Journal of Clinical Rheumatology in Ayurveda

INSTITUTE DIARY
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55--56

Charité outpatient department for complementary and integrative medicine and Immanuel-Hospital Berlin-Wannsee


Christian Kessler 
 Department of Internal and Complementary Medicine, Immanuel Hospital and Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology & Health Economics, Charité-University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany

Correspondence Address:
Christian Kessler
Department of Internal and Complementary Medicine, Immanuel Hospital and Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology & Health Economics, Charité-University Medical Center, Berlin
Germany




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Kessler C. Charité outpatient department for complementary and integrative medicine and Immanuel-Hospital Berlin-Wannsee.ASL Muscuskel Dis 2013;1:55-56


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Kessler C. Charité outpatient department for complementary and integrative medicine and Immanuel-Hospital Berlin-Wannsee. ASL Muscuskel Dis [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Oct 1 ];1:55-56
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The Charité Medical University Department for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CAM) at the Immanuel Hospital Berlin, Germany (www.charite.de, www.naturheilkunde.immanuel.de, Chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen) is a center of excellence for medical research and clinical evaluation and practice in the field of evidence-based CAM in Germany and Europe. With our local, national, and international research partners, we are currently involved in several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different CAM methods, e.g., Traditional European Medicine, Traditional South Asian Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Anthroposophy, etc., with a particular interest in the evaluation of whole systems of medicine.

In close collaboration with our national international partners, results are being implemented and validated on the campus of the Immanuel Hospital Berlin, a dedicated clinic specializing in the treatment of rheumatoid and metabolic diseases [Figure 1]. Based on two sites in Berlin-Wannsee and Berlin-Buch, the Immanuel Hospital is an acute care clinic. Patients are generally referred for on-site-treatment by a specialist. A and E cases are also admitted immediately. The departments of the hospital include rheumatology and clinical immunology, upper extremities, hand and microsurgery, lower extremities, endoprothetics and foot surgery, CAM, osteology and metabolic conditions, anesthesiology and pain therapy. Out-patient and in-patient centers cooperate closely all departments plan treatments in interdisciplinary cooperation to offer patients holistic medicine, including CAM (e.g., Ayurveda treatment) [Figure 2] advice and support to achieve a balanced life-style, i.e., mind-body medicine, pain therapy, and psychotherapy. A focus in treatment is nutritional advice including special diets for patients with chronic inflammatory conditions as well as therapeutic fasting.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

Since 2009, we have been developing a strong focus on Traditional South Asian Systems of Medicine, in particular Ayurveda, Yoga, and Meditation. Through our efforts, we have been able to set up an effective clinical research and treatment facility for Traditional South Asian Medicine at Europe's most influential medical university, the Charité University Medical Center.

We are convinced that the age old medical wisdom of South Asia should be utilized for the benefit of mankind and we are determined to do anything within or reach that can help to create a more holistic, global and integrative approach of medicine world-wide based on best clinical research. In addition to its key role in a number of Asian health-care systems, Ayurveda is playing a growing role in international integrative medicine contexts, especially in Europe and North America. Ayurvedic medicine is characterized by a complex and multidimensional approach focusing on the delivery of treatments individualized to the person and disease, including: Modification of life-style, dietary treatments, relaxation and meditation techniques, physical therapies, yoga, herbal medicine as well as a broad range of highly specialized manual techniques and cleansing procedures. Furthermore, Ayurveda's and most other whole medical systems therapeutic concepts are focusing the fundamental principles of self-efficacy and salutogenesis and its concepts are based on anthropologic assumptions which include all levels of human existence in medical approaches, notably also interwoven epistemological concepts. It is thus in accordance with the ideal pre-requisites for a whole medical system.