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

Recent Study Results

On this page you will find recently published studies. We aim to give you current updates both in the Field of Anthroposophic and Integrative Medicine.

You will find an overview of privious studies under Research.

Integrative Medicine:

Henrik Szöke, Márta Maródi, Zsuzsa Sallay, Balázs Székely, Martin-Günther Sterner, Gabriella Hegyi: Integrative versus Conventional Therapy of Chroni Otitis Media with Effusion and Adenoid Hypertrophy in Children: A Prospective Observational Study. Forsch Komplementmed 2016;23:231–239DOI: 10.1159/000448440

Kathrin M. Gschwendtner, Christine Holmberg, Joachim Weis: Beweggründe von Krebspatienten für und gegen die Inanspruchnahme der Misteltherapie. Forsch Komplementmed 2016;23:215–222


Anthroposophic Medicine: 

Werthmann, Paul G.; Hintze, Alexander; Kienle, Gunver S.: Complete remission and long-term survival of a patient with melanoma metastases treated with high-dose fever-inducing Viscum album extract: A case report. Medicine: November 2017 - Volume 96 - Issue 46 - p e8731

 A very large analysis of use and safety of AMPs in the EvaMed pharmacovigilance network has now been published by researchers of the European Scientific Cooperative on AMPs (ESCAMP) in collaboration with the Research Institute Havelhöhe, Berlin.

Compared to previous publications from EvaMed, this is the first safety analysis focusing on the entire group of AMPs; it also covers a longer documentation period (10 years, 2001-2010). With more than 300,000 AMP prescriptions to over 44,000 outpatients, this is by far the largest prospective study of anthroposophic treatment worldwide.

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to AMPs were rare (one ADR in 0.071% of prescriptions), ADR of severe intensity were very rare (0.002% of prescriptions), as were serious ADR (0.0003%, one serious ADR in 311,731 prescriptions). Similar results were found in subgroups (e.g. mistletoe or other injectables, AMP use among children).

Thus, in this analysis from a very large sample, anthroposophic medication therapy was a safe treatment:


 Hamre HJ, Glockmann A, Heckenbach K, Matthes H. Use and safety of anthroposophic medicinal products, An analysis of 44,662 patients from the EvaMed Pharmacovigilance Network. Drugs - Real World Outcomes 2017, DOI 10.1007/s40801-017-0118-5

Evi B. Koster, Erik W. Baars, Diana M. J. Delnoij: Patient-centered outcomes on quality of life and anthroposophic healthcare: a qualitative triangulation study. 

 Fagerstedt S , Kippler M , Scheynius A , Gutzeit C , Mie A , Alm J , Vahter M: Anthroposophic lifestyle influences the concentration of metals in placenta and cord blood 2015 Jan;136:88-96. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.08.044. Epub 2014 Nov 20 

Ciro Augusto Floriani: Anthroposophy and Integrative Care at the End of Life. Alternative and complementary Therapies DOI: 10.1089/act.2016.29055.caf  Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.  Vol. 22 No. 3 June 2016

Maggie Evans, Susan Bryant, Alyson L. Huntley, Gene Feder: Cancer Patients’ Experiences of Using Mistletoe (Viscum album): A Qualitative Systematic Review and Synthesis. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Volume 22, Number 2, 2016, pp. 134–144 ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2015.0194

Lise-Lotte Ozolins, Ulrica H€orberg, Karin Dahlberg: Caring touch – patients’ experiences in an anthroposophic clinical context. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences doi: 10.1111/scs.12242 

T v Schoen-Angerer,  R Madeleyn, H Kiene, G S. Kienle, J Vagedes: Improvement of Asthma and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease With Oral Pulvis stomachicus cum Belladonna, a Combination of Matricaria recutita, Atropa belladonna, Bismuth, and Antimonite: A Pediatric Case Report. Global Adv Health Med. 2016;5(1):107-111. DOI: 10.7453/gahmj.2015.019

G S.Kienle, M Mussler, D Fuchs, H Kiene: Intravenous Mistletoe Treatment in Integrative Cancer Care: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Procedures, Concepts, and Observations of Expert Doctors.  Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2016, Article ID 4628287, 16 pages

Time to stand up and be counted: The need for an economic case for investment. Editorial Complementary Therapies in Medicine 27(2016)137-138

Jan Axtner, Megan Steele, Matthias Kröz, Günther Spahn, Harald Matthes and Friedemann Schad: Health services research of integrative oncology in palliative care of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. BMC Cancer201616:579, DOI: 10.1186/s12885-016-2594-5

Schlappi M, Ewald C, Kuehn JJ, Weinert T, Huber R. Fever Therapy With Intravenously Applied Mistletoe Extracts for Cancer Patients: A Retrospective Study. Integrative Cancer Therapies. 2016, DOI: 10.1177/1534735416658121

Berger B, Bertram M, Kanitz J, Pretzer K, Seifert G: ‘‘Like Walking into an Empty Room’’: Effects of Eurythmy Therapy on Stress Perception in Comparison with a Sports Intervention from the Subjects’ Perspective—A Qualitative Study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:856107. doi: 10.1155/2015/856107. Epub 2015 Mar 10.

Edelhäuser F, Minnerop A, Trapp B, Büssing A, Cysarz D: Eurythmy Therapy increases specific oscillations of heart rate variability 2015 Jun 6;15:167. doi: 10.1186/s12906-015-0684-6.





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