Introduction to Infectious Diseases

The growing worldwide resistance to antibiotics requires much more cautious use of antibiotics when treating acute infectious diseases. What can Anthroposophic Medicine contribute in this situation? What possibilities does it offer that go beyond just focusing on the pathogens, how does it therapeutically guide and support a patient’s inflammatory response, and strengthen the person’s immunological resources, both acutely and preventatively? Which procedures have proven successful? How can Anthroposophic Medicine benefit patients with infectious diseases, whether acute or long-term?

In this section we present some of Anthroposophic Medicine’s multi-professional therapeutic concepts for common infectious diseases in childhood and adulthood.

 Fig. «Sick person at night» of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. © akg-images

Research news

Pilot study  on the clinical effect of yarrow liver compresses  
Liver compresses are commonly applied in integrative cancer treatment and are believed to have an energizing effect. A randomized pilot study was conducted to investigate the influence of yarrow liver compresses on the autonomic nervous system by analyzing heart rate variability in metastatic cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and suffering from cancer-related fatigue. The study found that this application led to increased sympathetic activity during daytime in the intervention group, whereas in the control group, which did not receive any external application, increased parasympathetic activity. The study is open access:  
https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354221081253


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