What is orthomolecular psychiatry?
Orthomolecular psychiatry is the use of nutrients, vitamins and supplements to treat mental health disorders and issues. The reason behind this form of practice is to correct biochemical imbalances without the use of drug treatment; it is suggested that the methods used will have the same therapeutic effects as prescribed mental health medication. Orthomolecular psychiatry revolves around the use of appropriate natural body substances which will change a person's biochemistry accordingly.
Orthomolecular psychiatry info
- Orthomolecular psychiatry dates back to the 1950's and there has been a great deal of research and case studies since its creation
- Orthomolecular medicine and psychiatry is still practised today, there are a number of clinics in different countries with practitioners who specialise in this field
- Orthomolecular psychiatry is considered alternative medicine and a lot of the clinics are independently run and some of them are non-profitable organisations
- Previous practitioners who were involved in orthomolecular psychiatry/science (orthomolecularists) have categorised psychotic disorders as being caused by food allergies, hypoglycaemia, hypothyroidism, toxic/heavy metal intoxications, pyroluria, histadelia and histapenia
- Orthomolecularists have described mental health illnesses as being caused by mineral, vitamin and fatty/amino acid imbalances and irregular metabolic/biochemical processes