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Systematic Assessments, Overviews

The efficacy, effectiveness and safety of Anthroposophic Medicine and some of its therapies, like mistletoe therapy, eurythmy therapy, oil dispersion baths and others have been assessed in a variety of systematic reviews and in an Health Technology Assessment Report, as in the following:

1. Kienle GS, Albonico HU, Baars E, Hamre HJ, Zimmermann P, Kiene H. Anthroposophic medicine: an integrative medical system originating in Europe. Glob Adv Health Med. 2013;2(6):20-31. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865373/pdf/gahmj.2012.087.pdf 

2. Hamre HJ, Kiene H, Ziegler R, et al. Overview of the Publications From the Anthroposophic Medicine Outcomes Study (AMOS): A Whole System Evaluation Study. GlobAdv Health Med. 2014;3(1):54-70. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3921612/pdf/gahmj.2013.010.pdf 

3. Kienle GS, Kiene H, Albonico HU. Anthroposophic Medicine: Effectiveness, Utility, Costs, Safety. Stuttgart, New York: Schattauer Verlag; 2006.

4. Kienle GS, Glockmann A, Grugel R, Hamre HJ, Kiene H. Klinische Forschung zur Anthroposophischen Medizin – Update eines «Health Technology Assessment»-Berichts und Status Quo. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd. 2011;18(5):269-282. www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/331812 

5. Lotzke D, Heusser P, Bussing A. A systematic literature review on the effectiveness of eurythmy therapy. J Integr Med. 2015;13(4):217-230.

6. Büssing A, Ostermann T, Majorek M, Matthiessen PF. Eurythmy Therapy in clinical studies: a systematic literature review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008;8:8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2322948/ 

7. Evans M, Bryant S, Huntley AL, Feder G. Cancer Patients' Experiences of Using Mistletoe (Viscum album): A Qualitative Systematic Review and Synthesis. J Altern Complement Med. 2016;22(2):134-144.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26684278

8. Heusser P, Kienle GS. Anthroposophic Medicine, Integrative Oncology, and Mistletoe Therapy of Cancer. In: Abrams D, Weil A, eds. Integrative Oncology. Vol Second edition. New York: Oxford University Press; 2014:560-588.
oxfordmedicine.com/view/10.1093/med/9780199329724.001.0001/med-9780199329724-chapter-20

9. Büssing A, Raak C, Ostermann T. Quality of Life and Related Dimensions in Cancer Patients Treated with Mistletoe Extract (Iscador): A Meta-Analysis. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM. 2012;2012:219402. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3124023/

10. Kienle GS, Grugel R, Kiene H. Safety of higher dosages of Viscum album L. in animals and humans – systematic review of immune changes and safety parameters. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011;11(1):72.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21871125

11. Kienle GS, Glockmann A, Schink M, Kiene H. Viscum album  L. extracts in breast and gynaecologic cancers: A systematic review of clinical and preclinical research. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2009;28(79):
doi: 10.1186/1756-9966-28-79 

12. Ostermann T, Raak C, Büssing A. Survival of cancer patients treated with mistletoe extract (Iscador): a systematic literature review. BMC Cancer. 2009;9:451.
https://bmccancer.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2407-9-451

13. Horneber MA, Bueschel G, Huber R, Linde K, Rostock M: Mistletoe therapy in oncology. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008, CD003297 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18425885

14. Kienle GS, Kiene H. Complementary cancer therapy: a systematic review of prospective clinical trials on anthroposophic mistletoe extracts. Eur J Med Res. 2007;12(3):103-119. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17507307

15. Kienle GS, Berrino F, Büssing A, Portalupi E, Rosenzweig S, Kiene H. Mistletoe in cancer – a systematic review on controlled clinical trials. Eur J Med Res. 2003;8:109-119. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12730032

16. Büssing A, Cysarz D, Edelhauser F, Bornhoft G, Matthiessen PF, Ostermann T. The oil-dispersion bath in anthroposophic medicine--an integrative review. BMC Complement AlternMed. 2008;8:61.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19055811

17. Berger B, Schwarz C, Heusser P. Watchful waiting or induction of labour – a matter of informed choice: identification, analysis and critical appraisal of decision aids and patient information regarding care options for women with uncomplicated singleton late and post term pregnancies: a review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015;15:143. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25947100

18. Cysarz D, Heckmann C, Kummell HC. [The effects of Cardiodoron on cardio-respiratory coordination – a literature review]. ForschKomplementarmedKlassNaturheilkd. 2002;9(5):292-297.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12417806

March 2017

Dr. med. Gunver S. Kienle
IFAEMM Freiburg at the Witten Herdecke University
Center for Complementary Medicine, Medical Center, University of Freiburg