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Federal Constitutional Court: Alternative practitioners fail with constitutional complaint about autologous blood therapy

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Federal Constitutional Court: Alternative practitioners fail with constitutional complaint about autologous blood therapy

Several alternative practitioners have failed in their attempt to gain the right to use autologous blood therapy before the Federal Constitutional Court. The constitutional judges thus confirmed a decision by the Federal Administrative Court. This had determined that alternative practitioners were not allowed to take blood for treatments.

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The transfusion law regulates who can take blood. This stipulates that only doctors or other qualified personnel under medical responsibility may carry out the procedure. However, there are exceptions, including for so-called homeopathic autologous blood products, when only a small amount of blood is needed. The alternative practitioners relied on this.

Judges criticize inaccurate information

The Karlsruhe judges have now rejected constitutional complaints against the ban as insufficient. During the procedure, the alternative practitioners stated that they had added ozone, an oxygen-ozone mixture or homeopathic remedies to the blood taken and then injected it again.

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However, this description did not go far enough for the judges. Only if the treatment methods had been described in detail would the court have been able to decide whether the complainants’ fundamental rights had been violated.

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The judges pointed out that there are different autologous blood treatments. Some of these are banned, but others may not be. The respective health risks are particularly important when examining proportionality. In this respect, the alternative practitioners did not conclusively demonstrate any violation of fundamental rights.

No evidence for the effectiveness of ozone autologous blood therapies

Ozone is gaseous at room temperature and has strong antimicrobial properties, which is why it is used, for example, to disinfect large surfaces or water in sewage treatment plants. In high concentrations, ozone irritates the respiratory tract.

There is no evidence of the effectiveness of ozone autologous blood therapies, even though some studies repeatedly suggest this. However, these usually have strong methodological weaknesses, for example no control group or a very small number of participants.

The profession of alternative practitioner is repeatedly criticized because there is no transparent and binding training content.

Several alternative practitioners have failed in their attempt to gain the right to use autologous blood therapy before the Federal Constitutional Court. The constitutional judges thus confirmed a decision by the Federal Administrative Court. This had determined that alternative practitioners were not allowed to take blood for treatments.

The transfusion law regulates who can take blood. This stipulates that only doctors or other qualified personnel under medical responsibility may carry out the procedure. However, there are exceptions, including for so-called homeopathic autologous blood products, when only a small amount of blood is needed. The alternative practitioners relied on this.

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