Drainage and Detoxification — Parallel Traditions in Clinical Homeopathy

The extracellular matrix—the ground regulation—was first described in 1953 by Alfred Pischinger in Austria. It states that the body’s functional unit of organ cells interacts as a system with the extracellular space called the extracellular matrix to support detoxification through communication with the lymphatic system and other organs of excretion (kidneys, lungs, GI).

The recent discovery of a lymphatic drainage system in the central nervous system (CNS) has some similarities to the recent recognition of the importance of the gut microbiome. Both discoveries have altered the ways in which we consider detoxification, drainage, and the use of homeopathic remedies. In searching for T-cell gateways into and out of the meninges, investigators recently discovered functional lymphatic vessels lining the dural sinuses that are able to carry both fluid and immune cells from the cerebrospinal fluid, and are connected to the deep cervical lymph nodes. Supporting detoxification and drainage.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the evidence supporting detoxification and drainage in health and disease
  • Understand the role of the lymphatic system, GI microbiome, and extracellular matrix and Pischinger’s ground system in detoxification
  • Understand the role of homeopathic medicine in supporting detoxification

David Riley, MD is a board member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) and the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the US (HPCUS). He is also an Editor with The Permanente Journal and Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal (IMCJ) and the AIHM Journal Club. In 1994 he developed a training program for new physicians in homeopathy and subsequently participated in the development of an online homeopathic learning module for the University of Arizona. He lectures internationally on different styles of homeopathic prescribing including clinical and classical homeopathy, bioregulatory medicine, and anthroposophical medicine.

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