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THE ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION


WHO CAN JOIN?

AMA is open to  all medical professionals with a positive interest in anthroposophic medicine:

  • doctors and medical students
  • students and professionals in the fields of nursery, midwifery, pharmacy and other paramedical professionals

See the AMA Membership page for more information on membership benefits and eligibility.

Apply for AMA membership

WHO WE ARE

The Anthroposophic Medical Association, AMA, provides a professional membership body for doctors, nurses and paramedical professionals working with (or training to work with) Anthroposophic Medicine in the UK.  It is affiliated to the I.V.A.A. (International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations) whose criteria for the qualification of Anthroposophic Doctor are supported by the AMA. 

WHAT WE DO FOR OUR MEMBERS

AMA is involved in education, research and medicines legislation. We:

  • Organise or support the organisation of an annual conference for the Medical Section
  • Develop advice and supportive materials for our members
  • Help our members to find a mentor to support their training and professional practice
  • Provide peer support and advice via our forums and social media chat groups
  • Represent the UK at the international Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations, who coordinate education, training and research globally
  • Communicate with our members regarding relevant news, jobs and upcoming events 
  • Offer listing in a public directory
  •  Host multi-professional online special interest groups with their own discussion forums and newsletters

RESOURCES FROM THE AMA

We have written a guide for UK-based doctors and nurses on what we consider essential information for practising Anthroposophic Medicine and Nursing. It was written collaboratively by the AMA and includes tips on setting up a private practice and links to useful resources and organisations.

Essential information for Anthroposophic doctors and nurses working in the UK

RESOURCES FOR AMA MEMBERS

Resources for AMA members can be found on the Members Only section of the website. The Members Home page gives an overview of available resources.

Members Home

Frequent Questions relating to Anthroposophic Medicine Doesn't cover your questions? do send us by using Contact Us form.

Q: Are anthroposophic doctors fully trained and qualified doctors?

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.

Q: Does anthroposophic medicine work? Is there any evidence for Anthroposophic medicines?

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.

Q: Can Anthroposophic medicines be used to treat cancer?

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. 

Q: Is anthroposophic medicine a school of Homeopathy?

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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: What is your advice on childhood immunisations?

The international association of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (the IVAA) has issued a statement on our behalf on the position of anthroposophic medicine regarding vaccination.


ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE UK is an online platform for Anthroposophic Health and Social Care Professionals in the UK. It is a project of the Anthroposophic Medical Association and is supported by the Anthroposophic Medical Association, the Association of Anthroposophic Therapeutic Arts, the Rhythmical Massage Therapy Association & UK Association for Anthroposophic Counselling and Psychotherapy.


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