Anthroposophic medicine and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global health problem - Studies show the significant potential from anthroposophic and other integrative medicine approaches to safely reduce antimicrobial use. Find  IVAAs statement  here.

Have as well a look at the presentation prepared for the CAM Interest Group, European Parliament, Bruxelles 1April 2014 

In November 2015, on occasion of the "Antibiotics Awareness Day", the IVAA together with EUROCAM published the position paper

 The role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in reducing the problem of antimicrobial resistance

Legal status of anthroposophic medicine in selected countries

Find the paper "Legal status of anthroposophic medicine in selected countries" here.  

A detailed description of the regulatory situation of anthroposophic medicinal products (AMP) is beyond the scope of this paper and can be found elsewhere. (24)

Anthroposophic medicine is practiced in 65 countries worldwide.

The legal status and integration in national health systems varies greatly between countries and is currently strongest in Brazil, Germany and Switzerland. Efforts and successes in obtaining official status in a given country have depended on factors such as government willingness to adopt such regulations, size of anthroposophic practitioner community, time since introduction of anthroposophic medicine in a country, and possibility to practice anthroposophic medicine with or without official recognition.

For example, physicians in most countries can practice anthroposophic medicine under their general physician license even in absence of official recognition of the anthroposophic medicine training.

The availability of anthroposophic medicinal products in a country, on the other hand, depends on appropriate regulation or, in the European Union, on the possibilities given by the European Union Directive 2001/83 EC.

Many anthroposophic substances and manufacturing methods have been integrated into national pharmacopeias, often as homoeopathic substances or manufacturing methods (3)

AMP's are distinct from homoeopathic products, even if produced in the same way, as they are developed and used based on the anthroposophic understanding of man and nature.

We present here a selection of countries from the Americas, European and Western Pacific WHO regions where anthroposophic medicine has, or is obtaining, a degree of official status. The paper focuses on the legal and official status and does not describe the extension in terms of practitioners, clinics and hospitals which has been described elsewhere (5).






Last update 11.1.2017 © IVAA 2017


This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

Current issues in Anthroposophic Medicine


Cuidado creativo

Un aporte desde la perspectiva antroposófica Anthroposophic caregiving in Spanish language - find...


The Anthroposophic Medicine site: Anthromedics

The latest in Anthroposophic Medicine - Direct access to special medical disciplines, disease and...


Individual Paediatrics

by Georg Soldner and Herrmann Michael Stellmann. Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Aspects of...


Matthias Girke "Internal medicine"

Internal Medicine - Foundations and therapeutic concepts of Anthroposophic Medicine


Anthroposophy and Science

New book by Peter Heusser - introduction into the scientific basis of anthroposophy and...