An Austrian - Rudolf Steiner, founded the philosophy of Anthroposophical Medicine in the early 1900's. Steiner's aim was to complement and develop medicine as it existed, rather than set up an alternative system. Together with Dr Ita Wegman, he developed his ideas to include a medical science, as well as his own principle of polarity.
An anthroposophical doctor will ask questions about diet, lifestyle and constitution, with an emphasis on the body's rhythms - eating, sleeping and menstrual patterns. The doctor may also carry out standard medical tests, and will use the information to aid diagnosis, prescribing treatment to balance the poles and systems regulating the body.
Practitioners are fully qualified doctors, who make use of modern technology and medication as required - they consider that this approach gives them a fuller picture of an individual, allowing them to take a broader view of illness and therapy.
Because AM is a holistic system, aimed at harmonizing elements of the spiritual, as well as the physical self, it is said by its followers to be of benefit in cases where a conventional cure cannot be achieved.
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