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Autopathy: Healing with potentized Saliva

Jiri Cehovsky
Written by Jiri Cehovsky

The author, a homeopath of 20 years, has developed a healing method that uses the patient’s own potentized saliva for healing. He has termed this method autopathy and describes it’s method, results and potential.


The birth of a new discipline never comes without antecedents. It is formed through the work of many people and the wisdom of generations. In establishing the basic precepts of homeopathy Hahnemann drew much from the classical inheritance of the Greek physicians and medieval alchemists, as well as from the extensive European herbalist tradition. Autopathy’s roots also reach far back into the past. The therapeutic holistic effects of a person’s own urine, for example, were known in India long ago and were widely used in Ayurveda. European folk healers recommended a person’s own urine in closing wounds. Healing by means of human secretions, however, only assumed its proper and most effective form when some American homeopaths in the nineteenth century began to use potentised, highly diluted human secretions on the principle of oequalia  oequalibus curantur, like cures like. They referred to this as isopathy and proceeded overwhelmingly from the opinion influenced by common medical practice, which focuses on diagnosis and the cure of localised illnesses. For example, the well-known homeopath and author of the materia medica, Adolph Lippe, in an article in The Homeopathic Physician (April 1884, p.83) refers to his colleague Lux, who said that “In accordance with this principle, all contagious diseases carry with them in the shape of their infectious matter their curative remedy.” They potentised the diseased secretions, for example in the case of epidemics, and then administered them to patients with the same illness. Obviously, this bears a certain resemblance to vaccination. They called the process “isopathy”.

Today, isopathy is used to treat, among other things, people whose health has suffered as a result of a certain type of vaccination. They are given the same vaccine, but this time homeopathically diluted. The potentised poison of a viper can be used isopathically to treat a viper’s bite. Nevertheless, this understanding of isopathy has some drawbacks – it ignores certain central aspects of homeopathy, primarily its holistic concept. And it goes against what Hahnemann said about Homeopathy: that it is treatment on the principle of “like cures like”. Isopathy thus ceases to be homeopathy. Opinions on this matter, however, varied. In The Medical Advance, volume XXXII, no. 2, 1894, p. 59, the well-known homeopathic doctor J.H. Allen from Indiana wrote: “I will give proof that I think will be fully convincing to most minds that so called Isopathy is but the highest phase of similia in the highest sense.”

The medications created on the basis of this philosophy were called nosodes. One of these nosodes, originally used to treat innate dispositions to cancer and to relieve pain caused by cancer was Carcinosin, which was prepared by J.T. Kent. Its holistic picture was  discovered fifty years later.

Only in the twentieth century do we find the first instances of homeopaths daring to administer a potentised preparation to the same person from whom the pathological material was obtained. The classical French homeopath Julian has left a record of this in his book Nosodes. He writes that he was on holiday when he was called to treat a man with very bad herpes and found himself (as he explains apologetically) without any remedies. “The herpes was on the left side of the face. Blisters and ulcers had spread to his forehead, face, cheek and upper lip; the mucous membrane of his left nostril and the upper part of the roof of the mouth had also been affected, as had a swollen left eye-lid with blisters and swollen conjunctiva.” He had a temperature of 38.80 C and a quickened pulse. He suffered from insomnia, vomiting and strong headaches.” Dr. Julian prepared an isopathicum from the discharge from an ulcer on the roof of his mouth. He diluted this in water to the sixth centesimal, or very low, potency, and mixed the final dilution with spirits. He then administered this preparation from the beginning every half hour. To begin with the pain increased, but on the second day it fell markedly, the vomiting passed and the patient was able to sleep properly again. By the second day the herpes had already reduced by a half and the swelling had disappeared. Within a few days all that was left were some healthily falling scabs.

Nevertheless, I should say that references to isopathy or even auto-isopathy (treatment of the same person from whom the material was obtained) are extremely rare in homeopathic literature. In my computer I have the Reference Works homeopathic programme, which contains about one hundred materia medica and repertories, some of them ten volumes long, plus ten thousand pages of articles from specialist magazines, yet if I use the search engine to find these and related words from among the entire volume of the literature it only comes up with a few, very brief references. The example cited above is the only well-described case of auto-isopathic treatment that I have been able to find in the vast library of Reference Works. And this was not even a holistic treatment.

