WHAT IS ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE?
Scientific basis – Therapeutic potential – Prospects for development
In this concise summary and introduction, Michaela Glöckler presents the therapeutic spectrum of anthroposophic medicine – its scientific basis, diagnostic methods and potential for practice. She gives numerous practical examples of its application and suggestions for treating patients at home.
Anthroposophic medicine is an integrative system that combines scientific training and practice with a spiritual understanding of the human being. It seeks primarily to stimulate self-healing powers, directly supporting recovery processes and innate capacities of resistance. Anthroposophic physicians – registered general practitioners and specialists in all fields – utilize the knowledge and skills of conventional treatments as well as anthroposophic and homoeopathic medicines, external applications, and eurythmy, art and physical therapies.
Michaela Glöckler describes the current status of anthroposophic medicine whilst raising awareness of the social dimension of illness and health to address issues of fate and destiny and to show what individuals can do for their own and other people’s health. She reflects on Rudolf Steiner’s call to ‘make the health system democratic’ and clarifies why scientific pluralism of methods and freedom of therapy are essential for the further development of the healthcare system and a modern understanding of disease.
DR MICHAELA GLÖCKLER has been Leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland, since 1988. She attended the Waldorf School in Stuttgart, then studied German language, literature, and history in Freiburg and Heidelberg. She studied medicine in Tübingen and Marburg and trained as a pediatrician at the community hospital in Herdecke and at the Bochum University Pediatric Clinic. Until 1988 she was a colleague in the children’s outpatient clinic at the Community Hospital in Herdecke and served as school doctor for the Rudolf Steiner School in Witten, Germany. Michaela has many publications in German. Her publications in English include Medicine at the Threshold, A Healing Education, Developmental Insights, and A Guide to Child’s Health.
26 May 2020; Trans. by A. Meuss; RSP; 168pp; 21.5 x 13.5 cm; pb;
£12.99 ISBN 9781855845732