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From the category archives: Anthroposophic medicines

Explanations of how an herbal or homeopathic medicine is chosen and used in medical practice.

External Treatments using Kitching Ingredients

Here are three simple ways to try to keep an illness process moving!  And they only involve ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen cabinets or pantry.   Sometimes our body just needs a little extra help so that a process doesn’t get stuck.   Chamomile steam for a badly congested nose and sinuses, or for an ear that won’t “pop” after air travel:   Boil several cups of water, and then pour them into a broad bowl.   Add several teaspoons of chamomile tea (loose tea works a little better, or break open the tea bags if all you have is packaged tea).  Stir in well and then with a towel or sheet make a little tent over your head and breathe in the chamomile steam.  It can get hot and humid, so be sure to take breathes of cool air so that you don’t become light-headed and fall over!  You can often even find chamomile teabags in a hotel, which is handy if your ear won’t pop after you have traveled far away from hom ...

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The Integrated Care Package

There are currently places in the world where large hospitals, medical clinics and retreat centers are able to offer multi-disciplinary anthroposophic care (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden), but the current medical model and insurance programs in the U.S. do not make this possible.  This is a challenging moral quandary, as participation in insurance plans immediately creates oversight and rigid expectations around the kind of medical care that is being provided.  Services must meet the "standard of care," or practitioners face severe scrutiny, as well as potential punitive limits on medical practice and monetary fines.  For these reasons we continue to make the decision that it is better to remain outside of the insurance system, recognizing that it is limiting access but it also allows us to provide a fully individualized, holistic approach to the healing process.   We would like to try to take one step towards healing that conflict. New for this c ...

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Avoiding Surgery for Big Tonsils, Gallstones or Fibroids

A New Feature Things you may not know Anthroposophic Treatments are good for: Avoiding Surgery for Big Tonsils, Gallstones or Fibroids   We get sick in stages: there is a waterfall relationship between the immediate impressions of a situation; to what with time becomes a more chronic, physiologic imbalance; to what eventually becomes a true pathological (illness causing) change.  An example: if I have an sudden shock or scare, then heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tone will naturally all go up, but they should all gradually relax and return to normal over the course of a few hours.  That would likely change if a shock or scare began to happen every day, then soon the body's steady state changes, it gets reset--perhaps to a place where there are persistent challenges with falling asleep, or painful tight muscles that become the norm.   And if my "reset" physiology stays imbalanced long enough we meet irreversibly illness, like a heart ...

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Getting Unstuck, Part 1: How a Homeopathic Remedy Can Help

Been stuck recently?  Seems to be going around.  It’s not necessarily bad as long as it doesn’t become a way of life, though it usually does last longer than we feel comfortable with.  But it has its place.  Take breathing as an example.  There is that place in your breathing, where you have taken in a full breath, but not yet started to release the air.  Do you know that place?  And it feels like nothing is happening, but there is something happening—a change in activity is coming (from in-breathing to out-breathing).  And while the natural world around us these days is bursting into new activity, the human process for change seems to lag behind this time of year.  Why?  Well, when the winter comes and brings cold temperatures and long nights, we all naturally breathe in.  It feels really good to breathe in at that time.  Fall, the winter holidays, and the changing of the year bring an inwardness that feels really good.  It's ...

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Onions for Earaches

Every so often you encounter something that is so simple and effective, that you wonder why you didn't know about it before, and why doesn't someone put it in a "handbook" for life. One of the things that should most certainly be in that handbook, at least in the category of home treatments for common illness, is the use of an onion compress for an earache. Yes, it will make you or your child smell like onions, and it sounds ridiculously simple, but in the middle of the night it can really be your friend. Why does it work? Well, most of the pain associated with an ear ache is from pressure, as fluid or mucous builds up in the space of the middle ear. And what happens when you cut up an onion? It makes you cry. It has a warming, loosening, irritating effect on your eyes and nose which helps to pull fluid right out. This effect can be put to good use when there is a lot of fluid built up and it needs to be released. It can be done in several simple steps: use a regular cooking onion, then cut it ...

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Where does Anxiety come from?

Anxiety very often arises when our thinking and willing activities become separated.  Working to integrate them back together leaves us more contented, and more connected to what we are doing in life.

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Healing from the Inside, Out

Lasting change comes when a medicine or treatment helps us gain better health through stimulating and supporting the body's own healing processes. This is different than just taking a medicine from the outside. All anthroposophic treatments strive to help us heal from the inside, out, striving a long-term shift—not just controlling symptoms.

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What is an anthroposophic medicine and how is it chosen?

December 2012 Three Paragraph Newsletter   The medicines that are used in anthroposophic medicine (also often referred to as "remedies") come from the natural world. Most are prepared from plants and minerals, a select few from the animal world, with very special attention given to the purity and quality of the substances. While most conventional pharmaceutical drugs are made synthetically, usually from petroleum, anthroposophic medicines are sourced from nature, and handled thoughtfully and carefully to protect the living qualities of the substance. This is important, because the chemical composition of a substance is an important "footprint" of the particular plant, but it is not the whole thing. In a way it is at most a marker of what happens when the process of a plant comes to rest. There is a chemical pattern which is representative of a process, but it is not the whole process. Anthroposophic medicines are trying to incorporate the whole process of a mineral, plant, or animal. To understand t ...

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