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

Quality Control in AM

High professional standards amongst anthroposophic professionals are achieved through profound training and a set of practice guidelines for anthroposophic physicians.
National medical licence requirements are the prerequisite for practising anthroposophic medicine as a physician. 
This basic training includes qualification as general practitioner or specialisation in any branch of medicine. In this respect the training of an anthroposophic physician does not differ from any conventional physician.   
In addition to this basic training at medical schools 
the special training in anthroposophic medicine consists of

  • theoretical courses over 2-3 years,
  • followed by periods of mentorship within institutions authorised by the national anthroposophic medical associations
  • and case presentations

The responsibility for training physicians lies with these national anthroposophic medical associations and the international community of anthroposophic physicians, which meets regularly. 

You can find an overview of International Post Medical Training courses here.

Anthroposophic medical practice may vary according to specific situations and working conditions in different EU member states. However, the international community of anthroposophic physicians has agreed minimal requirements for a high standard of medical services, which are summarised in “Guidelines for Good Professional Practice in Anthroposophic Medicine”.




Last update 21.5.2016©IVAA 2016


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