Eurythmy Therapy for Constipation

Therapeutic recommendations

  • Contraction and expansion
    This exercise leads to a breathing movement, to finding a balanced rhythm between tensing and letting go.

  • The sound movements “L” and “M”
    have a fluent dreamy quality (“L” is the “wave sound”), through which the etheric body in the area of the abdomen can be stimulated, on the one hand, and at the same time the soul body and ‘I’ -organization can enter into a relationship with the etheric body in such a way that a healthy peristaltic rhythm sets in.

  • Air sound “R”
    It is often helpful to begin in the periphery, which is more dominated by the senses, in order to then approach the more inward metabolic area from there, e.g., with “R”, the “air sound” that strongly sets the soul body in motion.
    First we start small at the periphery, with the fingers, hands, forearms, or with the feet, lower legs, up to the thighs, ascending to slowly approach the congested area, becoming inwardly mobile from the outside to the inside. This can be done actively, depending on the strength and mobility of the patient, or – especially with bedridden patients – passively with the help of the eurythmy therapist, either with or on the feet.

  • Metabolic sounds, earth sounds: “G – K”, “D – T”, “B – G”
    We approach the congested area from the motor-metabolic system when we make very strong movements, e.g., when the whole leg or even the whole person moves. Then it is especially potent with the metabolic sounds “G – K”, “D – T”, “B – G” (“earth sounds”) – also performed with the feet – through which the ‘I’-organization awakens in the activity of the movement and, pushing through, can help the person to come back to himself and again become master in his body.
    If the patient is bedridden, the therapist’s hand under the patient’s feet is required to replace the floor, e.g., when the patient is doing the sound “D” .

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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