What is Endobiogeny ?

Endobiogeny and Integrative Phytoaromatherapy were conceptualized by the French physician and researcher, Christian Duraffourd.

In order to pursue the research and teaching of Endobiogeny, Dr. Charbel Abi Chahine created in Belgium the BIEIP (Belgian Institute of Endobiogeny and Integrative Physiology) aided by Dr. Noëlle Vescovali et Charles de Wouters.

Endobiogeny is the study of the regulation of internal life.

ENDO = inside

BIO = life

GENY = the ability of the human body to self-regulate

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The bases of Endobiogeny are founded on the notion of terrain (the unique composition and functioning of the individual). In medicine: each individual has a unique terrain. As a result, a treatment placed on the market for a particular disease will not be suitable for all persons showing this disease. To treat a disease the structure and functioning of the individual person must also be taken into consideration. There are as many terrains as there are individuals on earth.


Since there are as many varieties of terrains (ways of reacting and rebalancing when confronted with an aggression), as there are individuals; the personalization of any treatment is therefore mandatory.  On his death bed Pasteur said: “The germ is nothing, the terrain is everything”

The treatments proposed by the Endobiogenic physician are individualized. The patient with his symptoms is considered in his totality, without fragmentation. (without being reduced to a predefined disease state and a treatment protocol .)

Moreover, the human being is not just a structure, but above all a function, in permanent interaction with the outside world. The concept of function includes: movement, interaction and dynamism.

Before Dr. Duraffour, Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, homeopathy and many other medical approaches have equally considered the importance of the terrain (the totality and the uniqueness of the individual person) in order to optimize its approach to the understanding of the disease to be treated.

The human body possesses several systems in permanent interaction, the nervous system and the endocrine system, which permit the organism to confront “aggressors” at any time, to adapt to the aggression, to restore and to return to a new state of equilibrium (health).

Disease occurs when the organism’s defense systems are solicited by repetitive aggressions in a short lapse of time, hindering the processes of recuperation and restoration.

Disease can also happen when the defense systems suffer a brutal aggression: an immense stress which rapidly arrived. In this case the buffering mechanisms of the defense system are overwhelmed and can no longer cope. Hence the terrain falls into a critical state, disadapts  and develops a disequilibrium.   

Endobiogeny is based on the most recent and the most in-depth knowledge of human physiology. Its first premise is that the global balance and harmony of the human organism is as much concerned by maintaining its structure as by its capacity for adaptation and restoration.  This equilibrium can only be assured by a dynamic system of integration, capable of assisting at each moment, and at every level, the management of each of its parts as well as their interrelations. At the same time this system must be capable of managing itself through inhibiting or stimulating its secretions.

The only physiological system capable of meeting all these requirements is the hormonal system, the manager of the human body.

For this reason Endobiogenic theory proposes a new definition for the notion of terrain, which is based on the study and understanding of neuro-endocrine functioning in the living. This functioning ensures the harmonious management of all the metabolic events of the human organism (functional expression of genetic potential, structural organization, growth, repair, adaptation, immunity, organic and emotional functions, consciousness, etc.), and is dedicated to maintaining the healthy equilibrium of each individual.

In a Endobiogenic treatment every disequilibrium will be corrected by specific remedies adapted to the individual person. The remedies will be natural, based on medicinal plants.

Why plants? They are living organisms, energetically constituted to respect our pulsating and rhythmical functioning. Chemical molecules are inert, have numerous side effects and do not respect the body’s rhythm. 

The therapeutic strategy resulting from the Endobiogenic approach cannot, therefore, be limited to the development of standardized treatments for all. The limits and dangers of this type of a therapeutic approach have become more and more apparent. The actuality of medical science clearly demonstrates the need to recognize the unique aspects of each patient and to treat “his” or “her” disease in a manner that has been specifically adapted to him.