There are three main activites we are trying to contribute to the world:
To meet and treat every person who comes to the clinic as a whole person,
To find treatments and therapies that support a change to better health,
not just a suppression of symptoms,
And to accomplish this by mainly using natural medicines
These three qualities lie at the heart of anthroposophic medicine.
What does "anthroposophic" mean?
“Anthropos” is Greek for the human being, “Sophia” means wisdom.
Anthroposophic medicine is a modern medical practice that strives to work
through an understanding of the entire human being.
Anthroposophic medicine is built on the foundation of modern medical knowledge and the physical markers of disease, but extends it with a clear recognition of the importance of life rhythms, and of emotional, biographical, and spiritual aspects of illness. Dr. Blanning is board-certified in family medicine, but has done additional training in the US and Europe to develop a very different approach towards therapy, seeking to find the deeper roots of an illness, not simply prescribing measures to suppress or control the symptoms of disease.
What kinds of Therapies are offered?
Dr. Blanning works with a broad range of acute and chronic disease in both children and adults. We have found anthroposophic therapies to be helpful in many different situations, but we have found several areas where we feel anthroposophic medicine has particularly unique offerings and insights:
Developmental, behavioral, and learning difficulties in childhood, such as:
- Enuresis (bedwetting), Encopresis (holding of stool and constipation)
- Sensory Integration Problems
- Trouble falling asleep, Nightmares, Night Terrors
- Colic, Picky eaters, Food allergies and food sensitivities, Chronic loose stools or diarrhea
- Separation Anxiety and fearful behaviors
- Asperger's and autism spectrum disorders
Recurrent and chronic inflammatory illness such as:
- Hayfever (seasonal allergies) and asthma
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
- Recurrent Bronchitis or Pneumonia
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Autoimmune diseases
Digestive imbalances, such as:
- Irritable Bowel, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease
- Constipation, Chronic Diarrhea, Abdominal pain
- Poor Appetite, Sugar Cravings
Mood and emotional imbalances, such as:
- Depression and grief, Anger
- Anxiety, Fear, Obsessive or compulsive behaviors
with a special recognition of the role of Biographical Rhythms in cycles of change and crisis
Adjuvant (supportive) treatments for Cancer, including:
- A review of broader health issues, life rhythms and diet; supportive natural medicines like mistletoe for detox and to support the immune system; and an exploration of deeper emotional and spiritual practices (meditation, artistic therapies)
Neurologic disease, with supportive treatments for:
- Multiple sclerosis and other kinds of progressive Neuropathy
Home Care Recommendations and Workshops:
- including a homecare guide for helping families work naturally through common acute illnesses at home
Fundamental to all anthroposophic therapies is the recognition that
the physical signs and symptoms of disease are manifestations of an imbalanced process
(sclerosis is good in the bones, not in the arteries).
As part of a more comprehensive view for any problem or illness we strive to integrate:
- an appreciation of the importance of balanced life rhythms (sleep, diet, work and rest) as the foundation for health, growth, and regeneration;
- the connections between our emotional life and what we experience, and what can manifest as illness or symptoms of disease;
- an individualized approach to the unique elements of each person’s situation and biography.
- time for real conversation.
As the foundation of our therapies, natural substances (from the mineral, plant and animal world) are chosen specifically because of the way they correspond in a supporting or stimulating way to our body’s own processes. We use natural and homeopathic preparations made in anthroposophic pharmacies, where special consciousness is given to the source, quality, and rhythmic preparation of the medicines.
We also work with movement (eurythmy) and art (Collot painting) therapists. You have undoubtedly experienced how an artistic activity (art, music, singing) and careful, conscious movement (dance, tai chi) can have a strong and direct influence on your emotions and soul life, and even influence your physiology (a racing heart, sense of balance,
rejuvenation). These therapies provide a doorway to actively work with and influence one's disease. Our experienceshows that they beautifully complement and enhance our efforts with medicines and natural remedies. (See "Therapists" page above for more information).
Anthroposophic doctors seek to strengthen patient autonomy, recognize patient responsibility,
and promote the patient's right to involvement in the selection of an appropriate therapy.
The active participation of each individual in his or her own healing process is essential
and provides an opportunity for changing behavior and gaining greater insight
as pathway for greater personal growth and development.
We welcome your inquiries.
For more information and links to other sites about Anthroposophic Therapies and related organizations please click on our "Resources" button on the menu at the top of the page.
The medical office is located just north of downtown Denver at:
840 26th Street
Denver, CO 80205
Easy on-street parking is available in front of the building.
Please go to our "directions" page for a map and driving directions.
These are usually better than what you will get with GPS or mapquest.
Appointments are best scheduled online (click on the "Book Now" button below).
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