Natural Medicine - Oligotherapy
Principal elements used in Oligotherapy

Oligo-elements are biological essential mineral elements, which catalyse or regulate the action of a great number of enzymes in the living organisms. The human body perpetually eliminates these elements and their loss has to be compensated through regular intakes.

Distribution of the mineral oligo-elements in a human body (average weight of 70 kg)

Calcium: 1.4 kg
Copper: 150 mg
Iron: 4 g
Magnesium: 30 g
Manganese: 20 mg
Molybdenum: 9 mg
Nickel: 10 mg
Phosphorous: 700 g
Potassium: 170 g
Silicium: 18 g
Sodium: 100 g
Zinc: 2.4 g

Aluminium (toxic)
Aluminium is essential to some biological process; nevertheless its excess is very harmful.
At very low concentrations, Aluminium is a soft sleep regulator without side effects like hypnosis or nervous breakdowne-depression. In conjunction with zinc, aluminium behaves as a ground modifier to cure intellectual and physical growth delays.
At high concentrations, aluminium reduces speech abilities and induces memory loss. Its accumulation in the brain is regarded as a cause of senility and lethargy. At medium concentrations, aluminium is considered as a cause of psoriasis and digestion disorders.
How may we prevent ourselves from the accumulation of aluminium in our body?
Calcium and Magnesium act as a counter-effect to aluminium.

Arsenic (toxic)
Arsenic is beneficial at extremely low concentrations only, so no one has any need to intake. The symptoms of arsenic excess are headaches, drowsiness, fatigue, nausea and bad breathe.

Bismuth is generally prescribed for ears, nose and throat infections. It has a very interesting role as an anti-inflammatory agent, especially when the throat is concerned.

Calcium is useful for a wide range of troubles: growth delay, tooth decay, osteoporosis, brittle nails, rheumatisms, eczema, tetany, cramps, convulsions, behaviour instabilities, slow mental development and palpitations.
Calcium is a fundamental component of bones and teeth (98% of the body constitutive calcium stands in the skeleton). It is the most important mineral element of the body with 2% of its weight, i.e. an average of 1.2 kg per adult.
Besides its constitutive role, calcium also has a functional duty in the body. It allows cell permeability, nerves influx propagation, muscles and heart contraction and blood coagulation.
It is always advised to associate calcium with magnesium in a therapy trial.

Any deficiency in chlorine appears as hair and teeth loss. Inside the body, chlorine always forms ion bounds with sodium and potassium. Chlorine acts principally as a balance regulator between basic and acidic components in the body. Apart from its very bad taste, excess chlorine in tap water may destroy the beneficial bacterial flora in the bowels.
It is also a quite helpful agent for the liver physiology for its helps detoxification. Generally, normal feeding supplies the right intake of chlorine, but too much chlorine may lead to the production of chlorine compounds, which are usually toxic.

Chrome is helpful for several disorders: sugar metabolism deregulations, atherosclerosis, heart diseases and growth defects. Paradoxically, the highest chrome deficiency is not noticed in the third world. This is because in developed countries, sugar and cereals refining do deplete these essential foods from more than half their chrome contents. In the body, chrome is linked to a macromolecular complex called GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor), which is essential for activating insulin release, thus glucose uptake and storage by cells. This very helpful GTF also ensures low blood cholesterol rates.
As a key role in sugar metabolism, chrome is always advised in the treatment of diabetes and hypoglycaemia. Moreover, its good influence on cholesterolemia also makes it a very precious agent for curing arterial hypertension and cardio-vascular diseases.

Cobalt is indicated in the case of anaemia, sympathetic nervous system disorders (at the level of blood vessels or digestive tract), irritability and tiredness.
Cobalt is a well-known regulator of the Neuro vegetative system. It is beneficial for preventing vascular spasms (arteritis) and digestive spasms. Chrome is also prescribed as a relaxing agent releasing anxiety symptoms, headaches, angor minor and heart palpitations.
As chrome is a powerful agent for activating blood cell production, its use in conjunction with iron and nickel is very efficient for curing the dangerous anaemia in children and pregnant women. It is also a powerful agent for overcoming menopause symptoms.

Copper is advised in the case of general fatigue, anaemia, osteoporosis, hair loss, heart strokes, nervous disorders, psoriasis and skin diseases.
This major oligo-element is very efficient for infectious, chronic or acute inflammatory diseases (i.e. chronic inflammatory rheumatisms). Copper is also very helpful with preventing flu and cold during epidemic bursts.
Copper is seldom represented in the human body, with a total weight of only 75 to 150 mg, but its role is fundamental. Its action is sustained by other elements, such as zinc, manganese, iron and magnesium.
Copper is part of some enzymes driving oxidative and reduction process. It is a necessary element for protein synthesis, iron absorption and red cells production. It is also an anti-infectious agent (for both bacteria and viruses), because it stimulates the immune reticula-endothelial system and regulates both thyroid and adrenal glands.

