Biological medicine is a relatively new approach to healing, but takes into consideration the knowledge gained from thousands of years of experience. Its origins are in Germany, and it has slowly spread to North America. Some of the key figures in its development are Rau, Klinghardt, Pischinger, Schimmel, Heine, and many others.
The assessments and treatments of naturopathy and biological medicine overlap greatly, both of them utilizing "natural" remedies and emphasizing the body's innate ability to heal itself. However, biological medicine looks more closely at the "terrain" of the body, and incorporates unique parameters into assessments.
An assessment using biological medicine begins with a thorough case work-up, including allopathic diagnostics and energetic diagnostics. Some of the typical tools used include:
Clinical history and case-taking (this includes current medications, diet analysis, and psychosocial relationships), Biological Terrain Analysis (BTA), Autonomic/Vegetative Reflex Testing, Computerized Regulation Thermography, Darkfield Microscopy including dry and wet analyses, Appropriate blood work (including CBC, hormone panels, blood typing, etc), Trace mineral testing, Hair Analysis for heavy metals and trace minerals, Metabolic Typing, Dental work-up, Physical exam, and Constitutional homeopathic intake.
Treatments often include:
Clinical nutrition (personalized and based on allergies, blood typing, and/or metabolic typing), Biological remedies (including complex homeopathics, isopathics, nosodes), herbal formulations, constitutional and acute homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, counseling, and nutritional supplementation. In some cases, alternate routes of administration are utilized for most immediate and effective medication administration.
Disease is a concept that has different meanings to different people. For some, disease equals a symptom (high blood pressure). For others, disease equals a symptom cluster with a label attached to it (Cushing's syndrome). For yet others, disease represents a call from the body for change and improvement. In all meanings, disease implies a dysregulation of normal functioning of some aspect of the body. In the Western sense, disease occurs once overt problems are recognized using a diagnostic measure. Symptoms reported by the patient are often disregarded if there is no objective, observable sign -- it is merely "in your head" and thus given no merit except perhaps that one should see a psychiatrist for neurotropic drugs. However, the human body gives us many symptoms that Western medicine does not understand.
For example, a 28 year old woman starts to develop a dull pain in her abdomen that begins after the accidental death of her child; she sees a medical doctor who quickly says that it is psychosomatic, and gives her pain pills and valium. The stomach pains go away, but she develops a gastric ulcer, iron deficiency anemia, allergies, and a valium addiction.
Then she sees a naturopathic doctor who spends an hour understanding her case, and realizes that the sadness this woman feels is from unexpressed emotions, which cause stress upon her body and insomnia; this leads to a chronic sympathetic nervous system response which causes an acid milieu in the body, leading to "energy stagnations" within her stomach acupuncture meridian, thus indicating her difficulties in "swallowing" her emotional pain; treatment given includes grief counseling, acupuncture to move the stagnant energy, and remedies to help regulate the autonomic nervous system response. The stomach pains go away, and the headaches that she also had are now gone as well.
In this scenario, what is the disease? Is the stomach pain the disease? Is the malfunctioning of the nervous system the disease? Is the lack of proper grieving the disease? Or, better yet, is there actually a disease present? What do you think?