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Orthomolecular Medicine is a term that identifies and categorizes specific natural health nutraceuticals in the field of natural health medicine. It differs from other natural therapies such as Homeopathy, Phytoembryotherapy, Oligotherapy, Chinese and North American Herbal Medicine. Although, Orthomolecular Medicine approaches the human body from a different philosophical perspective than other natural remedies but it does not conflict with the others.
Origin and Therapy
Although the term “orthomolecular” was first coined by Linus Pauling in 1968, this form of therapy existed prior to this time and has come a long way in its development like many other health and healing based modalities. The word ortho is derived from Greek meaning “correct”, thus the term Orthomolecular Therapy, which simply means the therapeutic process where a person’s unique biochemistry is observed along with their personal imbalance and deficiencies in the administration of the right nutrient molecules in the right quantities. The aim of this therapy is to advance and maintain human health through accurate supplementation. This treatment can and is used for physical or mental and emotional diseases which involves the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, and fatty acids to restore and correct the body’s imbalances and deficiencies. This approach looks at each individual’s biochemistry and seeks to treat the person aiding to reverse diseases and mental and emotional issues.
Along with these nutraceuticals other aspects of a person’s health are also addressed, such as dietary changes and life-style changes.
This for some is a controversial in the field of mental health, because of the use of nature’s elements to aid in mental health recovery. Orthomolecular psychiatry can be traced back to Paul J. Reiter when in 1927 he used manganese to treat 50 schizophrenic patients of which 23 showed marked improvements after receiving this element by injection. 1 Linus Pauling (awarded 2 nobel prizes) in his published article in the Journal of Science in 1968, discussed treating psychiatric disorders using vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes and trace elements in high doses to alter the biochemical environment of the patient’s body. This along with other dietary changes could realize successful outcomes in patients. Though there were and are many others who advocate orthomolecular psychiatry there has been successful results in patients who have been treated with psychiatric conditions.
Psychiatric Conditions Treated By Orthomolecular Medicine
- Various forms of Depression
- Anxiety Disorders
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
In 1973 the APA rejected the effective use of Orthomolecular Medicine, but in 2004 at the annual APA meeting a number of presentations were given concerning nutrition and psychiatry which opened the door to a growing acceptance and recognition of this viable therapy. These presentations included:
- Nutrition and Psychiatry: A Historical Perspective
- Omega-3 Essential Acids and Psychiatric Disorders
- SAMe, Folate, and B12: One-Carbon Metabolism and Depression
- Psychiatric Applications of Chromium
Myth Of The Magic Pill
So many are looking for the magic pill and once in a while we hear of those who have quickly resolved their issue through the use of a nutraceutical or herb. This is not the case for the majority of people. There is no such thing as the magic pill or magic wand approach to mental health, humans are much more complex than that. Clinically I have seen the best results are with those that have taken a multifaceted approach to their mental wellness and their commitment to the healing process success can then be realized.
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