Story of Heel
In the late 1920's, a conventionally-trained German physician, Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg,
M.D. (1905-1985), began researching and experimenting with homeopathic remedies.
He was initially drawn to homeopathy while in medical school when a homeopath cured
his father of a serious kidney disease. He completed his medical degree, then went
to Berlin to study with masters of homeopathy. Once he began treating patients with
homeopathic remedies, Dr. Reckeweg noticed how quickly the patients required another
remedy. This concerned him since he was closely following the guidelines of well-experienced
homeopaths. In his practice he observed that many human diseases seemed to be caused
by exposure to toxins, both of external and internal nature. He termed this principle
"Homotoxicology"; in other words, the study of toxins to humans. The presence of
such toxins was undeniable in view of the increasingly polluted environment and
widespread damaging lifestyle choices.
Dr. Reckeweg expanded Homotoxicology into a medical theory with many innovative
aspects. He elaborated a six-phase table of Homotoxicology, by which physicians
can trace a patient's medical history and locate the present medical complaint.
He described 'vicariation' of illnesses (i.e., improvement and deterioration) and
codified a Great Defense System of Five Parts. His treatise on Homotoxicology was
published in 1955.
Dr. Reckeweg obtained better results with combinations of homeopathic remedies than
with single remedies and took to developing formulas for his own patients. Consequently
other medical colleagues began requesting his combination formulas. The number of
requests escalated so rapidly that in 1936, Dr. Reckeweg founded a company to produce
his medicines. He called the company Heel (an acronym of four Latin words: herba
est ex luce or 'Plants come from light') Between 1936 and 1979, he developed over
one thousand homeopathic combinations and Heel grew to become the world's leading
producer and marketer of homeopathic combination products, with product distribution
throughout the world.
In 1979, with the goal of introducing his combination formulas to the U.S., Dr.
Reckeweg relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Soon after his arrival he began formulating
homeopathic combination medicines and created a new company, Biological Homeopathic
Industries (BHI), to produce and market his products. BHI entered the U.S. market
with a line of some 50 newly combined homeopathic preparations, homeopathic publications
produced by S.O.H.N.A. Publishing Company, seminars for physicians, and sales representatives.
Upon the death of Dr. Reckeweg in 1985, BHI's name was changed to Heel. Today Heel
is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Heel products to health care practitioners
throughout the U.S. Heel also manufactures and markets its BHI product line to health
food retailers as well as health care practitioners in the U.S., and exports to
many foreign markets as well as offers contract manufacturing to domestic companies.
1. Ordinatio Antihomotoxica . Heel GmbH. 1986:480.