The sacred plant of Gabon, Iboga, became the first in worldwide scientific news, following the work of an American group. It has been known since the last century. During the thirties, it existed in France as a special pharmaceutical method. However, it disappeared like any other ancient specialties.
Many of the new pharmaceutical molecules were originated from the traditional knowledge and owe their new popularity to the simple fact that a scientific group have had access to this ancient knowledge and that the methods of modern pharmacology permits the isolation of certain active principals. A sort of transfer is actually assisted from a primitive society to a scientific society and the molecule that is recaptured acquires a famous notoriety. It is simply forgotten that this process is implicitly validated, not only for the substance but also for the steps that are driven to its choice, in which we should question and encourage by entering into the logic, although it was an ancient choice of plants or reserved substances.
For many years, I have prescribed an old French specialty, Haarlem Oil, which has been on the market since 1924. Haarlem Oil is a combination of Sulfur, Pine Turpentine and Linseed Oil, which now exists in capsules for a much easier intake.
Only few doctors know of its existence. Its history is in fact significant for many remedies, in which its roots were attached to the traditional knowledge, a very different logic from that of today. This traditional alchemy proved to be effective since it was proven and tested by modern critics. Remedies like the Iboga have risks to disappear before it is even noticed, as there will not always be a scientific group to popularize it. Haarlem Oil was not always around but it has been used since the 17th century. It is a result of the work of the alchemist named Claas Tilly, who continued the work of Paracelse and his assistant Van Helmont, with the help of the great Doctor Hermann Boerhave, from the University of Leyden. Paracelse and Van Helmont believed to have studied and researched to resolve the alchemic arcanum.
Haarlem Oil as a solution
Haarlem Oil was established since 1696 and it was already famous all over Europe. Those who represented the Haarlem Oil in the alchemist logic were not part of the present. However, what we need to know is that the objective of this was medical and it consisted of opening the salts, the metals and the metalloids, so that, it could be therapeutically active. Today, we call this as “bioavailable”, a reducing agent in relation to alchemic procedures.
Paracelse, Van Helmont and their successors, Tilly and Boerhave, were convinced that the illness was a result of the “tartaring of the organisms” and it was necessary to find a solution to “melt the tartar” or to eliminate the circulating toxins. We were not surprised to learn that Haarlem Oil was used for this solution since it was called the great remedy of “Gravelle”, commonly known as urinary lithiasis and biliary.
What’s surprising is that when we know that the alchemists considered sulfur as the best carrier of energy and that its central role is in energetic metabolism in humans, especially for the functionality of the mitochondrion.
In 1963, Haarlem Oil appeared with these properties in the medical encyclopedia of Professor Jean Hamburger. It was also cited in medical journals in the hospitals of Paris (No. 9 – 1963) as an inescapable remedy of lithiases.
Haarlem Oil and its chemical structure
In a chemical point of view, Haarlem Oil today is partly deciphered and its action could be partly explained by the presence of non-oxidized sulfur and colloidal metalloids, in which the level of its bioavailability is astounding. It is found in the lungs after half an hour and in the intervertebral joints after an hour. Its role is important but we end up forgetting about it. Consisting of sulfuric amino acids (methionine, cysteine, taurine), sulfur has a structural role in proteins, in the tissues, the bones, the skin and a plastic role in the cartilages and the arterial walls.
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