Abdominal Pain in Oncology

Abdominal pain in the context of tumor disease can have many different causes. For a general description of the understanding of pain and the various options for treating it, please refer to the corresponding chapter in “Internal Medicine” by Matthias Girke (1, p. 821 ff) and to the Vademecum of Anthroposophic Medicines (2).

The various pain qualities – cramping, burning, piercing or colicky pain – are characterized by the soul body intervening too strongly and holding fast in different ways, resulting in a pathological process of consciousness in the diseased organs which is experienced as pain. This pathological intervention of the soul body can be relieved or diverted with appropriate plant, mineral or organ preparations, as well as with external applications and certain qualities of touch in rhythmical massage therapy. It is not uncommon for such interventions to result in a significant reduction in or even complete discontinuation of the use of conventional painkillers.

1 Girke M. Internal medicine. Foundations and therapeutic concepts of Anthroposophic Medicine. 1st ed. Berlin: Salumed; 2016.

2 Association of Anthroposophic Physicians in Germany, Medical Section at the Goetheanum (eds.). Vademecum of anthropsophic medicines. 3rd English ed. Munich; 2017. www.vademecum.org


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https://doi.org/10.25259/IJPC_455_20.
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