Overview of Research Areas
Key aspects of our research are the integration of European naturopathic practices, treatments from other traditional medical systems and Mind-Body-Medicine into mainstream medicine (Integrative Medicine).
The most important topics are:
Naturheilkunde (European Naturopathic Medicine)
The guiding principal of European Naturopathy is the stimulation of the natural capacities of self-regulation and self-healingwithin the complex system of human mind and body. Depending on which aspects of this system are in a state of dysregulation and/or which of its regulating capacities have declined, exposure to cold or heat, wholesome nutrition, fasting, physical activity, rest, sleep or relaxation but also herbal remedies or sunlight can be beneficial.
Ordnungstherapie / Mind-Body Medicine
Ordnungstheapie and Mind-Body therapies are defined as “practices that focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body and behavior, with the intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health” (http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam), but in a wider sense include lifestyle topics to enhance a person’s capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, such as exercise, nutrition, relaxation and self-help strategies. These and classical Mind/Body therapies such as yoga, qigong, meditation and mindfulness are also part of the program.
Hydrotherapy which deals with the use of cold and warm water to treat health problems, to stabilize physical functions, to prevent illness and to promote regeneration has had a long tradition in Germany. The most well-known methods are those developed by Rev. Sebastian Kneipp.
Neural Therapy is supposed to influence the autonomic nervous system by giving a local anesthetic and to get a long-range effect. Empirical data on Neural Therapy remain scarce. Presently, there are only a few controversial explanatory models. Our aim is to develop a systematic scientific evaluation based on clinical trials.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Traditional Chinese Medicine is an independent system of medical theory and practice. In the Western world mostly diagnostics and acupuncture are applied in practice. There is increasing scientific evidence that TCM is effective, although a satisfying explanatory model has not been found so far.
Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurvedic Medicine is one of the oldest medical systems in the world. Its aim is to balance body and mind. One of the main focuses is cleansing and purification, both mentally and physically. The number of clinical trials in the West is increasing.
Salutogenesis - a term coined by the Israeli-American medical sociologist Aaron Antonovsky, is an approach to investigate the question of health resources in humans andhow to promote them.