Anthroposophic Medicine

Homeopathy and Anthroposophy

A homeopath is trained to always consider the person as a whole. We are interested in understanding the patient’s general state of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing as well as the symptoms for which the patient is consulting. The remedy, is to match it with a substance that naturally produces similar symptoms of the acute and general nature the person is presenting at the time. This homeopathic theory is known as “like cures like”.

At Sea Salt, homeopathy is extended with the application of anthroposophy. Anthroposophy takes into consideration scientific research of matter found in physical cells alongside the recognition and understanding that within each human being is a soul and spirit. Neither is viewed in isolation. Homeopathy most certainly has this basis at its core, but Anthroposophy provides the scientific methods not found in homeopathy. Upon the application of this research and practice the understanding of the human being is extensively broadened and the medicines, though still potentised as they are in homeopathy, are combined differently to classical homeopathic medicine.

Anthroposophic Medicine originates from the work of Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) with the assistance of Dr. Ita Wegman (1876 – 1943). It requires additional training to practice in a particular field of medicine. Around the world there are many medical, allied heath and complementary health practitioners applying anthroposophy. We often connect with other areas of life that anthroposophy also enlivens such as  Steiner / Waldorf Education and Bio-dynamic Organic Agriculture

The medicines

Minerals, plants, animals and metals are taken through pharmaceutical processes including  potentisation which makes it similar to homeopathy. Potentisation starts with a raw substance combined with a carrier substance that is diluted and agitated, each time creating a remedy with a different level of potency. The level of potentiation affects different processes in the body.

Articles and research providing more in-depth explanations can be found here. (sidebar of this page when viewing from a computer, and the bottom of the page when using a mobile device)

The consultation

An initial one hour consultation allows time to discuss the symptoms to be addressed and also bring to light patterns of an individual’s health and illness processes. Depending on the circumstances a few days for research and reflection may be left between the consultation and the preparation of a prescription. The prescription can include remedies to be taken daily for short or ongoing periods as well as compresses and baths. 

In subsequent consultations changes are noted to the original presenting symptoms as well as to energy levels, motivation, the ability to cope with the illness, changes in sleep, appetite and moods, and anything new that may have arisen. Sometimes processes that are unresolved or dormant from previous illnesses or life events come to the surface. The whole case is reviewed so as to refine the prescription to meet the changes. 

Fees

Initial Consultation – $110 (1 hour)

This rate reduces to $90 when more than one member of a family (from the same income stream) are having regular consultations.

Subsequent Consultations – Family members can share consult times

$90 (1 hour) ⎜  $75 (3/4 hour)⎜ $60 (1/2 hour)⎜ $35 (1/4 hour)

Remedies – Most remedies are $15 each.

The average prescription has two remedies (plus postage when applicable).

Publications & Research

Link to the website of the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA) for research articles and extensive information on anthroposophic medicine.

Link to the website of the National Library of Medicine (USA) for published research on a public site. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you recommend that I build my own remedy kit?

Kits build over time as family illness tendencies unfold and familiarity with their action and indications comes about in consultation and use. However having on hand something for broken bones, fevers, bruises and the first sign of a flu can be very useful. Recommendations can be made within the consultation or workshops.

A standard homeopathic kit with vials of remedy-coated sugar pillules comes in handy, but the remedies prescribed in consultation are usually from Southern Swan Pharmacy that supply liquid remedies in 30 ml bottles, or  else from Weleda and WALA.  These remedies are more often than not specially combined with more than one medicinal substance.

Does my child have to be at the consultation?

When prescribing for a child it is important to have time without the child being present because it helps to obtain information that the child need not hear. Therefore arrangements are made to speak about the child separately to meeting the child. The consultations build pictures around a child’s health including birth, milestones, sleep, digestion, behaviour, sensory development, susceptibility to illnesses and environmental influences that help parents to understand the individual needs of their child. Education towards home healthcare is a very important part of working with parents. And many parents choose to consult and work on their own health and other issues that may be influencing their child’s health.

Can I consult over the phone?

A face-to-face consultation is preferred and in some cases necessary. However an audio- visual consultation is possible when a person cannot attend a consultation in clinic. 

For the cases of children it is common to meet the child then speak with the parents over the phone.

Can I take the remedies with other medicines?

Yes. But like all medicines each health practitioner should be aware of what medicines a person is taking and the purpose of taking them so that they can prescribe the appropriate dose and work together to support health.

How long before I notice the remedies are working?

This depends on how long a person has been unwell. Some illnesses work in daily cycles, others weekly, monthly or annually. Generally 6 doses is a good indicator of the efficacy of the remedy in the case of a first aid treatment. In the case of symptoms that have been present for a while, 3 months usually indicates the direction and action of the treatment.

When symptoms have been stubborn to shift and caused fatigue, the first improvement is often observed by an increase in energy. The length of time that symptoms have been present can also affect how long it takes to heal;  the newest symptom is often the first to resolve and the oldest symptom can take the longest. Using potentised medicines can sometimes cause a return of old symptoms in some people who have been treated in the past with medicines that have “paused” the symptoms without having had the underlying process addressed. This presents the opportunity to work through the underlying cause and resolve the disposition to related illness patterns.