The Eurasian Center for Mental Health (ECMH) was established in 2012 at the Nazaraliev Medical Center (MCN) facility. For the past 25 years, the clinic has been specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicted patients, followed by the correction and rehabilitation of their mental state.
More than 17,000 patients who underwent Author’s Treatment Technology have been successfully treated. In 90% of the cases, after the release of withdrawal symptoms, doctors have focused on manic-depressive syndromes, bipolar personality disorders, helped to work on identity crises, compulsive behaviors, neuroses and other mental disorders, including severe illnesses such as schizophrenia.
Our doctors know how to stop schizophrenic tendencies and rid patients of insomnia, depression, post-traumatic syndrome and stress in a short time.
Atropine therapy serves the base for our treatment technology. We also call it a Central Cholinolytic Blockade (CCB).
The therapy was discovered in the mid 20th century in the USA, in order to treat schizophrenia. However, under the pressure of pharmaceutical companies, the method was banned. In Europe, on the other hand, the method was continuously improved until the mid 1990s. For the past 25 years, our medical institution has contributed colossal scientific and practical effort into its further development.
Our scientific work has been devoted to using atropine therapy for treating addictions, schizophrenia, compulsive behaviors, affective and pathological behavior disorders, severe depression and phobias.
Atropine blocks certain impulses in the brain which affect the neurons. Under this medical drug the patient falls into a very deep sleep. During this sleep the drug starts working. A precise dosage of atropine allows reloading of the psycho-physical state of the patient and ridding of the illnesses’ symptoms.
In general, adren-, noradren- and serotonergic levels in the body normalise and the efficacy of prescribed neuroleptics during the treatment also improves. Altogether this leads to very rapid positive dynamics and effects:
After 2 weeks of atropine therapy, doctors strengthen the results achieved by working with patients on personality identification, training them how to withstand stress and helping to rid them of the underlying causes of their illnesses.
TREATMENT BY COMMUNICATION is vital during the rehabilitation period of patients with schizophrenia. Considering the closure and isolation from society, we suggest that our patients switch from a doctor-patient communication model to a group-patient communication model, followed by communicating with a group of civilians. International practical experience shows that communicating with people provides skills for everyday life and reduces the risks of relapse in the future.
We also insist on a family approach treatment method whereby the patient is hospitalised together with a co-dependent person: mother, sister, wife, husband, etc. Our specialists work with patients and their loved ones, helping to reduce the exanthropic (outside of the human body) causes of the illnesses. This approach is based on the principle that any psychological problem within a family also reflects on other family members. We help to attain the best psychological climate inside the family and train the family members on how to live with a person who has mental disorders, if permanent ridding of the illness is not possible.
Our long-time, practical experience proves that treating patients together with a family member drastically improves the overall effects of treatment and patients’ rehabilitation.
The scheme for treating patients with schizophrenia, mental and neurotic disorders in our Medical Center is divided as follows:
1. First 7-10 days: Complete health check-up and evaluation of the patient, detection and confirmation of the diagnosis, latent complications and disorders. Development of the individual's treatment scheme.
2. Next 20-40 days: Conducting the treatment according to the individual’s scheme.
Psychopharmacological therapy suggests the use of neuroleptics, anti-depressants, tranquilizers, immune-modulators and other drugs widely applied in psychiatric practice.
The Central Cholinolytic Blockade (CCB) procedure rids neurotic symptoms and bring patients out of the suppressive state in 2-6 sessions. The essence of the procedure is in the low atropine dosage (so called atropine-delirious therapy). This method result in positive dynamics on neuroses, which are hardly affected in psycho-pharmacological therapy. Under atropine, the patient falls into a deep sleep for a few hours. As a result, the patient becomes more psychologically flexible, which improves the effectiveness of the further conducted psychotherapies.
More than 150,000 sessions of atropine therapy have been conducted in the Center. The dosage of atropine is individually determined and assigned to each patient. During the sleep anesthetists observe patients and thoroughly control the whole process of the session. The procedure is conducted at the intensive care department. 25 years of practice have proven that no negative effects are caused to the body or psychic state of the patients.
In addition to all above, during the first stage of treatment, patients undergo plasmaphereses and hyperbaric oxygenation, which improves any lack of oxygen in the system. Transcranial electro stimulation, acupuncture procedures, medical massage, manual therapy, laser therapy, vitamin therapy and immune stimulation therapy may also be assigned. Altogether these therapies help to rid the patient of neurotic symptoms, strengthen the physical state of the patient and bring the patient's metabolism back to normal.
The resort area of the rehabilitation center is located at a medium altitude mountain level and the architectural complex Tashtar-Ata is nearby. The complex consists of a stone barrow and cultural constructions pertaining to four religions: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism. Patients often perform religious rituals there and pray or chant mantras, which serves as one of the approaches in psychiatry: so-called transpersonal psychotherapy.
The patient will also be introduced to the MindCrafting program. The program is focused on restoration of the body and soul and helps to obtain holistic consciousness, psychological resistance, strengthened mental health, brings back confidence in the inner self, expands horizons for personal development and allow the patient to learn anti-relapse techniques. This Author's Program consists of seven techniques based on both Eastern and Western practices of self-observation, meditation and trance.
MindCrafting is conducted at the stunning, picturesque mountain lake Issyk-Kul. A yurt camp awaits the patients at Ak-Tengir (this can be translated from the Kyrgyz language as "White Space"). This area is rich with minerals, natural springs, healing muds, and herbs. The Issyk-Kul Lake is famous for its purity and fresh mountain atmosphere. Even in summer the lake is surrounded by icy mountains as patients sunbathe and enjoy swimming. All these natural surroundings contribute to a fast and effective restoration of the body and mind. Patients live in pure felt, handmade yurts - these traditional nomad homes create a feeling of harmony, psychological comfort and balance with nature. We also have a traditional steam-yurt, which serves as sauna, and helps to further rid toxins in the system, making patients endlessly happy! They simply adore this procedure!
Group and individual psychotherapy is also conducted in the center. The arrangement is based on Hellinger therapy, transactional analyses, body oriented therapy and art therapy. Groups focused on personal growth are gathered.
Labyrinth is one of the innovative techniques which was recently introduced in MindCrafting. It is aimed at working with traumatic past and bad memories. In order to release physical and mental traumas, patients travel to sacred places and tourist destinations of Kyrgyzstan.
Strengthening of the overall treatment process is conducted only after the patient has successfully completed all stages of treatment. During this procedure, patients walk up to the stone barrow in order to throw a symbolic stone of burden off their shoulders. For the prior fifteen days, patients will have practiced psychological training ons transferring pain, negative memories and bad pasts onto the chosen stone. The stone is symbolically called “a stone of burden” and while throwing it into the huge stone barrow, patients experience psychological release.
Patients then tie a piece of fabric onto the branches of a wild hawthorn. While tying a solid knot patients symbolically anchor the moment in life when the vicious cycle of addiction has finally fallen apart.