Weleda medicines were developed by doctors practising anthrroposophic medicine to provide an extension to the conventional medicines available to them. The anthroposophic approach to medical care is an holistic one, which aims to treat the whole person and not juist the illness or symptoms. The main aim of anthroposophic medicine is to stimulate the natural healing forces within the human being. It has developed from the initial work of Dr Rudolf Steiner and Dr Ita Wegman, which explored how man’s soul and spiritual nature relate to the health and function of the physical body. At Weleda, traditional manufacturing methods and ingredients go hand in hand with stringent quality control and modern pharmaceutical technology. Weleda licensed medicines are manufactured according to the highest GMP (Good Manufacturing Practise) standards. Advanced quality control processes and analytical techniques are employed, and purity and quality are scrupulously maintained using every advantage that modern technology can provide. As with the Weleda bodycare products, the very best natural raw materials are used and synthetic additives are avoided. Blackthorn Elixir: A dietetic drink with tonic properties, to help general health and wellbeing, made from blackthorn fruit juice, to help strengthen and stimulate the life forces. Recommended during convalescence.