Anthroposophic medical products are conceived, developed and produced in accordance with the anthroposophic knowledge of humans and nature.
Anthroposophic medicinal products (AMPs) are products conceived, developed and produced in accordance with the anthroposophic knowledge of man, nature, substance and pharmaceutical processing. Anthroposophic pharmacy is as integrative as the anthroposophic therapeutic approach; that is, it is based on an understanding of the need to treat physical symptoms as well as to address life, spiritual and social elements of disease.
AMPs are designed to work on four aspects of human health: the physical body; the metabolic system and systems covering regeneration and reproduction, called 'life organization'; the emotional and instinctual part of the human being, called 'feeling organization'; and finally on systems involving critical thinking and sense of self, called 'spiritual self' or ego.
In anthroposophic medicine, health problems can happen from breakdowns in any of these systems; from phsycal injury, to viral infection, to general poor health that prevents regeneration and self-healing, to mental and emotional health that can impact on overall wellness. AMPs are therefore designed not only to ameliorate particular symptoms of illness or injury but to help heal the functioning of the different processes that contribute to overall health. Prepared from mineral, botanical, zoological or chemical origin, AMPs are intended to act on these various systems in order to restore the balance and equilibrium necessary for health. They are prepared in accordance with the Anthroposophic Pharmaceutical Codex [pdf], using a variety of processes to extract active substances from their base material.
AMPs have been demonstrated to be safe, and there is growing evidence that the anthroposophic medical approach, which can include prescription of AMPs, lowers use of anti-microbial medicines and thus could contribute to alleviating the problem of anti-microbial resistance.
For more on AMPs and their preparation, see the International Association of Anthroposophic Pharmacists.