What Does it mean to be a doctor of Anthroposophic Medicine ?

A physician or osteopathic physician who has completed conventional training with all its external qualifications, who fully acknowledges the benefits and accomplishments of modern medicine, but does not stop there.

The anthroposophical physician extends traditionally taught medicine, based on a study of the human being as taught by Dr. Rudolf Steiner about one hundred years ago. Among other things this study recognizes that we are more than just physical bodies, in common with the mineral kingdom. It considers the etheric (vital) body, shared with the plant kingdom; the emotional body (also called astral body) shared with the animal kingdom; and the ego, exclusive to the human being. Disease takes place when these bodies are in a state of imbalance with each other. Anthroposophical medicine seeks for ways to remedy these imbalances. Working with anthropo­sophical ideas requires continuous learning, searching for the causes of phenomena that may underlie symptoms.

Anthroposophical medical doctors are interested in the biography of their patients and acknowledge that the root of certain problems may lie in the physical, emotional or spiritual domain; or in a combination of these.

They are deeply interested in the life style of their patients, not out of curiosity, but as a means of listening for the underlying tenor of their lives.

Anthroposophically oriented medical doctors are interested in education, acknowledging that health or illness in later life may have its roots in our upbringing, and in the way we care for our children.

An anthroposophical doctor has spent considerable time studying naturopathy and homeopathy, since anthroposophic medicine is an extension of existing medicine, and because anthroposophical medicine uses medicinal substances from the realms of nature.

Anthroposophical doctors study and incorporate anthroposophy, the philosophy that came out of the movement around Dr. Rudolf Steiner, into their own daily work and patient care, as a way of life. It is different for every health care professional, but this work never ends; we are all always on the way.

An anthroposophic doctor is not only interested in obtaining utmost health for patients; we work and strive persistently towards that goal in our own life. No one can help others if they don't work on themselves.

Anthroposophical doctors will always be curious to learn of research done by other medical groups, that find ways of addressing disease in an integrative, innovative way.