“It is not a matter of being in opposition to the school of medicine that is working with the accepted scientific methods of the present time. We fully acknowledge its principles. And in our view, the approach we present should only be used by those who are fully able and entitled to practise medicine according to those principles.
We do, however, add further insights to such knowledge of the human being as is now available through accepted scientific methods. These are gained by different methods, and we therefore feel compelled to work for an extension of clinical medicine, based on these wider insights into the nature of the world and the human being.”
Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman, Extending Practical Medicine (1925)
Research in anthroposophic medicine
Anthroposophic medicine has been fostering a multitude of research activities. Today, many research institutes and hospital research departments are specialized on topics of anthroposophic medicine, conducting laboratory research as well as clinical therapy studies. A particular large number of studies was done on misteltoe therapy, a successful cancer treatment. In recent years, the number of research projects increased potentially, promising an exciting future for anthroposophic medicine.
In March 2010 ESCAMP, the European Scientific Cooperative on Anthroposophic Medicinal Products was founded www.escamp.org. ESCAMP is an international cooperative of researchers and experts in the field of anthroposophic medicinal products (AMPs). Its aim is to develop the scientific basis for a permanent regulatory framework for AMPs in Europe.