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Buchinger fasting - Fasting cure

Time for me - conscious fasting

Fasting - the voluntary renunciation of solid food for a limited period of time, is one of the oldest naturopathic approaches - both in prevention and in therapy.

For us at the Hufeland Clinic, fasting according to Buchinger represents an excellent opportunity to stimulate our organism to a profound cleansing, renewal as well as cell and organ regeneration. The positive effects of Buchinger fasting on the entire system of our organism, as well as the associated reduction of civilization-related (often behavior-dependent) risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, lipometabolic disorders (cholesterol), etc., can be observed by us again and again in practical application. Subjectively, a reduced sensation of pain, better sleep, a balanced mood and thus a noticeable increase in well-being are also perceived.

In view of these without exception positive effects the topic chamfered/Heilfasten encounters in the last years - not least also in the medicine - an increasing interest. And increasingly, the biological mechanisms involved in fasting are also being scientifically investigated. In 2016, for example, the Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work on cell autophagy. Among other things, he found out how this type of internal cell cleansing is triggered more intensively in the case of nutrient deficiency (fasting).

Fasting according to Dr. Otto Buchinger is much more than just abstaining from solid food for a certain period of time.

Here at the Hufeland Klinik, we follow a holistic approach that combines therapeutic fasting, exercise and relaxation with medical guidance. Daily lectures on various health topics are designed to help our guests lead a mindful lifestyle. Our team of doctors, therapists, nutritionists and psychologists will accompany you and ensure a special fasting experience and the achievement of your own individual, personal goals.

Our fasting guests come to us for very different motivations. Often it is curiosity to try fasting in a professional environment.  Some of our guests are already fasting experienced and come to us several times a year. They have found that the reset that fasting triggers can release physical and mental blockages, the body comes back into balance. But also numerous chronic diseases, metabolic disorders or cardiovascular diseases can be treated very well with therapeutic fasting according to Dr. Buchinger. You can find more about this under the indications.

You can find more information in our brochure for prevention (german).

Individual offers for therapeutic fasting

7 days

from 985 € p.p. in the Classic Package

10 days

from 1.390 € p.p. in Classic Package

14 days

from 1.850 € p.p. in Classic Package

Why should I fast?

  • Fasting is a very special experience
  • Detached from the daily routine through meals, unimagined space for new things arises
  • The flow of thoughts becomes more conscious
  • The body feeling and awareness is strengthened
  • The self-healing powers are strengthened
  • Regenerating effect on body, mind and soul - besides weight reduction occurs
  • The detoxification processes in the body are stimulated
  • Fasting improves mood and brings energy

My fasting week

Was erwartet mich?

Preparation for therapeutic fasting

  • Please complete our medical history form conscientiously with your registration and submit it to us up to one week before the start of the fast.

  • Our medical team will check whether there are any exclusion criteria for fasting and will contact you again in advance if there are any queries.

  • If you have any questions, whether medical or organizational, please feel free to contact us at any time.

  • Take preparation days: reduce your consumption of food, coffee and sweets. You will receive detailed information on this from us after your registration.

The fasting days in the Hufeland Clinic

  • Therapeutic fasting is possible with us on an outpatient basis and with a stay in the clinic

  • Your fasting at our clinic is always medically accompanied. This includes a detailed consultation with a doctor and a blood test at the beginning of the fast.

  • For guests who suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes mellitus type 2, for example, regular monitoring and control during fasting is included.

  • The medical department is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is always available for you.

  • You may consume tea, water, fasting juice and fasting broth on fasting days. Please inform us about food allergies and intolerances in time. Our nutritionists will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.

  • Our fasting offer is framed by lectures around the topic of fasting, intestinal health, nutrition.

  • But also offers for relaxation, exercise, mindfulness rounds, painting therapy, QiGong, meditation and yoga can be taken up at any time.

Breaking the fast and building days

  • We schedule the breaking of the fast according to the length of your stay.

  • Experience has shown that most fasters feel safer if they already spend part of the build-up days with us in the clinic.

