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The Carl Gustav Carus Institut: from its foundation to the present day

The Carl Gustav Carus-Institut was founded in 1967 on the initiative of anthroposophical physicians and scientists in order to make its own contribution to the therapy of cancer patients with mistletoe preparations. Its task is defined in the bylaws of the supporting association, namely to conduct research for cancer therapy on the basis of anthroposophic medicine founded by the spiritual science of Dr. Rudolf Steiner and the physician Dr. med. Ita Wegmann. This task requires a comprehensive understanding of nature and mankind beyond the direct research of diseases, medicinal plants and their pharmaceutics. This results in an interdisciplinary cooperation of scientists from different disciplines as well as an intensive exchange with renowned European universities.

Due to numerous cooperations, especially with partners from the university sector, and our structural  orientation, doctoral, bachelor´s and master´s theses are possible at our institute. Furthermore, we offer internships, for example within the framework of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), as well as the Bundesfreiwilligendienst (Federal Voluntary Service).

The Institute is supported ideally and financially by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Krebstherapie e.V. and a wide circle of supporters. Furthermore, the Institute's work is dependent on third-party funding such as grants from foundations, public research funding, private industry and private donations.

Since the foundation of the clinic in 1975, the Carl Gustav Carus Institut has also been located in Niefern-Öschelbronn. The Institute moved into the rooms of the Öschelbronn Clinic with its laboratories in the basement and offices on the 4th floor.

Here are a few photos: a black-and-white shot from the early years and a colour photo after the attic was added. This is how we knew the building for a long time (until 2021).

On 13th May 2017, the Carl Gustav Carus-Institut celebrated its 50th anniversary.

At the end of November 2020, we moved into the new building at Allmendstraße 55, certainly with a new address but only about 200 meters as the crow flies from the clinic where we had been practically "at home" for nearly 50 years. Since then we have been working in these new laboratory and office rooms. We also took our wide collection from all natural kingdoms with us and present them there. These collections are a special treasure for us, important as teaching, research and illustrative material for Goethean natural science, basis for Anthroposophic Medicine and Pharmacy

This photo shows an aerial view of the "Areal am Eichhof", which includes the Carl Gustav Carus Institute and Abnoba GmbH - in front in the new building at Allmendstr. 55 - , the Johanneshaus and the Öschelbronn Clinic, the latter with its old and with its new building (in the back of the photo, from left to right).

Under "Videos and Photos" you will find, among other things, videos of a drone flight over and around our new building as well as of a short tour of our new institute rooms.

Numerous other initiatives and companies emerged from the foundation in 1967: Abnoba GmbH, Portusbau, Klinik Öschelbronn (the Öschelbronn Clinic), AnthroMed Praxis (outpatient care centre with various medical specialties), Tycho Brahe-Verlag* (publishing house) with the "Jahrbuch für Goetheanismus" (Yearbook for Goetheanism) and Birken GmbH**.

*The Tycho Brahe Verlag ceased its activities on 31.12.2018. Since 2019 the production of the Yearbook for Goetheanism under the previous publisher (Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum, Dornach/CH) has been in the hands of the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart / Seminar für Waldorfpädagogik.

** The company founded by Dr Armin Scheffler under the name Birken GmbH has developed medicines and cosmetic products based on birch bark. The skin care products are now marketed by Amryt AG under the brand name Imlan®.


Carl Gustav Carus-Institut der Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Krebstherapie e. V. | Allmendstr. 55 - 75223 Niefern-Öschelbronn | Tel.: 07233 7043-100 | www.carus-institut.de