aNTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Anthroposophic doctors hold the same training and qualifications as other doctors, for example, an anthroposophic GP will have had the same training as other GPs, and then they have undertaken additional training (usually over at least 3 years) to gain their qualification as an anthroposophic physician. More information about Anthroposophic Medicine Education and Training in the UK.
Anthroposophic medical diagnosis and treatment follow different paradigms to western medicine, so the same evidence-based medicine approaches are not directly applicable. There are, however, a large number of scientific studies demonstrating the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Anthroposophic Medicine in practice.
Anthroposophic Medicines do not replace conventional cancer treatment. Anthroposophic medicine is an individualised and holistic medical approach that can be used to support individuals with a very wide range of conditions, including cancer. Integrative oncology is the term used for this nowadays and Anthroposophic Medicine has been at the forefront of integrative oncology for many years.
CAN ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE HELP PEOPLE WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS SUCH AS AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS, ADHD AND LEARNING DISABILITIES?
Anthroposophic Medicine, through its links with education for disabilities has gained considerable experience in supporting neurodiversity in individuals to harness their individual strengths and work through their challenges, with a combination of educational, medical and therapeutic approaches. There is at least one published research study demonstrating positive outcomes in children with ADHD. Through links with Waldorf schools and social care institutions, many anthroposophic physicians in the UK have a wealth of experience in this area.
UK citizens have a variety of options for obtaining Anthroposophic Medicines. Anthroposophic Medicines should be prescribed or recommended by an Anthroposophic Physician in the first instance.
Prescription Medicines: if your medicine is prescribed, your physician will be able to advise you as to where you can source the medicine.Non-Prescription Medicines: in terms of obtaining medicines without a prescription, there are a number of options.
WHERE CAN I OBTAIN MISTLETOE?
Mistletoe therapy should always be administered by an Anthroposophic Physician with training and expertise in Mistletoe Therapy.
For patients who have been given appropriate guidance, there are 2 ways to obtain mistletoe.
With a prescription: if your medicine is prescribed, your physician will be able to advise you as to where you can source the medicine.
Without a prescription: some online pharmacies based in the EU will ship to the UK and stock a wide variety of Anthroposophic Medicines.
See the information above to find a pharmacy or use our Anthroposophic Medicine Search Engine to find the mistletoe preparation on a pharmacy's website.
The international association of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (the IVAA) has issued a statement on our behalf on the position of anthroposophic medicine regarding vaccination.
WHAT CAN I DO WHEN I HAVE A FEVER?
Please see the Warm Up To Fever website or watch the video below. This information is not a substitute for appropriate medical advice if you think you may be seriously unwell.
Anthroposophic Medicine is not a form of homeopathy. Anthroposophic medical principles differ significantly to those of traditional homeopathic medicine. Although some homeopathic medicines may be used by anthroposophic physicians and some Anthroposophic Medicines contain homeopathic ingredients, the system of Anthroposophic Medicine extends far beyond this and includes the use of herbal and other natural substances, as well as working with specific nursing approaches, inner development and numerous therapies specific to Anthroposophic Medicine.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE AND ORGANIC FOOD@ DOES ORGANIC FOOD KEEP ME HEALTHY?
A healthy lifestyle is a key component of the salutogenic medicine approach of the Anthroposophic Physician, who will often recommend following a diet based on organic or biodynamic to minimise the potential health hazards of highly processed foods and pesticides and give the body optimal conditions for health.