Of particular interest is the reference by the French doctor Bon Hoa in an article on Carcinosin for the British Homoeopathic Journal. His note is a single sentence, a brevity quite typical for this subject: “Some patients who have responded to Carcinosin but whose improvement only lasted a short time have derived benefit from auto-isopathy.  I give a single dose of Pharyngeal Mucus 30 CH.” A sentence that, if we think about it, merits expanding into a thick and sizeable book that could bring much relief to the sick. It points out that potentised, ordinary, non-pathological phlegm from the same person can have a holistic effect on the health of most people that use it. It is, however, just a fragmentary reference and there is nothing more on this method in the article.

This and similar references nevertheless arouse one’s curiosity and thus, some years ago, I began to look into the subject more deeply. For example, in an old catalogue from the London Ainsworth Pharmacy I found an offer to produce a high potency of a person’s own blood or other bodily fluids. When I asked if they could give me these potencies they replied that they cannot to continue this line. They did not explain why. One of the pharmacy’s employees did, however, inform me that they had produced these preparations and they had many years’ experience with them, particularly with animals. And that for such a treatment it was necessary to go up to a very high potency. He wrote to me: “the higher the better.” That such treatment is regularly practised on animals in England is testified to by the reference (again brief) in Dr. MacLeod’s Veterinary Homeopathy (C.W. Daniel, 2000).

The result of these researches was the discovery that auto-isopathy is a sort of thirteenth chamber of homeopathy. And there followed an irrevocable decision – to continue in this line. To gather information and experience. To take steps to make it possible to potentise a person’s own fluids, these being healthy, normal saliva (without abnormal admixtures of pathogenic bacteria or viruses ) which are undoubtedly “…the highest phase of similia in the highest sense” and carry detailed information of the state of the whole organism. As was to be shown later, they really are capable of being most precisely tuned to the frequency of the fine-matter creative centre (the dynamis) inside the person of which they are the material product. Elevated by potentisation  in pure water into homeopathic dilution, the fine-matter form, they can, using a precise resonance, cause the sick person’s enfeebled fine-matter creative sphere to reverberate again in its original frequency and bring about a return to the organism’s original structure, to health. It is no longer a matter of the highest and nearest similarity of the healing product, but directly of sameness. Of the nearest frequency structure that may occur in nature. The closest similarity is sameness.

Why “autopathy”?

I should explain why I call it “autopathy” and not “isopathy”, or “auto-isopathy”. The term comes from the British Homoeopathic Library’s list of professional terms published on its website, where autopathy is mentioned as one of the terms under auto-isopathy. As is evident above, the word isopathy is closely related to the treatment of localised pathology. The exudation of a certain illness cures this illness. Isopathy has thus historically not claimed to be a holistic form of treatment. My method, however, deals exclusively with a holistic approach, in the spirit of Hahnemann’s phrase: I don’t cure the illness, but the person. That’s why I’ve chosen a term that is not encumbered by this “pathological” consideration. And because it’s  new, neither is it encumbered by a mass of other prejudices that sometimes originated in homeopathy as part of the numerous “schools” and approaches. Autopathy, enriched from different sources,  is continuation of homeopathy by other means. I understand it primarily as a spiritual discipline, an individual journey to connect with the higher levels of the universe. Improving the organisational function of the individual higher creative sphere leads necessarily to an improvement in the person’s entire hierarchical spiritual system, throughout his physical body and onwards. Autopathy is a means by which to establish overall harmony, not only cure symptoms of diseases. It’s a gradual homeopathic journey to a state of higher understanding and happiness.

About the author

Jiri Cehovsky

Jiri Cehovsky

Jiri Cehovsky was born in 1947 in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. He got involved in homeopathy around 1980, when his family started to suffer from chronic health problems. For nineteen years he has worked on the committee of The Homeopathic Society, most of the time as its chairman. Eight years ago he started to use autopathy in treating clients. His first book on autopathy (Autopathy: A Homeopathic Journey to Harmony) came out in 2004. In 2007 his 2nd book on autopathy, Get Well with Autopathy, was published. Jiri presents courses and seminars on autopathy at the Homeopathic Academy in Prague. Visit Jiri at his website: www.autopathy.info


  • I am impressed with the idea of Autopathy. Where can I obtain/buy the necessary apparatus?

    Thank you for sharing this method.

  • How much qwantity of saliva you recomend for certain qwantity of water?
    Have you tried this potentised water with spirit(1or2drops)?or any body in your contact?
    sadanand dixit

  • Sir,
    Any study conducted to audit the treatment.That is to say,to get information on a)average duration of a treatment for a cure for a particular disease ,preferably with minimum and maximum ttime taken,b)any supplementary medicines prescribed during the course of the treatment to accelerate the cure,c)Is there any case of a relapse of a partcular disease,after a cure?.If so,duration of cure and time between the cure and appearance of the relapse,
    d)Any unsuccessful or long duration treatment for a partcular disease to a cure!,e)what is % of success for a cure within 6 months ,1 year and 2 years treatmment etc.
    Such information will prove the protocol beyond any realm of sceptics.Any way,
    Jiri Cerohvsky deserves congrats for his innovative approach in the system.

