Warm und Kalt


Vergleich: Siehe: Erste Hilfe auf anthroposofische Basis


[Phoebe Alexander]

Warm and Cold

In anthroposophical medicine, ill­nesses are viewed from the standpoint of the polarities of warm and cold— the loosening, dissolving, fever illnesses that pre­dominate in childhood vs. the hardening, sclerotic illnesses such

as arthritis, heart disease and cancer predominant in adulthood and old age. Because humanity as a whole has now passed the midpoint of its development in terms of earthly evolution and is entering into its adulthood, even our children today are developing these cold illnesses. These are illnesses of our time rather than of personal karma, and there is only so much we

can do to keep them at bay. Humanity no longer has the youthful vitality it once had

in the days when the great fever plagues swept across continents. In the great chilling off process of ageing and hardening,

we are now much more vulnerable to auto-immune conditions such as Lupus, and diseases of weakened immunity, such as AIDS.

But through the same processes, we have also evolved into more defined and unique in­dividuals with active cognitive faculties.

How do we recover this lost warmth to find healing for the future?


Mistletoe and the Tree

R.S.: Pointed from of his spiritual research to the white-ber­ried mistletoe, Viscum album, as the basis for the treatment of cancer. The plant, which grows on apple, oak, poplar, elm, pine and fir trees, is now known to be a hemi- or holo-parasite

living in symbiosis with its host tree (a true parasite weakens its host, eventually killing it, by sapping its vitality).

In fact, according to what I learned during my horticultural training at the New York Botanical Garden in the early seventies, mistletoe is only to be found on unhealthy trees, and can only be intentionally sown or planted on mistle­toe-receptive trees,

trees that already have mistletoe growing on them. These mistle­toe-receptive trees tend to grow above or near to moving water,

and rather than having caused the weakness of the tree, the mistletoe has been found to play a significant role in maintaining

the life of the tree.


When mistletoe plants, thought to have been culprits in the trees' demise, were removed from their living but ailing hosts,

the trees promptly died, often with split or burst limbs. The mistletoe was found to have functioned as kind of release valve

for the pressure of superabundant growth forces that the tree alone could not contain or withstand. To put this in

anthroposophical terms, the mistletoe receives its life from an over-activity or superfluity of etheric forces from the tree.

So the mistletoe needs the tree, but the tree also needs the mistletoe.


Mistletoe and Mercury

Leen Mees, M.D. of the Netherlands: R.S. spoke of the mistletoe as a carry-over from Atlantean times when there were a greater number of in-between life forms, animal-plants and plant-animals, than commonly found nowadays on earth. Not having roots of

its own, and being ball-formed—neither heliotropic nor geotropic—are two such characteristics. This ball-like form of the

mistletoe further creates a sort of enclosed soul-space or astrality, common to the animal world. (The tumor also has such a

form.) Further, the rhythmical pattern of its growth:

Contraction = seed, expansion = leaves, contraction = bud, expansion = berry, are the qualities attributed to mercury in its tendencies to dispersion (expansion, or centrifugal activity) into multiple tiny drop­lets— and vapor— and its polar tendency

toward pulling together (contraction, or centripetal activity) into a tight spherical form. Also, because mercury is the only

metal which is liquid at room temperature, it is said to possess inner heat.


Color. Warmth and the Soul

Warmth is an astral or soul quality that we share with the animal world, especially with the warm-blooded species, whose moods

and whose tenderness towards their young strike a reflective note in our own souls. The astral body gives us our consciousness—

our life of soul—our inner life, inner light, inner warmth. The warmth of the soul lives in feelings and moods— in the world

of color. And it is only in the light of consciousness that color can be perceived. Color is the language of the soul, and it

finds its reflection in the colored world of outer nature.

We find we are warmed within by the fiery glow of the setting sun even on a chilly evening, and will shiver a bit and reach

for a sweater in the gathering blue dusk of evening, though the temperature may be quite warm. Our experience of inner

temperature, or of soul mood is strongly affected by the moods of outer nature, including the moods of those around us, and is experienced by the soul in color qualities, each with its own inner soul gesture. The outward shining of yellow (the color

closest to light) and the inward shining of blue (the color closest to darkness) are at the two poles of the expansion and contraction in the life of the soul. Mediating between the expansiveness of light (yellow) and the contracting darkness (blue),

is warmth (red)—the warmth of our feeling life, the fire of our vitality and enthusiasm, the love of the heart.

Unlike light and darkness which remain in dynamic tension with one another, warmth can penetrate and permeate both light and darkness. Red, which is the color of warmth and activity, has its own inner contraction and expansion, its own inner mercurial activity like the beating or pulsating of the heart. It is in red, in this warmth element in the blood, that our human ego,

our spirit, comes to dwell. This ego-imbued warmth gives us life and vitality, strengthens our etheric body, brings purpose

and compassion to our soul, and enlivens our body. Light disperses darkness, and darkness can encroach upon light. Only our

warmth can infuse them both.

Ingwer-Nierenwickel löst seelische Blockaden

Wer ständig kalte Füße und ein großes Wärmebedürfnis im Beckenbereich hat, kann zusätzlich Ingwer-Nierenwickel anwenden.

Der erwärmende Ingwer regt die Nieren sowie die Nebennieren an. Vor allem nach Burnout oder bei seelischer Überlastung füllen

die erwärmenden Ingwer-Nierenwickel die Nierenenergie wieder auf und wirken regelrecht entstauend auf die Gefühlswelt. Weil die Nieren auch als „Organe der Angst“ bezeichnet werden, sind solche Kneippschen Wickel speziell bei Angsterkrankungen sowie nach Schock, Trennung und Verlustereignissen hilfreich. 

Anwendung: Ein bis zwei Esslöffel Ingwerpulver in einer Schüssel mit 200 ml kochendem Wasser verrühren und etwas abkühlen lassen. Ein Leintuch mit dem Ingwerbrei bestreichen und über den Nieren direkt auf die Haut legen. Dann ein Handtuch und eine Wärmflasche darüber geben und das Ganze mit einem Wickeltuch aus Schurwolle bedecken. Schließlich noch eine Wärmflasche an die Füße legen und den Körper mit einer weiteren großen Decke warm halten. Falls der Ingwer unangenehm brennt, nimmt man die Wärmflasche wieder weg. Der Wickel sollte etwa 15 Minuten einwirken. Anschließend den Brei mit einem Papiertuch entfernen und die Haut mit einem feucht-

warmen Lappen nachreinigen. Abschließend kann man die Nierengegend mit Kupfersalbe rot wa oder mit Johanniskrautrotöl einreiben. Dann noch mindestens 15 Minuten nachruhen!


[Matthew Wood]

It is necessary to warm up as well as cool down, and none is as easily accessible, safe, and widely effective as the common ginger. It is also a good liniment for spasmed muscles.

It is always necessary to sedate heat and excitation and for this purpose no remedies surpass the rose family. Peach, a member of this clan, is particularly beneficial because it is

cooling and moistening, a therapeutic action often needed since heat often causes dryness


Kompressen oder Wickel können mit Schüssler. Salzen ergänzt werden. Man kann beispielsweise einen Insektenstich behandeln, indem man eine kühlende Kompresse mit dem passenden Schüssler Salz tränkt oder einen Brei daraus herstellt. Als effektive Notfallhelfer sind Schüssler Salze genial.

Wenn Sie sich zweimal pro Jahr eine dreiwöchige Kur mit diesen Mitteln gönnen, vergessen Sie nicht die warmen Bäder mit Heublumen +/o. Hafterstroh. Das ist altbewährt aus der Zeit der realen Skrofulose im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert.

Dazu hängt man ein Säckchen mit getrockneten Heublumen und Hafterstroh in das gut warme Badewasser.

Ich empfehle auch gerne folgende Maßnahme, bei der Ihre Leber Flügel bekommt:

· Sie benötigen zwei Handtücher und ein Stück Plastik.

· Kaufen Sie sich einen Heublumensack.

· Lassen Sie Wasser in einem mittelgroßen Topf kochen.

· Legen Sie zwei Kochlöffel oder ein flaches Sieb über den offenen Topf.

· Legen Sie auf die Löffel den Heublumensack etwa 15 Minuten in den heißen Wasserdampf.

· Nehmen Sie an einem Zipfel den Sack aus dem Dampf und stellen das Wasser ab.

· Legen Sie sich ins Bett.

· Legen Sie erst ein gefaltetes Handtuch auf den Bauch und darauf den feucht-heißen Heublumensack.

· Darüber legen Sie das Stück Plastik.

· Das zweite Handtuch sollte etwas größer sein, damit Sie es gut um den Bauch samt Sack wickeln können.


[Kelly Sutton and Thomas Cowan]


Recommended for: Stomachache and pain.

Contraindications: Do not use when there is fever, or infection in any other part of the body.


Boiling water

Chamomile Flowers


Silk/Cotton wrap

Wool wrap

Wringing Towel (tea towel)


Wool blanket


Procedure: Put a handful of chamo­mile in the strainer. Roll the silk wrap from both ends and place it in a bowl. Pour boiling water over the chamo­mile into the bowl with the wrap. Take the wrap out with a fork and put into the wringing cloth. Wring until no longer dripping.

