Orthomolecular Psychiatry in Alternative Medicine for Holistic Health
Orthomolecular Psychiatry has been defined as the “study of the genetic metabolic, endocrine, immunological and toxic disturbances that are contributing to, perpetuating, exacerbating or even causing psychiatric symptomatology” (Reading, 1979). Two-time Nobel Prize winner, and molecular biologist, Linus Pauling, Ph.D., coined the term “Orthomolecular” in his 1968 article Orthomolecular Psychiatry in the journal Science. Pauling described Orthomolecular Psychiatry as the treatment of mental disease by the provision of the optimum molecular environment for the mind, especially the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the body. Orthomolecular Psychiatry and Medicine treats mental disorders such as depressions, schizophrenias, autism, bipolar disorders, attention deficit disorders, and more, from the perspective that the origin of the disorder is biological in nature. Successful treatment for these biochemical problems includes natural therapies such as nutrients, dietary changes, determining and removing allergens from their environments, responsiveness to herbicides, pesticides, petrochemicals and other toxins, finding and treating chemical imbalances. Also see Orthomolecular Medicine.