Abstract: Naturopathic dietary treatment in functional disorders

MMW Fortschr Med. 2006 Feb 16;148(7):34-6.

[Article in German]

Stange R.

Komm. Chefarzt, Abt. fur Naturheilkunde, Charite – Universitatsmedizin Berlin. r.stange@immanuel.de

When applied to functional disorders, dietary treatment- the most important measure in natural medicine – has its greatest effect when these disorders affect the gastrointestinal tract, in particular epigastric dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome. On the basis of a comprehensive dietary anamnesis, it is often possible to identify foodstuffs and eating behavior capable of aggravating the patient’s symptoms. The underlying basic principle of treatment is that the gastrointestinal tract first undergo a temporary period of rest before being gradually re-accustomed to a biologically high-quality diet. A central approach includes various forms of fasting therapy, in particular in the case of severe conditions, which can usefully be supported by additional relaxation techniques, psychotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage and special manual techniques.

PMID: 16529360 [PubMed – in process]

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