The patient should sit on the blanket with the wool wrap lying flat on top of it. Apply the chamomile wrap as tol­erated, but do not burn. Start at the back and unroll as you move around to the sides. Have the patient lie down on the wool wrap and continue unrolling the hot wrap over belly.

Quickly cover with the wool wrap, then cover the patient with the wool blanket. Be sure that none of the hot wrap is exposed to the air.

Leave on for fifteen minutes. At this point you can remove the whole thing or just the wet wrap, leaving the wool wrap on the patient.


[Dr. Johannes Zwieauer]

Warmth to transform. substances has been used since primeval times to modify the material world.




[Drs. Yogesh and Sanjay Sehgal]

Mental state as it affects perception of temperature modalities.


The need for any of the above depends upon the like or dislike of the patient during the illness. A patient’s needs differ from a normal person’s needs. A situation, which is uncomfortable for a normal person, could be comfortable for a sick person. An atmosphere which seems friendly or comfortable to a healthy person may seem unfriendly or uncomfortable to a sick person. Like, during summers, a healthy person prefers to eat cold food and stay in cold places but a sick person suffering from a problem may desire warm water or a warm room.


FUR, wraps up in, in summer

*Wrap: Involve (In thought, fancy or day dreaming)

*Summer: Intimately

*Fur: A material, thinking (excitement) or subject which provides / keeps warm or prevents from getting cold.


Hyos (Kent’s repertory)

Hep. merc. psor (Boger)

Kali-ars. (Phatak)

According to the Kent’s materia medica the justification of this rubric is:

Lies wrapped in a skin (fur) during summer heat, not because he is cold but because of a fancy. Intimately fancying about a subject which keeps him warm and provides him excitement.

Phatak: if we study the later addition: Kali-ars. we find a different meaning. This patient wraps himself with fur in summer because he cannot get too warm even in summer.

Boger: Psor.: It is there because he feels poor despite having a good job/business to support him.


Rubric: FEAR, poverty of although prosperous

But the exact feeling for this rubric is given by Kent. Further we can study the reasons different medicines wished to be wrapped in fur during summer.

Hyos.: due to (DELUSIONS, wrong, fancies he has done)

Hep.: due to (DELUSIONS, fancies, wrong everything is)

Merc.: due to (DELUSIONS, fancy, heat during)


In a nutshell, while a healthy person’s needs are dictated by the atmosphere around him, a sick person’s needs are controlled by his illness.

In a general sense:

Warm: Comfortable

Heat: Uncomfortable

Hot: Intolerable


- Agreeable degree of heat

- Affectionate

- Friendly

- Caring

- Warm up

 To get accustomed to a situation

- Emotional talks

Warm is usually a place / person / condition which is comfortable / friendly/ suitable with which one can live/ cope / work easily.

-Warm people

-Warm place

Usually suitable and liked by a person.

WARM bath or warm application agg. (Lach.)


DULLNESS, entering a warm room: Acon. Puls.

FEAR, happen, something will > warmth of bed: Caust. Mag-c.


Warm bath or applying warm towel to inflamed parts of the body < mental symptoms. In this situation a contact is being made between the two things i.e. warm water or warm towel with the inflamed

part of the body. At the physical level, the inflamed part is characterized by pain, redness, swelling and heat and if a warm thing is applied gently it is soothing - but applied with harshness, then it hurts.


At the mental level the inflammatory part is characterized by rudeness, conflict, shame, humiliation, and if someone tries to calm down these feelings by advising, counseling, just like putting warm water with harshness, it hurts.

Use of inflammatory words in speech causes disputes. Such words incite people. As a result they fail to control their temper and get aggressive.



Arousal of violent emotion/ Excite feelings or passion. At the mental level inflammation comes after one hears criticizing / humiliating remarks against himself.

Warm bath/application of warm towel is normally soothing for a person. A warm shower during winter is very welcome and after an injury application of warmth is mostly helpful in reducing pain.

The point here is to understand whether it is the application of warm water which causes the aggravation or it is the way it is applied. It is mostly observed that a person likes application of warm water

on the inflamed part since it feels soothing to the inflamed part. Soothing effect of warm application on the inflamed part also depends upon the way it is applied. If it is applied softly or tenderly, it is soothing / acceptable but if it is applied harshly it hurts.

Predominantly < cold:

Abrot. Acet-ac. Acon. Agar. Agn. Alumen. Alum. Alum-p. Alum-sil. Am-c. Apoc. Arg-m. ARS. Ars-sfl. Asar. Aur-met. Aur-ars. Aur-s. Bad. BAR-C. Barm. Bell. Benz-ac. Borx. Brom. Cadm-met.

Calc-ar. CALC. Calc-fl. CALC-P. Calc-sil. Camph. Canth. CAPS. Carb-an. Carb-v. Carbn-s. Card-m. Caul. CAUST. Cham. Chel. CHIN. China. Cimic. Cist. Cocc. Coff. Colch. Con. Cycl. DULC.

Euphr. FERR-MET. Ferr-ars. Form. GRAPH. Guaj. Hell. Helon. HEP. Hyos. HYPER. Ign. KALI-AR. Kali-bi. KALI-C. Kali-m. Kali-p. Kali-sil. Kalm. Kreos. Lac-d. MAG-C. MAG-P. Mang-met. MOSCH. Mur-ac. Nat-ars. Nat-c. NIT-AC. Nux-m. NUX-V. Oxal-ac. Petr. PHOS. Ph-ac. Plb-met. Pod. PSOR. PYROG. RAN-B. Rheum. Rhod. RHUST. RUMX. Ruta. SABAD. Sars. SEP. SIL.

SPIG. Stann-met. Staph. Stram. STRONT. Sul-ac. Valer. Viol-t. Zinc-met.

Predominantly < heat:

Aesch. All-c. Aloe. Ambra. APIS. ARG-N. Asaf. Aur-i. Aur-m. Bar-i. Bry. Calad. Calc-i. Calc-s. Cocc. Com. Croc-s. Dros. Ferr-i. FL-AC. Grat. Ham. IOD. KALI-I. KALI-S. Lach. Led. Lil-t. Lyc.

NAT-M. NAT-S. Nicc-met. Op. Pic-ac. PLAT-met. Ptel. PULS. SABIN. SEC. Spong. Sulph. Sul-i. Thuj. Tub. Ust. Vesp. Vib.


Remedies sensitive to both extremes of temperature:

MERC. (chronic: < cold; acute < heat). Ip. Nat-c. Cinnb.

Ant-c. < both heat and cold: < overheating and radiated heat, though many symptoms > heat.


Labiatae. = Plants of warmth.


Icthyolum: Equal parts of mother tincture and water, warmed and applied over rheumatic joints to relieve pain.

Calcarea chlorinata - Useful as local application for boils and carbuncles

Plantago Major - It is a most useful local remedy for relieving neuralgias, earaches, facial neuralgias (l. sided)


Hand-FußSyndrom während Krebstherapie:

Schmerzhafte Symptome, die an den Handinnenflächen und Fußsohlen als unerwünschte Arzneimittelnebenwirkung von Chemo- und Antikörpertherapien auftreten können, (Rötungen/Schwellungen/Schuppungen/Einrisse/Entzündungen/Missempfindungen)/Kann unterschiedlich stark ausgeprägt sein und in schweren Fällen zu einer vollkommenen Behinderung von Alltagstätigkeiten führen. Die Ursachen der Entstehung sind bislang unbekannt. !?

In schweren Fällen von Hand-FußSyndrom kann eine Reduktion der Chemotherapie/ Antikörperdosis die Symptome lindern, in manchen Fällen kann sogar eine Änderung des Therapieschemas notwendig sein!


Hand oder Fußbad mit abgekochtem Leinsamen. Zubereitung: Geschroteten Leinsamen ca. 5 Minuten in Wasser aufkochen, abkühlen lassen und Hände bzw. Füße in der angenehm temperierten Flüssigkeit baden. Die ausgekochten Eiweißsubstanzen aus dem Leinsamen bilden eine Schutzschicht auf Händen/Füßen und beschleunigen den Heilungsprozess.

Hanföl (z.B. Kannabicare Pflegeöl) ist reich an mehrfach ungesättigten Fettsäuren (u.a. Omega 3 bzw. 6 sowie Linolensäuren), die in der naturheilkundlichen Behandlung von Hautekzemen Anwendung finden. In einer klinischen Untersuchung wurde die Wirkung von Hanföl auf die Ausprägung von Hautekzemen im Vergleich zu Olivenöl getestet. Hanföl führte zu einer signifikanten Verbesserung der Hauterscheinungen, was auf das ausgewogene Fettsäuremuster im Hanföl zurückgeführt wird.


Packungen, Umschläge und Wickel                         

Sie sind ein beliebtes und bewährtes Heilmittel.

Unser Körper hat normalerweise eine Temperatur von etwa 36° C. Umschläge und Wickel, die mit Wasser gemacht werden, sollten etwa 10 - 15° C darunter liegen und haben deshalb die direkte Einwirkung auf die feinen Kapillargefäße und damit das Blut, das den entsprechenden Körperteil durchströmt. Durch diese Kühlung der Hautoberfläche erreicht man einen Kältereiz und damit

wird die Durchblutung der Haut gesteigert.

