Community Supported Anthroposophical Medicine
Community Supported Anthroposophical Medicine (CSAM) was founded in 1997 as a 501(c) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing patient care, education and research in health care through Anthroposophically-Integrated Internal Medicine. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our work is made possible through donations from individuals and small foundations, as well as fees for patient services.
CSAM is governed by a Board of Directors and oversees a medical practice, including physicians and anthroposophically trained therapists, and runs education and outreach programs, research projects, and the Rudolf Steiner Health Center.
Anthroposophy (anthropos: human being, sophia: wisdom) is a worldview founded by philosopher, scientist and social thinker, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) that combines practical science with spiritual awareness. Anthroposophically extended medicine is an extension of conventional medicine. The goal is to consciously understand the interactions of the soul and spirit as well as the body. Viewing one’s whole life and its meaning helps one to see an illness in its larger perspective. Anthroposophically-extended medicine treats all aspects of the individual using practical, western allopathic medicine as a foundation. We use a wide range of treatments which include homeopathy, nutritional guidelines, artistic and movement therapies to extend the practice of medicine. In Europe there are well established anthroposophical hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies and training centers. Many other fields of human endeavor have been enriched by Steiner’s work, such as education (Waldorf Schools), agriculture (Biodynamic Farming), architecture, arts and economics.
The late Otto Wolff, in his foreword to The Anthroposophical Approach to Medicine, wrote: “Medicine will be broadened by a spiritual conception of man to an art of healing, or else it will remain a soulless technology that removes only symptoms. Through the concrete inclusion of the spirit and soul of man, a humanization of medicine, as it was inaugurated by Rudolf Steiner, is possible.
Learn-Work-Share Summer Program
A Youth Initiative for 16-30 year olds runs from June 26 to July 13, 2013. Participants will be introduced to anthroposophical medical, nursing, therapeutic, and biodynamic principles while building a community of anthroposophically oriented youth, have an opportunity for hands on work experience in an anthroposophical setting, and teach 10-14 year old girls about healthy lifestyle, nutrition, movement, and gardening. The youth program is free and is now accepting participant applications on the Youth Conference Page until the end of February 2013. Eligible medical students may use this program as a rotation.