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What is Bio-regulatory (Homotoxicology) Medicine?

A look at homotoxicology

Homotoxicology is one of the primary therapies used in formulas to address symptoms, promote detoxification/drainage, and support organ/cellular function.

Homotoxicology therapy addresses the whole pathology of an ill patient. It promotes self-healing, reduces and eliminates toxins, promotes organ and cellular function and supports a strong immune system. Homotoxicology is truly a holistic medicine to treat the whole patient, not just the symptoms.

One of the advantages of this modality is that the formulas have such broad and deep activity. Even a superficial knowledge of the combinations will produce startlingly good results. Homotoxicology is based on familiar symptom pictures, and is therefore a “take home” kind of therapy. It is safe for babies, children and pregnancy, as well as very easy to administer.

Read about Homotoxicology (Bio-regulatory medicine)in these articles: Peeling off the Layers and Understanding Inflammation.


Understanding emotional and psychological problems through homeopathic remedies.

Thus, behind all disease lie our fears, anxieties, greed, likes and dislikes. Let us seek these out and heal them, and with the healing of them will go the disease from which we suffer.

Dr Edward Bach, The Twelve Healers

We are challenged daily with varying degrees of emotional and psychological problems, which represent an enormous part of my clinical practice. These may include; depression, sadness, anger, grief, irritability, feeling burdened, worry, mood swings, fears, phobias, anxiety, panic attacks, apathy, agitation, self-destruction, guilt, jealousy, love-hate afflictions, addAs we strive for physical health, we should not forgo or suppress our emotional health. Naturally we experience positive and fulfilling states and make the most of our lives but sometimes there is a myriad of reasons that individuals experience emotional and psychological problems during their lifetime. These can result from:

  1. Trauma, violence, intimidation, abuse -physical, emotional, sexual and mental.
  2. Inherited and acquired personality disorders, environmental conditions.
  3. Neglect, criticism, separation, isolation, phases of life and loss.
  4. Nutritional deficiencies, illness, Iatrogenic problems.
  5. Financial problems, overwork, working away from family, incarceration.
  6. Inability to cope and function in society.

When a homoeopathic case is taken, understanding and true assessment of the emotional and mental symptoms the person under goes is of prime significance. The ‘Remedy Picture’ of the medicine (developed through centuries of use, research, provings and clinical therapeutics), matches the client’s individual characteristics. When chosen, over a period of time, this high potency remedy (or remedies] will see in this order, mental, emotional then physical problems improve considerably. Homoeopathic medicine can be used with; counseling, mindfulness, physical therapies, nutritional and flower medicine, as well as orthodox Pharmacology, due to nil contraindications.

It is excellent for children and animals and is one of the most popular forms of medicine worldwide.

Useful Remedies showing characteristics important in Emotional Health.

Arnica- shock, trauma, disassociation and tissue damage; there may be indifference, irritability, forgetfulness, absent-mindedness, fear of death.

Arsenicum album – sadness and depression in fussy, tidy and restless types; there may be irritability, fidgeting, pacing and want to hurry everything up.

Aurum metallicum – sudden onset of sadness and depression, likened to a cloud descending. Feels worthless, despondent about everything and disgusted with life and self. May feel suicidal but fears death and unable to be still or be quiet.

Carcinosinum – past history or diagnosis of cancer, anticipatory anxiety, fastidious, suppression of desires, love of music and dancing which becomes survival mechanism, perfectionism.

Coffea – hypersensitivity to pain, all pain seems intolerable, abnormal mind chatter, irritability, anxiety comes quickly and produces restlessness and anguish, insomnia and guilt.

Ignatia – effects of grief, mood changes rapidly, easily offended, jealousy, guilt, sighing (long time after event), and hysterical depression, nervous cough.

Lachesis – never been well since menopause, feels worse in mornings, nightmares, suspicious, blueness tinge to skin, bloated within dislike of tight clothing, restlessness and talkative.

Nat Mur – bottled up fear, ill effects of grief, gets upset over little things, guilt, hate, resentment, worse for storms and sun, broods over the past, dislikes meat and bread.

Sepia – indifference or resentment towards loved ones, weakness, exhaustion and depression, will come alive with dancing or exercise.

Thuja – weeps easily, anxiety, makes mistakes in reading and writing, fears strangers, gets odd ideas about self.

Disclaimer: This represents only a snapshot of important remedies used for emotional and psychological problems, please do not self-prescribe and contact me on 54927223 for any queries. Seek the advice of a qualified Homeopath for assistance in any of these matters.

Understanding Inflammation


We have all felt the effects of inflammation in our body whether it has been from an injury (new or old), illness, flu or a repetitive strain injury (RSI). General discomfort of pain, heat, swelling redness, loss of function of the affected tissue can make life difficult. ‘Inflammation’ we are told needs to be controlled, reduced and even blocked with various steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and injections, so we can simply get on with it and not let this pain affect our work or lifestyle.

