For the treatment of chronic sinusitis and its secondary conditions:

spinal problems, chronic fatigue, migraine, eczema, asthma, hay fever, hair loss, hormonal dysfunctions, arthritis, cancer, rheumatic diseases, MS, cardiovascular diseases

As chronic sinusitis is one of the most significant focal infections in our culture, Luffa therapy is indicated for all immune system dysfunctions. These include:

Allergic diseases

  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Hay fever

Rheumatic diseases

  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Lichen sclerosus
  • Certain forms of hyperthyroidism
  • Alopecia areata


Cardiovascular diseases

Chronic focal infection in the paranasal sinuses is only rarely manifested through the classic signs of pain over the sinuses, which intensifies on bending down. The chronic forms in particular can have very little in the way of symptoms and can show only one of the five signs:

  • ‘sniffing’ (unconsciously drawing the mucus upwards)
  • clearing the throat, especially in the morning
  • hoarseness
  • hearing loss, from concomitant tubal catarrh
  • and also a sensation of a foreign body in the posterior pharyngeal wall, which is quite often termed ‘frog in the throat’.
  • Snoring is also a symptom of chronic sinusitis. This is shown by the fact that it quite often improves or even clears completely after the Luffa therapy.

Some cases of sinusitis are completely asymptomatic and only an investigation of the acupuncture points can reveal them. Conventional medical diagnostic procedures, like radiography and ultrasound, are quite unsuited to detect the vast number of chronic sinus problems. Acupuncture diagnosis is definitely the most sensitive method at present for diagnosing sinusitis. On this basis there is an incidence of about 90% of all the patients in my practice. This figure correlates with the ex-perience of other practitioners of therapy for focal infection.
However, chronic focal infection of the paranasal sinuses also plays a part in disorders other than those of the immune system. Focal infection is of the utmost importance in all chronic disease.
Fatigue, migraine, alopecia diffusa, all chronic pain conditions, and arthritis all show a relationship to occult or manifest foci. It is no coincidence that the most common forms of arthritis lie along the course of the energy lines which are responsible for the paranasal sinuses. These are the meridian pairs: spleenstomach and lunglarge intestine: hip, knee and ankle; shoulder, elbow, wrist and the basal joint of the thumb.

The spatial proximity of the sphenoid sinus to the pituitary gland (hypophysis) is probably the reason why pituitary disorders such as menstrual problems, infertility or hormonerelated accumulation of fluid in the tissues (oedema) often respond surprisingly well to Luffa therapy. My only explanation for the strange fact that prostate disorders and indifference to the fair sex quite often improve after Luffa therapy is the existence of a beneficial effect on the pituitary and hypothalamus, the superior centre of the brain.

Focal infection also plays an important part in cardiovascular diseases. The Helsinki study came to this conclusion. I remember a case of a myocardial infarction suffered in the acute phase of chronic sinusitis. After treatment of the appropriate reflex points all the cardiac pain disappeared.

So it is not surprising that my Luffa teacher, who has a quarter of a century of experience, regards Luffa therapy as almost a ‘panacea’. In my own concept of treatment Luffa therapy has attained an honourable place, if not the highest place, in my therapeutic armamentarium.

Luffa therapy is the most impressive method of cleansing of the paranasal sinuses yet available, using the basic regulatory processes, i.e. it removes pathogens by copious elimination. Simultaneously, however, the immune system is activated and targeted to the focus in the sinuses. The result is a ‘flu-like’ cleansing reaction produced by the endogenous pathogens.

The Luffa instillations are at the heart of treatment. An extract from the Luffa sponge is instilled into the nose at regular intervals. This produces a tremendous secretion. The extent of the cleansing can be most easily judged from the number of used handkerchiefs: 200 – 400 a week is a pretty average consumption.

