Anthroposophy

Publication Title: 
BMC geriatrics

BACKGROUND: Pharmacotherapy in the older adult is a complex field involving several different medical professionals. The evidence base for pharmacotherapy in elderly patients in primary care relies on only a few clinical trials, thus documentation must be improved, particularly in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) like phytotherapy, homoeopathy, and anthroposophic medicine. This study describes diagnoses and therapies observed in elderly patients treated with anthroposophic medicine in usual care.

Author(s): 
Jeschke, Elke
Ostermann, Thomas
Tabali, Manuela
Vollmar, Horst C.
Kröz, Matthias
Bockelbrink, Angelina
Witt, Claudia M.
Willich, Stefan N.
Matthes, Harald
Publication Title: 
German medical science: GMS e-journal

This opinion deals critically with the so-called complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy on the basis of current data. From the authors' perspective, CAM prescriptions and most notably the extensive current endeavours to the "integration" of CAM into conventional patient care is problematic in several respects. Thus, several CAM measures are used, although no specific effects of medicines can be proved in clinical studies.

Author(s): 
Anlauf, Manfred
Hein, Lutz
Hense, Hans-Werner
Köbberling, Johannes
Lasek, Rainer
Leidl, Reiner
Schöne-Seifert, Bettina
Publication Title: 
Primary Care

Anthroposophically Extended Medicine (AEM) is a truly integrative healing system. AEM represents an expansion, not an alternative to conventional medicine. Its unique understanding of the interplay among physiological, soul and spiritual processes in healing and illness serves to bridge allopathy with naturopathy, homeopathy, functional/nutritional medicine and other healing systems.

Author(s): 
Cantor, I. S.
Rosenzweig, S.
Publication Title: 
Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006)

BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and most of all anthroposophic medicine (AM) are important features of cancer treatment in Switzerland. While the number of epidemiological investigations into the use of such therapies is increasing, there is a distinct lack of reports regarding the combination of conventional and CAM methods. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 144 in-patients with advanced epithelial cancers were enrolled in a prospective quality-of-life (QoL) study at the Lukas Klinik (LK), Arlesheim, Switzerland.

Author(s): 
Heusser, Peter
Braun, Sarah Berger
Ziegler, Renatus
Bertschy, Manuel
Helwig, Silke
van Wegberg, Brigitte
Cerny, Thomas
Publication Title: 
BMC health services research

BACKGROUND: Anthroposophic therapies (counselling, special medication, art, eurythmy movement, and rhythmical massage) aim to stimulate long-term self-healing processes, which theoretically could lead to a reduction of healthcare use. In a prospective two-year cohort study, anthroposophic therapies were followed by a reduction of chronic disease symptoms and improvement of quality of life. The purpose of this analysis was to describe health costs in users of anthroposophic therapies.

Author(s): 
Hamre, Harald J.
Witt, Claudia M.
Glockmann, Anja
Ziegler, Renatus
Willich, Stefan N.
Kiene, Helmut
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Medical Research

OBJECTIVE: To compare anthroposophic treatment (eurythmy, rhythmical massage or art therapy; counselling, anthroposophic medication) and conventional treatment for low back pain (LBP) under routine conditions. METHODS: 62 consecutive outpatients from 38 medical practices in Germany, consulting an anthroposophic (A-) or conventional (C-) physician with LBP of >or= 6 weeks duration participated in a prospective non-randomised comparative study.

Author(s): 
Hamre, H. J.
Witt, C. M.
Glockmann, A.
Wegscheider, K.
Ziegler, R.
Willich, S. N.
Kiene, H.
Publication Title: 
Primary Care

Anthroposophically Extended Medicine (AEM) is a truly integrative healing system. AEM represents an expansion, not an alternative to conventional medicine. Its unique understanding of the interplay among physiological, soul and spiritual processes in healing and illness serves to bridge allopathy with naturopathy, homeopathy, functional/nutritional medicine and other healing systems.

Author(s): 
Cantor, I. S.
Rosenzweig, S.
Publication Title: 
Klinische Pädiatrie

For many families of pediatric cancer patients the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is an accepted adjunct to conventional therapy, even if data regarding effects and risks are scarse. This report provides information about the prevalence of CAM use and reasons for CAM use among pediatric cancer patients. Frequently used CAM like nutrition (incl. diets and vitamins), homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, phytotherapy, and acupuncture are highlighted, as were CAM bearing a special risk for their users.

Author(s): 
Gottschling, S.
Längler, A.
Tautz, C.
Graf, N.
Publication Title: 
Medicine and Law

This paper discusses the question of whether anthroposophic medicinal products can be treated in the European Union as regards registration and marketing authorization, in the same way as homeopathic medicinal products. European Union legislation, European official pharmacopoeias, and bibliography in this regard have been revised. European Directives make a single reference in one of its whereas clauses to anthroposophic medicinal products "described in an official pharmacopoeia and prepared by a homeopathic method".

Author(s): 
Laso, L. Ramón Cuesta
Alfonso-Galán, Ma Teresa
Publication Title: 
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

PURPOSE: Medicinal solutions for injection are frequently applied in anthroposophic medicine and homeopathy. Despite their extensive use, there is little data published on the safety of these products. Therefore, we investigated the safety of anthroposophic and homeopathic solutions for injection through a systematic evaluation of adverse drug reactions (ADRs). METHODS: ADRs were extracted from the pharmacovigilance databases of eight German manufacturers.

Author(s): 
Jong, Miek C.
Jong, Mats U.
Baars, Erik W.

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