Oligotherapy – Trace Minerals Therapy
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What Is Oligotherapy or Trace Minerals Therapy?
Oligotherapy uses small doses of individual trace minerals for therapeutic support, supplementing the necessary minerals for enzymatic functions. Oligotherapy remedies are catalysts that speed up metabolism at the cellular level. They provide essential nutrition to stop free radical activity which destroys bodily tissue. Oligotherapy supplementation enhances the movement of ions, essential for life, into and out of the cells.
The origins of Oligotherapy come from the research done by Bertrand at the Pasture Institute and subsequently continued by Jacques Menetrier, M.D. in 1944. Gabriel Bertrand was a French chemist and biologist. He first identified these enzymatic cofactors approximately 100 years ago and named them “oligo” elements. Later, French physician Dr. Jacques Menetrier demonstrated that trace mineral elements could be used in the treatment of biochemical dysfunctions. Oligotherapy is widely recognized in 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.
How Does Oligotherapy Work?
Oligos in Greek means “a very tiny quantity”. Oligo-elements are trace elements that are very minute doses of minerals. Most minerals come from metals, except for calcium, fluoride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and sulphur which are metalloids (non-metallic). The trace mineral (oligo) elements are bio-available 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 homeostasis of the body.
What Does Oligotherapy Do In The Body?
Oligotherapy is a method of providing the body with the ions that it cannot synthesize. These trace minerals are indispensable for cellular enzymatic functions. Oligotherapy is a functional therapeutic modality that 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.
The metabolism of cells cannot be reduced to a single reaction that is independent from the rest of the body. It is critical for enzymatic function to keep the correct balance of trace elements throughout the body. Any deficiency in any element will cause a functional disorder – even if no physical cause can be identified. The person may not feel well even though their blood tests show now clear signs of issues. In the development of pathology, there is always an intermediate period between the movement simple functional disorder to a actual disease or pathology. Treating a person in this earlier state between health and disease, based on their symptoms can prevent a degenerative disease or the organ damage that will follow.
How Are Trace Minerals Lost?
A person becomes deficient in trace minerals and will benefit from oligotherapy when the burden for trace minerals uses them to be used UP faster than they are being absorbed. This is how a person can become depleted of trace minerals:
- Change of seasons
- Chelating substances – compounds which we ingest and attach themselves to the trace elements which render the catalytic effect inert
- Environmental pollution
- Incorrect use of herbal medicines or food supplements.
- Negative emotions
- Psychological disorders
- Rhythm of life out of balance, e.g. sleep
- Too little or too much exercise
Recreating Balance With Oligotherapy
An important factor besides diet that impacts the efficient absorption of trace minerals is that they are very reactive. Unless they are in the correct form, they could put other minerals in the body out of balance which leads to the malfunction of cells, degeneration and disease.
Trace minerals also can sometimes act as antagonists to each other. It is important when taking trace elements that they are taken in the correct synergy and balance. Below are a few examples of minerals and trace elements being out of balances and the possible health consequences.
| Minerals and
|Consequence of imbalance|
|Calcium/zinc||arteriosclerosis, diabetes, delayed scarring, sterility, impotence|
|Zinc/copper||anemia, hypothyroidism, risk of cardiovascular disease|
|Calcium/cadmium||disturbance of the metabolism of calcium in the bones and the immune system|
|Calcium/copper; Excess copper||disorders of the neuropsychological system, degenerative diseases|
|Calcium/iron||disturbance of the metabolism of calcium|
|Calcium/phosphorus||disturbances of the metabolism of calcium, increased requirement for vitamin C|
|Zinc/copper||degenerative diseases, arteriosclerosis, hypoglycemia, diabetes, delayed scarring, sterility, hyperthyroidism, alternating character|
|Zinc/iron; Consequences||delayed scarring, white patches on the nails|
|Zinc/magnesium; Consequences||arteriosclerosis, diabetes, sterility, impotence|
|Zinc/manganese||arteriosclerosis, diabetes, sterility, impotence|
There are the various oligotherapy, or trace mineral combinations used n homeopathy. They are often combined with gemmotherapy treatments.
- Barium (Ba)
A transformative agent on the internal cellular environment. High blood pressure.
- Bismuth (Bi)
Angina, sore throats.
