Anthroposophic Medicine: a comprehensive model for integrative medicine at all levels of care
Anthroposophic Medicine brings deeper insights to the care of the whole human being. It is practiced by conventionally-trained physicians and nurses who have undergone additional, specialized training, learning to apply a broad array of effective natural medicines. This whole-person approach also incorporates art, music, movement, and massage therapies as elements of collaborative, multidisciplinary health care. Founded in central Europe nearly a century ago, Anthroposophic Medicine is now integrated into acute-care hospitals, specialty treatment centers, and university teaching and research programs. Here in the United States, Anthroposophic Medicine has been successfully integrated into centers for chronic illness care and elder care, as well as a large variety of medical practices. Trainings in anthroposophic medicine are offered for health professionals in thirty-two countries on five continents. With deep roots and broad applications, Anthroposophic Medicine works to bring health and wholeness into modern life.
For more introductory information:
Visit the website of the International Federation for Anthroposophic Medical Associations.
Read a review article on Anthroposophic Medicine: Kienle G, Albonico HU, Baars E, Hamre H, Zimmermann P, Kiene H.
“Anthroposophic Medicine: An Integrative Medical System Originating in Europe” Global Advances in Health and Medicine November 2013, 2, 6.
Another review article, written by Dr. Ricardo Bartelme on “Anthroposophic Medicine: An Introduction; and a Book Review of Anthroposophy and Science” Integrative Medicine August 2017, 16 , 4.
A published article on the scientific status of Anthroposophic Medicine, An assessment of the scientiﬁc status of anthroposophic medicine, applying criteria from the philosophy of science: Baars, E, Kiene, H, Kienle, G, Heusser, P and Hamre, H. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2018.
Read this PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Thomas Breitkreuz: "Anthroposophic Medicine: The Integrative Approach - Best Practice in Integrative Palliative Care".
Resources for more in-depth reading about Anthroposophic Medicine as a general practice:
A 2012 summary of the development of Anthroposophic medical institutions and practitioners worldwide, released by the International Association for Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA).
Lowering High Blood Pressure: The Three-type Approach, a holistic self-care guide to for finding individualized support for healthy lifestyle, healthy body and healthy soul life.
Anthroposophic Medicine for the Family, an accessible guide describing many practical ways to support family health naturally; written by a physician from Milan, Dr. Sergio Maria Francardo.
Comprehensive 2006 review of efficacy, costs, and safety of anthroposophic medicine, with special comments on research methodology. Kienle G, Kiene H, Albonico HU. Anthroposophic Medicine: Effectiveness, Utility, Costs, Safety. Stuttgart and New York: Schattauer, 2006. ISBN-10:3-7945-2495-0 and ISBN-13:978-3-7945-2495-2.
Overview of Anthroposophic medicine, primarily within the European context, published by the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations.
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