Homotoxicology is an approach to healing that integrates the treatment principles of homeopathy
with the diagnostic approach of allopathic medicine.
Developed over fifty years ago in Germany,
homotoxicology is becoming more widely practiced in the United States. Practitioners trained in
homotoxicology offer homeopathic remedies for a variety of health concerns.
The Institute for
Traditional Acupuncture and Herbology has expertise in homotoxicology and welcomes contact
from patients and providers about this effective system of medicine.
1. What is homotoxicology?
The goal of treatment in homotoxicology is to detoxify the body and restore the body’s natural
biorhythms. For those with health challenges, homotoxicology maintains that health cannot be
achieved without ridding the body of toxins. Homotoxicology involves using homeopathic remedies
to facilitate the removal of toxins and stimulate the body’s capacity to heal itself.
The practice of
homotoxicology incorporates the philosophy that each human being possesses an innate self-healing
mechanism that can prevent and treat illness.
Homotoxicology combines modern conventional medicine, or allopathic medicine, with a holistic
approach. Patients are evaluated for presenting medical symptoms, diagnoses, history, lifestyle
factors, and other issues related to body, mind, and spirit.
After a comprehensive analysis,
homeopathic remedies are recommended to treat acute symptoms, build internal functional strength,
and ultimately cleanse the underlying toxicity causing the patient’s ailments.
2. What are homeopathic remedies? What is homeopathy?
Homotoxicology uses homeopathic remedies to detoxify the body. Homeopathic remedies, which
are FDA approved, come in tablets, liquid vials, oral drops, and injection solutions. Remedies are
taken orally, topically, through inhalation, and injection. They work synergistically to stimulate the
body’s inherent capacity to heal itself.
Most homeopathic remedies are derived from natural
substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals.
The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning
suffering or disease. Homeopathy is an alternative medical system that was founded in Germany
during the 18th century.
The system of homeopathy uses small doses of highly diluted remedies that
stimulate the body’s defenses in order to restore health.
A homeopathic remedy is prepared by
diluting the substance in a series of steps. Homeopathy asserts that this process can maintain a
substance's healing properties regardless of how many times it has been diluted.
based on the concept of “like cures like” in that substances may create symptoms they can also
relieve. Therefore, homeopathic remedies, which usually contain a dilution of the ailment being
treated, stimulate the condition and a subsequent self-healing response. Another way to view "like
cures like" is that symptoms are part of the body's attempt to heal itself.
For example, a fever can
develop as a result of an immune response to an infection and a cough may help to eliminate mucus.
3. What are toxins? How do toxins impact health?
Today’s environment contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic to the human body.
Exogenous toxins that are introduced or produced from outside the human body include air
pollution, synthetic chemicals in food and water, bacteria, viruses, and allopathic drug residue.
Chemicals and other toxins are absorbed into the body through organs such as the skin, lungs, and
gastrointestinal tract. The liver, kidneys, skin, mucous membranes and other organs then attempt to
process and expel these substances.
Endogenous toxins are produced inside the body and come from lactic acid, adrenaline, histamine,
antigen-antibody complexes, nutrient deficiencies, psychological stressors, and emotional traumas.
Toxins constantly challenge cells, tissues, organs, hormones, the immune system, and other
protective bodily mechanisms.
Homotoxicology views the cause of disease in the body as an accumulation of toxins.
results from a series of reactions initiated by the self-healing mechanism in the body to either
eliminate the toxin or control its biological effects.
Therefore, disease is either the physical body’s
way of waging a defense in order to purge toxins, or an attempt of the organism to compensate if
elimination is not possible.
4. What are the phases of disease development?
The progression of a disease state is viewed in six phases. As toxins penetrate and build in the body
over time, the related physical ailments worsen in their severity and complexity.
accumulation of toxins occurs, the individual phases of disease progress into one another.
Homotoxicology works to reverse this process and restore health. Some symptoms associated with
each stage of disease progression are listed below each phase.
I. Excretion Phase = Expulsion of Toxic Products
Intense sweating, difficulty concentrating, tears, joint pains, myalgia, coughing, sneezing, heartburn,
diarrhea, polyuria, reticulocytosis, lymphedema, electrolyte shift, susceptibility to infection
II. Inflammation = Turbo-Cleansing by the Activated Defense System
Acne, meningitis, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, epicondylitis, acute sprain, acute bronchitis,
gastroenteritis, urinary tract infection, leucocytosis, lymphangitis, lipid metabolism disturbance,
thyroiditis, acute infections, weak immune system
III. Deposition = Storage of Toxins in the Extracellular Space
Nevi, chalazion, exostosis, myogelosis, nasal polyps, silicosis, arteriosclerosis, intestinal polyps,
gallbladder or kidney stones, polycythaemia, lymph-node swelling, gout, obesity, goiter
IV. Impregnation = Invasion of Toxins into the Cell
Allergies, asthma, rosacea, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome,
chronic bronchitis, hypertension, coronary heart disease, chronic gastritis, chronic urinary tract
infection, insufficiency of the lymph system, metabolic syndrome, adrenal exhaustion, dyslipidemia,
menopausal symptoms, recurrent vaginitis, hyperthyroidism, glucose intolerance, chronic infections,
V. Degeneration = Destruction of the Cell by the Toxins
Scleroderma, alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, spondylosis, osteoarthritis, bronchiectasis,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, atrophic gastritis, renal atrophy,
anemia, fibrosis, diabetes
VI. Dedifferentiation = Neoplastic Changes in the Cell
The Excretion and Inflammation Phases (I & II) are part of the Humoral Phase. The defense
system is intact during this phase and can excrete the toxins through various pathways. Intracellular
systems are not disturbed.
