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Anthroposophic medicine represents a best practice example of ‘Integrative Medicine’ as defined by the Consortium of Academic Health Centres for Integrative Medicine.
At Weleda we believe in and practise anthroposophic medicine - a system which
was developed in the early 1920’s and has earned a high level of acceptance in
European society. A medical system that supports and complements conventional
medicine, anthroposophy takes a holistic approach and uses both conventional and
anthroposophic medicinal products.
The approach to treatment and the choice of medicinal products and other
therapies is highly individualised to every patient, aimed at bringing about a
process of development, which will reinforce each patient’s natural self-healing
The concept of anthroposophy was developed by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and explores the extent to which a person has achieved awareness of their inner life and lives in harmony with the surrounding natural and social world.
The Dutch doctor Ita Wegman (1876-1943), co-founder of Weleda, further influenced the development of anthroposophic medicine. The system is based on the results of scientifically-oriented (also called ‘conventional’) medicine and the knowledge and methods of anthroposophy. It is an integrative medicine which is not identified as an ‘alternative medicine’. As part of a range of special therapeutic systems, which also include homeopathy and herbal medicine, anthroposophic medicine aims to build on conventional medicine by using specific therapeutic methods and medicines.
Anthroposophic medicine always starts with a conventional diagnosis – but the
physician or therapist is not guided simply by the symptoms of an illness.
Instead, they examine psychological, mental and spiritual aspects of the
patient’s experience, the capacity for self-healing and the ability for
The bridge between the physical and emotional element in diagnosis and
treatment is only one of the unique founding principles of anthroposophic
medicine. In addition, the doctor or therapist observes the patient’s whole
personality and characteristics, including aspects of physical build and body
language – flow of movement, type of handshake, sleep patterns, heat and cold
intolerance, respiration and physical rhythms.
1) The material or physical plane, examinable physically or technically as in
2) The life forces plane, or vitality of the individual
3) The mental plane – which can be understood as the psychological or
4) The individual plane – the spiritual individuality or character of the
person, sometimes known as the ego
When creating a detailed medical history and making the resulting choice of
individually-tailored medication, co-operation between doctor and patient is
essential for recovery. Recovery is a collaborative process in which the doctor
includes the patient at every step and in which the patient will actively
Anthroposophic medicines are produced according to anthroposophic
pharmaceutical principles and processes, some of which they share with
homeopathy, while some are non-homeopathic processes reflecting the
inter-relation between people and the world of nature. Their manufacture is
governed by standards of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and their quality
controlled by the criteria and parameters of official pharmacopoeias.
Health is a continuous process
Salutogenesis as a science of health development focuses on factors that support human health, in contrast to factors that cause disease
The processing of our pharmaceuticals complies with pharmacopoeias while our distinctive manufacturing rests on three essential elements
The therapeutic process of anthroposophic medicine is based on the balance of four organisational principles.