External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Rhythmical Spleen Embrocation According to Wegman/Hauschka with Plumbum

Kind of substance

Plumbum metallicum 0.1% ointment

Guiding principle for the application

The spleen develops the most powerful purifying force against pathogens and allergy-causing substances in the circulating blood, it simultaneously eliminates old blood cells, thereby constantly rejuvenating the blood.
A healthy spleen function can compensate for the harmful effects of poorly tolerated and irregularly eaten food. According to Rudolf Steiner a healthy spleen can awaken an instinct for what foods and products such as tobacco and alcoholic beverages are poorly tolerated.
Plumbum has the ability to form boundaries. It has a structuring and ordering effect in the human organism. Another characteristic of plumbum is its connection to warmth. A rhythmical spleen embrocation has a strong warming effect, it makes the digestive process more rhythmic and encourages a sense for a healthy nutritional rhythm that includes intervals in which the food can be completely digested.

Guiding Principle for the substance


  • Allergic diseases
  • Anorexia
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Bulimia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Convalescence during cancer treatment
  • Flatulence in connection with poorly tolerated food (see example case)
  • Intestinal and stomach pain (see example case)
  • Osteoporosis



  • All lead applications may only be administered if they have been prescribed by a doctor!
  • It is recommended to give this treatment in the morning before breakfast.

Rhythmical embrocation according to Wegman/Hauschka can only be learned by attending a seminar. For more information see  Rhythmical Embrocation

Case example

The 66-year-old female patient arrives exhausted, having lost weight after brain surgery in our hospital. The operation was 1½ weeks ago upon admission. Her postoperative stay in the surgical ward was restricted to a maximum of 1 week, but she still felt so weak that she was admitted to our ward for internal medicine a few days after being discharged. The patient has already been here often because of food intolerance (flatulence and pain), and she had experienced rhythmical spleen embrocations, which she values greatly.

Her complaints on admission were: difficulty in falling asleep and sleeping through the night, nervousness and disquiet, as well as symptoms of food intolerance (see above).
Within a week she was able to gain strength and return to her life with hope. She reported that she felt greatly supported by the quiet surroundings (room, park grounds) and the empathetic nurses and doctors, in addition to the rhythmical embrocations and other therapies.
The rhythmical embrocation induced a feeling of a boundary being formed. She felt light and warmth inside. Her digestive complaints clearly diminished after the first treatment until the evening. After a week she had started to gain weight. She had become generally calmer and more relaxed.


Red., MM


  • Girke M. Internal medicine. Foundations and therapeutic concepts of Anthroposophic Medicine. 1st ed. Berlin: Salumed; 2016, p. 101.
  • Steiner R. Introducing Anthroposophical Medicine. Lecture of 5 April 1920. Herndon: Steiner Books; 2010 (vol. GA 312).