    • Yes, autopathy deserves a well conducted clinical trail , a statistical pool etc. None of it was organized till now – it is very similar to holistic homeopathic treatment which has also very poor statistic data till now. I hope that some day somebody would release some funds to do it. But on the other hand everybody can very soon after using potentised information of his body experience its effect. Autopathy is suitable also for self- treatment, which is usually successful. In my book Autopathy:A Homeopathic Journey to Harmony is a chapter for self-treatment. It is not necessary to wait until medical establishment accept this method – it could last over 100 years.

  • “Nevertheless, this understanding of isopathy has some drawbacks – it ignores certain central aspects of homeopathy, primarily its holistic concept. And it goes against what Hahnemann said about Homeopathy: that it is treatment on the principle of “like cures like”. Isopathy thus ceases to be homeopathy”.

    Curious, because Hahnemann’s Paris Casebooks mentioned just the opposite. He entered the term “Auto” for Isopathic treatments of his patients. These would later be followed up with other typical remedies from the materia medica.

    I read this, perhaps from David Little… this is from some years back and from memory.


    • Autopathy is really a hope for patients suffering from chronic diseases. I wish to ask Jiri Cehovsky that apart from Prague, does he treat patients in UK or elsewhere? If not how could the overseas patient contact him for treatment?



  • Talking about the “Autopathic”bottle,it is said that

    “The Autopathic bottle is designed to be used only once or for a limited period of time only in order to avoid the possibility of cross contamination from the memory of the glass, which can retain the previous potency even after removing the drops. The production of homeopathic remedies has shown that new glass should always be used.”

    Can you clarify the point which i understand means that in a new case we have to use a new “Autopathic” bottle each time?

    This does not prove to be cost effective,in the sense that each bottle cost around 34 US$,and each time it has to be rejected;and a new bottle utilized.

    May be i am not getting the correct picture.I say this as i am interested in purchasing your E book and the bottle as i with one of my colleague Dr Sarfaraz would like to use it in our charitable clinic in Karachi Pakistan,which we have been running for past 6 years.

    I will appreciate if you can clarify the points
    Thank you
    Dr Wequar

    • I have cases where a higher potency made in Autopathic Bottle was used only once for a long period of time with perfect effect – cured Crohn disease (3 years to the secon repetition of potency), Psoriasis (4 years) etc. Only one bottle was used only once. But it is useful very often “ …to repeat a potentised preparation frequently, at regular intervals, and especially for serious pathologies. It involves regularly repeating a certain potency and only occasionally increasing it and then only very finely. Example: A client whose vitality corresponds to a potency of 120 C. I recommend her to prepare a preparation in this potency, but, after preparing it, instead of throwing the bottle away to put it back in the plastic bag and in the box. Once a week she should repeat the preparation in the same potency using the same bottle and wait for further instructions, for example for three months. Before storing the bottle she should shake it slightly so that not too much water remains inside. If she continues to repeat the preparation in this fashion she should exchange the bottle for a new one after three months. Generally, if the preparation is made frequently in the same bottle, after three months at the latest, it is necessary to replace the used bottle with a new one. Taken into account has to be the “memory of the glass” and that the “vibration picture” of our organism after a longer time gradually changes. When we mix the old picture with the new one, the “mixture of potencies” that was produced repeatedly in the same bottle loses gradually the similarity with the current state and with it also its effect that finally disappears. “
      But in the book there is a description how to prepare a potency of saliva also in any clean bottle (and how to clean the bottle) using Korsakoff principle. These lower potencies are useful namely in emergency while in treatment of chronic diseases (where higher potencies are used) it is necessary to apply a flux dilution in the AB.
      It is really useful to read the book Autopathy: A Homeopathic Journey to Harmony where many such questions are answered.

  • Dear readers

    I wanna make some notes for readers about lacks of real data concerning Isopathy as follow below:

    Autoisopathic methodology in reality it had been used by the first in accordance wih modern medical literatura by an french monk in the end of 19th century in ancient Palestine, as reported by Dr.Max Tetau, MD from Paris,France.

