The purpose of HCl is to “unfold” proteins so they may then be further digested. Individuals do not typically think of hydrochloric acid in this fashion. Dr. Carey Reams (Reams Testing) had made comment that HCl is a special kind of acid due to its spin, which is opposite of other acids. This hits home with the unfolding protein perspective.
In the health fad industry, it is popular in some circles to say that everyone is too “acid” and this
is the result of their ill-health. Yet, in the 1920’s and 30’s, there was a practice known as HCl
Therapy, where doctors would directly, through oral, topical, intravenous or intramuscular
injection, introduce hydrochloric acid directly into the body to provide tremendous positive
benefit to fight a variety of diseases both related to infection as well as degeneration and
As reported by Pat Block, ND on line at:
Dr. Burr Ferguson and Dr. Walter Bryant Guy pioneered the use of this therapy and reported
their results in a periodical open to ‘alternative’ approaches called The Medical World. When
Dr. Ferguson began treating many kinds of bacterial infections successfully with intravenous
infusion of 10cc of 1 in 1000 hydrochloric acid, he tried to publish his findings but no interest
was shown in this cheap effective cure.
From his many experiences Dr. Guy formulated a theory that most disease conditions, acute
infections, anemias, metabolic disturbances and malignant cell overgrowths are the direct
result of blockage of the lymph channels.
Dr. Ferguson found that intravenous injections of dilute Hydrochloric Acid stimulated
phagocytosis which cleaned up the stagnant lymph pond of the body and produced spectacular
recoveries from apparently hopeless cases without harming the patient!!
Case histories of successful cures include
cancer (brain, prostate, skin, and colon), tumors or
growths, pulmonary tuberculosis, convulsions, chronic bronchitis, migraines, tonsillitis,
pneumonia, malaria, acne, bed sores, elephantiasis, and so on.
Many of these, including cancer are a result of long-standing congested lymph channels. The
result is a reduced nutrient supply to the involved tissues (resulting in lowered function and
even localized necrosis and resultant infection), and accumulation of cellular wastes (resulting
in swelling, weight gain and the formation of cysts and tumors and cancer). Analysis of blood
samples after diluted Hydrochloric Acid injections showed that blood oxygen levels increased drastically, increases in red blood cell and white cell counts, increased phagocytosis (removal of
dead tissue, and other debris) all of which resulted in the cure of the disease.
You can see an on line copy of the old text “Three Years of HCl Therapy” at:
http://arthritis-trust.net/Books/Three Years of HCl Therapy/index.htm
Some quotes of interest from ‘Three Years of HCl Therapy’
Dr Guy writes, “The world is in sore need of a reliable, effective remedy for cancer and
tuberculosis, also a preventive treatment. The writer does not claim that he has a perfected
remedy, but he does claim, by repeated proofs, that this [Hydrochloric Acid] solution contains
in itself an ability to promptly cause many precancerous lesions to disappear, that cancerous
conditions of the internal organs, where other methods are so futile, are and have been
dissipated, and that in cases too far advanced for recovery, relief of pain and distress is so
marked that such patients believe they will entirely recover.”
“The [Hydrochloric Acid] solution has been proved by the writer to be an effective and curative
remedy in many cases of cancerous growths; also it points the way to the etiology of cancer and
how cancer may be avoided.”
“It has curative properties in diabetes, tuberculosis and other degenerative diseases.”
“The late Dr. Willy Meyer, of New York City, wrote: “Exact pH measurements have revealed the
fact, as shown by the literature, that malignancy is always associated with a high degree of
alkalosis, and it has also been shown that the alkalosis precedes the malignancy. There can be
alkalosis without malignancy, but it would seem that there can be no malignancy without
alkalosis. The more virulent the malignancy, the stronger must be the alkalosis which sustains
it.” [HCl therapy reverses this.]
So why are people deficient in HCl? Dr. Guy reports, “What, then, are the causes of its
disappearance in the gastric fluid, following eating of food? First, Prof. Austin (author of
Manual of Clinical Chemistry) says most conclusively that “hydrochloric acid secretion may be
completely suppressed by emotion or worry.”
I guess doctors Guy and Ferguson wouldn’t think too highly of our acid-blocker therapies like
Prilosec, Zantac and Nexium, etc. Their conclusions seem to implicate such therapies as
promoting cancer and degenerative disease. Intravenous HCl was administered most commonly
at the 1:1000 dilution. Intramuscularly both 1:1000 and 1:500 were used. Often, until a
physician became comfortable, 1:1500 was used (of stock 35% HCl).
Laboratory grade 10% HCl may be found at educational and scientific websites. One can also
obtain it from hardware stores (muriatic acid, usually 35%) but because those applications of
muriatic acid do not require high standards of purity, it may be advisable to use a laboratory
grade. Using a 10% HCl, 1:1500 corresponds to about 5 drops of 10% HCl in about 1/2 cup water; 1:1000 corresponds to about 8 drops of 10% HCL in 1/2 cup water; 1:500 corresponds to
about 16 drops of 10% HCL in 1/2 cup water.
Naturopathic Application of Hydrochloric Acid Therapy
Applications of Hydrochloric Acid therapy consistent with traditional naturopathy are the oral
administration used by Dr. Guy et al. and the topical administrations used and reported by
many doctors of that time and outlined in the above document and summarized below. Rectal
implants have recently come into use and are also very effective.
