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Alfred Vogel (1902-1996) as an example of the development of non-physician naturopathy - especially phytotherapy - in Switzerland


Melzer, J; Kleemann, C; Saller, R (2008). Alfred Vogel (1902-1996) as an example of the development of non-physician naturopathy - especially phytotherapy - in Switzerland. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Ganzheitsmedizin / Swiss Journal of Integrative Medicine, 20(1):41-48.

Abstract

Based on biographic research on the Swiss Alfred Vogel, this article focusses on some socio-cultural aspects, which form part of the background to his career as a naturopath. Due to socialisation in his family, he became aware of the use of herbs in folk medicine. After business training, he worked as a salesman in a grocer’s shop near Basel which, after becoming its owner, he turned into a health food shop. The success of this business laid the financial ground for a new professional orientation. Vogel popularized life reform ideas by publishing books and his own magazine; he passed training courses in naturopathy, got officially registered as a naturopath and ran a small spa hotel close to St. Gallen. His deep religiosity formed his worldview as well as his therapeutic orientation. In a small laboratory which he gradually enlarged due to increasing demand, he produced extracts from fresh plants. Besides his therapeutic and journalistic activities, he travelled to various countries, sometimes in the manner of ethno-botanic excursions, and brought back new knowledge, plants and fruits which he used for his herbal preparations and products. Finally, from 1963 on, he concentrated on the production of herbal preparations in his own company (Bioforce AG) and he became an important protagonist of herbal medicine in Switzerland.

Abstract

Based on biographic research on the Swiss Alfred Vogel, this article focusses on some socio-cultural aspects, which form part of the background to his career as a naturopath. Due to socialisation in his family, he became aware of the use of herbs in folk medicine. After business training, he worked as a salesman in a grocer’s shop near Basel which, after becoming its owner, he turned into a health food shop. The success of this business laid the financial ground for a new professional orientation. Vogel popularized life reform ideas by publishing books and his own magazine; he passed training courses in naturopathy, got officially registered as a naturopath and ran a small spa hotel close to St. Gallen. His deep religiosity formed his worldview as well as his therapeutic orientation. In a small laboratory which he gradually enlarged due to increasing demand, he produced extracts from fresh plants. Besides his therapeutic and journalistic activities, he travelled to various countries, sometimes in the manner of ethno-botanic excursions, and brought back new knowledge, plants and fruits which he used for his herbal preparations and products. Finally, from 1963 on, he concentrated on the production of herbal preparations in his own company (Bioforce AG) and he became an important protagonist of herbal medicine in Switzerland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:16 Feb 2009 13:39
Last Modified:04 Aug 2016 07:19
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1015-0684

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