  • In principle, however, we adapt to the individual wishes of our fasting guests with regard to the length of the fasting and build-up days and are also flexible with regard to last-minute requests for changes during the fast.

  • A transition from therapeutic fasting to alkaline fasting is possible at any time.

  • As long as we are not fully booked, you can also book additional fasting days.

  • Reflect: What has changed? What will you take with you? Which positive experiences will you take to heart in the future?

Typical daily routine

Water and various organic herbal teas are available at all times during the fasting week.For our outpatient participants, we are also happy to fill juice and soup for home.

  • 07:00–07:30

    Kneipp infusion
  • 07:30-08:15

    Body care (dry brushing of the skin, oil pulling, showering, body oil).
  • 08:15-09:00

    Morning tea with honey
  • 09:15-10:00

    Morning Movement
  • 10:00-12:00

    Time for personal silence or time for relaxation, e.g. with an aroma oil massage or lymphatic drainage, which can be booked optionally or is included in the package
  • 12:00-12:45

    Fasting juice (prepared fresh daily and in organic quality)
  • 12:45-15:00

    Recovery and rest time with liver wrap
  • 15:00-16:30

    Exercise, Nordic walking, hiking, meditation
  • 16:30-17:45

  • 18:00-19:00

    Lenten vegetable broth (prepared fresh daily and organic quality)
  • 19:00-20:00

    Round of talks/end of day

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Frequently asked questions about therapeutic fasting

Therapeutic fasting according to Dr. Buchinger at the Hufeland Klinik Bad Mergentheim is not a zero diet. 200 - 300 kilocalories are consumed daily - in the form of fasting juices and a fasting vegetable broth, which is always freshly cooked. In addition, the consumption of herbal teas and water is allowed.

In the case of alkaline fasting, on the other hand, three delicious meals a day are on the menu. The alkaline fasting cure promotes vegetables from a side dish to the main course and thus relieves the body. In addition there is each quantity water without carbonic acid and/or diluted herbal tea. Alkaline fasting involves abstaining from acid-forming foods with the aim of restoring the acid-base balance to a healthy equilibrium.

Fasting according to Dr. Buchinger can be done alone or in a group at the Hufeland Clinic. Our experience has shown that the positive fasting experience is enhanced by the sense of community in a group. That is why we specifically offer group appointments (courses start on Saturdays).

However, you are also welcome to book your fasting stay separately from the group offers (flexible choice of dates).

Fasting is good for body, mind and soul and works individually for each person.

Fasting once or twice a year is certainly recommended. More often than 3 months for 7 days is not recommended.

The optimal duration of fasting is individual. We recommend a fasting duration of at least one week. Longer stays are also possible, depending on the effects that want to be achieved. We also attach great importance to the subsequent build-up days and therefore also take care of you during this stage of the fast.

Yes, the bowels are cleansed of toxins, which can otherwise lead to side effects (such as headaches and hunger pangs) and, in the worst case, to re-intoxication of the body.

In our clinic we drain with Glauber's salt. The ideal amount of Glauber's salt for you will be determined together with the fasting instructor during the introductory consultation. After that, every two days we recommend a colon cleansing with enemas or the colon hydrotherapy we offer.

As a participant in a fasting cure at the Hufeland Klinik, you will receive medical care, starting with an intake interview. Depending on the fasting arrangement and your personal situation, we will also take a blood count. As a clinic equipped with internal medicine, we also have the possibility of further diagnostics, e.g. ECG and ultrasound examinations. If you have any pre-existing conditions (e.g. diabetes or high blood pressure), you will be monitored more closely. In any case, our medical team is available to you at any time should you experience side effects or discomfort during our fasting program.

In case of medical emergencies, medical staff is available to you around the clock (accessible at night via an emergency bell). A doctor is on stand-by duty.

You have questions about therapeutic fasting?

We are looking forward to your inquiry. We are happy to answer all your questions about therapeutic fasting.

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