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What is microbiological therapy?

Healing with bacteria – microbiological therapy

by Rainer Schmidt

 

Microbiological therapy comprises the prevention and treatment of mucosa-associated illnesses. In the treatment, it is physiological bacteria (probiotics) which are used. The following indications are among the most important:

 

• allergic affective and psychosomatic illnesses,

• atopic eczema,

• acute and chronic infections in the ENT branch of medicine (rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, tonsillitis, angina)

• chronic infections of the lower respiratory tract,

• chronic infections in the genitourinary system,

• chronic inflammatory bowel diseases ,

• bowel problems (diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome).

 

The effect of microbiological therapy is based on a change in the bacterial makeup of the intestinal tract (pH regulation), supplying the enterocytes with nutrients and gut flora modulation. Another method is the regulated introduction of microorganisms (immune germs) into the mucosal immune system.

In a further sense, microbiological therapy is also the introduction of non-physiological, or rather apathogenic, bacteria. Some important apathogenic microorganisms are Saccharomyces boulardii and Bacillus subtilis. Dead pathogenic bacteria are also used, but they are only found in a few commercial preparations. The process here corresponds somewhat to that of an inoculation. Branhamella (Neisseria) catarrhalis, Diplococcus pneumoniae, Escherichia coli Biovare, Haemophilus influenzae , Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphyloccocus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes are all used.

Microbiological therapy is a topic in the German Medical Association’s further education guidelines in the “natural medical treatment” area of specialisation.

The legislative body requires that

 

• the specific characteristic of the treatment method is explainable in theory and proven in practise,

• the method can be taught and studied, and

• the materials and methods implemented with the theoretical approach result in a plausible concept.

 

The application of these methods requires qualified training by a specialist medical association or a corresponding medical institute.

 
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