Orthomolecular medicine is a form of complementary and alternative medicine aimed at maintaining health through nutritional supplementation. It is based on the assertion that there is an optimum nutritional environment in the body, and diseases reflect deficiencies in this environment.
Orthomolecular therapy is designed to enable patients to achieve optimum health by utilizing only naturally occurring substances—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, co-enzymes. This type of therapy can be used to treat diseases such as cancer and AIDS, or as a preventative measure to impede degenerative diseases and aging.
This approach is sometimes referred to as megavitamin therapy because it evolved out of doses of vitamins and minerals many times higher than the recommended intake. Non-optimal levels of certain substances can cause health issues beyond simple vitamin deficiency and balancing these substances is an integral part of optimal health.
The term “orthomolecular” was coined by Linus Pauling to mean “the right molecules in the right amounts” (ortho is Greek for “right”). Treatment must be based on each patient’s individual biochemistry.
Some main principles of mesotherapy include:
- Diagnosing nutritional deficiencies followed by establishing proper nutrition can result in a cure.
- Pharmaceuticals should be used sparingly.
- Environmental toxins and food poisoning antagonize nutritional deficiencies. These conditions must be eliminated as well.
- Blood testing can be erroneous and unreliable as a predictor or indicator of nutrients in body tissues.
- Mind/body therapy is employed as an adjunct, where optimism, hope and faith are integral allies for both the patient and physician.