When you hear the word “fluor” you generally think “tooth”. However, some very interesting researches made on catalytic fluorine show that this element plays also a major role in the physiology of bones, articulations and ligaments. This is probably due to its interaction with calcium at the biological level. That is why a fluorine complement is advised in case of lax ligaments, epiphysitis, rachitism, chronic ankle twists, osteoporosis driven arthrosis, bone reconstruction and scoliosis of young children.
Fluorine is a major component of the skeleton and teeth enamel. In some countries, in order to prevent tooth decay in childhood, fluorine has been systematically added at various concentrations into tap water according to World Health Organization advising.
But one should know that fluorine is very toxic if its absorption exceeds 20 mg per day or even at lower doses but for very long periods. Fluorine excess leads to very acute bone and teeth decay.
Fluorine is highly recommended for women under menopause, as it seems to prevent osteoporosis by reinforcing calcium absorption by the bone tissue. Moreover, fluorine activates collagen synthesis, which softens elastic tissues. A lack of fluorine in the organism is associated with some kind of fertility loss due to a hypophysis hypofunction. Normal fluorine needs are evaluated 1 mg per day.

Gold is a golden remedy for fighting infections because it promotes wound healing, tissue reconstruction and immune stimulation through an enhancement of the destructive power of blood white cells. Gold is often associated with copper and silver in the treatment of infectious diseases.
Gold is usually stored in the liver, the spleen and bones marrow of the human body. Its incredible multi-functionality allows it to cure a lot of different diseases: heart stroke, hypertension, haemorrhoids, tuberculosis or neoplasia.
Gold is very efficient for children, as it stimulates growth and helps to prevent ear-nose-throat infections.

Iron is a good element for recovering from anaemia, fatigue, brittle nails, constipation, breathing defects, short breathe, low iron blood concentrations, misbalanced diets, pregnancy, breastfeeding and all illnesses with chronic bleeding consequences like ulcera, recto-colitis or women periods.
Iron is well represented in the human body, with a total weight of 4 grams. It is a constitutive element of blood haemoglobin and muscles myoglobin, but a lot of metabolic enzymes do also require iron for their optimal functioning.

Lead (toxic)
Lead, alike quicksilver, is a highly toxic element, which is a poison for neurones of the periphericum nervous system as well as the brain. Lead infection may alter one’s behaviour and intellectual abilities. Its symptoms are: fretfulness, unsettlement, aggressiveness and bad mood bursts. Lead blocks the action of calcium, which normally balances the nervous system.
The foetus brain is highly sensitive to lead infection, and during pregnancy, the exposed mother may end with a premature birthing.
Lead intoxication may trigger violent headaches, blurred vision, unstable memory, tiredness, insomnia, joint pains, muscular pains, abdominal pains, constipation, and in extreme cases kidney, heart or pancreatic lesions.
The best way to protect oneself against lead infection is with zinc consumption.

Lithium is principally used for curing psychosomatic diseases like anxiety, hyper emotiveness, insomnia, nervous breakdowns, lack of will, psychic disorders, arterial hypertension, obesity, cellulitis, blood vessels and nerves disorders associated with menopause, instability, irritability, aggressiveness, unsettlement, personality and behaviour dysfunctions in children or elders, inhibitions, inadaptability at work or in the family, etc. Lithium is also worth for the treatment of some dermatosis and some kinds of rheumatisms. Lithium and brominde are often combined together for a strengthening of their effects.

Magnesium is indicated in the case of nervous and cardiac disorders, slow growth, behaviour instability, mental confusion, breakdowns, irritability, repetitive infections, spasmophilia, anxiety crisis, fatigue, cramps, hypersensitivity, muscular pains and palpitations.
Magnesium is a very important element for the nervous system and will prove beneficial in the case of Neuro vegetative dystonia and spasmophilia, but also for nerve inflammations or painful rheumatisms. Finally, magnesium is advised as a complement for curing intestinal disorders like colitis.
Magnesium is the most abundant salt in the human body after calcium and phosphorous. More than 70% of human magnesium is trapped into the skeleton, combined with calcium and phosphorous in the very complex structure of bones. The remaining 30% of magnesium stands in soft tissues (muscles, bowels, nervous tissue) and liquids.
Magnesium is a very active biological factor. It is required at the cellular level for production and transfer of energy, muscle contraction, protein synthesis and the propagation of action potential in neurones.

