Reckeweg uses the
term homotoxins for all the substances harmful to the body. Homtoxins
may enter the body from outside (exogenous) or arise in the body itself
as a result of physiological or pathological reactions (endogenous). As
synthetic organic compounds become more numerous, the prevalence of
homotoxins also increases.
biological division, vicariation principle Reckeweg classified the
body's reactions to toxins that threaten i.e. homotoxins within a
morphologicotemporal framework of six successive phases.
At a higher level a
three-way functional classification into humoral (1 and 2), matrix (3
and 4), cellular (5 and 6), phases can be made.
division lies between the matrix phases 3 and 4, which emphasizes the
importance of the matrix as an interface between humoral and cellular
phases. The biological division ultimately marks the limit of systemic
regulation of an organism with the risk of transition to increasing
regulatory decoupling of its subsystems. Examples include loss of
regulatory coupling between the hormone system and the immune system
(chronic diseases) or even decoupling of cell functions (e.g., abolition
of genetically programmed cell death (apoptosis) in tumours).
division is also vital to an understanding of the vicariation principle
of antihomotoxic medicine, which states that a disease picture can be
improved or cured if, during treatment, the patient passes through the
individual phases in reverse order (regressive vicariation), finally
reaching the excretion phase, persistence of individual phases being
possible. Conversely, progressive vicariation means a worsening of