Anthroposophic Medicine, now practiced in over 80 countries, was born in 1920. Beginning around Easter time that year in Switzerland, the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner gave the first twenty lecture course for physicians and medical students, introducing Anthroposophic Medicine. With this a fundamental reform of medicine was inaugurated. In 1925, Steiner and his close student, medical doctor Ita Wegman, co-wrote the first book on the Anthroposophic approach to medicine, Fundamentals of Therapy.
This approach to medical practice introduces spiritual insights into illness, diagnosis and treatment. Conventional and complementary practices are integrated with homeopathics, herbal medicines and natural remedies to create holistic treatments. Anthroposophic Medicine pays attention to the body, soul and spirit of the patient, recognizing the person’s unique biography and individual path to healing.
The aim of Anthroposophic Medicine is to strengthen the whole constitution of the sick patient. Treatments are not intended to suppress the symptoms of illness, but rather to stimulate the body’s own innate ability to heal itself. A person’s active involvement in their own healing brings resolve and one’s spiritual self into the process.
Anthroposophic Medicine is practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings by trained medical doctors around the world. In addition to hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other Anthroposophic medical institutions, there are currently more than 180 outpatient clinics worldwide in which Anthroposophic physicians and therapists work together.
The Fellowship Community has been a leading institution where medical practitioners from around the world have come to study and learn from our daily application of Anthroposophic Medicine in the lives of our community members and patients.
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