Mit der Haut erwärmen sich auch die für den Umschlag oder Wickel verwendeten Tücher es entsteht eine feuchte Stauwärme. Dabei werden Krankheitserreger und die Fremdstoffe, von denen der Körper sich zu befreien versucht, durch den Einfluss der feuchten Wärme gelockert und aufgelöst. Durch die Hautporen dringen sie nach außen. Manchmal kann man dann feststellen, dass Wickel beim Abnehmen einen starken Geruch ausströmen oder dass das Waschwasser der Tücher trüb wird. Vor allem Umschläge für einzelne Körperteile werden in kalter oder kühlender Form verwendet.


Überhaupt sollte bei akuten Entzündungsprozessen auf Wärmebehandlung verzichtet werden.

Anregende Umschläge macht man folgendermaßen:

• Das Tuch zwei, vier oder sechsfach zusammenfalten.

• In kühles (16 - 22° C) Wasser eintauchen.

• Gut auswringen.

• Auf den zu behandelnden Körperteil legen.

• Diesen dann mit einem Wolltuch umhüllen.

• Liegen lassen, bis der Wickel trocken geworden ist.

Compress: Yarrow: Make a strong tea of yarrow, and let it warm down to 102° F. Take a cotton cloth and soak it in the tea. Wring out the cloth and place it folded over the liver area for up to 20 minutes.


Kühlende Umschläge werden so angelegt:

 Das Tuch vier bis achtmal zusammenfalten, damit genügend Wasser gespeichert werden kann.

 Das Tuch in kaltes Wasser (also unter 16° C) legen.

 Das Tuch nicht auswringen, sondern nassfeucht auflegen. Nicht abdecken.

 Ein kalter Wickel sollte möglichst oft erneuert werden.

Verwendet z. B. gegen Nasenbluten im Nacken.


Armpackungen: bei akuten Krankheiten (Lunge/Brust und Rippenfells/Atmungsorgane). Es muss immer auch das Handgelenk mit eingewickelt werden. Die Armpackung wird in der üblichen Form durchgeführt: Zunächst

ein feuchtes Tuch, dann ein trockenes, zuletzt ein Wollwickel. Die Armpackung sollte man alle halbe Stunde wechseln.


Beinpackungen: wirken ableitend und werden bei chronischen Leiden (Blutandrang im Kopf/Kopfschmerz/Schwindel/Hals und Lungenbeschwerden/Gicht und rheumatische Beschwerden, Blutstauungen in den Beinen)

eingesetzt. Beinpackungen sollte man mit einer Wassertemperatur von 18 - 20° C durchführen. Das ganze Bein wird bis zur Mitte des Oberschenkels eingepackt, die Füße jedoch nicht. Zuerst kommt die feuchte, dann die trockene Unterlage und dann die Wollumhüllung. Immer beide Beine eingepackt werden müssen auch dann, wenn nur ein Bein erkrankt ist.


Fußpackungen: werden bei Gehörstörungen/Augen/Kopfschmerz (die auf Blutmangel im Gehirn zurückzuführen sind) angelegt. Man nimmt zur Fußpackung am besten baumwollene nasse Socken, die man mehr oder weniger auswringt, dann anzieht und darüber noch 1 - 2 weitere Paar wollene Strümpfe zieht. Fußpackungen legt man am besten während der Nacht an. Man kann sie (wenn sie nicht vorher lästig werden) bis zum nächsten Morgen tragen.


Fußwickel: Ungesunde Ablagerungen (im Bereich der Beine), werden durch Fußwickel ausgeleitet (Beingeschwüren). Fußwickel kann man kalt o. warm anlegen. Dabei wird ein serviettengroßes Tuch 1 - 2x um den Fuß bis zur Höhe des Knöchels gewickelt. Das Tuch sollte sehr feucht sein, jedoch nicht tropfen. Anschließend wird es mit einem wollenen Tuch umhüllt und gut abgedeckt. Fußwickel werden 1 - 2 Stunden am Fuß gelassen.


Halswickel: bei Husten und Heiserkeit, bei entzündeten Mandeln sowie Rachen und Kehlkopfbeschwerden. Für Halswickel faltet man ein Tuch zwei, vier oder sechsmal und taucht es in Wasser von

19 - 22° C. Das ausgewrungene Tuch wird um den Hals gelegt, ein trockenes Tuch kommt darüber sowie ein Wollschal.


Handpackungen: einen erregenden o. beruhigenden Einfluss und wirken sich besonders auf die Durchblutung aus. Man kann die Handpackung mit der Fußpackung vergleichen. Sie wird ebenfalls warm oder kalt angelegt.

Bei einer kalten Packung sollte es jedoch Voraussetzung sein, dass die Hände warm sind. Sind sie dagegen kalt, wird man immer eine warme Packung anlegen. Auch bei der Handpackung gilt:

Immer werden beide Hände eingewickelt, niemals nur eine Seite.

[Dr. Friderike Gubo]

Begleitende Maßnahmen bei Fieber

Wenn Kranke das Fieber nicht gut verkraften, so erschöpft sind, dass sie nicht mehr trinken können (v.a. Säuglinge), sehr unruhig sind oder Kopfschmerzen haben, dann kann man mit bewährten Hausmittel das Fieber etwas senken und den Kreislauf stärken.

Pulswickel näher eingehen, die schon bei Neugeborenen gemacht werden können und das Fieber sanfter als Wadenwickel senken. Anzuwenden bei Müdigkeit und Kopfschmerzen im Fieberanstieg (im Gegensatz zu Wadenwickel, die nicht im Fieberanstieg gemacht werden sollen), zur Stärkung des Kreislaufs in allen Fieberphasen, zur Fiebersenkung, aber auch bei Kreislaufproblemen (da vor allem an Handgelenken) und kindlichen Kopfschmerzen unabhängig von Fieber.


2 handgelenksbreite Streifen Leinen oder Seide, die 3x um die Hand oder Fußgelenke gewickelt werden können

2 warme Socken oder Wolltücher oder Pulswärmer, etwas breiter als die Leinen oder Seidestreifen

10 ml Arnikatinktur oder einige Spritzer Zitrone oder Essig in

100 ml Wasser

Die Hälfte der Streifen tränken, 1½ mal ums Handgelenkwickeln, überschüssige Flüssigkeit ausdrücken, dann mit dem trockenen Rest weiterwickeln. Darüber die wärmende Wolle. Wickel 3x alle

10 Minuten erneuern, dann mehrstündige Pause einlegen

Die Temperatur des Wassers sollte der Körpertemperatur angepasst sein, bei frierenden Patienten oder kalten Händen und Füßen 35 - 40° C, bei heißen Patienten

20 - 31° C, bei Säugligen max. 5° C unter der Körpertemperatur.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass diese Anwendungen begleitende Maßnahmen sind, und dass bei zunehmenden oder starken Krankheitsbeschwerden die Ursache des Fiebers abgeklärt werden muss.

Tipps wie diese finden Sie auch in dem noch erhältlichem Buch: Wickel & Co, Bärenstarke Hausmittel für Kinder von Ursula Uhlemayr UrsVerlag, und gelten genauso für Erwachsene.


Kopfwickel: besonders bei Kopfschmerz, bei Migräne, bei allen Zuständen, die auf eine krankhafte Verengung der Blutgefäße zurückzuführen sind, ein leider sehr in Vergessenheit geratenes Hausmittel. Die Kopfpackung sollte mit einer Wassertemperatur von 18 - 20° C durchgeführt werden. Vor dem Schlafengehen legt man ein nasses, gut ausgewrungenes Handtuch auf Stirn und Kopf und wickelt einen dicken, wollenen Turban darüber. Die Kopfpackung bleibt bis zum nächsten Morgen angelegt.


Schulter und Brustpackung: bei Beschwerden der inneren Brustorgane (Lunge/Luftröhre/Bronchien). Zur Schulterpackung wird ein langes, nicht zu nasses Handtuch wie ein Schal von den Schultern und über der Brust über Kreuz gelegt. Dann legt man die Brustpackung (18 - 20° C Wassertemperatur) an. Die Schalenden des Schulterwickels reichen dabei unter den Brustwickel. Es gilt die übliche Regel: feuchter Unterwickel, trockener Leibwickel und Wollabdeckung. Bei dieser Packung sind Bettruhe und gute Zudecke besonders wichtig. Nach etwa einer Stunde kann man den Schulter und Brustwickel abnehmen, sollte aber noch mindestens eine Stunde Bettruhe folgen lassen.


Wadenwickel: bei fieberhaften Zuständen und dient zur Ableitung von übermäßigem Fieber. Beim Wadenwickel wird nur die Wade vom Knöchel bis zum Knie eingepackt, Knie und Fuß bleiben somit frei. Das Wasser für den Wickel sollte 18 20° C haben. Beim Wadenwickel ist es besonders wichtig, dass die Füße warm bleiben, deshalb sollte man in Pantoffel schlüpfen, warme Socken anziehen oder eine Wärmflasche unter die Füße legen. Besonders gut hilft ein Wadenwickel, wenn er zusammen mit einer Leib, Brust oder Halspackung und dann über Nacht gemacht wird.



Fieberstillende Wickel und Packungen sollte man nicht unbedingt mit sehr kaltem Wasser anlegen. Bei fieberhaften Schüben und einer zu kalten Ganzpackung etwa kann es zu erheblichen Kreislaufbeschwerden kommen. Je höher das Fieber ist, je empfindlicher und erregter der Patient ist, desto höher sollte das Wasser temperiert sein.

