Dr. med. Wilhelm Schuessler
(Aug 21, 1821 – Mar 30, 1898)
Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler became a homoeopathic physician at the relatively late age of 37 years. As his father was unable to finance his studies, he earned his living as a court writer on the town council of Oldenburg (Germany). In his spare time Schuessler studied many different subjects with great enthusiasm. These studies included six foreign languages, which he not only spoke but wrote fluently (Latin, Greek, English, French, Italian and Spanish).
In 1852 he began studying medicine in Paris, continuing in Berlin and completing his medical degree in Giessen. Before returning to Oldenburg he studied another 3 semesters in Prague. Notably, Schuessler studied without having matriculated; he matriculated after receiving his degree.
From 1858 onwards he worked successfully as a homoeopathic physician publishing many articles about homoeopathy.
Around 1870 Schuessler was exposed to Prof. Jacob Moleschott’s exciting work, which started to change his thinking. This research confirmed for Schuessler what he had long suspected; that disturbances at the micro organism level in the human body are triggered by a lack of minerals.
While Schuessler treated patients successfully with homoeopathy over the years, he was not altogether happy with this form of therapy. He disliked the lack of rigour that made effective homoeopathy more and more complicated.
His own research led him slowly away from conventional homoeopathic therapy. In his book “Eine abgekürzte Therapie” (“A shortened Therapy”) he explains: ”Therapies, which have such loose boundaries that allow them to take on new remedies at any time and either keep or discard old remedies, cannot give the certainty, which would be necessary for the sick as well as being scientific”. It goes without saying that his homoeopathic colleagues did not approve of his new approach.
His increasing awareness of the clarity and simplicity of all laws of nature led him to search for a way of healing which had strong boundaries and did not require constant expansion.
Prof. Dr. Gustav von Bunge, a physiologist, pointed out to Dr. Schuessler those mineral combinations he need most likely consider. Whenever Schuessler examined white ash left over after the cremation of human tissue he always found the same remaining minerals. At first 12 mineral salts seemed to be present; these were reduced to 11 following further studies by Bunge and Schuessler. As a result of his research Schuessler came to the conclusion that these 11 salts would be sufficient in healing every sickness curable using medicines taken internally. Today’s expanded range of 24 salts or more is falsely attributed to Schuessler, but is not at all what he intended.
In 1873 Dr. Schuessler published the first results of his research regarding his new method of healing, causing some controversy.
Even today Schuessler’s biochemical method of healing is not well recognized in the field of medicine because of its small number of healing salts.
For an optimal effect Dr. Schuessler liked to administer the different salts in molecular form. The production of the biochemical salts is based on the homoeopathic form of trituration, which makes the mineral salts easily absorbable by the cells. The fact that the biochemical salts are triturated in the same way as are homoeopathic remedies makes it somewhat difficult for some homoeopaths to differentiate between the two different forms of healing.
The main difference between Schuessler’s mineral salts and standard homoeopathic remedies is that homoeopathy uses materials that are foreign to the human body (often even poisons) whilst the biochemical mineral therapy uses building blocks common to the body. This is the reason why this therapy is referred to as the “satiation healing method”. Dr Schuessler’s reasoning was that “My healing therapy balances disturbances which come about through agitation of inorganic substances in the human body, by means of similar substances. Homoeopathy reaches its purpose of healing indirectly through different substances.”
In conjunction with this biochemical method of healing Dr. Schuessler recognized the potential for diagnosis via facial diagnostics. He dedicated a whole chapter to this method in his book “Eine abgekürzte Therapie”. He intuitively understood facial diagnostics in its basic structure and gave precise and practical instructions regarding self-study. However, whilst he did not give precise information about the characteristics of individual facial signs, he did write about the extraordinary results one could elicit from the biochemical mineral therapy if it was prescribed via such facial diagnostics.
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