The Luffa instillations are given on 5 occasions, in blocks 3 at ¼ to ½ hour intervals, giving a total of 15. They are given on Monday morning, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday evening, and Wednesday morning. In the rare cases where the cleansing is still inadequate by Wednesday morning, the instillations are continued until Wednesday evening and possibly Thursday morning.
The active substance content of different Luffa sponges varies greatly; the nature of the soil, the light received, and the climate might play a part in this variation. Consequently, no fixed formula can be given.

Those who work to a fixed formula will find that one Luffa solution will be practically ineffective while another causes burning pain!

Therefore, each extract obtained must be biologically standardized. The simplest and also most convincing way to standardize this is selftesting. The experienced therapist instils the Luffa solution into his own nostrils before each therapy and judges whether the solution is appropriate. It must never be painful, but after 2-3 minutes of exposure it should provoke a sneezing stimulus or at least a tingling sensation in the forehead or crown of the head. If the solution is too dilute it can be ‘sharpened’ by being brought to the boil again. If it is too ‘sharp’ it can be diluted as appropriate. Some Luffa sponges were so aggressive that I had to dilute the solution to equal parts, i.e. to 50%, to obtain a reasonable concentration!

From these remarks it is clear that Luffa therapy is unsuitable for self-treatment. Apart from the difficulty of dosage, with home treatment there is no supportive therapy whatsoever. If the optimum dose for increasing secretion is in fact reached supportive therapy is absolutely necessary, otherwise this is a horse cure not human medicine. Acupuncture, ozone and enzyme therapy, lym-phatic massage and mobilization of the spinal column, and also a whole catalogue of ‘independent tasks’, can make the therapy easy to tolerate. The patients are given daily acupuncture.

In adults the injection of cytoplasmatic preparations potentiates the effect of acupuncture. Adding a local anaesthetic for neural therapy raises the pathologically lowered membrane potential of the acupuncture point to a normal level and a welcome byproduct is painfree needling. The medicines are administered into the acupuncture point without a needle and with positive pressure at the acupuncture point.

This is a very popular paediatric procedure for eliminating pain when taking blood samples. With the exception of the acupuncture points around the nose, acupuncture and acu-injection are consequently as good as painless.
For immune stimulation the adults receive haematogenous oxidation therapy with ozone daily. It has been shown, that ozone in low doses stimulates the efficacy of the Natural Killer cells against the tumour cells.[1 ] At the end of an ozone treatment vitamin C is infused, at high doses. This procedure has proved its worth in alleviating the ‘flu-like’ symptoms.

In children the homoeopathic supportive therapy stimulates the immune system sufficiently, so that they are not given ozone treatment. Instead of needle acupuncture children are given light punc-ture. For additional stimulation small cantharides plasters are stuck to the acupuncture points and left there until an appreciable skin irritation appears (1 – 3 days).

By including the cytoplasmatic therapy, neural therapy and enzyme therapy, and also the final administration of high doses of vitamin C after the ozone therapy, I have managed to greatly reduce the side effects of Luffa therapy.

Patients can decisively enhance the efficacy of Luffa therapy by the following procedures:

1. Fluid intake. 3 litres above normal consumption! Vegetable soups, vegetable or grain extracts (especially spelt), apple peel tea or just hot water are recommended. The copious fluid intake promotes the elimination of toxins and helps to keep the nasal secretion thin.

2. Nose breathing. The Luffa solution generally clears the nose on the first day.
If this target has not been reached, then there is a whole range of procedures for the slightest hin-drance to the flow of secretion. The first is the Symbioflor-I® nasal spray. This is useful intestinal bacteria, enterococci. A spray head (from Coldastop®) can be bought to fit the dropper bottle.
Unlike traditional nose drops, which suppress the secretion of mucus, the enteroccoci promote it. Symbioflor-I® can safely be taken at any amount and for a long period to ‘clear’ the nose. The fluid may be sniffed up, unlike the Luffa solution, and swallowed because it is non-irritant and promotes the immune system of all mucous membranes, of the nose as well as the intestines.