In fact inflammation in our body is a natural and desirable action that is actually a means of ridding the body of damaged tissue, wastes and foreign objects or toxins. If the body can’t eliminate these wastes, it deposits these toxins into the injured site or somewhere else in the body, which creates further swelling, pain or degeneration of body tissue leading to chronic inflammation. This can happen when pure anti-inflammatory agents are prescribed slowing the body’s healing by blocking the removal of these wastes. Although temporarily pain free, if left solely on these medications the client may be left with weakened joints, scarring, thickened tissue or hardened calcification (frozen) joints. This can mean never able to recover naturally, or often requiring surgery.

Bio-regulatory medicine (also known as homotoxicology) and its sister modality Bio-puncture offer a different approach to inflammation. This approach utilizes unique effective, safe ‘evidence-based’ medicines. Their individual components are designed to have a functional affect for all the phases of inflammation with an affinity for the different body tissue being affected, such as bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood and lymph vessels, nerves and soft tissues. When this system is used for healing, the inflammatory and pain process is activated and regulated with antioxidant, anti-microbial support, as well as protection and control of proliferation of tissue. This supports tissue remodeling, which means the body is able to quickly and effectively heal injury or illness without scar tissue, calcification or further suppression of symptoms.

This system of medicine can be used for all types of injury, swelling, pain, spasms, arthritis, joint/spinal degeneration, bursitis, RSI, carpel tunnel, frozen shoulder, golfer or tennis elbow. It can be used concurrently with medications and can assist pre and post surgery.








Peeling off the Layers – Bio-Regulatory Medicine

Bio-regulatory Medicine (BRM) is overall, an evolution of scientific exploration and the art of prescribing to aid the body’s natural healing abilities. It takes into consideration techniques that can induce a self-regulatory reaction in our innate healing mechanisms and attempts to influence the body directly and indirectly, using saline and medicinal stimulants, so that the body’s own regulatory process can restore the disruptive functions back to normal. It has very minimal side effects, but is powerful and gentle at the same time encouraging healing by peeling off the layers, mentally, emotionally and physically. This ‘unwrapping’, can be directed by the practitioner and client and can be short, medium or long term and is what i specifically love about this treatment.

Bioregulatory Medicine is considered to be a bridge between the natural healing mechanisms of the body and the medicines and techniques that all health care professionals seek to optimise. It focus on the systemic effects of imbalance within the person. Whether it is an imbalance of mental, physical, emotional or spiritual matter.

Within this model, dis-functions or diseases of the body/mind are considered to be ultimately caused by toxins, whether toxic chemicals, bacterial exotoxins, biological endotoxins, post-traumatic cellular debris and also byproducts of the bodies metabolic processes. Furthermore, disease symptoms are said to be the result of the body’s attempt to heal itself and should not necessarily be suppressed.

Homeopathically manufactured single or combination products are designed to work with the body’s defence mechanisms and facilitate the body’s elimination of toxic substances. When used in combination formulations which contain measurable amounts of homoeopathically-prepared active ingredients, they can be utilised by the practitioner to treat specific indications.

The focus of treatment is on tissue type and integrity, as well as congestion and inflammation around that site or in the body generally. For example, nerve damage or sciatic pain has wonderful results using Colocynthis Homaccord, furthermore it provides health care solutions which may be used alone or with Bio-puncture, body therapies, counselling and homoeopathy. Other natural medicine strategies, such as nutritional, herbal medicines and flower remedies can also help manage the client’s health furthermore it can complement orthodox treatment without drug interactions.

Bio-regulatory medicine (aka Homotoxicology) studies the influences of toxic substances in humans, where symptoms and disease are seen as a result of the appropriate biological resistance to these toxic substances (homotoxins). Therefore disease is recognised as a healing process within humans (and animals) and anti-homotoxic preparations are therefore designed to deal with the distinct stages of an illness.

Evidence based theory Bio-regulatory medicine is a sophisticated modern form of homoeopathy and is the most prescribed form of natural medicine in Germany, where it has been used for over 50 years and is practiced by conventional doctors and natural therapists alike. In fact, 80% of orthodox doctors in Germany prescribe homoeopathic or anti-homotoxic preparations for their patients. The efficacy and safety of this medicine is supported by close to 100 clinical trials and provides health professionals with medicines that complement orthodox treatments and provide the patient with better health outcomes than they can achieve through orthodox medicines alone. The guiding diagnostic and prescriptive tool used in BRM is known as the Six Phases.

The Six Phases

According to the theory, there are six stages or phases to the ability of the body to cope with toxins. These are represented in the Six-Phase Table:

  • Excretion: In this phase, the body is able to cope adequately with the toxins through excretion. Examples of this phase are runny nose and diarrhoea.
  • Inflammation: A fever is the best example of the inflammation phase. A fever is the natural attempt of the body to neutralise toxins that it cannot adequately removed by excretion.
  • Deposition: The body stores the toxins if they still cannot be removed. Usually asymptomatic, when the proper treatment is administered, however, one of the first signs that it is working is symptoms of disease. This is said to be because these toxins are being eliminated out of the body.
  • Impregnation: After a period of time, the toxins build up and the body becomes “impregnated” by this. They become part of the connective tissue itself and may cause tissue damage. During this stage, severe symptoms can occur.
  • Degeneration: During this phase, organ degeneration occurs as the built up toxins start destroying large cellular groups within the organs.
  • Differentiation: At this stage, toxic cellular groups start to “differentiate” or distinguish themselves as distinct cell forms. At the extreme end of this phase, Malignancies such as tumours start to form.