Dr. Guy recommended 5-20 drops of a 3% Hydrochloric Acid solution 3 to 6 times daily well
diluted. ‘Well diluted’ means that the 3% Hydrochloric Acid drops MUST be added to a
minimum of 1/2 cup of water (in a glass container) before drinking. A greater dilution may also
be used, for example the 20 drops of 3% may be added to 1 cup or more of water. At these
dilutions the Hydrochloric Acid tastes like diluted unsweetened lemon juice. But don’t worry
about exact percentages. As a guide for you, I can comfortably sip on 15 drops of my 10% HCl in
1/2 cup of water (about 1:500). That strength would correspond to about 4 drops of the 35%
HCl, or 30 drops of the 5% HCl, or about 50 drops of Dr. Guy’s 3% in the same amount of water.
10 drops of 35% HCl in a full glass of water measures a pH above 4, which is less acidic than
lemon juice or vinegar or apples. If this whole idea makes you nervoust), begin with 1 drop in 1
cup of water, stir with a non-metallic utensil (I use the eye dropper) and sip.
Increase by one drop at a time and sample until it is to your liking. I encourage you to write
down your findings. You should use distilled water but set the water out overnight in a warm
environment uncovered to allow some of the soluble volatiles to escape. (This is why the pH of
purchased distilled water is greater than 7 when just opened. Volatile substances that
evaporate before water in the distilling process are often captured and redissolved in the
distillate if not allowed to exit first. This is quickly eliminated by boiling your distilled water
uncovered for a minute or so.) You shouldn’t use water with lots of dissolved solids in it as the
HCl may react with those and lessen its therapeutic value.
As far as Dr Guy’s daily oral dose of HCl (20 drops of 3%, taken 3 to 6 times/day, which is 60-120
drops daily), in other HCl concentrations this works out to:
Dr Guy’s total daily dose of HCl (may be in divided doses)
60-120 drops of 3% HCl in minimum 1/2 or more cup water (glass container).
36-72 drops of 5% HCl
18-36 drops of 10% HCl
5-10 drops of 35% HCl
These number of drops can be put into a comfortable amount of water and sipped throughout
the day. When taken orally HCl contributes to improved breakdown of protein products in the
small intestine, which reduces hunger and helps with blood sugar regulation. Then it is
absorbed into the lymph system where it clears up cellular debris in the channels back to the
The portal vein will carry HCl from the digestion to the liver where it can relieve lymphatic
congestion there. HCl has an affinity for the lymph channels where it breaks down proteins
(hydrolysis) that clog the lymph!!! Remember, worry suppresses our own production of HCl.
The medical doctors using HCl therapy so successfully began adding mineral chlorides and then
used the term ‘mineral acids’ because they found that the addition of other mineral chlorides
gave better results. One such additive which is easily available to all, and the most well-spoken
of is Potassium Chloride (KCl). The herbalist John Christopher echoed their findings saying that
cancer, tumors and cysts cannot exist in a body well-supplied with potassium. KCl is a salt
substitute found in most grocery stores under the name Nu-Salt or No-Salt. Read the label. You
can add 1/8 teaspoon to 1 cup water to which your HCl was added.
Topical applications of the HCl were done at the 1:500 and 1:250 dilution. These were swabbed
into orifices to successfully resolve itching ears, nose sores/polyps and skin epitheliomas.
Fomentations (bandage soaked in dilute HCl and applied) were made for burns and reportedly
stopped the pain immediately. These solutions were also sprayed onto the skin to resolve boils,
skin ulcerations or other lymphatic congestion and in the sinuses to relieve congestion (may
Dilute HCl was considered a very effective antiseptic as these applications were typically used
to address infections or to avoid infection in the cases of burns. You can make this yourself.
First, stock lab concentrations of HCl are about 35% concentration. A 1:500 dilution would be
about a .07% and a 1:250 would be a .15% dilution.
To make a cup (236 ml) of the 1:500 strength (.07%) from a 10 % HCl solution:
It would be 33 drops of 10% HCl in one cup (236 ml) of distilled water to make the 1:500 topical
dilution. To make the stronger 1:250 dilution, double the amount of drops in the same amount
of distilled water, or, use the same amount of 10% HCl drops in 1/2 cup water. Remember that
Hydrochloric Acid even though very dilute, will react with metals so avoid contact with metal
containers, utensils, measuring devices or jewelry.
Rectal HCl Retention
The ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ of retention enemas or implants is described elsewhere on health-
parameters.com website. Basically this is a dilution of HCl that is inserted rectally and held until
it is absorbed by those tissues. One poster the websited uses 3-4 drops of his 35% HCl in about
4 teaspoons (20 cc) of distilled water and uses a rectal syringe to administer that small amount.
He credits this practice with putting his leukemia in remission. So 3 drops of 35% HCl would
correspond to 10 drops of 10% HCl or 20 drops of 5% HCl in the same amount of water. To
begin you should try a lower dosage to make sure it is comfortable.
The HCl is absorbed by the portal vein and goes to the liver where it improves any lymphatic
stagnation in that area. It also enters the lymph system of the lower pelvic cavity, breaking any
large proteins that are clogging the lymph flow up the main return. To make the solution draw
up the 20 cc’s of distilled water into the syringe and then place that amount of water into a
small empty (shot) glass. Add the HCl drops, stir (with the glass dropper), and then draw up the
solution back into the syringe. Add the tip and then implant and retain as described.