- Bismuth-Lead-Tin (BiPbTn)
Used in the treatment of syphilis and cancer. Plays a role in numerous bio-electric functions.
- Boron (B)
Osteoporosis, menopause difficulties. Contraindicated in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Plays a role in bone and muscle development. Stimulates cerebral function and mental alertness. Helps metabolize calcium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and vitamin D in the fixation of calcium. Plays a role in the secretion of estrogen and testosterone.
- Cesium (Cs)
Supports the body’s immune system, regulates cardiac rhythm.
- Chromium (Cr)
Metabolizes sugar carbohydrates, flatulence, atherosclerosis, heart diseases and growth defects. Essential for activating insulin release, glucose uptake and cell storage. Treats anxiety and fatigue.
- Cobalt (Co)
Cobalt is valuable in cases of headaches, migraines, vasomotor disorders, vertigo and tinnitus. This is due to the sympathicolytic effect that Cobalt exerts on vascular receptors. As well, interestingly, Cobalt has a regulating influence on stomach and bowel receptors.
- Copper (Cu)
Acute infections. Copper possesses powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and as such, is very potent when used to combat any type of viral or bacterial infection. Copper is also a potentiator of antibiotic therapy and is therefore recommended as an adjunct. Finally, Copper exerts a very interesting anti-ulcerous action on the mucous membranes; i.e. mouth and stomach ulcers. Good for general fatigue, osteoporosis, hair loss, chronic inflammatory rheumatism.
- Copper-Iron-Manganese (CuFeMn)
Treatment in weight loss, preventing fatigue, irritability, sleepiness.
- Copper-Gold-Silver (CuAuAg)
Adrenal dysfunctions, pessimism, depressive states. Combine with gemmotherapy liver and kidney detoxification regimes.
- Copper-Iron-Manganese (CuFeMn)
Treatment in weight loss, preventing fatigue, irritability, sleepiness.
- Fluorine (F)
Osteoporosis, Teeth and gum problems, Dental Support, calcium absorption by bone tissue; useful during menopause. Scoliosis, Paget’s disease, fractures, decalcification.
- Germanium (Ge) Improves cellular oxygenation, supports the body’s immune system, helps eliminate toxins from the body. Indicated for the treatment of rheumatoid polyarthritis, hypercholesterolemia, candidiasis, chronic viral infections, cancer, AIDS.
- Gold (Au)
For fighting infections, wound healing, tissue reconstruction and immune stimulation. Supports cardiovascular system. Indicated for the treatment of infectious diseases; measles, meningitis, typhus, septicemia. Fever, Rheumatoid inflammation, high blood pressure.
- Iodine (I)
Hyperthyroid dysfunctions, fatigue, obesity, poor mental function, breasts cysts, high or low blood pressure, lowered fertility.
- Iron (Fe)
Anemia, irregular menstruation, fatigue, arthritic pain, inflammatory pain, depression, sterility, hair loss, fragile bones, soft nails, celiac disease, crohn’s disease, AIDS.
- Lead (Pb)
For pre-cancerous states to help restore the body’s cellular environment. Acts as an enzymatic inhibitor. For neoplasia, syphilis, cancer.
- Lithium (Li)
Psychosomatic diseases; anxiety, hyper emotiveness, insomnia, nervous breakdowns, lack of will, psychic disorders, arterial hypertension, obesity, cellulitis, blood vessels and nerves disorders associated with menopause, instability, irritability, aggressiveness, unsettlement, personality and behaviour dysfunctions in children or elders, inhibitions, inadaptability at work or in the family, etc. Also for treatment of some dermatosis and rheumatisms.
- Lithium-aluminum (LiAl)
Manic depressive psychosis.
- Magnesium (Mg)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Digestion, indigestion, Joint Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatism, Muscle Spasms.
- Magnesium-Cobalt (MgCo)
Digestive and intestinal disorders, constipation, colitis.
- Manganese (Mn)
Allergies, Arthritis, Fatigue, Headache, Migraine, Inflammation, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sinusitis, Sinus Infection, Thyroid Disorders, Respiratory Problems.
- Manganese-Cobalt (MnCo)
Arterial hypotension, tachycardia, angina pectoris (with phosphorus), Dystonia of autonomic nerves, gastritis, hypercholesterolemia.
