Oligotherapy is the branch of homeopathy that uses oligo elements, also known as trace minerals, as main ingredient. Trace minerals are chemical elements required by our body’s organs to perform properly. Oligo elements are prepared according to homeopathic standards and used for treatment of conditions caused by deficiency of such minerals.
The deficiency of trace minerals is the result of bad diet, the current western lifestyle and the industrialization of food, etc. All the aforementioned lead a person to not obtain the required amounts of trace minerals, raising the rate of chronic diseases. Permanent tiredness, rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, depression, insomnia, migraine headaches, rheumatic pain, chronic pains in the abdomen are a few conditions caused by deficiency of trace minerals and therefore, can be treated with oligo elements. Additionally, some foods may influence negatively the absorption of trace minerals. Here are a few situations that could prevent such absorption as well:
Excess of vegetal fiber prevents proper absorption of iron, calcium, and magnesium. For example, wheat bran (which is useful for constipation and prevention of tumors in the intestine) doesn’t let calcium to be properly absorbed.
Mixing some foods may produce a negative competence among some trace minerals. For instance, foods rich in calcium compete with zinc; magnesium competes with calcium; and iron competes with zinc.
Atmospheric pollution also affects the balance of trace minerals; the effect that pollution can have over our body with metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium could be devastating.
It is fundamental for every organ to receive necessary amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals so that they can function properly. Although trace minerals are required in very small amounts, they are essential for development of cells and most of the body’s biochemical reactions, such as hormone synthesis, food digestion, and immune system.