Anthroposophic medicine is an extension to conventional medicine which developed from the work of Rudolf Steiner and Dr Ita Wegman. It is a holistic approach looking not just at the illness itself but extending to the human being as a whole. It aims to stimulate the natural healing forces of the individual and to bring mind, body and spirit into balance. Both medicines and therapies are used to achieve this.
Weleda was founded in 1921 to make medicines for the doctors using this approach. Today this means that we make 25,000 different medicines in tincture, drop, tablet, pillule, oil and ointment form. If you want to avoid a particular ingredient such as gluten or make it sugar free then our professional pharmacists will tailor any remedy to meet your specific needs, you only need to ask.
What is Anthroposophic medicine?
Anthroposophic Medicine constitutes an international school of medical thought and practise developed as an extension of modern scientific medicine, practised exclusively by qualified medical professionals. Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, dentists even vets develop their work using the Anthroposophic approach to medicine.
The conventional medical approach is totally allied to the natural sciences. The Anthroposophic approach argues that while the usual forms of scientific thinking are able to achieve a great deal in relation to the inorganic world, they are inappropriate when applied to the phenomena of life and consciousness.
Anthroposophic medical practitioners do not work with only that which is weighable and measurable. They see their patients as having four aspects: a physical body, which is subject to the laws of chemistry and physics; formative life forces responsible for growth, repair and maintenance; a feeling realm; and an individuality or ego. Anthroposophic Medicine endeavours to engage the “whole” person in the healing process.
How does it work?
Illness is not seen as merely a mechanical break-down, rather as imbalance or disharmony in the four fold organisation mentioned above. Using a variety of therapies and specially made remedies, conventional drugs if necessary, the doctor attempts to restore the balance. For example: a common problem nowadays - a stomach ulcer. Remedies would be given as appropriate, natural or conventional. Massage could be employed to stimulate the life forces. Painting or other artistic therapies could be used to “open up” the feeling realm, very often ulcer patients are closed, inward personalities. Lastly counselling would engage the “ego”, very often an ulcer is a sign to rethink one’s life style.
What are the origins of Anthroposophic medicine?
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), scientist and philosopher, developed “Anthroposophy”. For many years he wrote and lectured on what he saw as the true nature of man. Anthroposophic Medicine came into existence when in 1920 Steiner gave his first lectures to doctors. Steiner saw that conventional medicine was following only the purely sciences and had become totally mechanistic in its approach.
He demonstrated to the doctors how he might bring medicine once again into contact with the whole functioning human being. A group of doctors and pharmacists asked Steiner to work with them to put his theories into practise.