The History of Remedies

If one day we understand the rhythms of nature, this will be natural science in its truest form.
-Dr. Rudolf Hauschka 

Study rhythm. Rhythm carries life.
-Dr. Rudolf Steiner

Among the many contributions Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) made to the world was a holistic approach to life he called Anthroposophy. It’s an exhaustive worldview; over the course of his career, Steiner wrote more than 30 books and delivered more than 6,000 lectures exploring the worlds of science and spirit using a methodical approach that opened up new perspectives in fields as diverse as education, art, economics, agriculture and medicine.

Anthroposophic medicine focuses on balancing the mind, body and spirit. The ultimate goal is to support and encourage the body’s own ability to heal from within. Anthroposophic medicine is an integrated approach, an extension of -- not a replacement for -- mainstream medicine.

In 1924, Viennese chemist Dr. Rudolf Hauschka (1891-1969) traveled to the Netherlands to attend the Anthroposophic summer conference in Arnheim. He was intrigued by Dr. Steiner’s insights into the natures of science and spirit, and over the course of several conversations he asked the founder of anthroposophy just what, in his opinion, life was. Steiner answered: “Study rhythm. Rhythm is the carrier of life.”

Dr. Hauschka contemplated Steiner’s words for several years. In 1929, he was invited by Anthroposophic physician Dr. Ita Wegman to join her at the Clinical and Therapeutic Institute in Arlesheim, Switzerland. At that time, Anthroposophic pharmacists and physicians were experimenting with medicines comprised of homeopathically potentized extracts of healing plants, but the only way to create a stable extract was by using alcohol. Drs. Wegman and Hauschka hoped to develop a natural technique for manufacturing medicines without using alcohol as a preservative. Inspired by Steiner’s words, Dr. Hauschka began integrating rhythmic changes to the extraction process. He submerged botanicals in water and rhythmically exposed them to the polar extremes of light/dark, warm/cold, movement/calm in a process that enhanced natural preservation by helping to counter the decomposition process. This “rhythmical processing” method succeeded in creating stable watery botanical extracts without the use of alcohol or artificial preservatives.

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Recognizing the vast potential of this rhythmic processing method, Hauschka and his associates founded a pharmaceutical company in 1935 for the formulation and manufacture of remedies based on the traditions of homeopathy and Anthroposophic medicine, named WALA (Warmth-Ash-Light-Ash) Heilmittel (remedies). WALA’s founders considered it their mission to improve the health and well-being of humanity through high-quality natural medicines based on Anthroposophic principles.

Americans already familiar with Dr.Hauschka Skin care recognize the transformative nature of those dynamic preparations. It’s no surprise that such a therapeutic skin care line would have sprung from WALA’s long tradition of quality, purity and superior efficacy in the manufacture of holistic remedies. In manufacturing medicines and personal care products, WALA uses the highest quality raw materials and advanced technology in sterile laboratory conditions to ensure purity and efficacy. Advanced research methods and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques enhance WALA’s decades-long experience in producing stable, rhythmitised plant extracts.

Today WALA produces 900 different medicines for acute and chronic diseases in addition to home remedies for minor ailments like upset stomach, eye and ear discomfort, colds, minor injuries and more. To learn more about WALA Heilmittel’s remedies, visit www.wala.de/english.

For more information on Anthroposophic physicians, or to find a doctor in your area, visit the  Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (PAAM) at www.paam.net.

Dr.Hauschka Holistic Home Remedies are manufactured according to applicable homeopathic drug regulations.

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