Fasting has been an integral part of virtually all religions as well as medicine for thousands of years. In the religious context, the emphasis was on the spiritual aspect of fasting, i.e. turning to God and one’s fellow human beings and immersing oneself in prayer and penance. There were times, in which there was almost exclusively the religiously justified fasting, but again and again also the medical-therapeutic therapeutic fasting became again into the focus. Around 1880, the American physician Henry Tanner submitted himself to a fasting cure of 42 days. His goal was to prove that even prolonged deprivation of food need not cause damage to health. The practical physician E. H. Dewey recognized the health-promoting effect of fasting and passed on his findings. Dr. Otto Buchinger made an attempt to cure his rheumatoid arthritis with a three-week fast – with success! From his fasting experience he developed fasting according to Buchinger, as it is still used today.
Many doctors, especially family doctors, are nowadays rather skeptical about fasting. However, this is probably due to the fact that there is simply a lack of experience as far as methods, application examples or possible side effects are concerned.
There are however numerous fasting hospitals, for example in Überlingen, Pyrmont or Marbella, in order to call only some, which specialized in fasting. Also many university hospitals in Germany, e.g. the Charité in Berlin use the therapeutic fasting successfully.
Buchinger fasting is a gentle but very effective method of restoring vitality and energy to the body.