Organotherapy - Sarcodes - Sarcodes are made from hormones, organs, and other physiological parts and appear to have the capacity to exert a direct effect upon the materials from which they’ve been derived. They’ve been in use for generations and even the highly esteemed Constantine Hering advocated their use as early as 1834.

Most of the sarcodes however, have not been proved and are prescribed clinically rather than homeopathically, but there are some exceptions.

Corticotrophin (ACTH) proved by Templeton in 1956. Cortisone, also proved by Templeton in 1963DNA, proved by Julian in 1972,. Histamine, RNA, and Thyroidinum have also been subjected to provingsand so can be used in accordance with homeopathic principles.

Traditionally, only 3 different potencies of these remedies are used. 5 or 6C potencies tend to stimulate the activity of the tissue, cell type or hormone from which the remedy is derived, 7C potencies provide a normalising effect and the 9C potency appears to inhibit.

The ultimate contemporary authority on the subject of sarcodes is Dr Max Tetau, a French homeopathic physician whose seminal work, Dynamised Organotherapy, contains most of what’s available on the topic. As he points out, the main requirement for the successful use of these medicines is an understanding of the pathology involved in the disease being addressed.

Clinical application

As an example of how these products can be used, most forms of arthritis involve some aspect of cartilage breakdown. This being the case, a 5 or 6c preparation of the cartilage will help to correct the problem by stimulating the regeneration of the cartilage within the affected joint.

Max Tetau advocates the use of bone marrow in a 4C or 5C potency as a means of regulating bone metabolism and osteoblast/osteoclast equilibrium. Recently, a well-known South Australian practitioner has successfully assisted the recovery of a patient with multiple myeloma through the use of bone marrow 5C.