Healthcare Perspectives - Anthroposophical Medicine

Anthroposophical Medicine is a holistic and human-centered approach to medicine. As spiritual method which was developed on conventional scientific theory, it aims at harmonizing the spiritual and physical elements of the human system. Anthroposophy is based on the research and teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), a scientist, philosopher and educator, whose school of thought insists on the balance of artistic, practical and intellectual teaching with emphasis on spiritual values. The term ‘Anthroposophy' is derived from ‘anthropos' meaning “human” and ‘sophia' meaning “wisdom”.

Rudolf Steiner explained anthroposophy as that which "seeks to unite the spiritual element in the human being with the spiritual element in the universe". Anthroposophical Medicine advises discriminating the theories of all the information developed by modern medicine and expanding its scope to include the knowledge of the human psyche and spirit thus revealing the essentially conscious, holistic whole.

Rudolf Steiner's “The Seven Life Processes”, is a spiritual explanation of the biological system that includes seven theories about the senses, ethers, planetary spheres, endocrine glands and pathology of the system.

The Seven Principles of Anthroposophical Medicine are as follows:

  • Spirit manifests both within the human organism and outside of it in the substances of the kingdoms of nature.
  • The wisdom that created nature is also at work within the human being.
  • Anthroposophical Medicine is a leading holistic health movement throughout Europe and has been on the cutting edge of preserving therapeutic freedom in the public and legal realm.
  • Man has a divinely guided individual destiny, which includes individual freedom with the potential for error and illness.
  • Art is an indispensable part of human life and the specialized disciplines of Therapeutic Eurythmy, Rhythmical Massage, clay modeling, painting and music therapy are integral to one's evolution.
  • Remedies are derived from substances of the mineral, plant or animal kingdom. They can be prepared homeopathically, alchemically or as whole substances. They can be given orally, by injection or through external application.
  • Every treatment aims to enhance the life force of the patient as an axis for improved health and deepened self-knowledge.

An anthroposophical doctor will ask questions about diet, lifestyle and constitution, with an emphasis on the body's rhythms - eating, sleeping and menstrual patterns. The doctor may also carry out standard medical tests, and will use the information to aid diagnosis, prescribing treatment to balance the poles and systems regulating the body. Practitioners are fully qualified doctors, who make use of modern technology and medication as required - they consider that this approach gives them a fuller picture of an individual, allowing them to take a broader view of illness and therapy.

The late Otto Wolff, in his foreword to The Anthroposophical Approach to Medicine, wrote: “Medicine will be broadened by a spiritual conception of man to an art of healing, or else it will remain a soulless technology that removes only symptoms. Through the concrete inclusion of the spirit and soul of man, a humanization of medicine, as it was inaugurated by Rudolf Steiner, is possible.”

Because Anthroposophical Medicine is a holistic system, aimed at harmonizing elements of the spiritual, as well as the physical self, it is said by its proponents to be of benefit in cases where a conventional cure cannot be achieved.

Examples of Modalities within Anthroposophical Medicine

Anthroposophical Medicine contains no sub modalities

Licensure

You must have a healthcare license to practice this form of medicine


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