If the ‘copious irrigation’, sniffing and nose-blowing of the ‘rinsing agent’ Symbioflor-I® does not completely clear the nose, the next step is steam inhalation. Holding the head over a bowl of hot water, sometimes mixed with a little camomile, we breathe in the steam through the nose. We throw a hand towel over the head and the bowl. It is not absolutely necessary to steam the whole head. The hand towel can also be shaped into a tube, so that the steam is conducted to the nose.

The third step is to irrigate the nose with sea salt in rising concentrations. We start with the ‘Ost-see’ (Baltic) and move up to the ‘Mittelmeer’ (Mediterranean) or ‘Atlantik’. ‘Atlantik’ has a salt concentration of about 3%. For this purpose, we use a saturated solution of salt and dilute it to 1:10, i.e. we add 9 parts water. The concentration is thus reduced to 2.7%. Rhinomer® is a preparation which can be bought at a pharmacy. Its salt concentration is 0.9%. Bath salts from the Dead Sea are equally good and can be adjusted to the effective concentration at any time. Even simpler is the ‘inner sea’, one’s own urine. Morning urine is particularly effective. However it might be too concentrated thereby causing pain. In this case it has to diluted to a tolerable concentration.

The doctor and patient must be most strongly urged to ensure proper ventilation.

However, many people fail to use this new freedom. They breathe through their mouths, partly from vanity - because the ‘snorting’ through the developing mucus sounds unappealing - and partly from pure habit, because the nose has often been ‘blocked’ for years! However, ventilating the nose is as important as the fluid intake. The flow of air exerts suction on the sinuses. The respiratory flow sucks the mucus out of the sinuses like the wind blowing over the rooftops and lifting the tiles!

Secondly, the cool air is a stimulant. Often the secretion does not really get going until the patient closes his mouth! As the success of Luffa therapy depends entirely on the amount of secretion, poor cooperation forces the doctor to increase the number and concentration of the Luffa instillations. But this often approaches the limit of what the mucous membranes can be expected to stand!
3. Enemas. 70% of all the lymphoid tissue is located in the intestines! Enemas help remove the bad intestinal bacteria which are always encountered with a chronic sinus infection. Bacterial toxins are more easily eliminated and thus relieve strain on the intestinal immune system.

This is how to do the enema. You buy an enema vessel (irrigator) in a pharmacy for about 12 Euros and hang it as high up on the wall of the WC as the length of the tubing will allow. Lie on the floor, preferably on the left side, lubricate the mouthpiece of the tubing and the anus with some ointment or cream, introduce the mouthpiece and run about 1 litre of water, warmed to 39° to 400C, into your insides! Regulate the rate so that you do not experience an excessively urgent need to empty your bowels.
If you use coffee instead of water (4 heaped teaspoons to 1 litre of water) the flow of bile is stimulated and this relieves the strain on the liver. In Gerson cancer therapy coffee enemas play a central part, with enemas being given several times a day. For the Luffa therapy once daily is probably enough.
The coffee should be retained in the bowel for a quarter of an hour before the bowels are emptied. Sometimes all the coffee is absorbed. To empty the bowel a second enema must then be given, with water, until the desired result is achieved.

A possible alternative to an enema is a drink of Glauber’s Salts. Add 1 – 3 heaped teaspoons Glauber’s Salts to ½ litre water. If you take 1 heaped teaspoon of Glauber’s Salts on Evening 1, the bowel will empty the next morning. If, on the other hand, you take 3 heaped teaspoons the bowels will usually empty after about 1 hour. However, there can be wide deviations from this rule in individual cases. As the Glauber’s Salts cleanse the small and the large intestines alike, this method can sometimes cause loss of mineral salts, which must be compensated for.

