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Therapeutic fasting – the process and references

Holistic therapeutic fasting – the process following the buchinger method

Many people are unfamiliar with therapeutic fasting. In order to answer important questions and address any uncertainties you may have before your arrival at the clinic, we want to give you an insight into the process of therapeutic fasting at the BUCHINGER clinic.

What can you expect? Which treatments will you be able to enjoy? What spiritual states of mind will you experience?

Each individual reacts differently to therapeutic fasting. The process, phases and emotional states of mind, however, are often experienced in a similar way. It goes without saying that the entire team at the BUCHINGER clinic will be at your side and support you during the fasting programme. The process, activities and your nutrition will be aligned to your personal goals.

Phase 1 of the fasting process

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The Anamnesis

At the clinic:
Following your arrival and check-in, our nurses will admit you to the clinic. If you arrive before 5 p.m. on a working day, the admission by your doctor will follow straight after. After a comprehensive physical consultation (the anamnesis), we will develop a treatment plan for the BUCHINGER fasting programme together with you according to your needs and your goals. The nature of the process, the treatment plan and your preparation for the therapeutic fasting phase will be presented to you by your doctor.

Phase 2 of the therapeutic fasting process

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The treatment plan and preparation

At the clinic:
Each day, a new plan will be sent to your room. This will provide you with inspiration and also describe any additional activities or therapeutic treatments that are available to you, so that you can plan your day.

In order to enable you to achieve your agreed personal targets and aims in the best way possible, your doctor will be happy to support you and help you to focus on your objectives. After all, you should have a feeling of “being at one with oneself” and listen to your physical and emotional needs when fasting. The first days are particularly important. Medical support, exercise and physical activity, as well as accompanying medical therapies, will aid you on this journey.

During the pre-cleansing days, our chefs will prepare you for the fasting phase with light meals. Intestinal cleansing will commence the therapeutic fast. In the following days, blood samples will be taken and further medical consultations will take place. Your doctor will discuss the results of these checks in detail with you during the fasting programme.

In body and mind:
The greatest adjustment your body will undergo will be during the first days of fasting, as it will have to adjust to its new energy sources. From quickly metabolising readily available sugar, your body will have to adapt to initially unusual sources of nutrition, from which it is slightly harder to generate energy. Generally, this change lasts 1 to 3 days. During that time, be prepared to feel tired and more easily exhausted physically. Perhaps you will feel cold more quickly and experience slight sensations of hunger. If, prior to your visit, you regularly consumed specific things to excess, such as coffee or sugar, headaches and some physical discomfort may also occur, which are signs of withdrawal. No matter which of these symptoms you experience, talk to us. We can help and support you, so that your fasting runs as smoothly and as positively as possible.


Phase 3 of the therapeutic fasting process

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The therapeutic fasting phase

At the clinic:
On the basis of your medical results, you and your doctor will optimise your personal treatment plan and reflect on how the first days were for you and discuss what lies ahead. Your physical condition will allow you to plan excursions through the Weser Uplands or take part in daily activities. Please let us know if you would like us to organise anything for you. Your body will have arrived at a fasting metabolism now. During the therapeutic fasting phase you will drink comforting teas, nutrition-rich organic vegetable broths made to our original recipe, as well as fruit and vegetable juices. We place great emphasis on inner and outer well-being. Meditation, cosmetic treatments, massages and supporting therapies are there to help you to let go.

In body and mind:
In phase three of the therapeutic fasting process, you will leave insecurities and physical discomforts behind. You won’t feel hungry anymore. Body and mind feel light, you have room to think, and you can focus and concentrate fully and with complete awareness on achieving your goals – no matter what they may be. You will feel strong and cleansed – some people even experience a real “fasting high”. The decrease in aches and any discomfort triggers a feeling of euphoria – even a feeling of being set free. Towards the end of the fasting programme, however, it might be the case that you experience a feeling of physical weakness again. Always talk to your doctor as well your nurse about the signals your body is sending you. You are not alone.

Phase 4 of the therapeutic fasting process

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Breaking the fast and your new beginning

At the clinic:
This is the final phase of the BUCHINGER fasting method. The aim of the process towards the end of the fast is to develop a nutrition plan together with one of our nutrition consultants, in order to secure the effects of the fasting programme for the long term. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and to set a focus. You will also have a final consultation with your doctor shortly before your departure, to outline your path following your stay and to clarify any uncertainties or answer any questions you may have. Your doctor will support you on your path to a new beginning and to a life that you will determine for yourself. The last aspect of the fasting process is the breaking of the fast – traditionally celebrated with an apple and the awarding of a fasting certificate. We will then accompany you step by step on your path to a healthy and complete diet, with products from controlled organic farming, carefully prepared by our chefs.

In body and mind:
This is the final stage of the fasting process. You will notice a sharpening of your senses. This can affect your perceptions and emotions. It is a good to listen more to your inner needs – and it will help to ensure the lasting success of what you have achieved during the fasting programme at the BUCHINGER clinic. A fasting diary may be of help in determining your future plans, to identify your goals and reaffirm how you would like to shape your life and/or your diet. During this journey to your new self, it is especially important to remember what you have learned and to listen to your body. In this way, therapeutic fasting will become a life-changing experience and represent the beginning of a new, self-determined and fulfilling life.