Anthroposophic medicine integrates conventional medicine with an anthroposophic perception of the human being. It starts with a conventional diagnosis and includes an assessment of the patient, the imbalances of the body and the mental and spiritual dimensions. It takes a holistic approach to health and offers specific therapies enhanced according to anthroposophic principles using both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products. The treatment approach and the use and selection of medicinal products along with other therapies are highly individualised, for the intention of bringing about a ‘process of development' within the patient, reinforcing the patient’s natural self-healing ability. Health and well being promotion are cornerstones of anthroposophy.
Anthroposophic medicine was developed in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner and the medical doctor, Ita Wegman, and is now widely accepted in European society. It is used in both primary and clinical care in over twenty EU Member States, and offers a high degree of patient satisfaction. All anthroposophic medicines are designed to stimulate the patient's powers of self-healing and restoring balance and healthy state.
Research shows that the anthroposophic medical approach is safe and effective and leads to only sparing use of antibiotics; medical insurance policies show minimal medication costs. Anthroposophic medicine, as an integrated complementary medical system, is proven to be both safe and effective and offers considerable added value to the health systems in the EU.