Glauber’s salts are recommended every other day at the most. As potassium is a particularly critical salt in diarrhoea of all kind, the recommendation is to use Sina Salz® [high potassium/low sodium salt] in preparing food.
Instead of Glauber’s salts, F.X. Passage-Salz® (Wörwag) can be used to advantage. This is magnesium with tartaric acid. A small part of this is definitely absorbed. As magnesium stimulates im-munity, this procedure kills two birds with one stone.

4. Footbaths. Rising temperature footbaths, from 35°C to 45°C (pain threshold) not only stimulate the circulation of the blood but also the energy circulation of the long meridians of the head, which end in the toes: the meridian of the stomach, of the gallbladder and of the urinary bladder. If head-ache occurs during Luffa therapy, the first thing to do is to give rising temperature footbaths. Even outside Luffa therapy, rising temperature footbaths can be recommended to alleviate headaches and natural sinus inflammations. Duration around ½ hour.

5. Nasal toilet. The nostrils must be protected from the 1st day of Luffa therapy with an ointment, such as Dexapanthenol (Bepanthen®), or a baby cream.

6. Propped-up position. Use 2 wedge-shaped pillows and 2 pillows at night! Sleep on your side. The irritant secretion should not flow backwards into the pharynx. As an alternative, the semi-prone position, like the recovery position for unconscious people, has proved useful.
7. Coachman’s posture. We Europeans often sit leaning back slightly. This is a very poor posture during Luffa therapy, because it makes some of the secretion drip backwards into the pharynx and irritate. You should always sit leaning slightly forward during Luffa therapy, rather like a coach-man on his seat.

8. Noseblowing. Lean your head to the side which is to be kept closed. If the left sinuses are to be drained lean the head to the right side and keep the right nostril closed. Go through the corresponding process with the right side. With a gentle respiratory flow the secretion is propelled out of the nasal passage. No hurricanes!

9. Neck wraps. During Luffa therapy the lymphatic system of the neck is under extreme stress. This is often manifested as mild to moderate sore throat. Neck wraps relieve the strain on the lymphatic system and the pain is alleviated. Cream cheese wraps have proved useful. Spread a layer of cream cheese, about the thickness of your little finger, on a damp cloth. The strip of cloth is about 3 fingerbreadths wide and is as long as the circumference of the neck. Wrap the cloth spread with cream cheese around your neck and fasten it with a safety pin. A hand towel is placed around the damp cloth and also fastened. After 1 – 2 hours the wrap is removed.

10. Gargling ozonated water. Sore throats can also be treated effectively from ‘inside’. Ozonated water has proved useful here. It disinfects and promotes wound healing. The participants get it from our practice. As UV light quickly disintegrates it, it must be kept in brown bottles and pref-erably in a refrigerator. As most patients are sensitive to cold, you should briefly warm up the amount you are to gargle on a hotplate beforehand. The gargle can safely be swallowed afterwards.
Instead of ozonated water sunflower oil can be used. Some patients said that this was even more effective than ozonated water. Tell me how you fared!

11. Abdominal wraps. Abdominal wraps have proved useful in fevers. Dip a cloth in hot water, wring it out and lay it on your abdomen. A hand towel is placed over the hot wrap and fastened.

12. Taking the temperature. Most patients experience chills in the first few days. Many have tem-peratures between 37.5° and 38°C.  Some rise appreciably above 38°C. It is a great advantage to take the temperature accurately. The higher the temperature the better the immune stimulation!

13. Sauna. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are sauna days.
Some patients have experienced great relief from facial douches. The warmth and the mechanical stimulus evidently produced a reflex which improved the flow of secretion.

14. Rest. The sense of wellbeing must not obscure the fact that the body is undertaking a Herculean task. Physical exertion during the Luffa week is an unnecessary challenge. The patients’ ability to work during the Luffa week is limited, and they are therefore signed off sick. For patients from outside who have a long journey to my practice it is advisable to find somewhere to stay in Markt Berolzheim during Luffa therapy. We can arrange cheap accommodation from 20 Euros a night. It is definitely a good idea to devote oneself entirely to the treatment in the Altmühltal Nature Park. Some patients are unable to do so because of their family or work. They have to return to their family or work every day. Even this can often be done. I have already had many patients who have travelled daily from Nuremberg or Augsburg.

