Pharmacy of Herbs.
Ivor Hughes

Spagyric Pharmacy
The Spagyric Method of Pharmacy, was instituted by Paracelsus. He revolutionised medicine and also
introduced the use of minerals. He was an alchemist who declared, "The Purpose of Alchemy is to produce medicine." The word Spagyric was coined by him. The root is from the Greek, which means to draw out. Modern day Spagyric Pharmacists make use of many items of laboratory paraphernalia, and of course the improved methodology. Many of the methods, and of course the equipment used by Orthodox Galenic Pharmacy are linked by direct decent with those  methods instituted by Paracelsus.

The major differences are in 5 areas. 
(1) In the preparation of the solvents.
(2) The Astrological correspondence.
(3) Longer Maceration times.
(4) Extraction of the soluble salts from the Marc.
(5) The Exaltation of the extract.

Homoeopathic Pharmacy
Doctor Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann the father of Homoeopathy was born April 1755 in Meissen, Prussia at a time when the  theoretical basis for the systematic practice of medicine was not yet laid. Hahnemann was contemporary and knew personally such figures as Goethe, Schiller and Hufeland, the father of 'Macrobiotics'. This was at a time when European intellectual vigor was in full flood.  

Dr. Hahnemann achieved that elusive great  synthesis. At a time when others declined to do so, he built a single theoretical foundation for the practice of medicine which is delineated by  precise principles in the preparation of remedies. Like Paracelsus before him, he insisted on a single remedy maintaining that 2 or more substances taken at the same time produced a confused picture that resulted in palliation rather than cure.

His foreseeing penetration of the nature of disease is clearly seen in the doctrine of 'miasm'. The use of 'serial dilution' followed by 'succussion' was unique to Western medicine and  moreover produced some startling cures for otherwise intractable conditions. Surely Hahnemann was a man of his time but he was also 'out of  time' in the same way that Paracelsus  was

The major differences between Homoeopathic Pharmacy,  and Galenic Pharmacy are;
  (1) Serial dilution and succussion of the remedies if in liquid form
  (2) Triturations which are usually performed on salts or minerals.

With regard to Spagyric Pharmacy, one may clearly see the link between the exaltation of the product and the potentising of a remedy. And of course Paracelsus insisted on the use of a single herb or  mineral. 

Orthodox Galenic Pharmacy.
As  an art and science it is moribund. In the course of a conversation with a NZ, North Island Pharmacist, he said, " In this room, my father made all of his medicines from the basic raw materials. Today, I just peddle pills." In terms of the core methodology, Galenic Pharmacy is very similar  to the other two. However it was chemically orientated rather than having a spiritual basis to its philosophy. Moreover the philosophy of active  principle which was reflected in its adjustments of a single substance, totally destroyed the synergy of the herb. 


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