Spagyric medicine is a ancient form of botanical medicine and is similar to that of homeopathic medicine, in the sense that through the process of creating a spagyric tincture the herbal remedy becomes more potent and reaches a highly energized state.1,3,4 Spagyric medicine, theory, and philosophy have much more depth than I just stated and if the reader is keen to learn more I would point them to the references listed at the end of the article.
Spagyric tinctures differ from regular botanical tinctures in that the process of creating the tincture a remedy is created that not only is in a highly energized state but also incorporates the minerals found in the herb back in to the tincture.1,2,3,4 This is a significant difference because once a regular botanical tincture is made the remaining plant material is generally discarded, including any of the constituents not extracted.
A spagyric tincture involves at least three steps, that of separation, purification, and cohobation (recombination).1,3 Separation involves an extraction with alcohol to separate various constituents, for approximately 40 days. Purification involves a process of grinding and burning the remaining dried plant material until it becomes a white ash. Cohobation involves recombining the white ash with the liquid extract, again for approximately 40 days. These steps may involve heat and agitation.
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- Junius, M. M. (2007). Spagyrics: The alchemical preparation of medicinal essences, tinctures and elixirs. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.
- Liquid Herbal Extracts. (n.d.). Retrieved April 3, 2016, from http://www.botanicahealth.com/processes/extracts/
- Sinclair, J. (2013). The alchemy of herbal medicine: Spagyric tinctures, elixirs and the vegetable stone. Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, 25(4), 188-194.
- What is Spagyric Medicine. (2013, April 09). Retrieved April 03, 2016, from http://www.spagyricmedicine.com/spagyric/what-is-spagyric-medicine/