The Deposition and Impregnation Phases (III & IV) occur in the Matrix Phase, which involves
toxins in the extracellular matrix or connective tissue for the first time. The structural components
of the connective tissue are altered.
In addition, during the Impregnation Phase (IV), the biology of
cells in the body begins to change.
The Degeneration and Dedifferentiation Phases (V & VI) take place in the Cellular Phase when
cell systems are increasingly destroyed and there is loss of function in the connective tissue. The
defense system cannot excrete toxins from the body.
5. What conditions are treated with homotoxicology? What is involved in
All of the conditions listed under phases of disease development can be treated with
homotoxicology. Please note that homotoxicology should be viewed as an adjunct to and not a
substitute for standard medical treatment.
Especially in the more advanced stages of degeneration
and dedifferentiation, it is important to combine homotoxicology with conventional medical care.
Homotoxicology practitioners assess the level at which toxins have penetrated the individual
patient. Treatment plans vary according to the complexity of the patient’s condition.
symptoms are often treated first, followed by the underlying chronic condition. Healing usually
occurs in reverse chronological order from organs of major importance to those of lesser
importance in relation to the disorder.
Many conditions treated with homotoxicology require a
detoxification and connective tissue activation phase lasting six weeks followed by a twelve-week
drainage phase. The combination of remedies chosen is based on the phase of illness and the
dominant organ systems involved. As the body clears and begins to regulate, remedies often require
Since everyone is a unique individual, the course of treatment will vary. In general, most
conditions will require 12 to 18 weeks of consistent remedy use. For more severe problems, the
time of active remedy use can take up to a year.
As toxins are expelled from the body, patients should be aware that symptoms may initially worsen
or past symptoms may be exhibited. This is a normal and valuable progression of healing and
detoxification. If symptoms are severe, remedies are altered to make the healing process more
comfortable. It is important to report any changes to the homotoxicology practitioner.
symptoms or patterns aid in determining the optimum individual treatment plan.
Homotoxicology is generally a more gradual process compared to the rapid effects of traditional
All homotoxicology treatments are compatible with standard medical
approaches. There are no known drug interactions.
6. How can the benefits of homotoxicology be maximized?
Homotoxicology is often combined with conventional medical treatment. In many cases, a
complementary approach with homotoxicology can offer superior health results by treating the
underlying imbalances, optimizing the body’s natural defense systems, and promoting more optimum
functioning of the body’s tissues.
The Institute for Traditional Acupuncture and Herbology effectively combines homotoxicology with
western medicine, acupuncture, and herbs. Acupuncture works much better when the body channels
and connective tissues are without blockages from large amounts of toxicity. Acupuncture and herbs
also support the process of detoxification.
For most patients, the combined effectiveness of
homotoxicology, acupuncture, herbs, and western medicine is superior to the benefits of any of
these treatments given alone.
7. How has the Institute for Traditional Acupuncture and Herbology
developed expertise in homotoxicology?
At the Institute for Traditional Acupuncture and Herbology, Lynette McLamb, M.D., combines her
more than eighteen years of experience in Internal Medicine, expertise in homotoxicology, and
proficiency in complementary and alternative approaches to optimize patient care.
Dr. McLamb has a strong foundation in western medicine. She trained in the UCSF Primary Care
Internal Medicine Residency Program based at San Francisco General Hospital, and worked within
the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF, the Stinson Beach Medical Center, and the San
Francisco Department of Public Health.
In addition, Dr. McLamb has trained with the top national
and international experts in homotoxicology and continues to attend seminars presenting the latest
n collaboration with Miki Shima O.M.D., Karen Reynolds, R.N., L.Ac, and Cass Hicks, L.Ac at the
Institute for Traditional Acupuncture and Herbology, Dr. McLamb offers a compassionate and
informed approach to integrative health care using homotoxicology, nutrition, and western medicine
for patients from adolescents through geriatrics with a variety of conditions.
Institute for Traditional
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Corte Madera, CA 94925
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