Cordiodoron: From Plant to an Anthroposophical Remedy for Heart and Circulation

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By: Michele Sanz-Cardona and Petra Augenstein-Caporale
According to Dr. Otto Wolff, The Anthroposophic Approach to Medicine, Volt, Cardiodoron (Cordiodoron) is a comprehensive remedy for the cardiac circulatory system. It goes back to indications given by Rudolf Steiner and is one of the remedies for typical illnesses. It consists of the plants Primula, Onopordum and Hyoscyamus, which undergo a special preparation: digestio is a pharmaceutical process employing the mild warmth of 98.6°F, the mean temperature of the human blood.

None of these plants was known at the time to have an effect on the heart or circulation. An understanding of their effect is based not only on the scientific knowledge of the substances they contain but is complemented by concepts derived from spiritual research. Thus, the specificity of Cardiodoron (Cordiodoron) is that it really addresses the interaction of the heart and the circulatory system, e.g. the center and periphery.

"It is better to team up the heart and circulation in such a way that they mutually carry and support each other. The corresponding medicine would have to have a point of departure in the periphery, another one in the heart, and a third one that connects the other two. This threefolding of the cardiovascular system is actually reflected in Cardiodoron." (Otto Wolff, Remedies for Typical Diseases).

Primula veris (Cowslip) supports the anabolic process of the heart through its sulfuric nature and has mild cardiac stimulating properties. Through this spring plant, the "cosmic life force" is gathered and led via the periphery into the living blood of the organism. Its point of therapeutic action is the periphery of the vascular system and the large surface area in the capillaries.

Hyoscyamus (Henbane) acts as a mediator between Primula veris and Onopordon. This mid-summer plant's large, rhythmically undulating leaves show a strongly rhythmic structure. Rhythm, the swinging back and forth between two poles, is the uniting element between the capillaries at the periphery and the heart at the center. Thus, it harmonizes the region of the arterial vasculature.

Onopordum (Scotch Thistle) supports the catabolic processes in the heart and stimulates its activity. This later summer plant overcomes the forces of the earth through the forces of silica active in the Thistle family and evident in the thorns. Onopordum's field of action extends to the heart, the deepest center point of the circulation where the blood, which has fallen away from the cosmic, etheric forces, has to be renewed.

Prepared by: Michele Sanz-Cardona (Medical Manager, Weleda) and Petra Augenstein-Caporale (Chief Pharmacist, Weleda).


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