Doctor Alexander S. Samokhotskiy and his method of healing
by V. A. Bacherikov, PhD
Dr. Alexander Svyatoslavovych Samokhotskiy (1890 – 1986) was a son of Svyatoslav Olimpievich Samokhotskiy, a physician of Nikolayev City Hospital.
Alexander S. Samokhotskiy graduated from the Medical Faculty of the Odessa University, and during the First World War he was a surgeon at the front, and then became Assistant Professor of the Department of Topographical Anatomy at Odessa Medical Institute (now Odessa National Medical University). His idea about the study and the medical use of tanning agents for the treatment of inflammation, sepsis and gangrene probably originated at the fields of the First World War, where certainly was not lacking in such cases.
Beginning his studies Dr. A. Samokhotskiy refers to 1923. It was already known the use of copper, zinc, aluminum, bismuth, calcium, iodide, chloride salts, acids, alcohols, pyrazolone derivatives, tannins for compaction of proteins of connective tissue and treatment inflammatory processes. In his dissertation, Dr. A. Samokhotskiy wrote “We thought that using tanning agents, we would compact of colloid connective tissue surrounding the capillary network of the inflammatory aria, resulting in decrease of the lumen and filtering through the walls may occur. Subsequent normalization of metabolic processes may slow down or even reduce the intensity of inflammation.”
The use of dilute solutions of tannins and other tanning solutions based on plant materials, as noted by Dr. A. Samokhotskiy not always led to positive results, especially in acute inflammation. The best results were obtained when as anti-inflammatory tanning drugs were used very dilute solutions of trivalent chromium salts. Dr. A. Samokhotskiy reported that the therapeutic results obtained under the action of chromium salts on inflammatory processes were not uniform. The positive effect was given fresh injuries and superficial inflammation. Less than significant result was obtained by deep inflammation and injury with a pronounced inflammation. At the same time in all these cases, Dr. A. Samokhotskiy was not satisfied with the rate and effectiveness of treatment.
Based on the initial encouraging results Dr. A. Samokhotskiy has continued his research and has carried out numerous relevant experiments on animals and hundreds clinical trials. He found that application of wet bandages and/or intravenous injection of solution containing trivalent chromium ions (Cr3+), alum, resorcinol, sodium salicylate, lactate buffer, colloidal sulfur, thioglycolic acid and glutathione with adding KCl, MgCl2, CaCl2 or NaCl solutions can heal inflammation of various etiology, mainly post-traumatic or post-operative inflammation, sepsis and spontaneous gangrene.
Samokhotskiy discovered method of control and regulation of blood electrolyte concentration and demonstrated the effect of intravenous injections of the solutions to changing electrolyte balance during the treatment of patients. In his method Dr. A. Samokhotskiy used intravenous injections of particular therapeutic solution containing Na+, K+, Ca2+ or Mg2+ ions which were administered in dependence from analytical data of ion concentrations in blood serum of patients.
Hundreds of patients, many of them were with fatal afflictions, where other methods have been helpless, were successfully healed by Dr. A. S. Samokhotskiy with his method. Unfortunately, results of longstanding research and clinical trials of Dr. Samokhotskiy previously reported only in his MD Dissertation that can be considered as unreported. The Samokhotskiy’s method does not belong to the procedures of alternative medicine and its effectiveness was confirmed by experiments on animals, biochemical analysis and numerous clinical practices.
According to Dr. A. S. Samokhotskiy’s MD thesis, he also tried to treat cancer patients, but these attempts were interrupted by the Second World War.
Dr. A. S. Samokhotskiy wrote “The normalization of aging processes was not stated as the direct targets of our research, but certain data were obtained as accompany results of treatment several diseases of elderly patients. After removal of pathological processes, causing hospitalization, the patients often felt better then in time prior illness, more cheerfully, then before, their memory was improved, long time ago lost interest to the diverse matters was raised, and, as a rule, their life tonus was enhanced.”
On our opinion, the Samokhotskiy’s method has great potential, especially at modern time, when pathogenic resistance to antibiotics rises and sepsis is increasing in frequency. Moreover, the solution can be the first remedy used in wounds, especially endocavity, preventing the development of abdominal sepsis.
Even up to date Samokhotskiy’s method for treatment of traumatic, gangrenous, and postoperative inflammation, sepsis and some other diseases is hardly known. Although the method was discovered by Dr. Alexander S. Samokhotskiy in first half of 20th century, but it was not widespread and was not developed due to the intense use of antibiotics at the time. Purpose of this publication is to inform the international medical community with the Dr. A. S. Samokhotskiy’s discovery and initiate further research in this area.
V. A. Bacherikov, PhD,
Department of General and Medicinal Chemistry of Odessa Medical Institute of International Humanitarian University.