Rhythmical Massage Therapy for Loss of Appetite, Nausea and Vomiting

The aims of rhythmical massage therapy are to build up strength, stimulate appetite, improve food intake, support and regulate metabolic activity, stabilize the cardiovascular system, convey calmness and relaxation, and promote a coherent experience of the body in the sense of: “I feel comfortable in my body” (1, 2).

The suggested treatments and substances are to be regarded as motifs to work with. They are adapted to the individual situation of each patient, as required by the therapeutic process. This preserves the constantly evolving, vibrant quality of the treatment, which is an effect in itself (3).

Therapeutic approach

1. Stimulate and revitalize the upbuilding activity of the “I”-organization and the soul body in the digestive system, and regulate the rhythmic movements of the metabolic organization, with:

  • Lightly flowing arm treatments from distal to proximal, concluding with a figure-eight on the back, using, e.g., Mallow oil WALA, Melissa ex herba W 5%, Oleum WALA, or Orange-Johanniskraut-Massageöl LICHTERDE (a massage oil with orange and St. John’s wort).
  • A light abdominal treatment for activating peristalsis and encouraging rhythmic activity, e.g., using Melissa ex herba W 5%, Oleum WALA, or Kinder Bauch-Massageöl LICHTERDE (a massage oil for children, with extracts of yarrow blossoms, chamomile blossoms and wood sorrel).
  • Breath-deepening treatment and loosening in the thorax area
  • Calf treatment using a locally stimulating grip quality, with, e.g., Blackthorn Toning Body Oil WALA, or Sage massage oil LICHTERDE (available as Salbei Massage-Öl).
  • Stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, using, e.g., Oxalis, Folium 10% ointment WELEDA or Oxalis ointment 30% WELEDA, Red Copper ointment WALA.
  • Spleen embrocation using Red Copper ointment WALA. 
  • Liver embrocation using Red Copper ointment WALA, Oxalis, Folium 10% ointment WELEDA, or Ferrum metallicum 0.4% ointment WELEDA.

2. Strengthen the etheric body and mediate a sense for the physical body in cases of cachexia and loss of vital forces through:

3. Stabilization of the cardiovascular system, e.g., in cases of accompanying hypotension or tachycardia, through:

  • Leg and foot treatments with, e.g., Rosemary oil, Rosemary ointment 10% WELEDA.
  • Heart embrocation with Aurum/Lavandula comp. ointment WELEDA (also available as Oleum aethereum Lavandulae 10%, and Lavender massage oil)


  • Arm treatments, giving light impulses locally from the center to the periphery.
  • Wringing thigh manipulations and efferent treatment of the calves and feet.


  • Abdominal treatment, using light circling movements, with Chamomile oil (Chamomilla e floribus W 10%, Oleum WALA).
  • Liver embrocation, smoothing out the bile ducts.
  • Efferent treatment of the calves and feet with Red Copper ointment WALA, or Sage massage oil LICHTERDE.

The composition of the medicinal products named:
Mallow oil
: Geranii aetheroleum; Malva arborea e floribus 5%; Hypericum perforatum, Herba; Prunus spinosa e floribus 5%; Sambucus nigra ex umbella 5%; Tilia platyphyllos/cordata e floribus 5% Rose oil: Rosa e floribus 10%, Oleum WALA Aurum/Lavandula comp. cream: Aurum metallicum praeparatum D4, Lavandulae aetheroleum, Aetheroleum extractum e floribus recentibus Rosae damascenae et centifoliae

Research news

Anthroposophic Medicine is an evaluated part of CRF treatment   
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