Spezielle Wickel

Man kann für Wickel auch bestimmte Pflanzen und Produkte verwenden, die wir aus der Küche gut kennen und die unsere Großmütter als ganz natürliche, leicht verfügbare Heilmittel ansahen:


Carpalsyndrom. Teer auf Daumenseite der Innenseite des Handgelenks anbringen mit Pflaster aber ohne Binde. 24 Stunden bis 72 Stunden sitzen lassen.


Essig: Salvo. ansetzen in Acet-ac, damit Haut einreiben bei kalter Nachtschweiß

Pappelrinde in Essig einlegen auf Wunden

Milch mit Essig gerinnen lassen/warm auf Haut einreiben/fest abdecken

Ton in Essig anwärmen + als Auflage gebrauchen

Essigdunst einatmen bei Atembeschwerden

Essigwickel bei Hals/Lungenbeschwerden

Waschungen mit verdünntem Essig bei Fieber


Ricinusölpackung: Auf weiches, oft gewaschenes Baumwolltuch (so groß wie die zu bedeckende Hautstelle) träufeln/direkt auf Haut auflegen. Mit passendem Plastik bedecken und fixieren. Lange sitzen lassen (wenigstes übernacht). Für Husten/Bronchitis/Schmerz in Gelenken.


Die Kartoffelpackung wandte man gegen entzündete Hautstellen/Kehle, schlecht heilende Wunden, Gelenkrheuma, Geschwülste und Quetschungen an. Je nach Größe des zu behandelnden Gebietes nimmt man bis zu einem halben Pfund gewaschene, mehlig kochende Pellkartoffeln, kocht sie weich und zerquetscht sie mit einem Gabel in einem Papiertaschentuch. Dieses legt es dann so heiß wie möglich auf die kranke Körperstelle. Mit wollenem Tuch bedecken und ab ins Bed.


Kohlwickel: Kohl und Kohlrabi wirken beruhigend auf die Schilddrüse. Nichts zieht alles „Böse“ so schnell durch die Haut aus dem Körper als ein Kohlblatt/setzte man überall dort ein, wo die Durchblutung gestört ist: bei schlecht durchbluteten Beinen, bei Geschwüren, bei rheumatischen Gelenkerkrankungen/bei Schmerz im Bereich der Lendenwirbelsäule (Hexenschuss). Verwenden kann man für den Kohlwickel alle Kohlarten, besonders gut ist jedoch der Weißkohl. Die dicken Blätter werden vom Kohlkopf abgebrochen und gewaschen. Man entfernt die harten Rippen und walzt das Blatt mit einer Nudelrolle suppig (ohne dass jedoch seine Struktur zerstört

wird). Diese feuchten Blätter legt man dann jeweils auf Gelenke, Beine, Brust, Bauch oder Schulter oder auf die Lendenwirbelsäule und fixiert sie mit einem Verband. Am besten macht man Kohlwickel abends vor dem Zubettgehen und belässt sie über Nacht am Körper.


Den Leinsamenumschlag: Entzündungen aller Art (Furunkeln/Eiterherden)/zur Schmerzstillung. Man gibt gemahlenen Leinsamen in einen Beutel aus Gaze, der groß genug ist, um die entzündete Fläche komplett zu bedecken. Den Stoffsack lässt man aufkochen. Dann legt man ihn so heiß wie möglich auf die betreffende Stelle, bis er abgekühlt ist. Danach wird er entfernt, die Stelle wird aber weiterhin warm gehalten.


Der Heublumenwickel: bei Entzündungen, Muskelverspannungen und Hexenschuss, aber auch bei rheumatischen Erkrankungen, Gelenkbeschwerden und Gicht.

Heublumen sind eine Mischung aus diversen Gräsern mit einem hohen Gehalt an ätherischen Ölen. Diese werden in einen Leinenbeutel eingefüllt und mit Wasser aufgekocht. Dann lässt man sie zehn Minuten ziehen, drückt den Leinenbeutel aus, legt ihn sehr warm auf die schmerzende Körperstelle und deckt diese mit einem trockenen Wolltuch gut ab. Nach der Anwendung ist es ratsam, sich auszuruhen, da der Heublumenwickel sehr müde machen kann.


Der Milchwickel: stammt aus Russland. Entzündung der Gallenblase helfen. Ein Tuch (groß genug, um den Raum zwischen Brustbein und r. Körperhälfte zu überdecken) wird in frische, kalte Milch getaucht. Es soll gut feucht sein, aber nicht tropfen. Dieses Tuch wird dann so auf den r. Rippenbogen gelegt, dass dieser etwa 2 Zentimeter überlappt wird. Der Milchwickel wird erneuert, wenn er warm geworden ist.


Ricinusölpackung: Auf weiches, oft gewaschenes Baumwolltuch (so groß wie die zu bedeckende Hautstelle) träufeln/direkt auf Haut auflegen. Mit passendem Plastik bedecken und fixieren. Lange Zeit sitzen lassen (wenigstes übernacht). Für Husten/Bronchitis/Schmerz in Gelenken.


Der Senfwickel: bei Bronchialkatarrh, bei Erkältungskrankheiten, Lungenentzündungen und -stauungen, bei Kreislaufstörungen oder Atemnot verwendet. Er wird auf Rücken oder Brust aufgelegt.

Man nimmt gemahlene Senfkörner, rührt sie mit lauwarmem Wasser an. Diesen Brei streicht man direkt auf die Haut und deckt dann mit einem Handtuch und dieses wiederum mit einem Wolltuch ab.

Der Wickel bleibt so lange auf der Haut, bis eine leichte Rötung entsteht (etwa 5 - 10 Minuten).


Empfindliche Menschen können von einem Senfwickel Blasen bekommen. Auf jeden Fall die Haut nach dem Wickel mit kaltem Wasser abwaschen. Danach sofort warme Kleidung anziehen oder gut abdecken. Man kann dem Senfwickel auf ein Drittel Leinsamenmehl beifügen, dann wirkt er nicht so stark.

Das Senfmehlfußbad

Mit einem Senfmehlfußbad wird die Durchblutung in Waden und Füßen gefördert, der Blutstau im Kopf nach unten abgeleitet und der Kopf entlastet.

Menschen, die unter kalten Füßen leiden, können davon profitieren.


Da das Senfmehl stark erhitzend wirkt, sollten Sie sich langsam an die richtige Wassertemperatur herantasten (max. 38°C) damit die ätherischen Öle

nicht in die Luft entweichen.

Das Senfmehlfußbad eignet sich nicht bei einer entsprechenden Allergie oder Hautkrankheiten.

1. Geben Sie 4 Esslöffel schwarzes Senfmehl (Apotheke) in eine Wanne, die Sie bis zur Wade mit körperwarmem Wasser auffüllen. Stellen Sie die

Füße 10 Minuten in das Wasser (nach 5 Minuten heißes Wasser nachgießen, um die Temperatur zu halten).

2. Spülen Sie die Füße anschließend mit klarem, lauwarmem Wasser ab und trocknen Sie sie gut ab, um Hautreizungen zu vermeiden. Zum

Schluss reiben Sie die Füße mit einem beliebigen Körperöl (z.B. Jojobaöl) ein und ziehen Wollsocken an.



Der Quarkwickel: Hautreizungen durch Sonnenbrand, Allergien oder Ausschläge und Brustentzündung. Er kühlt, lindert das Brennen sowie den Juckreiz und bringt die Rötung der Haut rasch zum Abklingen. Außerdem pflegt er die gereizten Hautpartien durch die Eiweißstoffe und Fette im Quark. Man trägt den Quark dick auf die betroffene Stelle auf und deckt sie mit einem leicht angefeuchteten Tuch ab. Um den Kühleffekt zu erzielen, wird kein trockenes Wolltuch darüber gelegt. Die Anwendung sollte 20 30 Minuten dauern, wobei die Quarkauflage gewechselt werden sollte, wenn der Wickel warm geworden ist. Statt Quark kann auch Buttermilch/Joghurt verwendet werden, dann muss die Auflage allerdings öfter gewechselt werden, da die kühlende Wirkung schneller nachlässt.


Der Zwiebelwickel: wurde bei allen entzündlichen Zuständen (nicht Nierenentzündung/Diabetes) eingesetzt. Er soll auch gegen Bronchialkatarrh, chronischen Husten, Lungenentzündung, Blasenentzündung, Ohrentzündung sowie Stirnhöhlen und Nasennebenhöhlenkatarrhen helfen.

1. Für diesen Wickel schneidet man frische Zwiebeln in dünne Scheiben und legt sie in ein Säckchen aus porösem Stoff (z. B. Gaze). Über einem Wasserbad wird es stark erhitzt; das Säckchen sollte aber nicht mit Wasser in Berührung kommen. Das erhitzte Zwiebelsäckchen legt man sofort auf die entzündete Stelle und deckt sie mit einem Wolltuch gut ab. Damit es nicht verrutscht, sollte man es gut fixieren. Zwiebelwickel wirken besonders gut, wenn man erst im Anfangsstadium einer Krankheit ist, denn sie ziehen Giftstoffe aus dem Körper heraus. Der Zwiebelwickel wird etwa 15 bis 20 Minuten angelegt. Wenn die Zwiebeln kalt sind, wird er abgenommen.