Manganese is advised for the release of general tiredness, sexual weakness, insomnia, vertigo, arthritis, fretfulness linked to pregnancy, diabetes, lost of maternal instinct, general fretfulness, schizophrenia, epilepsy, slow growth, multiple allergies, pancreatic fatigue and the non-traumatic pains of knees.
Manganese has a balance action upon the immune system, especially in the case of allergies like asthma, hay fever, headaches with digestive and ocular disorders, skin rashes, digestive allergies, and so on.
Without manganese, the plants would not be able to perform their photosynthetic conversion of light into energy through photosynthesis. Despite its very low abundance in the human body (20 mg only, mainly stored into the liver), it is an indispensable element for a large number of enzymes involved into important energetic metabolic pathways (synthesis and catabolism of sugars and fats). Manganese is also present within the reproductive organs, as it is needed for the biosynthesis of sexual hormones. This element is also essential for bone growth and joint affections.

Molybdenum is a very useful element for the energetic metabolism of a very ancient group of archaeobacteria that still inhabits some hostile areas on our planet. Molybdenum is also important for some plant enzymes and the human body holds permanently about 9 mg of it, although we have no idea what for. It seems anyway that low molybdenum might be a cause of oesophagea cancer.

Any loss in nickel could trigger some liver or kidney disorders. This happens when the food is too high in saturated fats or refined sugars, as the industrial chemical processes of food usually get rid of nickel as a side effect.
Our body holds 10 mg of nickel, 80% of which is stored in the skin. Nickel has been proved liver toxic in the case of inner surcharge (ink makers, goldsmiths, people who work with ceramics or rubber) or skin contact (people who manipulate nickel-steel coins) leading to rashes and eczema.
Nickel has long been considered as a useless, and even toxic compound for the human body before it was acknowledged as a very fundamental factor for the stability of nucleic acids RNA and DNA, thus providing homeostasis at the cell nucleus level.
Nickel is also a cofactor for enzymes dealing with the metabolism and storage of sugars and lipids in the liver. Finally, nickel is known as a hypotensive factor and a heart modulator, as it cancels the effects of adrenaline in the body.

Phosphorous is indicated in the case of growth slowness with bones and teeth alteration, osteoporosis, rachitism, nervous and physical tiredness, brain dysfunction, muscular atonia, anaemia and sensitivity to infections.
It also helps calcium in every aspect of its metabolism. Catalytic phosphorous is advised for spasmophilia, vascular and respiratory spasms, and some kinds of osteoporotic rheumatisms.
Phosphorous is widely spread in every cell of the human body, most of it combined as phosphates. It is the most important salt after calcium. An average human adult holds some 700 grams of phosphorous in his whole body, six seventh of which are stored in the skeleton where they take part of the bone mineral structure.

Potassium is indicated in the case of constipation, fatigue, heart arrhythmia, and muscular cramps or weakness. It helps fighting water retention and the pains associated with incoming women periods.
Alike sodium, potassium has an essential role to play in cell membrane permeability and it allows the normal propagation of nerve signals and regular heart beat.
Potassium is quantitatively the third element in the human body. An average human body holds about 170 grams of potassium, mainly (90%) inside the cells.

Quicksilver (toxic)
Quicksilver is a highly toxic element, which is useful for some kind of bacteria only. Some professional workers are more exposed to quicksilver than others, i.e. dentists who use amalgams for dental care or hat makers who use it in some solvents.
How may we prevent ourselves from quicksilver intoxication?
We should avoid to wear dental amalgams and to eat some fish from contaminated seas (close to huge industrial areas). A good way to get rid of quicksilver is to take some selenium on a regular basis.

Selenium provides a good protection for the cardio-vascular system and helps the body to get rid of pollutants and toxic agents like heavy metals (quicksilver, lead and cadmium). It also helps fighting against senility and ageing, tissue breakdown and tissue hardening.
Selenium has a very anti-oxidative action, neutralizing free radicals, reinforcing the immune system, promoting antibody production and sometimes preventing cancer development. It is also a good enhancer for male sexual power.
Once considered as a toxic compound, selenium is now the very type of a new oligo-element recently acknowledged likewise.
Selenium is broken down through cooking and the contact with metals. In man, this element is principally stored in the testis, where it prevents sperm cells from ageing.