- Manganese-Copper (MnCu)
For common colds, influenza, bronchitis, pleurisy, hay fever. Targeted at the ear, nose, and throat. Basic treatment remedy for hypo reactive syndrome as well as for preventive treatment of recurring infectious and allergic disorders, especially those affecting the ear, nose and throat.
- Manganese-Copper-Cobalt (Mn-Cu-Co)
Inflammatory disorders. Bone and collagen formation. Colitis, gastritis, acne, anemia, periodontal disease, decalcification and hypothyroidism.
- Molybdenum (Mb)
Plays essential role in synthesis of proteins, metabolizing iron and nitrogen. Helps maintain a healthy nervous system. Indicated in the treatment of gingivitis, mouth ulcers, impotence, cancer.
- Nickel (Ni)
A cofactor for enzymes dealing with the metabolism and storage of sugars and lipids in the liver. Known as a hypotensive factor and a heart modulator, as it cancels the effects of adrenaline in the body. Indicated in the treatment for obesity, diabetes, liver, pancreas and spleen ailments, neoplasia.
- Nickel-Cobalt (NiCo)
- Osmium (Os) Helps maintain balance in the sympathetic nervous system. Indicated for nervous disorders, stress, panic attacks.
- Phosphorus (P)
Dystonia of autonomic system. Muscle cramps. Blood Pressure. Regulates the parathyroidal functions. Memory loss, fatigue, muscle weakness.
- Platinum (Pt)
Acts as an adjunct to cancer treatments, especially radiation therapy. Indicated cancer treatments, diabetes.
- Potassium (K)
Functional muscle spasm. Cramps, overexertion, nervousness, chronic arthritic pain, stimulates muscular contractions. Irregular cardiac rhythm. Contraindicated for acute tuberculosis.
Used in high Ph therapy and to decrease tumor growth. Muscle pain, multiple sclerosis, tetany, spasmophilia.
- Selenium (Se)
Muscular and cutaneous afflictions. Slows the ageing process, destroys free radicals, protects from cancer, combats chemo side effects, protects the liver and pancreas. Indicated in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, cancerous tissue, macular degeneration, retinopathy, cataracts, prostate problems.
- Selenium-Copper (SeCu)
Neoplasm; tumor growth.
- Silicon (Si)
Strengthens bones, helpful in certain skin conditions, premature aging, loss of concentration and memory, prostate problems, hypertension, high cholesterol, warts.
- Silver (Ag)
A wide-range bactericide that is very helpful in all infectious diseases. It calms down fevers and allows the disease person to recover. The trilogy of copper-gold-silver behave like natural antibiotic. Indicated in the treatment of infection, septicemia, ulcers, inflammation, cystitis.
- Silver-Bismuth (AgBi)
- Silver-Selenium (AgSe)
- Silver-Tin (AgTn)
- Strontium (Sr)
Indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis. Supports bone resistance, prevents tooth decay.Sulphur (Su)
For healthy skin and joints. For the treatment of acne, hypercolesterolemia. Allergies, eczema. arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, migraines, hepatic insufficiency.Tin (Tn) Acts as an anti-infectant, supports body’s immune system, encourages hair growth, prevents deafness, improves reflexes. Indicated in the treatment of Abscesses, boils, anthrax, cancer, syphilis.
- Tin-Copper (Tn-Cu)
- Vanadium (V)
Fixation of calcium, memory loss, stabilizes blood sugar levels, complementary to any weight loss program. Also used in the treatment of non insulin dependent diabetes, difficulty with kidney function, impotence, sterility.
- Zinc (Zn)
Hair loss, acne and psoriasis, loss of sensorial abilities (taste, smell) and also early cataracts. Zinc shows a mainly endocrine tropism, with a direct action upon the pituitary gland. Also indicated in the treatment of depression, acne, crohn’s disease, peptic ulcers, fatigue, poor night vision, white spots on the nails, loss of memory.
- Zinc-Copper (Zn-Cu)
Menstrual and menopausal problems. Endometriosis, enuresis, fibroma.
- Zinc-Nickel-Cobalt (Zn-Ni-Co)
Hormonal deficiency, pancreatic disorders, obesity, hypoglycemia.
- Zinc-Nickel-Copper (Zn-Ni-Cu)
For psoriasis, impotence, pancreatic problems stomach ulcers, gastritis.