2. Rohe Zwiebeln in Ringen schneiden und auf schmerzhafte Stelle auflegen. Mit Wolltuch bedecken. Eventuell bei Erwärmung der Zwiebel erneuern.


Yarrow. Compress and Nutritive Bath

Folgendes hat anthroposofische Einschlüße

Frei nach: Eileen Bristol

Yarrow Liver Compress

This compress is useful for supporting liver function. It should be applied regularly over a period of time. You may want to begin with daily applications for one week and then continue for a few more weeks, 3x weekly for a month or more. In serious chronic conditions, you can continue 1 to 3x weekly for the duration of treatment. At anthroposophical clinics in Europe, many patients will receive a daily yarrow compress over the liver during the

rest period after lunch throughout their entire hospital stay.

These directions offer a simplified version which anyone should be able to do at home, for themselves or another.

Gather the following:

1. hot water bottle

2. dried or fresh yarrow (whole plant or whatever is available)

3. a piece of cotton cloth (from an old sheet or Tshirt is fine) large enough to fold and cover the liver area (on r. side, below the breast, ext. a little below the rib cage, above the navel and ext. around the side closest to the bed with the patient lying).

4. If you have nothing else, use a soft, clean washcloth.

5. another piece of nonsynthetic cloth for a wrap, not too thick (so it will be comfortable underneath the patient) and large enough to cover the area of the compress and wrap around the entire torso 1½ x, overlapping enough to tuck snugly or pin together comfortably with diaper pins.

6. diaper pins if wanted

Gather together your supplies in advance. Pick a time which is either bedtime or a time when the patient can lie down for about an hour. Open the long wrap and spread on the bed, correctly placed so it will wrap around the torso and cover the liver area. If you are doing this for someone else, have them lie down and wait. Be sure the room is comfortably warm and there is no draft.

Fill a hot water bottle ½ full with hot, not boiling water. Screw in the cap partway. Carefully squeeze out the air until the water rises to the top. (Avoid burning yourself with the hot water) and screw in the cap. If you leave the air in it will swell up like a balloon as the air heats up. Wrap the hot water bottle in a towel and set aside.

Boil a quart of water and steep 2 to 3 tablespoons of the dried herb (more if fresh). Wrap the herb in a small handkerchief or piece of cheesecloth and tie with a string or twisttie to create a sort of teabag. After 515 minutes, remove the yarrow and then dip the compress (small) cloth into the tea and quickly wring out, as dry as possible. You may want to wrap a towel around the compress cloth or wear very thick, lined rubber gloves as you wring it to avoid burning your hands. Flap it quickly against the patient's skin so that they can adjust to the heat and then apply directly on the skin over the liver area with the patient lying on the wrap cloth. Immediately bring the wrap around to cover the compress and tuck or pin snugly, but not too tightly.

If you have placed the long wrap on the bed with the ends that extend beyond the sides of the patient rolled up like a scroll, it is possible to unroll it quickly and smoothly when the compress is in place. Place the hot water bottle, wrapped in a small towel, over the liver area. Pull the covers up over the patient and have them rest. After 20 minutes remove the hot water bottle. Continue to rest another 40 minutes, or go to sleep for the night.

When you remove the compress it should be dry or nearly dry. The body's heat will have dried it out providing you have wrung it out sufficiently.

If you are doing this for someone else, it is a wonderful help to experience it once yourself so you will better understand the process. Always be calm, but cheerful and gentle in your work. Remember, a rhythmical frequency of application will increase the benefits. The procedure may seem complicated at first, but once you have done it a few times it becomes very simple.


Chamomile wrap:

Recommended for: Stomachache and pain.
Contraindications: Do not use when there is fever, or infection in any other part of the body.

Boiling water
Chamomile Flowers
Silk/Cotton wrap
Wool wrap
Wringing Towel (tea towel)
Wool blanket

Procedure: Put a handful of chamo­mile in the strainer. Roll the silk wrap from both ends and place it in a bowl. Pour boiling water over the chamo­mile into the bowl with the wrap. Take the wrap out with a fork and put into the wringing cloth. Wring until no longer dripping.

The patient should sit on the blanket with the wool wrap lying flat on top of it. Apply the chamomile wrap as tol­erated, but do not burn. Start at the back and unroll as you move around to the sides. Have the patient lie down on the wool wrap and continue unrolling the hot wrap over belly.

Quickly cover with the wool wrap, then cover the patient with the wool blanket. Be sure that none of the hot wrap is exposed to the air.

Leave on for 15 minutes. At this point you can remove the whole thing or just the wet wrap, leaving the wool wrap on the patient.


Nutritive Bath

This bath can be a help in restoring someone who is in an exhausted or weakened condition. It can be repeated daily for 3 7 days and then once or twice a week until the patient is feeling stronger.

Supplies needed:

*1 lemon and a knife to cut it

*1 cup best quality milk available (raw organic if possible, otherwise the best you can obtain)

*1 best quality egg available (from free ranging chickens if possible)

*a clock or minute timer

Have the bathroom warm, free of drafts. Fill the tub with warm (baby bottle temperature) water, not too cool, but not hot. Mix the raw egg into the cup of milk. Pour this into the tub of water and stir in briefly. Place the whole lemon under water and slice the skin in a number of places to release the oils. Squeeze it to release the juices.

Hold the lemon in one hand under water or set temporarily on the side of the tub. With large, slow movements, bring the water into motion in a lemniscate (figure 8) form. It should not slosh about.

If it does, slow down. Continue this movement no more than a few minutes, only until the water begins to feel softer.

Try and bring a helpful, positive mood to your preparations. Helping thoughts and feelings are real and do support the effectiveness of the therapy. Place the lemon in the water. Have the patient enter

the water, sub­merging as much as possible. Only stay in the bath 7 minutes maximum. This should be a peaceful, quiet time without other stimulation than the bath itself. This allows the patient to fully experience the qualities of the therapeutic bath. A young child, of course, should be allowed what is needed to enjoy the bath, such as a tub toy. It will feel good and the patient may wish to stay in longer, but it can have a tiring effect to stay in too long.

Have the patient dry off without rinsing. Pat and don't rub. The silky quality of the bath water leaves the skin soft to the touch and is not sticky as one might imagine. Have the patient go to bed to sleep immediately, being sure that they have sufficient covers to feel snug and cozy. You do not, however, want the patient to sweat. Always be sure and to maintain a patient and positive mood. If you are doing this for someone else, it is helpful for you to experience it once for yourself. It is wonderful!


Folgendes hat anthroposofische Einschlüße

Frei nach: Manfred Weckenmann, M.D.

R.S. frequently referred to external applications. Experiences with those used in natural medicine are assessed in relation to the principles of spiritual science. The subject will be limited to packs, compresses, partial baths, showers, etc. The external applications under consideration always have a temperature aspect. Issues of hypo- or hyperthermia are not considered, as these tend to be emergency measures used in cryo and thermotherapy.

It is customary, but unsatisfactory, to explain those applications with biochemical concepts such as absorption and elimination since the amount of matter transported is minimal. There remains the principle of sensory perception. If this is accepted, one has to think in terms of an unknown, subconscious, sensory sphere.

Cool principle: acid, saltlike or earthy medicines in a cool medium [cool, white cheese (= Quark), damp and cool Oxal-a.].

Used to treat serous/diffuse/superficial/exanthematous inflammatory changes with and without allergy (urticaria/acute eczema/erysipelas with and without hyperreactivity in the interval/and for ergotropic asthenics/here is the transition to sea climate, saline and carbon dioxide therapies.

Cold applied to the skin does not make skin grow cold because the cold penetrates into the skin (cold temperature transport in the skin is minimal) but because vasoconstriction develops. The body actively cools the periphery down. This is primary imitation of the cooling principle by the organism (own coolness). The coolth principle thus addresses the powers of the peripheral human being in the periphery. These are cooling configuring - perceptive (R.S.).

Warm principle: alkaline, sulfurous, oily, acrid substances in a warm medium. [hot oil packs and mustard packs]. To treat purulent, more granulomatous, inflammatory processes in the periphery (whitlow/boils/purulent processes in the respiratory tract/colics/ degen­erative processes in the locomotor system.

Duration of the application more or less without interruption (white cheese compresses (= Quark) until the inflammation has gone down, or in intermittent series (daily, every second day, with cool showers and fango packs).

The pathology reflects this division insofar as the first is used for acute conditions close to the site of application (erysipelas, coolth principle) and the second for chronic processes away from the site of application (asthenia, coolth principle; metabolic conditions, warmth principle).

Uninterrupted use for acute processes close to site of application Concerning the effect of cold applications, the ability to perceive needs to be restored, replacing the pathologic irritation (serous, superficial inflammatory change). In physiologic terms, this means that protopathic (sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus) sensation should become epicritical [relating to sensory nerve fibers that enable the perception of slight differences in the intensity of stimuli (touch/temperature)] perception again. We also may say that with superficial, serous, exudative, catarrhal inflammation, the inherent form process is "broken", and foreign form enters too deeply [lesions in the catarrhal mucosa during colds/hayfever/eczematous and urticarial surface changes with the "natural process imposing form"].

