The Gerson Therapy

Gerson Therapy is named after Dr. Max Gerson, German physician. The essence of the Therapy is the health-restoring function, which affects to the whole body with holistic approach.

Dr. Max Gerson – Physician, developer of Gerson Therapy

Born in 1881 in Wongrowitz, Germany, Max Gerson studied medicine in three leading German universities and graduated at the University of Freiburg. As a young physician he frequently suffered from debilitating migraine headaches, which forced him to spend days bedridden in a darkened room, unable to work. Since none of the medical experts he consulted were able to help him, he began to experiment with various diets, to see whether his problem might have a nutritional cause. After several failures he found that a salt-free, low fat vegetarian diet freed him from his migraines and nausea.


He began to prescribe his „migraine diet” to fellow sufferers among his patients, all of whom reported great improvements. One of them told Dr Gerson that not only had his migraines ceased, his lupus vulgaris – skin tuberculosis – was also beginning to heal. „Impossible,” Dr Gerson replied. „lupus is incurable.” Yet, clearly, the patient’s lesions were healing. The young physician was baffled: how could a diet specifically designed as a cure for migraine also affect a totally different disease? This contradicted all that he had been taught by his eminent teachers. Eventually he was forced to acknowledge that what his diet was curing was not a specific condition but the entire organism, which then became able to get rid of all its ills. This insight was the foundation on which Dr Gerson eventually built his nutrition-based therapy.

After successfully treating a large number of lung tuberculosis cases with his „migraine diet”, Dr Gerson reluctantly agreed to treat an insistent woman cancer patient by dietary means – and achieved a cure. Early successes were followed by some failures, which prompted him to explore the cancer problem with the scientific rigour and painstaking clinical observation that characterized his work. Before World War II he and his family moved to the United States, where he passed the necessary examinations that enabled him to practise medicine in New York State.

Over the next twenty years, having developed and refined his therapy, he was able to cure a large number of cancer patients, including many terminal cases sent home to die by their doctors. His success and the unusual nature of his treatment attracted great hostility from the American medical establishment, which hampered and frustrated his efforts to publish his results and make his method public. Eventually he felt obliged to write a book, A Cancer Therapy – Results of Fifty Cases, in order to provide a lasting record of his life’s work.. That book, first published in 1958 and kept in print ever since, has become a classic, presenting a revolutionary alternative approach to cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.

Dr. Gerson died in 1959.

About the Therapy

The principle of the Therapy: nourishing and detoxifying the body. The principle based on an important recognition that individuals with chronic degenerative disease are always in a state of deficiency, so on the one hand it should help to recover the deficiency state and on the other hand, -due to the lack of energy- it is necessary to improve the adequate detoxification process to eliminate the too much toxins in the body.

Because of the toxical self-generating processes the organism is not able to use the nutrients in an adequate way, so consecutive deficiency state will be come up.

The Gerson Therapy is able to recover that disrupted imbalances with four different, but connected area:

  1. Special diet
  2. Fresh juices
  3. Medicines and medicinal preparations
  4. Detoxification

The special diet and fresh juices nourish and floods the organism with optimal enzymes, vitamines and trace elements. Patients are required to consumpt fresh organic juices in every hours (mainly from carrot, apple, lettuce, green pepper etc.) Solid foods are also important part of the diet, which contain plety of fresh salad, oatmeal, special Hippocrates soup, jacket potatoes and fresh fruits.

The main rules of the diet

The most important criteria of the diet to consume the foods in chemical-free way, because the perfectly cleaned fruits and vegetables will not enhance the toxins in the organism. Also the diet strict rule is the salt-free food consumption.  The salt-free meals help to recover the sodium potassium ratio in the organism, which enhance the healthy operations of cells.  For this purpose, a separate potassium supplement is taken in addition to the otherwise potassium-rich diet. Gerson patients are unable to digest fats, the diet is fat-free, and the only permissible source of fat is omega3-rich, cold-pressed flaxseed oil. During the first six weeks of therapy, the consumption of protein of animal origin is strictly prohibited, and later it is allowed in the form of salt- and fat-free yogurt and cottage cheese, unless there is a contraindication.

Medicinal preparations & nutritional supplement

For additional treatment, the medicinal preparations & nutrition supplements are must have elements for the digestion of high quality nutritious meals. These supplements are help the digestive and metabolic processes with enzymes and enhance the capillary circulation and to supply the liver with energy.

The main pillar of the Therapy is related to the Sodium-potassium rebalancing processes of the cells. To achieve the balanced status of the sodium-potassium the Gerson Therapy use Potassium for fresh juices, while the usage of Sodium is totally prohibited during the Therapy. Potassium and Lugol are enhance the healthy works of thyroid. 


The regenerated immune system is able to expel the tumor cells and defecate the toxins from the body. Toxins are excreted by liver and other excretory organ. The procedure of coffee enema is help the immune system to expel the toxins  and disencumber the liver.

In the intensive session of the Gerson Therapy, patients are required to do coffee enemas for four hours five times a day. In the Therapy that is also very important to use castor oil for enemas every two days.

The essence of coffee enemas are based on the fact that the caffeine in it (and caffestol and casein) reaches the liver directly through the rectal veins through the portal system, increasing bile production and bile flow, which helps to flush out toxins. Toxins are excreted from the liver along with the bile into the horseshoe gut, and from there, due to the increased peristalsis, are soon excreted in the feces. Its positive effect is immediate.