Anthroposophic medicine

Anthroposophic medicine is a complementary and holistic approach that focuses on ensuring that the optimum conditions for health are present in a person. It considers a human being as a whole entity - body, mind, soul and individuality.  It aims to stimulate the self-healing forces of the body, restoring the balance of bodily functions and strengthening the immune system, rather than relieve the symptoms of disease.

Anthroposophic medicine complements conventional medicine and orthodox medical treatments are employed as necessary.  Specific anthroposophic approaches include anthroposophic medicinal products, massage therapy, art and music therapy, and speech and movement therapies. Different people may receive different treatments even if, according to conventional interpretation, they suffer from the same disease. There are also medicines for self-medication. As with homeopathy, this more complex individual approach meets a growing need for a more personalised way of healing.

Anthroposophic medicinal products use natural substances which reveal their healing force through heat, rhythmic preparation and potentising methods. The range of anthroposophic medicinal products includes medicinal products manufactured according to homeopathic principles as well as concentrated herbal or mineral preparations and compound medicinal products.

Anthroposophic medicines account for 13% of the total European market turnover for homeopathy. Over the last 85 years, anthroposophic medicine has become increasingly recognised in Europe by the general public and in the academic world. There are approximately 30 000 doctors in seventeen Member States who prescribe anthroposophic medicinal products (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). In Germany alone, some 6 million patients use anthroposophic medicine.

Rudolf Steiner, 1861-1925