Serous inflammation, which is loosening and diffuse, is "structured in cold" in response to a coldness stimulus by the organism's own cooling process (cool lemon juice poultice as example). The inflammatory process is "slowed down" to the point of senseorgan development [develop­ment of an eye (R.S.)] or: acid acts forward from behind (R.S.), i.e. via the nervous system, to give form, or: the astral body is introduced into the ether body again [hayfever (R.S.)]; or: the I is connected with its peripheral supporting structure again and consolidates it (R.S.). Therefore, this is treatment consisting of an imitative, local countereffect imitating the initial stimulus given by treatment, (active cooling following the application of cold; counter action, own forms versus foreign forms/locally: peripheral stimulus for peripheral disease processes.

Warmth works in an analogous way. Granuloma is a typical inflammation with focal development. It is an organlike form (organoid) of some duration in a functional sphere that should still be largely flowing by nature - seen in the metabolic process, a premature organ or microorgan development (R.S.). A different form is imposed (segregation from the blood circulation by stasis, (migrant) cells settling in the granulation wall, increased density, central necrosis (imitation of gastrointestinal organs) in a connective tissue region which otherwise is more fluid. Local heat is applied in this case (alkaline substances such as a "soft soap bath").

"Selfdigestion" is stimulated by the inherent heat of the primary reaction, with the organism's heat core decentralized. A kind of intermediate digestion is stimulated (change/movement/will = fluxion instead of stasis).

With this treatment, the organism again imitates, as with a cold stimulus, but this time a warming process triggers the heat stimulus (selfwarming) but locally stimulates a counter process to the pathological changes - form is dissolved.

Hot applications for purulent inflammatory changes often meet with objections, as people think that when something is hot and you add more heat you get extreme heat; considering heat equal to inflammation, they think the inflammation will increase. That is not the case. Even Kneipp wrote that heat limited the inflammatory focus.

I can confirm this for the heat of inflammation and natural body heat differ in quality. With heat therapy, bluered stasis changes to pale red fluxion, with the granulomatous process dissolving. Application of ice to any inflammation should be avoided.

Serial applications to treat chronic processes distant to the site of application
The secondary reaction to the coolth principle is a reactive hyperemia taking the form of contraregulation. It follows a circadian pattern. During the day (morning), reactive hyperemia is weak; toward evening and at night it is marked because the warmth organism tends to centralize in the mornings and decentralize at night In other words, sensitivity to cold stimuli is greatest in the mornings, sensitivity to heat greatest at night.

This is why procedures to induce sweating (sauna) are effective at night, ischemic (decrease in the blood supply to a bodily organ/tissue/part caused by con-/obstruction of blood vessels) reactions

in the mornings; (R.S.) thus, the stimulus can be kept to a minimum. The physiological warmth pattern becomes excessive in pathologically ergotropic asthenics (and a rise in temperature brings rigors).

Heat has a counterregulation similar to that of cold. The skin does not grow hot in a site where local heat is applied because heat penetrates but because the organism is decentralizing its own heat. More heat then radiates off, i.e. secondary cooling as a reaction. This is why people like hot showers rather than cold when they have grown overheated in endurance sports. This goes to extremes in trophotropic (the movement of cells in relation to food or nutritive matter) pyknic (short stocky physique) patients (and when a temperature goes down).

Serial applications of cool or warm material have a polar opposite action. Application is made in the periphery, the effect is in the central, metabolic sphere. This is evident in someone with a metabolic condition who has problems coping with matter, which provides the basis for colics and degenerative changes in the locomotor system.

It is always a matter of movement being inhibited.

What kind of metabolic disorder do we have in an asthenic? His metabolism is rapid, e.g. with ingested fluids rapidly eliminated, tendency to run a temperature, stage fright, etc. but the metabolism does not manage trophotropic body building, so the individual is underweight, weak and easily exhausted. Anabolism cannot extend to the form processes. How does this relate to the world?

Cold is the sense form that enables us to take root in the temperature aspect of the world. Our senses are rooted in the world (R.S.). [The corresponding part of the plant is the root (R.S.)]. It roots in the soil; we root in the temperature aspect. Cold is its sensory sphere. When R.S. spoke of heat he was always referring to both hot and cold temperatures. He said, for instance, that a cold was heat poisoning (in light of the above: poisoning with an aspect of heat). Cold is the sense form with which we root or are rooted in cosmic heat. What is the situation if we have a pathologically ergotropic asthenic?

He seems to me to be poisoned, overcome by the world's coldness. But why? Because his own heat is too centralized; he therefore tends to overheat at the center, develop stage fright, get heated over his work and on movement, but he does not let this go out toward the world.

His periphery is cold, "painfully" exposed to sensory impressions. In other words, the heat configuration of an asthenic is not sufficiently embodied as "heat substance, heat energy". This is a disorder of anabolism at heat level.

The following show differentiation. With eczema and catarrh, the form principles of heat themselves fail = the cold side of selfconfiguration [heat ether of the upper organization (R.S.)]? These powers are not weak in the asthenic, but they cannot embody properly because insufficient metabolic heat is there to meet them (measurable temperature) peripheral "heat malnutrition". The slight build is a consequence of this. It is a weakness of the I acting from inside, struggling to gain mastery again in the central fever (R.S.), mastery of all the external stimuli that beset the asthenic. Ergotropic asthenics like to be warm, but heat does not have healing properties for them, just as cold does not for trophotropic pyknics who like it cool.

The therapeutic principle is as follows. Asthenics treated with carefullymeasured, serial, cold stimuli will increasingly develop an adaptive tolerance to cold, "learning" to decentralize their body heat in response to a cold stimulus. As a result, they respond to a cold stimulus by warming up the periphery and not with "shocklike cold". It is an exercise and must, therefore, be done in series. It is the method used in natural medicine. Thus, we have a therapy based on polar opposition, the aim being reactive warming. The principle is that the patient must never feel chilly or be cold afterward. Kneipp made his cold stimuli more and more subtle, having found that the most important aspect is getting warm again afterward for this indicates a healing process.

The situation appears to be similar with the application of heat, though as far as I know there is not so much experimental evidence. The reactive periods seen with thermal baths do, however, suggest that a principle of polar alteration lies at the back of it. The organism normally produces sufficient heat in the metabolism to enable the I to interiorize the will and change it into action in metabolism (R.S.). People with metabolic disorders do, however, have problems with intermediary "digestion": matter lies inactive in it [as a "parasitic heat focus" (R.S.)]; (parasitic, meaning not the body's own); fat, not heat and, therefore, cool the latter because heat is radiated out in a process of decentralization, cooling down centrally, which has been established by thermometry.

During the night, the decrease in body heat reaches a maximum physiologically (pathologically) if there is pathology, the central organism becomes subject to matter. Hence the problems people with metabolic diseases have during the night (colic/arthritic pain at night > from movement). In my opinion, the treatment goal is to achieve adaptive alteration of the organism with serial heat therapy so that the central body will not cool down so much during the night. Because of the circadian phases, the treatment should be done at night (vs.), but the patient should not develop a sweat. R.S. prescribed the application of heat at night (which is often a problem in hospitals).

He also said, however, that adipose subjects should not develop a sweat (in my opinion, because sweating will enhance the warmingup effect).

Such serial treatments are polar by nature:

1. because the stimulus is applied in the periphery while the effect is directed at the central (metabolic) human being;

2. they involve a secondary reaction which is the opposite of the primary reaction;

3. the interval between stimuli is the actual therapeutic principle.


Respiratory tract diseases.

Sea climate as a therapeutic principle for the abovementioned respiratory tract conditions in the catarrhal/allergic subacute/chronic stage points to the cold principle. Local and polar actions appear to combine (if one uses saline and lemon packs) "almost locally" to enhance the lung's own form principles (not those of respiration) and "almost polar" in terms of form nutrition coming from the metabolism in accord with ergotropic asthenia (v. pink puffer).

Purulent bronchopneumonia, is often seen in trophotropic pyknoathletic types. Here, the heat principle seems indicated (oil/volatile oil/mustard pack). As with the cold principle, the approach to treatment appears to be "almost local" and "almost polar" resolution of in­flammatory changes that are more granulomatous, chronic and destructuring and stimulation of a metabolism tending to be sluggish (blue bloater).

Crises must always be expected, certainly with polar serial treatment utilizing the secondary reaction, because reactive periods are set in motion. In view of this, aggravation does not mean the wrong treatment has been chosen.


The above is meant to encourage individual inventiveness and experience. The principle has proved effective for me but has to be checked in each individual case. Questions that remain include:

1. What is the situation with "derivative" treatment, e.g. mustard foot baths for migraine?

2. How should one choose the site of application? Should one apply the coolth principle always cranial to dorsal and the heat principle distal to ventral for polar therapy, or the other way round? Which parts of distal extremities are dorsal and which ventral?

To apply cold things to the body (cool, damp Oxalis compresses R.S.), initially goes against the grain. R.S.: says somewhere that all external herbal applications should be of body temperature up to cool, otherwise the action of the herbs is destroyed.

Only volatile oils (oils sulphurous?) might be applied warm. It needs the right dosage for cool Oxaliy pack on the abdomen. They should have a slightly cooling action that is local and acute, but the patient should never feel chilly; otherwise, the body's own cooling process maybe replaced by foreign cold. Asthenics need serial applications, possibly also to the abdomen, but in such a way that reactive warming occurs.

