The Basics of Complementary Treatments at a German Clinic
The human body is very complex. When affected with a serious illness, incorporating a whole-body approach is necessary in the healing process. Treatment must focus on eradicating the disease, strengthening the immune system, detoxification, nutrition, and overall health. The foods and drinks that you put into your body, the supplements you take, how much you exercise, and getting a sufficient amount of sleep are essential tools to successfully achieve optimal health.
The antibiotics Rocephin and Flagyl were found the most effective against Lyme and are given on a daily basis during your stay at the clinic. These antibiotics target the three forms of Lyme—extracellular, intracellular, and cyst form. As mentioned earlier, Rocephin is quite effective against extracellular forms of Lyme and in conjunction with WBHT, it becomes effective inside the cell. Flagyl is an anti-cystic form of antibiotic and is given to make sure the bugs in the cyst form are destroyed.
Detoxification is a method where toxins are eliminated from the body. It is a key component to healing. During the treatment of Lyme disease or other illnesses one may experience an increase of negative symptoms due to the build up of toxins from both the environment and the pathogenic microbes under attack. This is referred to as a Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction and it is how the body responds to toxins. The reaction may include brain fog, night sweats, depression, flu like symptoms, achiness, and various other symptoms. If the toxic levels increase too much, it becomes dangerous and can effect the brain and other organs, which is why detoxification is so important. The kidney and liver naturally detoxify the body, though when the load becomes too much for these organs, other forms of detoxification are necessary to help the body remove microbial and chemical toxins.
Chelation is the standard treatment for removing heavy metals from the body. Many chronic illnesses impede the process by which the body filters mercury and various heavy metals, resulting in heavy metal toxicity. Heavy metals are not excreted from the body effectively and tend to gather in the soft tissues. Dental fillings, cosmetics, antiperspirants, drinking water, air, food, and lead paint in our environment all attribute to heavy metal toxicity.
Chelation therapy involves intravenous injections or suppositories of a chelating agent. A chelating agent is a compound that reversibly binds to another metal. In terms of heavy metal detoxification, a chelator pulls metals that have previously attached themselves to bodily tissues, mobilizing them so that the body can eliminate them naturally. Chelation is considered a detoxification therapy, though it is more specific in its targeting of metal toxins.
Colon Therapy has been used for centuries to eliminate waste and toxins that build up in the colon and intestinal tract. Colonics improve circulatory functions, stimulate the immune system, cleanse the blood, reduce headaches, boost energy, and assist in restoring proper pH balance in the body. Colonics are especially helpful to people with chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease or cancer, as many times these patients have difficulty with digestion and absorbing proteins. People with chronic illnesses may also be deficient in various vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are partially absorbed through the colon. Colonics remove the build up of waste and toxins and enable the colon to absorb more nutrients. Additionally, colonics help eliminate toxins remaining from treatment where the killing of Lyme or other pathogens results in a die off reaction of organisms that creates toxins.
Throughout the years more and more people are discovering the healing powers of herbs. Herbs have antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal properties to help fight infections. Furthermore, microbes appear not to develop resistance as easily to plant based antimicrobials as well as they do to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Depending upon the herb, it can decrease inflammation, enhance the immune system, and promote blood circulation and oxygenation in the body. This in turn supports in improving energy level, mental clarity, and physical discomfort.
Hyperthermia increases the body temperature to induce a fever. For centuries, fever therapy has been known to have a significant healing effect. Hyperthermia stimulates the immune system, damages cancer tissue, and can eradicate many strains of Borreliosis and other pathogens. When antibiotics or chemotherapy are used in conjunction with hyperthermia they are much more effective.
Infrared radiation makes it possible to heat up deeper levels of tissue that would otherwise be out of reach for a non-infrared sauna or steam room. As a result, you are able to release more toxins in your sweat from an infrared sauna. Repeated sauna use can also decrease elevated blood pressure and improve the elasticity of the arteries. Infrared saunas have proven to be very beneficial for cardiovascular rehabilitation, arthritis, allergies, skin conditions, and chemical sensitivities.
Intravenous Nutrient Therapies
Intravenous vitamin, lipid, and amino acid therapies are safe and effective methods of delivering large doses of nutrients through the bloodstream by infusing vitamins into the body. IV vitamin therapy provides optimal absorption of the vitamins, which, in turn, increases your energy, helps the body to detoxify, improves blood flow, and boosts the immune system so you are better equipped to fight diseases.
An ion cleanse is used to help neutralize and eliminate chemicals, toxins, and other impurities in the body. This method uses an ionic footbath that contains negatively charged ions, which attract the positive ions of the free radicals that are in your body. The ion cleanse extracts positive ions and free radicals from your body and leaves your system more cleansed.
Nutrition and Diet
Our bodies rely on our diet for energy, growth, repair, immune health, brain and nervous system function, strong bones, and the production of hormones. Nutrition plays a significant role in healing and the prevention of further illnesses. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies from one’s diet can be a main contributing factor to chronic conditions. Avoiding inflammatory foods is also important, as patients suffering from Lyme and cancer can have an increased sensitivity to certain foods. Foods containing dairy, gluten, or foods that are processed, high in trans–fats, carbohydrates and sugars are considered problematic and difficult to tolerate. Eating whole foods is the best start to give your body a “fighting chance”. Most importantly listen to your body. Keep track of certain foods that cause symptoms to flare, and plan your diet accordingly to these sensitivities, while finding a balance.
Oral Nutritional Supplements
Chronic illnesses can rid the body of the proper amount of nutrients or prevent nutrient absorption. Supplements can help to balance vitamin and mineral levels and produce and regulate hormone production, making them an essential part of the healing process. The extra nutrients from supplements prevent free radicals from invading healthy cells and aid in repairing and regenerating damaged cells. This promotes healing and improves overall health.