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Oligotherapy Remedies: Using Trace Elements to Cure A Cold?

This article on oligotherapy is part of a new series on lesser known soft or alternative medicines and remedies that are used as a treatment (In French called a ‘cure’) or as a preventive measure against illness or to treat emotional stress. These medicines (I use the term medicine, but they are classified as supplements or remedies) are available in Europe (some by ordering online) but they are also available in most countries and probably where you live too. There will be links on where to get these products at the end of the article. For most of these links, I have no commercial ties to these soft medicines and receive no benefit from my suggestions. As with any articles I write, my disclaimer: please do not accept my health advice as a substitute for seeking medical treatment.

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What Are Oligotherapy Remedies?

Oligotherapy is based on supplementing the diet with trace elements (trace elements are defined as any chemical element that is required in minute quantities for physiological functioning) for reaching optimal health or for treating illness and fatigue.

The human body needs vitamins, minerals and trace elements for proper nutrition and physical health. Although the physiological need for trace elements is very low, if the human body is deficient in one of the essential trace elements, then the physical health of that person may suffer in the short or long-term.

Common trace elements include essential ones you may be familar with:  copper, manganese, selenium, zinc. And other non-essential trace elements are: silver, aluminum, gold, lithium. (see list here on essential and non-essential trace elements).

Oligotherapy remedies are nutritional supplements, used as alternative medicines, based on using non-essential and essential trace elements to give the body a boost from what it may be missing in the diet.

Using oligotherapy remedies as an alternative medicine

Oligotherapy is the nutritional alternative medicinal therapy that believes in giving the body what it nutritionally needs or what it is lacking, specifically, using trace elements to achieve homeostasis (equilibrium).

Not familiar with trace elements? “Trace elements are necessary as co-factors in enzymatic reactions. They act as catalysts, binding themselves to an enzyme, activating it, and then producing a chemical reaction without them being changed in the process.” See link here for more detailed information on oligotherapy as an alternative medicine.

In oligotherapy, a patient is classified according to their diathesis, or disposition to get sick

In oligotherapy, a patient is classified into different categories called diathesis, or a disposition for an individual to get sick. A doctor (like my homeopath doctor does here in France) or another trained health professional in oligotherapy, classifies a patient according four diathesis: hypersthenic, anergic, dystonic, and hyposthenic. Each diathesis category has a trace element remedy (or combination of remedies) that are geared towards treating the body’s symptoms.

The main diathesis we use oligotherapy for is anergic, or a low defense system. A low defense system can lead to colds and other winter illnesses.

What are the different oligotherapy remedies for the common cold and winter illness?

(Source here and for more information on diathesis categories)

Copper-gold-silver (anergic)

“This non-reactive syndrome is caused by a low defense system. A deficiency in this trace element will lead to the following conditions.

Recurrent viral and bacterial infection, psychological fatigue, cancer, loss of coordination, insomnia, memory loss, suicidal tendencies, polyarthritis, cardiovascular disease, poor concentration, depression”

This is the therapy we use for common colds.

Manganese-copper (hyposthenic)

“This hypo-reactive syndrome is generally found in people who are physically delicate. A deficiency in this trace element will lead to the following conditions.

Upper respiratory infections, seasonal allergies, asthma, otitis, rhinopharyngitis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, cystitis, diarrhea, hives, urticaria, eczema, psoriasis, dysmenorrhea, atopic dermatitis, physical asthenia, arthritis, anemia, acne, headache, colitis, hypothyroidism”

This is the therapy we use for allergies and upper respiratory infections.

Read my story for more details.

My French health story on using oligotherapy

On one of my first consultations with our doctor here in France (who is a general practitioner, acupuncturist and homeopath) he prescribed a medicine for my young kids, who were toddlers at that time, to help treat their lingering colds. I looked at the bottle and never saw this type of medicine before, which was called Oligosol and was manufactured by a company called Lacatal. But we tried it, it tasted like water, and it seemed to help. In general, my children’s colds didn’t to last very long so I wasn’t sure if this Oligosol treatment was the reason.

Now we have been using this product for the last decade and it seems to keep my kids healthier. We use it either in smaller doses over a month in the  higher-risk-for-colds season, (for us in late Fall). And it can be used in higher doses for a few days if you have a cold that is set in and won’t go away.

This alternative medicine contains non-essential and essential trace elements called: copper-silver-gold.(Have you heard of it? It is quite popular here in France).

My second experience with using Oligosol was from another trace element called Manganese, manufactured from the same laboratory, which was prescribed to help my son with his (then) problem with allergies against soy and cow’s milk. We have also used the combination of Manganese-Copper to help with upper respiratory infections.

Over the last eleven years that I have consulted with this doctor, he has occasionally prescribed other oligoelements to help treat specific conditions. I cannot say that these products have either helped a lot or not helped at all, because luckily any of our health problems seem to recover quickly with other adjunct therapies that I use, in particular, good nutrition and sleep! But I believe it is worth a look at, and my doctor, whom I trust, told me that these products do work.

 Do you use over the counter medicines or something more natural to treat your winter cold?

When you have a bad cold, do you buy over-the-counter medicines or something more natural?

I cannot specifically pinpoint this product or oligotherapy in general that helped us recover from being sick. But what I can say is that using a natural product that may give the body what it needs, is a better ‘medicine’ than buying an over the counter chemical medicine used to treat colds or viral infections. But then again I try, in general, to use natural medicines to treat illness and to stay healthy rather than using other Western types of therapy.

Side effects and dangers of oligotherapy

As with any medicine, plant, herb or essential oils: strict caution to use these products in pregnancy and breastfeeding women, infants and young children. The best is to seek a doctor’s advice on using these oligotherapy remedies in these populations above.

My professional experience with oligotherapy is also limited. Personally, I have used Cu-Or-Ar (Copper-Gold-Silver) and Mn (Manganese) or Mn-Cu (Manganese Copper) during the late fall and winter months as a treatment or a preventive measure, or in the case of manganese as a treatment for allergies.

There are unitary (single) oligo-elements available on the market targeted towards specific health issues. I would caution against using these without a professional’s support. These is especially true for some non-essential trace elements such as aluminum. Trace elements are needed in miniscule amounts (extremely small doses) and by giving one trace element as a supplement (such as aluminum) you may risk disrupting the cellular processes in your body and could potentially cause a serious side effect.

However, as a month-long prevention or as a spot on cure for colds and a low defense system, I would support the use of Oligosol made by the lab called Lacatal. Here is a link on Amazon, but looking for it online or at your local pharmacy might lead to more products available.

Getting your trace elements from food and water, is it possible?

There is a challenge in getting all the essential trace elements you need in your diet. Depending on where you live (trace elements are also found in the soil), the water you drink, the fresh food you eat, you may find your diet provides (or doesn’t) all the trace elements you need. Sometime you may benefit from a supplementation of trace elements, such as provided in the products I described above.

But the main key to getting good nutrition and all essential trace elements comes from eating a variety of food from fresh food sources, ideally eating local.

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