Anthroposophic Medicine is a comprehensive model for Integrative medicine. It integrates conventional medicine with an anthroposophic perception of the human being.
Anthroposophic Medicine aims to find the cause of the disease by combining different viewpoints on how the human being functions at different levels, be it physical, functional, emotional or spiritual. It starts with a conventional diagnosis and then adds these dimensions for a broader and more holistic diagnosis. This holistic approach takes into account someones character, life style, biography, life events, vitality and many other dimensions of life.
To restore balance and promote a healthy state, anthroposophic physicians use a broad array of effective natural medicines. The treatment of choice is highly individualized and aims to bring about a “proces of development” within the patient, reinforcing and stimulating the body’s own healing ability. The medicines can be combined with different therapies in the field of art, music, massage, meditation, speech and movement/dance (eurythmia).
Anthroposophic medicine is practiced by physicians, nurses and other (physio)therapists who have always been trained conventionally and have undergone specific training to learn to apply natural therapies as well.
Research shows that the anthroposophic medical approach is safe and effective and leads to only sparing use of antibiotics; medical insurance policies show minimal conventional medication costs.
What does it mean, Anthroposophy?
“Anthro” means human being an “Sophia” means wisdom in Greek, which refers to “the wisdom of the true nature of a human being”. Anthroposophy brings to the practice of health care the same principles that are behind Waldorf Education (Steiner Schools) and Biodynamic Agriculture.