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

Art therapy & anxiety: In her doctoral thesis published 2020, Annemarie Abbing investigated the effectiveness of art therapy in the treatment of anxiety. Outcomes of a randomised controlled trial (n=59) showed preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of art therapy: Three months of anthroposophic art therapy led to a significant reduction in the severity of anxiety symptoms in the women compared to waiting list treatment. The therapy also improved quality of life and various aspects of self-regulation. The second part of this PhD research focused on case report methodology and the development of tools for research within this field. The doctoral thesis is available at 
https://scholarlypublications.universiteitleiden.nl/handle/1887/83276.


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