric manufacturing process, which according to Paracelsus is carried out in different working steps:
Through the purification and the ashing, all “impure”, “useless” substances are thus eliminated from the plant, so that after the union, an “Arcana” is created, a pure remedy, which affects body, soul and spirit equally: WHOLE in the truest sense of the word.
In contrast to homeopathy, there is virtually no initial worsening in spagyric due to the special manufacturing process. Also, there are hardly any side effects to fear as with some recipes and tea mixtures from herbal medicine. Spagyric is a gentle therapy with strong effect.
Just in these modern times, spagyric has reclaimed 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.