Spagyric was created by Paracelsus (1493 – 1541), a great Swiss physician. Paracelsus travelled to many countries to increase his medical knowledge and experience. A professor of medicine at the prestigious university of Basel, he practised and lectured in many major European medical centres. He studied medical alchemy, astrology, herbal medicine and spirituality, always seeking new information.
Paracelsus is regarded as the founder of alternative medicine, the sixteenth-century equivalent of Hippocrates and one of the pioneers of the European pharmacy and pharmaceutical chemistry. He wrote more than 300 papers including practical medicine and chemistry, mostly published by his followers after his death.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in a wonderful speech when he was President-elect of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 1982, referred to the great contribution of Paracelsus in promoting good health.
The German physician Dr Carl Friedrich Zimpel (1801-1879) made a notable contribution to this area of natural medicine and PHYLAK-Spagyric medicine is based on his method. Having delicate health himself he tried cures in several spas and after graduating in philosophy and medicine he travelled extensively for decades. At the age of 70 and after his key experiences with Count Cesare Mattei (1809-1896), Zimpel published his” Medical home treasury”, an exhaustive body of information.
After his death his work was forgotten until it was rediscovered in Germany around 1930. Following that, Spagyric had an official place in Europe and in the German Pharmacopoeia.