organotherapy

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organotherapy

 [or″gah-no-ther´ah-pe]
therapeutic administration of animal endocrine organs or their extracts.

or·ga·no·ther·a·py

(ōr'gă-nō-thār'ă-pē),
Treatment of disease by preparations made from animal organs; now frequently by synthetic preparations instead of natural extracts of a gland.

organotherapy

(ôr′gə-nō-thĕr′ə-pē, ôr-găn′ō-)
n. pl. organothera·pies
Treatment of disease with animal endocrine organs or extracts such as insulin and thyroxin.

or′gan·o·ther′a·peu′tic (-pyo͞o′tĭk) adj.

organotherapy

Fringe medicine
The ingestion of any of a number of human and nonhuman tissues to cure diseases or improve performance—e.g., the heart for courage, the brain to treat idiocy, as well as other body parts and fluids, including bile, blood, bone, faeces, feathers and placenta, each intended to address various evil humours.

Organotherapy with testicular tissues was reported by CE Brown-Séquard, who in 1889 at the age of 72 reported that he had reversed his own ageing by using liquid extracts from the testicles of dogs and guinea pigs. Modern workers believe the positive effects reported by Brown-Séquard were placebo in nature; however, his principle of hormonal (testosterone) replacement therapy was correct.

or·ga·no·ther·a·py

(ōr'gă-nō-thār'ă-pē)
Treatment of disease by preparations made from animal organs; now frequently by synthetic preparations instead of natural extracts of a gland.
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