Otto Buchinger

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Otto Buchinger
Otto Buchinger
Born(1878-02-16)16 February 1878
Died(1966-04-16)April 16, 1966

Otto Buchinger, (* Darmstadt, Germany, 1878. Feb 16. - † Überlingen, Germany, 1966. Apr. 16.) was a German physician, credited with being the first to systematically document the beneficial effects of fasting on a number of diseases.[1]

Buchinger studied medicine at the Ludwigs-University in Gießen, Germany. After his promotion he went to the German Navy as an army physician.[2] In 1917 he was discharged due to illnes, he suffered from tonsillitis that never completely healed and led to rheumatism in his joints.[2] According to his daughter, on the advice of a physician colleague, the fasting doctor Gustav Riedlin, he tried fasting for the first time and after the 19th day of fasting, his condition started to improve rapidly.[3] He then turned with full interest and enthusiasm to fasting as a therapy.

In 1920 he founded his small fasting clinic in Witzenhausen in Germany.[4] Later in 1935 he founded his first real sanatorium in Bad Pyrmont.[5] In that year developed the fasting method and described it in his book, "The Therapeutic Fasting Cure", published in the same year. In 1953 he founded a new clinic at Überlingen, together with his daughter Maria and son-in-law Helmut Wilhelmi.[6] His grandson Raimund Wilhelmi leads the Buchinger Wilhelmi clinic in Überlingen with his wife Francoise Wilhelmi de Toledo.


  1. ^ Boschmann, Michael (December 16, 2013). "Fasting Therapy – Old and New Perspectives". Forsch Komplementärmed. 20 (6): 410. doi:10.1159/000357828. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Der Mediziner O. Buchinger" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  3. ^ "Wer war Dr. Otto Buchinger? – Fasten bewegt" (in German). Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  4. ^ ONLINE, SPIEGEL. "Als Deutschland das Heilfasten entdeckte". SPIEGEL Plus - Das Premium-Angebot des SPIEGEL (in German). Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  5. ^ "20. Juli 2010 - Vor 90 Jahren: Otto Buchinger gründet Fastenklinik". (in German). 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  6. ^ Meffert, Von Christine. "Gesundheit: Der Saftakt". ZEIT ONLINE (in German). Retrieved 2019-01-07.

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