Anthroposophic medicine offers an integrative concept for diagnosis and therapy. It integrates natural science-based medicine with anthroposophy and is practiced today in over 60 countries.
With direct reference to the essence of the human being and his or her mental and spiritual needs, this practice medicine is naturally patient focussed and practical. A patient’s constitution, age, biographical setting, mental and spiritual state and social environment are included in diagnosis and treatment.
In addition to their general and specialist medical training, anthroposophic physicians study anthroposophic medical science of the human being and the world. Great value is placed on involving a patient in the recovery process.
Anthroposophic remedies are taken alongside conventional medications, either by mouth, or in the form of subcutaneous or intravenous injections, or in the form of compresses, wraps, light massage (embrocations), and therapeutic baths (hydrotherapy). Eurythmy therapy, rhythmical massage, and art therapies are intrinsic part of treatment and healing – and encourage self-development through health education and self-education.
The origins of anthroposophic medicine
Dr Rudolf Steiner Phil (1861-1925) developed anthroposophy as a humanistic world view and theory of knowledge with the human being at its centre (anthropos = Greek man, sophia = Greek wisdom). His contribution to medicine was established in collaboration with Dr Ita Wegman MD (1876 – 1943), who founded he the Arlesheim Clinic in 1921.