A personal experience may illustrate this. I tried to take cold showers all through the Winter because of cold extremities. And I did something even "worse" and tried to walk barefoot in the snow to the hospital every day, hoping to retrain my cold feet so that they would be "Eskimo" feet and immediately develop reactive warmth in the cold, more or less like dogs' paws. It did not work. The reason was that I did not take account of something which I have now taken into account this winter. I put my clothes on the central heating body and immediately put on warm clothes after the cold shower. Then it worked well. Kneipp said one should use cold applications but then put the patient to bed once more in the morning (this was something I could not do).

Derivative (copied) treatment tends to be seen as a mechanical matter of blood distribution. I do not think so. As stated above, all thermal stimuli address primarily the human heat organization, with the blood taking its lead from this. It will follow warmth and "shy away" from cold. 1. is a process of interiorization taking the form of movement, 2. a process of exteriorization taking the form of stasis (R.S.). The stimulus applied on the outside always encounters the human I, for the action of the I via the warmth organization is in will and metabolism or in sensory perception and form processes. This may indeed be the reason why R.S. considered external applications so important.


Folgendes hat anthroposofische Einschlüße

Frei nach: Margaret Rosenthaler, R.N.

We live in a time when there is urgent need to concern ourselves with the question of warmth in the human organism and in social relationships. Because we are educated to believe that warmth is a result of the vibrations of molecules, and therefore a byproduct of matter, a consideration of this subject must be pref­aced by some clarification as to just what warmth is.

For the ancients, warmth was the highest of the physical elements because it formed a bridge by which the soul/spiritual could descend into and work in a physical body. In ancient times such preliminary discussion would not have been necessary.

The Greek: 4 elements or states of matter: fire, air, water and earth, behind which they perceived the workings of differentiated spiritual principles.

"Earth" included anything solid. For instance, frozen water was "earth".

"Water" described any liquid substance (water and mercury being the only inorganic liquids of which I am aware which one would experience in nature),

"Air" was any gaseous sub­stance,

"Fire" anything made of warmth or heat.

The earthly element was the element of death. For a substance to be "earth" it must have been abandoned by all the other spiritual principles. Take, for instance, the human body. There are only very limited circumstances in which you would perceive a human "physical body" without its being penetrated by the other 3 principles; this you would see only in the corpse. The whole mineral realm is, from this point of view, a corpse of something which was once living and from which life has been withdrawn.

The forces of life find their home or their medium or their field of activity, in the watery element. Our folklore recognized this in tales about the "the water of life". All living plants and creatures are formed out of these forces of life which use fluids as their vehicle.

Other invisible forces become active in the element of air. As we walk out of our doorstep in the morning that which most strongly meets us, aside from the temperature, is a mood brought about by various conditions in the air and light. We experience the raging anger of a storm, the oppressive sultriness of a hot humid day and the quickening effect of clear, lightfilled air. All this has to do with feelings, awakeness, and movement (soul characteristics which distinguish the animal from the plant). Just so, we experience our feelings mainly in our chest region where we breathe.

The warmth element carried a higher principle still than the air. Consider how we experience warmth. We feel that a thing is hot or cold depending on its temperature in relation to our own bodily warmth. We can experience temperature through touch on virtually every surface of our body.

The other three elements are not perceived by us in the same way. Only warmth is perceived outwardly and inwardly.

There is another aspect of warmth. We have all experienced a "warm greeting" or walking into a room with a warm, inviting atmosphere as opposed to a cold one. It is not uncommon to describe a person as being "warm" or "cold.” These qualities are readily perceptible in the soul atmosphere around us but not perceptible to our physical senses. However, an interplay can exist between the soul and physical levels. Being interested in something or filled with enthusiasm can physically warm us, whereas we have all experienced the chilling numbness of fear.

For the ancients, warmth was the highest of the physical elements because it formed a bridge by which the soul/spiritual could descend into and work in a physical body.

Our science acknowledges only three states of matter and denies the fourth the warmth. Significantly, scientific dogma which denies the spiritual also is unable to recognize the significance of warmth. This has resulted in cultural ignorance regarding the proper care and nurturing of that warmth and is leading to many aberrations both physiological in terms of illness, and on the level of individual and social soul experience.

Modern medicine plays a crucial role in contributing to this dysfunction. Think of the drugs given for acute illness: antipyretics (against fever), anti­inflammatories, antidiarrhea drugs, steroids, antihistamines, and antibiotics. These have their consequences. We tend to think that human immunity is something we are born with, but actually, the protection we have at birth is our mother's (we carry her antibodies). Our individual immune system is only gradually developed over the course of time out of our interaction with the world. Increased warmth, fever, or inflammation is characteristic of the enhanced activity of our immune system. Our immune function works

in the warmth and serves our individuality or the spiritual part of us. It recognizes what is "ours" and protects the domain of the "I". It also distinguishes what is "not us" and removes it from our organism.

An inflammation in the body is a kind of gesture of enthusiasm (overen­thusiasm perhaps). The effect of repeatedly extinguishing it through suppressive treatment has the ultimate effect of "cooling us down" both on the soul and bodily level. Its ultimate effect is that the spirit of the human being finds it harder and harder to express itself in the physical body and to fulfill its tasks on earth. We see it expressed in the "cool" attitudes of our adolescents (who in earlier times were more full of the fire of idealism), and in the increasing difficulty of human relationships. Also, balance in the realm of soul warmth is lost so that it often gives way either to coolness or indifference or goes to the opposite extreme in exces­sive sexual activity.

Physiologically we see an escalation of illnesses which are the result of inappropriate cooling. Autoimmune illnesses of increasing variety are on the rise; immune deficiencies, blood dyscrasias, chronic fatigue conditions, and other chronic illness are all increasing. Children are not dressed warmly enough. Literally because of a "fear of fire" one has great difficulty finding natural fiber (woolen) clothes for children.

A new way of looking at illness must be learned. Obviously, the object is not that a person should seek to have a fever all the time. But if febrile illness and inflammations are an attempt by the human individuality to take better hold in the organism we should try to find a way to support the sick person without inappropriate use of suppressive treatment so that a greater state of health can be attained after recovery.


Frei nach: W.A. Edmonds

Moist Heat As Therapeutic Agent 1893

Fever and inflammation are practically constant in symptomatic and pathological association.

Define inflammation: heat, pain, swelling, tenderness, and redness. Of course suppuration, ulceration, gangrene, atrophy, hypertrophy, and the various dyscrasias.

Every case of inflammation consists essentially and primarily in a capillary blood stasis of the part. Physiologist teach us that that innumerable meshwork known as the capillaries stands as the halfway place between the veins and arteries. Whether the motion in these little radicals is a vis a tergo from the heart, or by capillary attraction, or by a sort of successive vermicular contraction, is still matter sub judice. We know, however, that upon the successful transition of the blood through these little tubules depends the suitable performance of that covert, mysterious performance known as assimilation and disassimilation the repair after waste and wear and the

removal of physiological debris. Now, any hurt or adverse agency, whether traumatic or toxic, which interferes with the capillary motion is at once announced by inflammatory manifestationsheat, pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness.

I believe the theory or idea has been generally conceded that the excess of blood in a part under inflammation depends an invitation of the circulation to take direction to the particular locality of the part under affection.

I confuse I have never been able to see either fact or sense in such explanation. Of course, there is an excess of blood in the part. How does it occur? I should say it depends upon a failure of the capillaries to send it along.

They have received a hurt, either traumatic or toxic, and fail of the part of their function. At first it may be slight; stasis adds to the obstruction; until, after a short while, obstruction and capillary failure become so complete as to arrest all motion, to be followed by extravasation, death of tissue, suppuration, ulceration, gangrene.

Commonsense would seem to say or indicate that whatever helps the disabled capillaries in an effort to send the blood along must be palliative, curative, helpful. Leeches, blisters, cupping, bloodletting have heretherefore been supposed to be the means to this desirable end.

Moist heat has a range of power and opportunity for such a purpose unequalled by any therapeutic agent in the whole resource of the curative art, whether we consider it in reference to power of action or wide range of applicability.

The vapor bath: nervous disorders, insomnia, rheumatism and cutaneous affection. Submerging the entire body in hot water is in the same line and of very great value. In the early part of the present century an ignorant, illiterate new York well nigh revolutionized the then prevalent modes of treating disease by the introduction of what soon came to be known as the "Thompsonian Practice," Thompson being the author of the plan. He came upon the stage of professional action at a time when poor sick humanity was in agony and despair from the heroical uses of the lancet, the scarificator, the blister, plaster, salivation, purging and vomiting. Taking advantage of the odium attaching to these modes, Thompson and his coadjutors had for a time a wonderful run of success. His treatment consisted almost exclusively in the use of the vapor bath coupled with the abundant ingestion of hot drinks; so that the patient had moist heat galore internally and externally. He made abundant cures, but the system gradually fell into disuse from certain crudities and excesses attending its administration.

The success of hot springs in various parts of the world, of which "Hot Springs" Arkansas is a reliable example, is simply attributable to free bathing in hot water and the free drinking of the same on an empty stomach.

Precisely the same results might be attained in the private family home if method and persistency could be accomplished in the use of the hot water internally and externally, with exemption from worry and business cares.

