Functional Threefolding

The life, soul and spirit of the human being are connected to the body in very different ways: in our neurosensory system we develop consciousness of our own inner world, and also of the outer world, which we perceive through our senses. The human soul and spirit awaken to consciousness on the basis of the neurosensory system.

In our motor-metabolic (limb) system , the movement of our limbs leads to intensive metabolic processes. Movement basically promotes metabolic activity and, with it, regenerative upbuilding processes. Human will activity is linked to the motor-metabolic system and its functional metabolism.

Both poles of our human organization are mediated by our rhythmic system . All processes in our human organism are organized rhythmically: not only our breathing and heart function are governed by rhythms, but numerous other functions as well (rhythms in the nervous system, multiple hormones, blood pressure, blood sugar, movement activity in the digestive tract, etc.). These rhythms are not separate from each other; they form a rhythmic system. Many illnesses are accompanied by disturbances or even dissociation of this system; conversely, healing and health require rhythmic processes to be strengthened, such as by ensuring a regular rhythm of waking and sleeping.

Research news

Yarrow liver compresses in cancer patients and their effect on the autonomous nervous system    
Liver compresses are frequently used in Anthroposophic Medicine for cancer treatment and are believed to have an energizing effect. In a randomized pilot study, the influence of this external application on the autonomous nervous system was now evaluated. For this study, heart rate variability was measured in metastatic cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and suffering from cancer-related fatigue (CRF). A total of 20 patients (10 per group) were available for analysis. The results show that yarrow liver compresses led to increase sympathetic activity during the day in the intervention group, while increased parasympathetic activity was observed in the control group, which received no external application. The study is published open access: 
https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354221081253
Previously in 2021, Georg Seifert´s research group had demonstrated that liver compresses reduced (CRF) in this clinically relevant range. The current study clarifies the correlation.
https://doi.org/10.1186/s13014-021-01757-x


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