Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg (1905-1985) began developing the scientific concept of Homotoxicology in 1948.
Based upon the premise that illness is the body's defence mechanism attempting to deal with the adverse effects of homotoxins which are defined as harmful influences of a physical, chemical, biological, energetic or psychological nature.
Emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining or restoring regulatory balance in the extra cellular matrix because the functions of cells depend to a great extent on its composition and effective functionality. Any influences that reach the cells must pass through this extra cellular matrix which always responds holistically, as an anatomical and functional unity.
Homotoxicology combines elements of homoeopathy, naturopathy and conventional medicine, its therapeutic objectives are:
- Prevention of illness
- Detoxification of organic systems
- Regeneration of organic systems
- Symptom management