What is Holistic and Anthroposophic Medicine?
What is holistic medicine?
Holistic Medicine is in essence a health approach that looks at the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. It begins with the foundation of modern conventional medicine and extends much beyond that in the realm of nutrition, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of health. Holistic medicine respects and supports the body’s natural ability to heal and be well. Holistic medicine sees each of us as an unique individual, and recognizes each persons inherent healing ability. It involves understanding that when we are in balance, we are healthy, and when we are out of balance, illnesses arise. Therefore, an extensive and specialized history and physical exam are utilized, with the knowledge of human physical, emotional and spiritual development, to uncover areas of imbalance. Then individualized treatment plans are created to help nourish and support the child and family on their strategic path back to achieving balance once again.
Holistic and Anthroposophic medicine call for a time commitment on part of the family, and a willingness and dedication to grow and learn. There are few if any quick fixes or magic solutions. Some medications may make symptoms disappear quickly, but to actually alleviate an imbalance that leads to true healing takes time. The focus is on a team approach, working together to identify areas of imbalance and instituting treatment plans, with the goal of achieving a greater state of balance and health for the child and the whole family.
Using modern western medicine as its foundation, Anthroposophic Medicine is a complemenatry extending medicine that brings a higher dimension to holistic health by focusing on the health of the soul and spirit as well as on the physical body.
Developed by Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophic medicine and therapies constitute a holistic and human-centered approach to healing and understanding illness. Anthroposophy comes from the Greek words anthropomorphic (human) and sophia (wisdom). Anthroposophy means a road to knowledge of man. It offers a more balanced approach to your health by viewing the entire human being in its relationship to the universe in treating illness. This knowledge is derived from a spiritual scientific methodology, which expands on conventional science. It does not see illness merely as an unfortunate accident or mechanical breakdown, but rather as intimately connected to the whole person, and potentially positive. If met and treated in an appropriate way, illness may bring a new balance and opportunities for growth in our lives.
It includes the use of specialized homeopathic and plant medicines, and specialty therapies in treatment.