Anthroposophic Medicine

Anthroposophic Medicine is an integrative medicine. It is founded on evidence-based medicine and adds an anthroposophic understanding of the human being and the world. It was initiated in 1920 by the physician Ita Wegman MD and the founder of anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner PhD, and has since then been continually developed and elaborated. Anthroposophic physicians and therapists work to support the whole human being, which includes physical, vital-functional, mental-emotional and spiritual aspects. Anthroposophic Medicine is patient-centered and realistic, enriching diverse applied medical disciplines such as oncology, cardiology, pediatrics, neurology and psychiatry. It is currently practiced in 22 hospitals and a large number of outpatient practices and therapeutic centers worldwide.

There are many ways to begin learning about Anthroposophic Medicine. This is because it is committed to being scientifically and clinically verifiable, on the one hand, and on the other hand it aims to integrate a rich understanding of the inner soul and spirit of the human being. We can therefore consider Anthroposophic Medicine from four points of view within these wide-ranging lenses:

  • Anthroposophic Medicine in the context of evidence-based medicine and its contribution to the health-care system
  • Anthroposophic Medicine as a complementary or integrative therapeutic method
  • Anthroposophic Medicine as an art of healing, with the human being at its center
  • Anthroposophic Medicine as spiritual medicine 

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Research news

Safety of anthroposophic medicines ensured!
Anthroposophic medicinal products (AMPs) are widely used in Europe and worldwide. A retrolective safety analysis of pharmacovigilance data included 99.4% (1596/1606) of all AMPs marketed in Germany during the study period 2010 - 2017. The relative frequency of adverse drug reactions for AMPs was 1.5 per million maximum daily doses sold. The vast majority of patients (91.9%) recovered or were recovering from adverse reactions and there were no reports of fatal outcomes. The original article with detailed results is published open access: 
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40801-021-00262-7.


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