Anthroposophic Naturopathy is a scientific, holistic and human-centered approach to medicine.
The Society for Physicians of Anthroposophic Naturopathy was founded in 2012. Its aims are to:
Anthroposophic Naturopathy is part of a much broader movement of anthroposophic physicians in outpatient and inpatient settings in at least 60 countries, along with other allied health providers such as nurses, physician’s assistants, movement therapists and art and music therapists. SPAN participates in and contributes to the training of this extension of medicine to qualified naturopathic physicians.
How can a patient expect to benefit from seeing an Anthroposophic Naturopathic Doctor?
Anthroposophic naturopathy recognizes and uses the vast information acquired by modern medicine in the fields of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and diagnosis. It embraces an integrative approach in patient care, with an emphasis upon wellness/prevention, nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hands –on therapies, hydrotherapy, mind-body therapies, and the belief in the self-healing capacity of the human being. But then it goes further still, adding knowledge of the laws of the living organism, of the psyche, and the spirit. This knowledge is derived from a spiritual scientific methodology which expands on the conventional scientific method. It requires—besides an ongoing professional, personal, and moral development—an active inner life, as outlined by Rudolf Steiner in the early 1900’s. Such inner activity on the part of the doctor leads to a deepened capacity for apprehending the whole human being in health and illness.In addition to the typical thorough, whole-person centred approach that is the foundation of Naturopathic Medicine, patients can therefore expect another level of understanding and therapeutics to be applied to their individual health and life circumstances. An Anthroposophic Naturopathic Doctor may serve as the primary care to patients at all stages of life.
How do I train to become an Anthroposophic Naturopath?
Anthroposophic naturopathy is practiced in North America by board licensed naturopathic physicians in the United States and Canada. A student or graduated ND from the accredited schools in North America may participate in the International Post-Graduate Medical Training organized by PAAM. Membership in SPAN connects you to other interested NDs in North America. Students, interested NDs and trained NDs may join by visiting www.span-med.org.
How do I contact SPAN?
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