Deep Complex Emotional Issues

As a naturopathic practitioner and counsellor, tucked away in quiet Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, my specialty is to assist people with deep complex issues, injuries and trauma. There is no way on Earth I would be able to do my work without the wonderful assistance of the Australian Bush flower Essences (ABFE). Although all of these essences are remarkable for their own healing and life changing abilities and although a client’s journey is personally unique, I experience similar and repetitive patterns in people’s behaviour, their situation and inner emotional states. For example, levels of attachment, being stuck or being so traumatised it becomes impossible to move forward as well as the big issue of exhaustion and ‘burn-out’, to name a few.

I am incredibly grateful for the support of Waratah if someone is suicidal and only thinking of the way out of his or her plight through death. This remedy is indeed prescribed for ‘the black night of the soul’ and they can present with ‘frozen’ parts, such as the shoulders. I often begin these clients’ healing with this one powerful remedy to allow their spirit to reconnect before any other work is undertaken. I fully appreciate why this is the symbol for the ABFE.

Accessing the guidance from Boab when a client is enmeshed in terrible abusive, family situations assists them to understand insights of a bigger karmic family picture. In turn, they can live their lives in accordance with their own commitments and purpose whilst not carrying these negative traits into their own families or self.

Red Grevillea is invaluable in assisting clients, both male and female to be able to leave chronic difficult or abusive situations. Alternatively those that live lives of boredom or co-dependency and cannot be true to themselves, or people putting up with tyranny and intimidation, can feel brave and courageous, enabling them to take the steps to move forward, whether this be in work or at home.

Fringed Violet is remarkable in healing physical, emotional and mental distress as a consequence of the terrible abuse people experience. These have included cases of ‘date rape’, domestic violence, psychic and even spiritual abuse. This remedy works effectively alongside Wisteria, Billy Goat Plum and Wild Potato Bush. Also, I often prescribe Fringed Violet alongside Homeopathic Arnica if a client has been through a traumatic surgical/medical experience.

Macrocarpa, is one of the main remedies I use for physical, emotional or mental ‘burn-out’. As the cost of our ‘driven’ society is often placed on women, more and more clients are fatigued, exhausted and suffering a plethora of adrenal and thyroid related conditions. Alongside Banksia Robur and Old Man Banksia, these remedies firstly allow the need for rest, then consequently assist and uplift during times of stress, which in turn enables nurturing and repletion of lost energy stores. In conjunction with naturopathic medicines such as, herbs, vitamins and minerals this prescription provides very efficacious treatment for these conditions.

Bottlebrush helps clients enormously in letting go and breaking habits or offering assistance where there is resistance to changes. As we know emotional imbalances and feelings of being overwhelmed or resistance can create pain, restriction, tension and various other physical ailments.

Combined with Fringed violet, Bauhinia and/or Boronia these remedies are vital in my work, alongside Homeopathic and Bio-regulatory medicines in the treatment of pain, trauma and injuries. Additionally after healing occurs, these flowers can help deal with the ‘memory’ of the trauma that is often locked in the tissues and the energy field.

 Sturt Desert Pea, works very quickly for old deep emotional wounds and pain. This pain can also be locked up in and around the energy field of the client, dis-enabling them from achieving emotional maturity or personal growth. Often elements of anger and disappointment in males and females or deep hurt and regrets can lead to a lifetime of projecting that pain and hurt onto others. This remedy often with the help of Pink Mulla Mulla and Mountain Devil, allows the client peace of mind and a level of forgiveness that teaches them to trust, interact easily with others and move past these hurts and sorrows.

Another state of crises I often assist with is the raw grief and emotional intensity when a relationship has ended or couples are going through difficult times and transitioning. Red Suva Frangipani, is a necessity when a partner or loved one has died, or divorce and separation are inevitable and healing is required to help clients move past this stage and continue on without them. This remedy is often combined with Emergency Essence or Sturt Desert Pea and Boronia to assist with obsessive thoughts and pining for that loved one.

Dog Rose is another favourite remedy often prescribed when a client is terribly fearful and full of insecurities. This pattern generally presents itself with weight issues, accompanied by comfort eating or eating disorders. Combined with Five Corners and Kapok Bush, this formula helps clients to gain confidence in their journey of ‘who they are’ as well as their individual purpose. With the help of tools such as, counseling, encouragement and mindfulness, clients are able to gain insights into their phobias, fears and anxieties. This generates a broader picture, enabling them to understand the self-sabotage mechanisms at play in their lives and consequently gain personal self -love and acceptance to achieve their ideal weight.

Thank you Ian for such wonderful essences, so that practitioners like myself are able to assist and support clients to heal wounds and lead emotionally fulfilling lives for themselves and their families.