External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Ferrum Metal Foil Mirror

Kind of substance


Guiding principle for the application

Iron processes in the body are related to bile. The yellow-green bile that forms from the breakdown of red blood in the liver, serves to digest fat and at the same time provides the organism with the warmth contained in the fat. This process provides the physical basis for human will development and reaches its maximum in the first half of the day.
Ferrum supports the transformation of the nocturnal upbuilding process in the liver into the day-active forces of will and courage. The person can use his will for action.

To make metal foil, iron is transformed into a state of energetic, colorfully luminous plasma in an electric field, like the early cosmic state of metals, before they condensed into earthly substance. From this state, the iron is deposited on a foil and appears there as a very uniform, wafer-thin, only minimally crystallized metal mirror. This allows an effect specific to iron to unfold in the human organism with unusual intensity (“metal radiation”). This effect occurs even though a thin layer of cotton prevents direct skin contact with the metal mirror.

Guiding Principle for the substance


  • Lack of motivation
  • Depression, moderate (see example case)
  • Exhaustion and loss of interest
  • Tension in the upper abdomen (see example case)


Place the foil with the fabric side directly on the predetermined place, which the patient can usually do on his own after being shown how.

Well-proven in many patients
1 x daily, 10 minutes (depending on the prescription) in the morning before getting up, place the foil on the upper abdomen, over the liver/gall bladder region
Onset of effect
Within a few applications
Length of therapy
As prescribed
The specified duration for the foil application must be adhered to

Case example

A young adult is treated with moderate depression in hospital. She cannot relax, is disoriented, powerless and suffers from lack of concentration. In addition, she has:
• lack of motivation
• constant tension in the upper abdomen
• gradual loss of strength

This condition had lasted for several weeks. Many different treatments had been tried with moderate success. The patient quickly recovered after starting to use the Ferrum metal foil. Her morning low vanished, she appeared more stable and active. The foil application led to a rapid relaxation of her abdominal cramp.


Red., MM


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