What is the history of Biotherapeutic DrainageTM?
Classical homeopaths, using single high potency remedies are familiar with situations where their patient can aggravate. When the natural routes of elimination are blocked or inadequate, or detoxification happens too quickly, the action of the remedy will result in an aggravation.

This is not a new occurrence, because homeopaths have been discussing and developing ways to avoid aggravations. In the early 1900’s homeopaths came up with Drainage as an answer. Dr. Anthoine Nebel is credited with first describing Drainage in the context of Homeopathy.

Dr. Maurice Fortier-Bernoville (1896-1939), one of the famous homoeopaths of France, wrote about Nebel’s idea of Drainage in his book “What We Must Not Do In Homeopathy.” The objective of Drainage is to use satellite remedies first to prepare the patient for a rapid, deep and non-aggravated reaction to the similimum remedy. He described it this way:

“The theory of drainage is, therefore, before all a theory of purification of the intoxicated organism that shows symptoms which may be classified according to the successive spheres of the organism and the disappearance of these symptoms can be caused in a complete and rapid manner by the application, generally, of many remedies simultaneously or successively.”


In addition, from 1911 onwards, Dr. Léon Vannier of Paris, France, developed a similar method which he also called drainage, designed to avoid remedy aggravations.

“Drainage is the combination of measures to be used to ensure the regular elimination of toxins that burden the body of a person. I say of a person, not of persons, because the fact of great importance to remember is that drainage must always be individualized”. (Vannier, L 1950, La Pratique de l'Homeopathie, editeurs G. Doin & Cie, 4th edition, Paris. p. 454)

Dr. Vannier classified the patient’s general symptoms, functional symptoms, and lesional symptoms, which he matched with homeopathic remedies from the Materia Medica. In addition to a fundamental remedy, Vannier chose one or two draining remedies for functional and lesional symptoms. Then he added a nosode, and gave them in alternation.

Samuel Hahnemann

Actually, we can trace using such strategies to Samuel Hahneman himself, the father of Homeopathy. In the Organon, he wrote advocating the use of a single remedy, and that was so the practitioner can study the effects of each remedy. However, later in his career, there are records of Hahneman using remedies in combination.

This was documented by Dr. Julian in his 1984 paper:
Julian, O.A. 1984, "Critical Historic Research on Monopharmacy as Regards S. Hahnemann", Souvenir Silver Jubilee Homeopathic Association Delhi, 356-1 Pyare Lal Road, Bapa Nagar, Karil Bagh, New Delhi, India, 1 Jan. 1984, p.42. Dr. Julian quoted from: Samuel Hahnemann, sein Leben und Schaffen by Dr. Richard Haehl, editor Dr. Willmar Schwabe, Leipzig, 1922, Vol. II, p.187.

There were at least ten examples in which Samuel Hahenman personally used combinations of homeopathic remedies. One example is in a letter to Dr Stapf Hahnemann written on April 24, 1830. By taking Staphysagria and Arsenicum alternatively at short intervals he cured himself during a serious illness. In addition, during the cholera epidemic of 1831 Hahnemann recommended the use of several remedies, among them Bryonia and Rhus Tox, taken in alternation.

Biotherapeutic DrainageTM today

Due to industrialization in the two hundred years since Hahnemann the world has become a much more toxic place. People in today’s world are much more in need of detoxification in order to respond to homeopathic remedies. Thus, the increasing interest in and use of Biotherapeutic DrainageTM is more important now than ever before.