Located at 1422 W. Liberty Street on the historic West Side of Ann Arbor, Michigan
“Health Care as a step towards true community; community in support of personal health.”
Participants of all ages can experience a healing environment based on the Anthroposophical medical guidelines of Austrian scientist-philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Our two-week intensive therapeutic session is designed for ambulatory individuals with chronic illnesses, or anyone seeking a restorative regimen. Our patients have suffered chronic fatigue, cancer, recovery from chemotherapy, arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, digestive disorders and many other problems. Some of our patients receive Iscador, an alternative cancer treatment. As a patient, you will receive individual medical care from founding physicians Quentin McMullen, MD and Molly McMullen-Laird, MD. Both physicians were trained in Internal Medicine in the United States and in Anthroposophical Medicine in Europe. The anthroposophic therapies make the therapeutic sessions unique: movement, music, art therapy, color-light, rhythmical or nursing massage, therapeutic baths, and nursing therapies. A talented, dedicated team of nurses and therapists, under the medical direction of Drs. Molly and Quentin McMullen, create an unparalleled healing environment.
Anthroposophical nursing goes beyond traditional nursing by addressing the need of patients to be listened to and cared for in their surroundings. The quality of the air, light, heat, textures of bedclothes, fresh water and flowers, appropriate for the illness of the patient, are attended to. Footbaths, bodywork with oil rubbings, and encouragement in all the rhythms of the day are found in the relationship between nurse and patient.
1. What is the Rudolf Steiner Health Center and where is it located?
The Rudolf Steiner Health Center is a center established to provide Anthroposophic Medical care in combination with traditional Western
medicine in one facility, which can house all therapies that Anthroposophic medicine encompasses. The RSHC is located at the historic
Anna Botsford Bach House at 1422 W. Liberty Ann Arbor, MI. 48103.
Anthroposophic Medicine (Anthropos = human being : Sophia = wisdom) is a form of complementary medicine developed by
Rudolf Steiner that views the entire human being (mind, body, and spirit) and the human relationship to the universe in treating illness.
It includes the use of European homeopathics and plant medicines, assessment by specially trained physicians, and numerous
therapies and nursing treatments.
Artistic Therapy- Promotes healing through use of drawing, watercolor painting, and clay modeling.
Therapeutic Movement- Eurythmy or Spacial Dynamics used to harmonize and strengthen body and soul.
Color Light Therapy- Strengthens the soul through guided exposure to color and light.
Music Therapy- Harmonizes the activities of inner organs through concentrated listening and playing of instruments.
Rhythmical or Nursing massage- A gentle form of massage, individually prescribed and performed by specially trained therapists.
Anthroposophic Nursing Treatments-Include compresses, footbaths, applications of oils, and therapeutic baths.
The center was established and is run by Drs. Molly and Quentin McMullen. Both physicians are traditionally trained Internal Medicine
physicians with additional training in Anthroposophic Medicine. At times, other Anthroposophic physicians or medical students
come in to work and learn.
No! Participants of all ages, interests and backgrounds can attend and experience the healing environment at the center.
The center is designed for ambulatory individuals with chronic illnesses, or anyone seeking a restorative regimen.
Our patients have suffered chronic fatigue, recovery from chemotherapy, arthritis, stroke, MS, digestive problems
and many other problems. Some of our patients receive Iscador, an alternative cancer treatment from mistletoe.
Two- or three-week long therapeutic sessions are available.
A participant can call the center to register or may be referred by their physician.
No, not at all! Both physicians are very happy to work with the program you are following and are quite willing to
communicate with your current physician. Anthroposophy truly complements your current regimen.
Participants stay at the center for ease of receiving treatments and for a sense of community. Usually, all participants arrive
on the same day and settle into their rooms. The first evening will be an orientation time to get familiar with the center and each other.
Dinner will be served and orientation will follow. All meals are vegetarian, prepared with organically or biodynamically locally grown foods.
The next day participants are gently awakened, greeted by their nurses, given any prescribed medicines and then go to breakfast.
After breakfast, participants join together to sing, after which they return to their room to see a physician,
or begin their first therapy of the day. There may be another therapy before lunch.
After lunch and a rest, therapies continue until just before dinner. After dinner, participants are on their own or may choose
to attend interesting lectures/discussions with the staff, or a musical or other social event.
Your plan of care will be individually tailored to your needs. You may have some treatments or therapies daily, or every other day,
but you may not need all therapies.
The next session is: November 9-21, 2009 February 22- March 26 , 2010
The cost of the room for $100 per person per night for double occupancy, $145 per person per night for single occupancy.
The meal charge is $50 per day for three meals.
The charge for all therapies, nursing, and physician treatments, including medicines is $200 per day.
No therapies or therapy charge for Sundays.
Please check with your own insurance company to see what they will cover.
Some of the treatments and doctor's visits may be covered.
There is occasionally some financial assistance available to those in need: please inquire.
For additional questions, please feel free to call the center at (734) 663-4365.
Ambulatory patients are encouraged to participate in the varied aspects of maintaining gardens, and to walk in the open air. Evening and weekend social events such as musical performances further enhance the sense of community that many patients have felt at similar clinics.
Medicines used are taken from the realms of plants, animals, and minerals.
Group Activities are an important aspect of the experience. Group singing starts the day after breakfast, optional group eurythmy or speech in the afternoon, and evening cultural programs are spread throughout the session. There are also weekend outing opportunities, as well as nearby parks available for walking, hiking and plant observation.
Three meals per day are served in a beautiful community dining room in the historic Anna Botsford Bach Home. All food is organic or biodynamic, with preference given to local produce. The delicious, vegetarian meals are based on the therapeutic diet plan of the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim, Switzerland.
“To experience the Health Center is like stepping into another world of light and caring...”
--B.B., retreat participant in 2002
CSAM was founded in 1997 as a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing patient care, education and research in Anthroposophical medicine.