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Felke Cure - healing with clay following the principles of vicar Emanuel Felke
Vicar Emanuel Felke (1856-1926), who was also known as the clay vicar, was ahead of his times in many ways. Early on he was interested in natural medicine and as well as studying theology, he also studied medicine for some time. Felke had become popular when he started to treat patients suffering from diphtheria with homeopathic medicine in his first pastorate in Cronenberg (Germany). He studied the natural healing methods used by Kneipp, Prießnitz, Hahnemann and Paracelsus as well as other experts and combined them into a unique holistic therapy. Felke aimed to improve the way in which the human body functioned and to activate the body’s self- healing power.
During his time as a vicar he founded the first natural medicine clinic in 1898 in Repelen (Germany), where patients were cured using vicar Felke’s principles. They combine light, air, water and earth (natural elements), exercise and rest (rhythm therapy) as well as nutrition (fasting cure, vegetarian, gluten and milk free diet).
Nowadays, elements of Felke therapy can be used in acupuncture, homeopathy, colon hydrotherapy or psychological support.
When doing the Felke cure, the day starts with a bath, where the body is rubbed. This would ideally be taken outdoors. This is followed by aqua gymnastics. Traditionally a hot herbal tea is served between the having the bath and doing the gymnastics.
A clay bath follows breakfast. This is normally taken outside in the summer and in cooler months, healing clay full body therapy can be taken in a steam bath (Rasul bath). A rest is recommended after lunch. This includes a hay flower wrap around the area of the liver, which stimulates the metabolism.
As well as following a vegetarian diet during the Felke cure, it is also recommended to do a Buchinger fasting cure.
Common diseases like general exhaustion, burn-out syndrome, arthritis, spinal problems, and metabolic disorders of the liver and pancreatic or gastro-intestinal illnesses can be treated with the Felke cure.
The Felke cure is not suitable for those suffering from depression, infarcts or strokes.
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