Healing with metals

From Anthroposophy

Mineral substances such as metals exist in extreme high dilutions in the air and atmosphere as well as in Water, and hence also in the fluids that make up eighty percent of the Human physical body. Well known examples are the iron or calcium in blood.

Hence the alchemical application of metals for healing physical ailments via the formative forces (of the Human etheric body and the double) has to be seen in a context of the principles of Potentization, Homeopathy and Transmutation that takes place in Man's metabolic subsystem.


  • the relationship between rosecrucian wisdom spread as fairy tales in the middle ages (and/or their origin in ancient cultures with clairvoyant mystery center wisdom), and the healing powers of metals (and/or their unconscious workings as soul healing remedies) (see Schramm under references below)


Schema FMC00.138 provides a simple overview of the seven main metals corresponding to the planetary etheric spheres, and how they operate following a different alchemical principle on different areas of Man's bodily principles and physiology. This is an initial draft with some references and by no means complete.


Lecture coverage and references

1923-02-03-GA348 talks about silver counteracts lead poisoning

1923-02-10-GA348: 'the relationship between the planets and the metals and their healing effects'

1923-02-17-GA349 talks about silica, mica and feldstar as medicines, and limestone used medicinally for malnutrition


We have a certain remedy continually present within us. The being of man requires healing all the time. The natural inclination is always for the I-organisation and the astral body to press too strongly into the physical body and the etheric body. Man would prefer to look out into the world, not clearly, but always more or less dully; he would prefer to be always at rest. As a matter of fact, he suffers from a constant illness: the 'desire to rest.' He must be cured of this, for he is only well if his organism is constantly being cured.

For the purpose of this cure, he has iron in the blood.

Iron is a metal which works on the organism in such a way that the astral body and I are prevented from being too strongly bound to the physical and etheric bodies. There is really a continual healing going on within man, an 'iron-cure'.

  • The moment the human organism contains too little iron, there is a longing for rest, a feeling of slackness.
  • Directly there is too much iron, an involuntary over-activity and restlessness sets in.

Iron regulates the connection between physical body and etheric body on the one hand, and the astral body and I-organisation on the other. Therefore if there is any disturbance of this connection it may be said that an increase or a decrease of the iron-content in the organism will restore the right relation.

... [and continues in the context of treatment of migraine]

This we can do if we administer a substance of which I spoke in the earlier lectures, namely, silicic acid. If, however, we were to give only silicic acid, we should, it is true, send back the I into the central nerves-and-senses system in the head, but we should leave the surrounding part, i.e., the grey matter of the brain, untouched. Thus we must at the same time so regulate the digestive process of the grey matter that it no longer ' overflows,' that it incorporates itself rhythmically into the whole organisation of the human being. Therefore we must simultaneously administer iron which is there in order to regulate these connections — so that the rhythmic organisation shall be placed once more in its right relation to the system lying at the basis of spiritual activity.

At the same time, however, there will be irregularities in the ' digestive ' processes in the larger brain. In the organism, nothing takes place in one system of organs without influencing others. Therefore in this case, slight and delicate disorders will arise in the digestive system as a whole. Once more, if we study the connections between outer substances and the human organism, we find that sulphur and combinations of sulphur work in such a way that starting from the digestive system they bring about a regularising of the whole process of digestion.

We have now three standpoints from which migraine can be considered:

  • (1) regulation of the digestion, the disorder of which is evident in the irregular digestive process of the brain;
  • (2) regulation of the nervous and sensory activity of the I by means of silicic acid;
  • (3) regulation of the disordered rhythm of the circulatory system by the administration of iron.

In this way we are able to survey the whole process. As I have said, migraine is an ailment somewhat despised by ordinary medicine but it is by no means so complicated as it appears when we really penetrate into the nature of the human organism. Indeed we discover that the organism itself calls upon us to administer a preparation of silicic acid, sulphur and iron — combined in a certain way.


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References and further reading

  • Alla Selawry:
    • 'Zinn und Zinn-Therapie' (Tin and Tin-therapy) (1963)
    • 'Silber und Silber-Therapie' (1966)
    • 'Metall-Funktionstypen: in Psychologie und Therapie - Zur Therapie mit Silber, Merkur, Kupfer, Eisen, Zinn, Blei und Gold' (1986, 2nd edition 1991, reprint 2017)
      • the main reference work of over 500 pages, PDF of table of contents and more info here
  • Henning M. Schramm:
    • 'The Healing Power of Planetary Metals in Anthroposophic and Homeopathic Medicine' (2013 in EN, original in DE in 1991: 'Metalle und Mineralien in der Therapie. Heilmittel-Kompendium zur anthroposophischen Medizin')
    • Märchen und Heilmittel: Eine imaginative Einführung in die anthroposophische Metalltherapie (1993)
    • Von Heilmitteln und Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm - Band 2
  • Eugen Kolisko: 'Lead and the Human Organism'
  • Eugen and Lilly Kolisko: 'Tin and the Human Organism'