Anthroposophic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that was
founded in the 1920's by Rudolph Steiner (1861-1925) based on
Steiner's medical knowledge and philosophy. With a holistic
approach, it combines homeopathic medicine and other techniques with
traditional western medicine.
Rudolph Steiner recommended new medicinal
substances as well as specific methods for preparing them. One such
preparation is made of mistletoe, and it has evolved
into a cancer drug that is used to treat cancer, today.
Dr. Ita Wegman (1876-1943) worked closely to develop the principles of anthroposophic medicine
and their application. In 1921, the first anthroposophic medical
clinic was opened in Arlesheim, Switzerland, by Dr. Wegman.
There are currently anthroposophical medical practices in over 60
Rudolph Steiner, PhD
Ida Wegman, MD
also co-founded the pharmaceutical laboratory, Weleda, a
producer of medicines and health care products.
Steiner insisted that all anthroposophical doctors
be licensed, board certified medical doctors. So, the
first requirement to practice anthroposophically extended medicine is to
obtain a conventional MD degree and board certification. After completing conventional medical
training, a medical doctor extends their knowledge by adding further
perspectives and additional treatment techniques by taking extension
courses. Anthroposophical doctors accept all the tools in conventional
medicine, and every option is considered for its appropriateness in a
specific instance. For example, antibiotics are used when necessary,
are homeopathics; physical therapy is prescribed, as
well as curative eurythmy (movement exercise to balance the forces within the body)
and massage. Psychological counseling may also be prescribed.
deal with all ages and all types of conditions. The toolbox of techniques
and medications has proven to be useful and effective,
especially in treating chronic and long-term conditions.
Dr. Tiffany Baer is board certified in
Internal Medicine and Holistic Medicine. She practices
Anthroposophic medicine, combining spiritual healing arts with
conventional medicine at Health Medicine Center in Walnut Creek,
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