Silicium displays many important biological properties. First, it is definitely an excellent hardener for bones, and its use accelerates the recovery of broken ones. Second, this element ensures the good health of the skin, nails, hair and the conjunctive tissue. Finally, silicium is good for removing cellulitis in women through its very drastic diuretic effect. People who suffer from osteoporosis may also benefit from this multi-functional element as it promotes calcium uptake by bones.
Silica (silicium dioxide) may also help the curative process of adenopathies and osteitis, whereas, when associated to magnesium and aluminium, it may reverse the papillomas formation process. Silica also reinforces the hydration of skin and helps the body to clear its excretive organs from excessive mucus. Silica has also been advised for the recovery of prostate dysfunction and in the case of high cholesterol or hypertension.
The human body holds about 18 grams of silica, which function complementarily with calcium by maintaining the hydration of soft tissues and the elasticity of collagen and elastin in conjunctive tissues. Silica is a kind of “cellular soft cement” that slows down any ageing process inside the body.
Silicium is also a very good element for youngsters, as it helps the regulation of endocrine glands. Its lack in the teenagers ’bodies may lead to unstable nervous system and intellectual deficiency.

Silver is a precious metal that has always been acknowledged as a powerful germicide. Once, people used to drop a silver ring into water to keep it healthy.
Silver is a wide-range bactericide that is very helpful in all infectious diseases. It always calms down fevers and allows the disease person to recover.
The trilogy of silver with copper and gold behave like a natural antibiotics.

A lack of sodium is very rare. It may happen in case of severe diarrhoea, vomiting, excessive perspiration, chronic nephrite or a strictly devoid of salt diet combined with strong diuretic medicines or herbs. However, some illnesses like Addison’s illness (concerning adrenal glands) are also responsible for sodium deficiency in the body.
Sodium has always been used for meat conservation. It is definitely necessary for human life (our body contains 100 grams of sodium) but must however be considered as a dangerous enemy for our civilization tens to abuse of salt.
Sodium is the predominant ionic element in the blood and extra-cellular fluids, as opposite to Potassium which is predominant inside the cells.
Sodium and Potassium are very important for maintaining the right balance between the different fluids of the body, and their ratio is highly controlled. Sodium is necessary for cell hydration, acid-alkaline equilibrium and muscle cells excitability.
The salt added to food is Sodium chloride that contains 40% sodium (1 gram of table salt contains 400 mg of sodium).
The excess of salt in diet is very frequent and is the source of many troubles: water retention, cellulitis, overweight, hypertension, and stomach ulcera.
Excessive sodium usually leads to potassium depletion, which is one of the causes for cancer.

Sulphur has a very interesting role in rheumatology, but also in skin disorders like eczema and in digestive diseases. It has very efficient anti-oxidizing properties that are beneficial for fighting ageing, at the level of joints and brain.
Sulphur also acts as a very wide anti-allergic agent. It may cure a lot of respiratory syndromes like asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, rhinitis and hay fever. It strengthens skin and hair. On the contrary, a lack of Sulphur leads to brittle nails and dry hair.
Finally, Sulphur is beneficially associated with Manganese.

We now know for sure that a lack of vanadium in the body is one of the promoting factors for atherosclerosis.
Vanadium has long been ignored as an oligo-element, but more and more scientists are reconsidering it, as it seems to play a key role in the metabolism of cholesterol, mainly by preventing the bad cholesterol to sediment inside blood vessels and by lowering the triglycerides level in blood.
Although no one knows exactly how vanadium works at the biochemical level, it has been noticed that chicks and rats whose food was depleted from this very element, do die younger and display a whole range of dysfunctions in their reproductive system.

A Zinc-based treatment has proved efficient in the case of late growth (even nanism), late sexual maturation, loss of hairs and hair, some kind of skin diseases like acne and psoriasis, loss of sensorial abilities (taste, smell) and also early cataracts. Zinc shows a mainly endocrine tropism, with a direct action upon the pituitary gland (hypophysis), but its action on skin, hair and nails is really worth noticing.
The abundance of zinc in the human body is very low, about 300 milligrams per kilo, that’s 1.7 to 2.4 grams only per adult. This catalytic element is present inside the active site of numerous enzymes involved into the metabolism of lipids, sugars, nucleic acids and the transcription of heaps of genes. Zinc also protects cell membranes from oxidization.
In western societies, people with hepatic deficiency, severe infection or having undergone a particularly intense traumatic shock (extensive burns, heart stroke, heavy surgery…) have often been found zinc-depleted.

Principal elements used in Oligotherapy (Natural Medicine - Oligotherapy)    -    Author : loran - Australia

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