15. Homoeopathic treatment. Every patient receives an individually tailored homoeopathic remedy. During the Luffa therapy this remedy is ‘fractionated’. Add 5 drops or 1 tablet to about ½ litre of water (stir with a plastic spoon) and take a mouthful every 15 to 30 minutes, leaving it in the mouth about ½ minute; then rinse it all around the inside of the mouth, into every corner, and then swal-low.
When the Luffa therapy ends so does the ‘fractionated administration’. You then return to the usual dosage, e.g. one dose daily directly on the tongue, otherwise symptoms of overdose might easily occur.

Because of the reflex relationship between the paranasal sinuses and the lymphatic tissue to the spinal column, the spine is mobilized on Day 4 or Day 5. The lymphatic oedema is treated with three sessions of lymphatic massage.
The therapeutic procedures generally take 2 hours to complete in total. The Luffa therapy, like all eliminatory processes, is best done when the moon is waning. Therefore, one week in the month is set aside for Luffa therapy in my practice.

The therapy itself starts on Monday and ends on Friday.

Schedules and Information for patients

The next courses of Luffa therapy are held at the following dates:


For adult patients paying for their own treatment who have no private health insurance the Luffa therapy costs 950 Euros. This price includes the initial history-taking, from the points of view of conventional and homoeopathic medicine (150 Euros); the diagnostic examination for focal infec-tion (70 Euros); and the OET (75 Euros) to appraise the immune system (accommodation and pre-scription fee not included).

For children the Luffa therapy costs 400 Euros.

For private patients with private health insurance the items of service are calculated according to the German medical fees tariff. Only exceptionally have there been any objections to reimuburse-ment for the ozone therapy. In this case I waive the charges associated with the ozone therapy, so that all private patients have so far been able to have the Luffa therapy at my centre without having to fund it themselves.

If you have any other questions I am happy to help.

Anyone can learn Luffa therapy from me - as the Chinese saying goes:

What I have heard I forget.
What I have heard and seen I find familiar.
What I have heard, seen and done I know.

This is why the only people who can learn Luffa therapy are those who have learned it by self-testing!

Information for patients!
Practice centre
Arno Thaller
Specialist in general medicine

Benzing 6 - 91801 Markt Berolzheim
Telephone: 09146-311 - Fax: 09146-224
email: ArnoThaller@no_Spam.t-online.de

Self-treatment during Luffa-therapy

Aims: a clear nose and copious secretion

1. Fluid intake: 3 litres above thirst
2. Iron discipline: breathe through the nose!
3. Spray with

  • Symbioflor® I
  • Salt: ‘Himalaya’, sea salt, own urine
  • Coldastop® (if the mucous membranes are dry)
  • Nasic®-Cur (dexpanthenol) if the mucous membranes are sore

4. If the secretion is viscous: N-acetyl-cysteine:
    Daily: 1 effervescent tablet 600 mg

  • 2 x 300 mg or
  • 3 x 200 mg

5. Steam inhalations
6. Nasal toilet
7. Careful nose-blowing
8. Bowel cleansing

  • Enemas
  • Glauber’s Salt, F.X. Passage® powder

9. Rising-temperature foot baths
10. Coachman’s posture
11. Propping-up/lying in semi-prone position
12. Care for lymphatic system in the neck

  • Neck wraps
  • Gargling sunflower oil, olive oil, ozonated water

13. Abdominal wraps
14. Sauna
15. Rest

[1.] Thaller A., Eigenblut zur Immuntherapie zwischen alter Erfahrung und moderner Laboranalytik, in Gedeon W., Eigenbluttherapien und andere autologe Verfahren, Heidelberg 1999