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The Medical Section

In 1923/24, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society with the School of Spiritual Science at its core. It was to be... "an association of people whose will it is to nurture the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world."

The Anthroposophical Society is public, without political agenda or religious affiliation. Its activity is seen today in independent national societies and initiatives throughout the world, with members from all cultures and continents. It is also an entirely public society, without regard to ethnic or national origin, social standing, religion, scientific or artistic conviction.

Within the Society, The School of Spiritual Science was set up to facilitate a spiritual approach to the different disciplines. This includes natural science, sociology, the arts, education, agriculture, mathematics and medicine.

The Medical Section devotes itself to medical and pharmaceutical research as well as to training and continuing education of physicians, pharmacists and therapists. It supports diverse therapeutic initiatives that have at their core a spiritual understanding of health and pathology. It also supports plurality in scientific discourse, the patient’s right to choose and the legal battle for complementary medicine. In its collaborative work with the artistic and scientific sections two core questions of anthroposophical medicine are central: How does health arise? What is the nature of disease and healing?

Rhythmical Massage Therapy has developed as a therapeutic discipline in close collaboration with the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science.

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