    Otherwise late Prof,Dr.Roberto de Andrade Costa,MD, brazilian immunologist developed by the method he called Alive Nosode with dilutions and dinamizations of pathogenic agents in 29 DH low and 1260 higher DH potencies,in accordance with each specific case, and used also this same method with basis in autoisopathic treatment for his Aids patients using samples of blood of such patients in absence of Aids virus not provided by medical labs and neither authorities in the early 80 last century when he made his advanced medical researches in his home lab.in Petropoliis,State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    When he obtained his first top results with this therapeutical methodology published later in his best seller sold out book:

    Homeopatia TRI-UNA-Escola Brasileira (Triple Homeopathy-Brazilian School)where he with courage without any support published such results with medical labs reports printed for readers and brazilian medical community be informed about such real results and now consagrated in South America & Europe by the medical homeopathic community.

    Later in the last decade od 20th century Dr.Anna Kosac Romanach,MD,retired brazilian top professor of Clinical Homeopathy published her book ISOPATIA (Isopathy) on sale yet in brazilian edition,with further and fantastics results about this medical methodology with several results and study cases as well…

    With further medical pictures taken by the author and printed in her top medical book to illustrate each case in special as well..
    Hope readers have a better and realistic overview about the Isopathy as a valid medical therapy associated to the homeopathy nowadays..

  • In your experiences how long does it generally take for someone to respond to a 30c dilution? Also, is the sensation of healing through autopathy the same feeling sensation as one can expect with a homepathic constitutional remedy?

  • 30 C dilution is suitable only for emergency and just on the beginning of treatment. In most cases potencies like 120C, or 200C or even 1M are necessary. You can find the advice which potency for what kind of states in my book Autopathy: A Homeopathic Journey to Harmony http://www.autopathy.info/
    Generally it works according to Hering´s laws of cure – the same way as a constitutional remedy. People sometime refer even to euphoria. There can occur a homeopathic aggravation etc.
    The response for 30C can last hours, days or months according to inner state of the person.

    • hey Jiri thanks for the response. Also, do you have any plans on a messageboard forum on your site? i’m sure a lot of people could benefit from the discussion and help from other people and their experiences. Maybe a basic instructional video of a 30c prep would also be helpful. thanks Brian

      • There are some videos on autopathy on YouTube, but they are not in english. What a pity! This method seems to be very special.

        • ya i saw those, but ya it’s not in english, and it’s also not instructional. i might find a translator online, ha!

  • Hello Jiri,

    I bought your book on autopathy a few days ago. I have been trying to read up on autopathy as much as I can. Recently I chanced upon this case study by a member of the hpathy forum.


    Why do you think the saliva nosode stopped working? Was there actually a saliva proving? I would very much appreciate your views on this case.

    • A proving of human saliva would not contribute to autopathy as everybody has his/her own saliva which has slightly different picture. Everybody´s vibration pattern (an inner melody) is an original. Therefore I recommend to use allways the saliva of the person which is to be influenced. Than the resonance effect is the strongest and you can see results. As you can find in the book, every potentised bodily fluid and even your own potentised breath can induce resonance upon vital force and therefore heal, read http://www.autopathy.info/
      Homeopathic resonance (if it is really a resonance and not a suppression induced by a wrong medicine) brings always a positive influence upon organism and there is no need to antidote it. But you can do it by means of allopathic drugs or by homeopathic remedies selected only by chance etc. Autopathy cannot suppress.

      • Hello Alka,

        As to your question concerning the case of the dog: The saliva nosode was in too low potency (12 C). In cancer cases I start with 40C or 80C potency daily, usually in combination with Carcinosinum 200 and with a specific remedy , for the spleen it could be CEANOTHUS AMERICANUS (according to Ramakrishnan).

        Jiri Cehovsky

        • Thank you Jiri. Your answer was very helpful!!

          My son and I have experienced some excellent results after our potentized saliva preparations. With allergies like that, I would not have believed it possible. May the miracles of homeopathy / autopathy continue in all our lives.

  • Jiri, So what do you think of this.

    I took a 40c oral remedy of the saliva nosode with the autopathic bottle. I did feel a sense of energy like something was happening, yet, nothing actually happened. I’m sure it wasn’t placebo, because there was a sense of “acting”, and also i felt different in what seemed like a good feeling. I’ve taken homeopathic remedies in the past so i can tell when something is working on a good level.

    So is it to soon to tell if it acted, or did it not act because i didn’t apply to my forehead? I was expecting a more physical response i guess, and i definitely don’t think it was too small a does for the first time either. thoughts?

  • so what happened here? no response, and its been months. I wish someone would start a messageboard for more information. it seems fascinating but i still haven’t gotten it to cure