How patients and doctors benefit from psychosomatic medicine
Every physician should at the very least seek to practice the principles of psychosomatic medicine.
How could someone distinguish between a person´s psyche and soma?
For example, when reading a text, not only does one´s mind interprets the content. There are also reactions at the physical level.
Formulations that seem coherent to us create a feeling of agreement. Contents that run counter to our values trigger corresponding defensive attitudes, e.g. tension. Of course, this is not only the case with written content. Communication with superiors and colleagues, with family and friends is also an interplay of conscious cognitive performance and – mostly – unconscious reactions on the somatic level.
Psychosomatic illnesses are often referred to as functional disorders. In fact, psychosomatics testifies to an intact interpretation of soul and body. Let us take a closer look at what psychosomatics is:
What is psychosomatic medicine?
The term psychosomatics describes a fact that is as old as mankind: soul or mind (psyche) and body (soma), form a whole. If you want to treat the mind/soul comprehensively, the body must be included; conversely, most physical illnesses and disorders can best be understood and treated if the psyche is taken into account.
Mental stress (conflicts of all kinds) is associated in most cases with physical complaints. Those who examine patients only at the physical level risk overlooking important contributing factors. Some examples of typical psychosomatic illnesses include:
- Metabolic disorders
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Cardiac arrhythmia
Even if there may be purely organic reasons for the complaints listed here, it is always worthwhile, in the sense of holistic medicine, to look at the human being as a living entity.
Psychosomatic approaches work in both directions: from soul to body and from body to soul
These are psychosomatic healing approached for treating psychosomatic disorders.
- Clearing one’s head / reflecting
- Getting things off your chest / sharing views and emotions
- Protecting one’s back / getting support
- Getting support / delegating / sharing the load
- Release steam
- Calming down / relaxation exercises
- Gaining perspectives
- Finding inner peace
These are just a few examples of how language describes mental processes with physical images.
If you can clear your head, i.e. solve a long-standing problem, your tension headache may go away.
Those who find peace and calm in their professional and private lives relieve their heart.
Those who stand up for their concerns also improve their posture physically and strengthen their own back.
In the Facharztzentrum International we make use of many alternative treatment approaches parallel to conventional medicine. We work holistically in this respect.
Holistic medicine both in terms of treatment methods and interactions
Holistic medicine means to us:
We offer both conventional medicine and alternative medicine
We consider both the somatic diagnostics and the psyche
We are interested in and act according to the principle of salutogenesis (Aaron Antonovsky)