What is Anthroposophic Medicine?
Anthroposophic medicine is an extension of orthodox medical practice and is based on a comprehensive view of the human being provided by Anthroposophical spiritual science, pioneered by Rudolf Steiner (PhD) (1861 – 1925) worked in close co-operation with Dutch physician, Dr. Ita Wegman (1876 – 1943) to co-author the book 'Fundamentals of Therapy'.
The work of Rudolf Steiner to understand physical and chemical processes and transcend them is a major contribution in fulfilling this need that retains in its approach to things spiritual the clarity and exactness of scientific thinking that are the justified hallmark of our present age. For a start it is possible to experience that: Each human being is a unique individual and needs to be treated accordingly. Scientific, artistic and spiritual insights may need to be applied together in restoring health. Life has meaning and purpose. The loss of this sense is often reflected in a deterioration of general health. Illness may provide opportunities for positive change and new balance in our lives.
Health is a harmonious interactions of the program systems and the functions of the organism in the services of the soul and spiritual development of the human being. It is also a complex expression of the common evolution of human beings, nature and the cosmos.
Illness occurs when the integrative ability of the organism no longer works properly and certain functions, processes, organs or organ systems drop out of their previously harmoniously coordinated context.
Accordingly, recovery and healing are processes of re integration using medicinal, nursing, artistic, and psycho therapeutic means as well as, through changes of life style, and ways of working.
How is A. M. different from other healing modalities in Practice.
Anthroposophic Medical Society India chapter
Glimpses of the AMS - India Chapter
In 2000, Dr, Susanna Reubake an Anthroposophic Physician came to india and initiated the interest of Anthroposophy and A.M. in 2 doctors Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna and Dr. Swapna Narendra . The visit to IPMT in Philippines by these 2 doctors, spurred their interest and commitment to starting the organisation in India and thence came the IPMTs to India. The first 4 IPMT programs were held in Hyderabad from 2004 that has now travelled to Bangalore, Tamil nadu, Mumbai and then to Kolkata from where it has now come back to Mumbai.
As the interest among other doctors grew , there was a need to have focused programs and hence the expansion from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, Chennai, and mumbai where there are bodies of medical professionals training in Anthroposophic Medicine. This has bolstered by the certification of doctors from varied specialities and disciplines in Anthroposophic Medicine.
- Rudolf Steiner