As an extension of western medicine, Anthroposophic Medicine is a holistic, integrative, and salutogenic medical approach established over 100 years ago. It takes the view of ‘’a whole human being’’ and gives equal importance to the structure and composition of the physical body, its vitality and rhythms, the soul/emotional life of the patient, and the individuality/spirituality of the person.
A range of professionals work as a team to support patients working towards balanced health: anthroposophic doctors prescribing both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products supported by nurses and pharmacies; and therapists supporting individuals through artistic activities, body movement, counselling, and psychotherapy work.
The aim of equal opportunity in education and social therapy is to give children, young people and adults with a disability the opportunity for individual development, to help them to live with dignity and self-determination, to promote their integration into the community and society, and to ensure their contribution to society is visible.
To find out more on Anthroposophic Medicine, Anthroposophic Therapy and Social Care in the UK, please see below and the subpages. There are also introduction recordings available for watching.
Anthroposophic physicians, nurses and pharmacists are fully qualified professionals who have undertaken further training in Anthroposophic Medicine. Some Anthroposophic doctors also expand their study in the field of School Health and support children at Waldorf Steiner Schools with a team of professionals. More about Anthroposophic Medicine.
Anthroposophic medicine can also be incorporated into care settings such as hospitals, acute care, rehabilitation centres, private medical clinics, and multi-disciplinary out-patient clinics.
Anthroposophic medications can be administered orally, via injection, as suppositories, via inhalation, and externally in the form of compresses, gentle rhythmic oil applications, and baths. Talks with the doctor, medications, nursing and external applications may be augmented according to need by artistic therapies, psychotherapy, rhythmical massage therapy and other treatments. Meditation and mindfulness exercises have been an important part of Anthroposophic Medicine from the beginning.
Anthroposophic therapies can support emotional regulation, help to balance our rhythms and revitalise our energy through the modalities of movement, breathing, sensing and self-expression. Therapies include
Join us in arts of all forms, movement of all types and communication of all styles developed out of anthroposophy that wishes to bring something new to our daily life. Where and when? see public events.
When the focus is on therapeutic elements of meeting individual patient's need(s), it is a one-to-one therapeutic relationship between a patient and the trained therapist in a safe and confidential place.
European Co-Operation in Anthroposophical Curative Education and Social Therapy gives an overview of its mission:
ECCE takes the view that people with disabilitieshave the right to live an individually chosen lifestyle in an assisted surrounding which enables and supports personal development and communication, have the right to living conditions, education and therapy suited to their individual potential, have the right to participate in a decent way of life in the society suited to their individual potential.
All concepts of assisting people with all kinds of needs must be examined to see whether they guarantee the quality of life of these people. In education for equal opportunities and social therapy, it is recognised that education, working or living with these persons is of benefit to all individuals involved and to society as a whole.
Patient and Friends
of Anthroposophic Medicine
PAFAM is an association for the Patients and Friends of Anthroposophic Medicine which was started in 2003 to enable the support and promotion of this form of Medicine, associated Therapies and Healthcare.
PAFAM’s main aim is to promote and enable the furtherance of Anthroposophic Medicine within the UK and to support the individual’s right to choose their own medical treatment whilst becoming more aware of their personal responsibility towards their individual healthcare process.
PAFAM is run by a committee elected annually and is also a member of EFPAM, the European Federation of Patients Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine, of which amongst others, France, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany are also members.
Looking for places to visit? Here are some venues that regularly host AnthroHealth related events as well as others:Emerson College
To find out wider events and resources locally and globally, please visit the following websites.
Anthroposophic Medicine News, Research and Publications on this website.
Anthroposophic Medicine information on the Goetheanum Website (international coordination of Anthroposophic Medicine globally)
The system of Anthroposophic Medicine by the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA)
Further suggested reading links above and below.