The "Turkish Bath," now so popular as a luxury as well as in the cure of disease, has its chief resource in the moisture and heat, together with certain manipulations incident to the administration.

The hot "sizebath," so useful in various pelvic disorders, has a marked influence upon the condition of the patient generally, while acting well upon parts locally.

Much the same may be said of a hot "foot bath," doubtful if the same amount of hot water could be applied to the same amount of external bodily space elsewhere with the same good result. In a violent acute brain disorders a protracted hot head douche will sometimes act like magic. In the thirst, nausea and vomiting attending many cases of strong fever, nothing so quickly allays the symptoms as constant sips of hot water repeated for 10 15 minutes. Hot irrigations of the intestines, with hot abdominal fomentations, bring great relief in acute dysentery. In cerebral and cerebrospinal meningitis hotwater bags to the head and spine will be found far better practice

than the habit of freezing the patient to death with icepacks and icebags. Chronic dyspeptics who suffer from eructations, furred tongue, bad breath, bad taste in the mouth, constipation of the bowels, scanty urine, may be greatly benefited by drinking a large goblet or two of hot water on an empty stomach at early rising and at bedtime.

The water may be mixed with fresh lemon juice. In very obstinate cases of this kind much may be gained by systematic hot fomentations over the epigastrium for two hours at, say, from 19 - 21 h. the applications being renewed every 20 minutes. A good hearty sip of hot water should be taken with each renewal of the compress.

This plan of hotwater drinking on an empty stomach with the evening fomentations should be continued every evening from 2 - 4 weeks, according to the needs and obstinacy of the case. I remember very distinctly getting this plan and idea some 30 years or more ago from a book on Water Cure, by an English author, Dr. Gully who enjoyed much celebrity and practice at the time. It is very remarkable how much hot water may be taken on an empty stomach, with little or no inconvenience to the individual.

In cool or cold weather it pours away through the kidneys and bladder; in hot weather it finds additional outlet through the skin in the form of perspiration, bringing a peculiar sense of cleanliness and bodily renovation, with improved secretions and excretions everywhere. I have come to attach importance to the lemon acid addition to the water, as rendering the water more palatable, and, besides, exerting a good influence on the stomach and other organs which it may reach. I usually prescribe the juice from half a fresh lemon to a point of water. Should so much juice put the "teeth on edge," the quantity must be reduced or taken less frequently.

The whole range of poultices and poulticing, whether in domestic or professional practice, would seem to depend for efficacy upon the heat and moisture contained. Every old mother or nurse knows full well that the poultice cases to do good when it gets cold. In mastitis, peritonitis, pneumonitis, pleuritis, and the whole family of furuncles, the good to be derived from the timehonored "mushpoultice" is attributable to the heat and moisture in the application. A flannel out of hot water might do just as well, except that it loses its heat and moisture too soon, necessitating the trouble of too frequent reapplication. I remember very distinctly a case of infantile pneumonia

which I had visited and prescribed for daily for a period of ten days or more without success. When I came to make my morning call I was agreeably surprised to find the child bright and almost well, fro being quite ill at my last visit. The mother told me in a sort of begpardon, apologist manner, that she had applied a poultice to the patient's chest the night before. By the way, the best material of all others, for a poultice, is flaxseed meal. It retains heat and moisture well, and has oil enough to prevent adhesion to the skin surface.

We come not to speak of a most valuable use of moist heat in the management of the various uterine disorders. The use of this agent in the domain of gynaecology does not seems to have received any special, systematic attention until within the last ten or fifteen years. Now, it is the fad of the hour, and, like many other good things in the hands of indiscreet zealots, has received some misuse in the house of its friends. Many a poor woman is today being soused, drenched and irrigated, beyond all reason and propriety, at the hands of those without wisdom or discretion. The abuse to which a misdirected zeal has brought it, is only an argument or fact that there is much in it for good as well as misuse. Today, if I should be offered the alternative to give up very other known form of local application, or accept hot water, as my only resource in such cases. I should unhesitatingly adopt the hotwater treatment as against everything else in the local line. Not that I underrate other agencies and modes, but this much by way of indicating the importance I attach to the agent I am now commending. I have now arrived at the point in my daily professional experience where I may say that I begin the treatment of every case of sexual disorder in the female with hot water irrigations. These are prescribed for morning and evening observances, from ½ gallon to 1 gallon being used at each application, from a fountain syringe. In every obstinate cases I add the use of the hot sitzbath for 10 minutes every 24 hours.

In constipation of the bowels the colon should be filled with hot water, once in 24, to be retained as long as possible, jointly for help to both constipation as well as the uterine disorder. The colon full of hot water for the time acts much as a poultice might in behalf of the sick uterus and its appendages. In the adoption of this mode I do not stop at nice distinctions as to whether the case be one of cervicitis, endometritis, perimetritis, ovaritis, uterine displacement, or subinvolution. In most cases of long standing, several, or al of these conditions, exist. Each and all are benefited by the treatment. Usually this mode of treatment embraces and exhausts its opportunities in

from 2 4 weeks. Protraction beyond this probable limit will not only be useless but may prove a source of defeat or even drawback. Any powerful agent in the treatment of disease has its limit as to usefulness, beyond which an adverse result may be expected. I beg you to indulge a slight digression while I say in most cases I conjoin the glycerole cotton tampon with the hot water, and with great seeming advantage. Indeed, I sometimes find myself almost at the conclusion that these two agencies are well nigh equal to the relief of any and every form of sexual disorder peculiar to the female. In this sweeping declaration, of course I provide exception for the demands of surgery in case lacerations, abnormal growths and malignant troubles.

As a haemostatic, hot water has come to be a valuable resource in violent haemorrhages (from one of the body cavities: stomach/bladder/uterus/intestines). In such cases it should be used just as hot as will not endanger tissue integrity, and in bold, large quantities, thrown in forcefully with a syringe in a continues stream, until some effect shall seem to have been reached. It is noteworthy that in cases where the hot water may seem a failure, the other extreme of cold water will almost surely succeed. Hot # cold water will almost surely succeed. The alternation of hot and cold water in bad uterine haemorrhages is sometimes of the very first moment.

As a disinfectant and general renovator about the sick room, it would be hard to overestimate the value of steam and hot water. It has absolutely all the elements of success: cheapness, efficiency, promptness, harmlessness.



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Het voedingsbad

Het is altijd prettig om iets te kunnen doen voor een ander. Daar hoef je niet eens hulpverlener voor te zijn. Wanneer iemand zich, zoals nu aan het einde van de winter,

al een tijdje niet zo lekker voelt of niet goed kan opknappen van een griep of andere ziekte, kun je bijvoorbeeld een voedingsbad voor hem of haar maken. Iemand zit niet lekker in zijn vel, het kraakt in zijn voegen of hoe je het maar zeggen wil. Er is geen balans, evenwicht tussen alle organen en systemen in het lichaam. Dan is het moment aangebroken om hem in bad te stoppen. Het is niet moeilijk en je doet er een hoop goed mee. Wat is een voedingsbad en hoe gaat dat dan.

Wat heb je er voor nodig:


  badjas of een groot badlaken


  lekker warm bed

  schaal, mesje

  ligbad of voor een (klein) kind een flinke teil. Vullen met water van 37 ºC.

  als ingrediënten een halve liter melk, een ei, een halve uitgeperste citroen en een eetlepel honing. Melk (kalk!) gebruik je om op aarde te komen, het ei appelleert aan het nieuwe leven, de samentrekkende citroen maakt je wakker en de honing geeft je de energie om je als persoon te uiten. Zo worden alle niveaus van het menszijn, het aardse, het vitale, het bewuste en het zelfbewuste element aangesproken.

Meng in een pannetje de melk met de honing en het losgeklopte ei. Druk de halve citroen in het bad met water van 37º C (goed controleren met de thermometer!) met de onderkant van een glas uit op de bodem. Het lukt het beste als je de halve citroen onder water even stervormig insnijdt. Voeg de inhoud van het pannetje toe aan het bad en roer het water een paar minuten goed door met een 8vormige beweging, zodat het zich door het hele bad verspreid heeft.

Dan kan de “patiënt” in het bad. Het is belangrijk dat er rust om het bad is. Geen televisie kijken ondertussen of naar harde muziek luisteren. Bij kinderen werkt het goed om wat voor te lezen of wat te zingen. In elk geval moet je erbij blijven, voor het geval dat degene die in bad ligt in slaap valt.

Na ongeveer 10 á 15 minuten kan de patiënt uit het bad komen en ingewikkeld worden in de badjas of het badlaken. Niet afspoelen of afdrogen dus! Het met een kruik voorverwarmde bed wacht. Het is vaak zo dat de patiënt dan meteen lekker inslaapt. Het is dan ook handig om het voedingsbad voor de nacht te doen, zodat het niet nodig is om je na het bad weer aan te kleden. Mocht het niet anders kunnen, dan moet er na het bad minstens een uur gerust worden.

In de regel is het genoeg om dit 1x per dag gedurende 14 dagen te doen. In totaal krijgt iemand dan 7 baden. Eventueel kun je na een pauze van 14 dagen zo’n serie herhalen.

Nogmaals: het is niet moeilijk en je doet er je kwakkelende medemens een groot genoegen mee. En het is nog leuk ook!



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