The Purpose of a Spagyric: The Most Asked Question About Spagyric Herbal Remedies


The Purpose of a Spagyric: The Most Asked Question About Spagyric Herbal Remedies

I vividly remember the first time I was introduced to spagyrics (spa-jeer-icks). It was my first day on the job working at Vera Herbals and founders, Tyler and Nicole, gave me the full rundown on the spagyric making process. It was a strange and foreign concept that sounded all very interesting, but also especially perplexing. Not only did it take me a solid week to remember how to pronounce it correctly, but it took me much longer to learn exactly what spagyrics entails. As my journey with making spagyric medicine continues, I now get to educate others on the extraordinary power of spagyric remedies. So, without further ado, this blog aims to answer the most basic questions involving spagyrics, as well as explain the purpose of a spagyric extract.

What Does Spagyrics Mean?

Spagyrics is the alchemical preparation of all herbs and fungi. The word “spagyrics” is derived from the Greek roots: spao (to separate) and agerio (to recombine), and this is exactly the objective of the spagyric extraction process, plus more! So what exactly are we trying to separate and recombine, you may ask? The answer lies within the three philosophical principles.

What are the Three Philosophical Principles?

Spagyrics is an herbal medicine that serves as the bridge between the material and the energetic realms. In other words, spagyrics not only aims to extract the physical, active compounds of the plant, but also its energetic, more subtle constituents. This is where the three philosophical principles, also known as the three essentials, come into play. In alchemy, Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt—the Soul, Spirit and Body, respectively—are the three substances that are said to make up every living thing. In plant alchemy, the Soul translates to the essential oils, organic acids, and other medicinal compounds, the Spirit is the alcohol, and the Body is the mineral salts of the plant.

It is important to note that these alchemical terms (i.e. Sulfur, Mercury and Salt) do not mean the same as the common materials we associate them with—such as the chemical element sulfur (S), mercury found in thermometers, or table salt—but rather, they refer to elements found in the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdom. Through the means of alchemical processes, these principles are separated, purified and re-combined to create a medicine that is extremely powerful on both a physical and energetic level. If you are interested in learning more about these principles, I highly recommend reading Spagyrics: The Alchemical Preparation of Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs by Manfred M. Junius. As a result of spagyrics’ nature, this herbal medicine is considered to be a complete and true homeopathic remedy.

What is Homeopathic Medicine?

Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is a form of complementary or alternative medicine. Developed in the late 1700s by German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, homeopathic medicine is founded on the notion that “like cures like”. More specifically, homeopathy stimulates healing responses to diseases by administering substances that mimic the symptoms of those diseases in healthy people. These homeopathic remedies—which are made using herbs, minerals and/or animal products—are created through a process called potentization, which involves sequential dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) of the medicinal material being used. Click here to read a more in-depth article about the process of potentization and how it works.

While the process of potentization considers the extraction of the plant’s energetic properties, it fails to maintain the physical, active compounds. That being said, when it comes to many homeopathic remedies, they are weak, diluted and don’t embody the full synergy of the plant and its medicinal compounds like a spagyric medicine does. For this reason, spagyrics is considered a true homeopathic medicine and should be implemented more in homeopathic and conventional practices alike.

What is the Purpose of a Spagyric Extract?

The purpose of a spagyric medicine is to separate the plant matter into the three philosophical principles—the plants’ Spirit, Soul, and Body. Because the Sulfur, Mercury and Salt are present in spagyric medicine, it can operate upon the human Soul, Spirit and Body. In other words, the physical, active compounds and more subtle, energetic compounds found in spagyric medicine allow for the healing of both the physical symptoms and the energetic root cause of any illness or ailment. Consequently, spagyric herbal remedies are by far the most versatile and influential plant medicine known to man.

Final Thoughts

At first glance, spagyrics can be easily dismissed as just another herbal product. But when you take a deeper dive into what a spagyric remedy entails, you’ll find that it possesses properties unlike that of any other herbal medicine, both physically and energetically speaking. Ultimately, the purpose of a spagyric medicine is a powerful one—to help heal on a much more profound and personal level.


Lawson, Karen. “What are homeopathic remedies?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota, 2016,