Mind and Body
Practitioners believe that your mind and body must be in harmony for you to stay healthy.
All practitioners of anthroposophical medicine ('AM') are medically qualified doctors - they can do anything a normal doctor can do but have more strings to their bow, such as herbal or homeopathic remedies and body work therapies. They place particular emphasis on the body's rhythms - eating, sleeping and menstrual patterns and may prescribe a variety of treatments to balance the poles and systems regulating the body.
Because AM is a holistic system, aimed at harmonising elements of the spiritual, as well as the physical self, it is said by its followers to be of benefit in cases where a conventional cure cannot be achieved.
The Anthroposophical Society: www.anthroposophy.org.uk
Autogenic Training is a form of self-hypnosis that aims to induce a state of relaxation and wellbeing, and to utilise the body's own healing power. Taught one to one, or in groups of 6 - 8, the aim of the technique is to induce a balance between the two hemispheres of the brain, as well as between the two branches - sympathetic and parasympathetic - of the autonomic nervous system.
It aims to give the student the power to induce physical and mental relaxation from within and is said to be effective for a myriad of conditions ranging from high blood pressure to ME, depression and addictions.
British Autogenic Society: www.autogenic-therapy.org.uk