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Int J Gen Med. 2010 Aug 30;3:239-53.

Anthroposophic therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity: a two-year prospective study in outpatients.

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Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology, Freiburg, Germany;



Anthroposophic treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) includes special artistic and physical therapies and special medications.


We studied 61 consecutive children starting anthroposophic treatment for ADHD symptoms under routine outpatient conditions. Primary outcome was FBB-HKS (a parents' questionnaire for ADHD core symptoms, 0-3), and secondary outcomes were disease and symptom scores (physicians' and parents' assessment, 0-10) and quality of life (KINDL(®) total score, 0-100).


A total of 67% of patients fulfilled the DSM-IV criteria for ADHD, 15% had an exclusion diagnosis such as pervasive developmental disorders, while 18% did not fulfill ADHD criteria for another reason. Anthroposophic treatment modalities used were eurythmy therapy (in 56% of patients), art therapy (20%), rhythmical massage therapy (8%), and medications (51%). From baseline to six-month follow-up, all outcomes improved significantly; average improvements were FBB-HKS total score 0.30 points (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.18-0.43; P < 0.001), FBB-HKS inattention 0.36 (95% CI: 0.21-0.50; P < 0.001), FBB-HKS hyperactivity 0.29 (95% CI: 0.14-0.44; P < 0.001), FBB-HKS impulsivity 0.22 (95% CI: 0.03-0.40; P < 0.001), disease score 2.33 (95% CI: 1.84-2.82; P < 0.001), symptom score 1.66 (95% CI: 1.17-2.16; P < 0.001), and KINDL 5.37 (95% CI: 2.27-8.47; P = 0.001). Improvements were similar in patients not using stimulants (90% of patients at months 0-6) and were maintained until last follow-up after 24 months.


Children with ADHD symptoms receiving anthroposophic treatment had long-term improvement of symptoms and quality of life.


anthroposophy; attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity; combined modality therapy; prospective studies; quality of life

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