Felkekur: Healthy in a Natural Way
In recent years the practice of Holistic medicine as a complement to traditional medicine, has become of increasing interest to the general public. The reason may be that a medicine based only on symptom treatment may miss the diverse and complex interactions between health, life style, nutrition and environment. Moreover, it is wiser and cheaper to support the health mechanisms of the human body and therefore prevent illnesses instead of just curing them. Almost 100 years ago the great natural healer and "clay pastor", Emmanuel Felke, rediscovered the four elements earth, water, air and fire (the basic building blocks of life for the ancient Greeks) as important methods of treatment.
Closely combined with these methods is a natural high fibre diet as well as a special exercise therapy designed to improve physical condition. In order to document the effects of the Felke-cure, Doctor Heidrun Breden (author of the book "Healthy in a Natural Way") carried out a study on 128 patients taking the Felke-cure. Within a space of three weeks, the patients showed a significant reduction in cholesterol and uric acid as well as in their liver indicators and blood pressure. The reduction started within the first week. At the same time, their vitality and physical condition increased. The results of the Felke-cure were not only a reduction of important risk factors for arteriosclerosis, (there was better protection for the heart and circulatory system) but generally improved health was combined with an increased physical fitness. The illustration above shows the lobby of the Kurhaus am Maasberg. If you look closely, you might make out the picture of the great doctor himself in the painting hanging in the background.
Lowering of Cholesterol Levels
Cholesterol is a building block for cell walls and important hormones. Too much cholesterol, though, especially LDL, is harmful. It builds up on pre-damaged arterial walls and the cells cannot be adequately removed. Less cholesterol in the blood
Lowering of Uric Acid Levels
Uric acid is created during the process of breaking down certain proteins (purine). Less uric acid in the body means:
Reduction of Blood Pressure Levels
Blood pressure is used to measure the elasticity of the vascular system. As the vascular walls stiffen, the pressure increases. The WHO has created the following norms: normal up to 140/90 mmHg; borderline up to 160/95 mmHg; high above 160/95 mmHg. Lowering blood pressure means:
Lowering of Liver Indicators
The liver is the central organ in our bodies for metabolism and for cleaning our blood. Due to the increased burdens created by external factors as well as medicines, the liver is often overtaxed. The results are:
Vitality and Fitness Increase
The less the pulse-rate increases on exertion, the better the body's fitness. It is not maximum strength that is important, but endurance. Healthy endurance is considered to be achieved if, under normal physical strain, the pulse remains below 180 minus one's age. The study demonstrated that endurance improves significantly during the Felke-cure. Subjects felt strengthened, fresher, healthier and more vigorous.
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