Anthroposophically Extended Medicine
Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophical approach
to medicine reject conventional scientific
Rudolf Steiner's approach
to medicine is specifically called anthroposophically
extended medicine because it extends conventional
medicine. The very first requirement to
practice anthroposophically extended medicine
is to obtain a conventional MD degree.
All "anthroposophical" doctors
are fully licensed, board certified medical
doctors. Steiner insisted on this, and
his wishes have been respected down to
the present day. Once they have completed
conventional medical training, a medical
doctor can extend their knowledge by adding
further perspectives and additional treatment
techniques by taking extension courses.
Anthroposophical doctors will be the first
to praise the advances in trauma care,
or send their patients for surgery when
necessary. So anthroposophical doctors
reject nothing in the toolbox of conventional
medicine a priori. Every option is considered
for its appropriateness in a specific instance.
Antibiotics are used when necessary, but
so are homeopathic remedies. Physical therapy
is prescribed, but so is curative eurythmy
(movement exercise to balance the forces
within the body).
Most anthroposophical doctors are family
practitioners. This is the most demanding
area of medicine from the perspective of
the breadth of knowledge required. It deals
with all ages and all types of conditions.
The extended toolbox of anthroposophical
techniques has proven an invaluable resource
for family practitioners. And the experience
of the last 80 years has shown how useful
and effective these additional techniques
can be, especially in treating chronic
and long-term conditions.