An Introduction to Anthroposophical Medicine
Extending the Art of Healing
In modern times, Western societies have become increasingly familiar and comfortable with the numerous complementary and alternative forms of medicine, often derived from Eastern sources. Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical medicine, founded in the early part of the twentieth century, renews the origin of Western medicine. But unlike many modern medical practices based on reductionist, materialistic thinking, Steiner’s holistic system encompasses a picture of the human being as an entity of body, soul, and spirit. Anthroposophical medicine brings harmony to these different aspects of the human constitution.
Victor Bott, MD, offers a comprehensive overview of this remarkable system of medicine. He presents a new approach to understanding various types of diseases, including a discussion on the stages of human development; the roles of organs such as the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart; specific diseases; and indications about why people become ill. He also discusses the increasing prevalence of cancer and specific phenomena such as the menstrual cycle.
This volume will illuminate medical practitioners and therapists who want to learn more about anthroposophical medicine and anyone who would like a deeper understanding of diseases and a key medical approach to dealing with them.
This book is a translation from French of La Médecine Anthroposophique : Un Élargissement de l'art de guérir (3rd ed., Triades, 2003).
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Peter Gruenewald
PART ONE: Man in the Light of Anthroposcopy
1. The Four Constituent Elements of the Human Being
2. The Human Triad
3. Health and Disease
4. Hysteria and Neurasthenia
5. Sleeping and Waking
6. Inflammation and Sclerosis
PART TWO: The Stages of Human Development
7. From Birth to the Age of Seven
8. From Seven to Fourteen Years of Age
9. From Fourteen to Twenty-one Years of Age
PART THREE: The Four Cardinal Organs
10. The Lung
11. The Liver
12. The Kidneys
13. The Heart
PART FOUR: Some Special Problems
14. The Problem of Cancer
15. The Menstrual Cycle
16. Diseases of the Skin
Note on the Pharmaceutical Preparations