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Launched in 1967, Dr. Hauschka is the brand name of a skin care line created by the German company, WALA Heilmittel GmbH, named after its founder, Dr. Rudolf Hauschka. The WALA laboratories were established in 1935 for making medicines, using water-based extracts from plants aided by a rhythmic manufacturing process. Armed with the theories of anthroposophic medicine, Dr. Hauschka was given the distinction of being one of the winners of the Brands with a Conscience Award in 2006, given by the Medinge Group.

To date, the WALA Heilmittel GmbH is developing, producing, and marketing three brands: WALA medicines, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, and WalaVita Dental Care. The WALA medicines currently consist of around 900 different medicines and self-medications, while the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care has more than 120 products in its line. WalaVita Dental Care, the youngest in the line, offers a complete system for total dental care. The team responsible for developing the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care line was made up of a diverse team of chemists, pharmacists, anthroposophical doctors, as well as the cosmetologist, Elizabeth Sigmund. It was in 1924 when Dr. Rudolf Hauschka went to the Netherlands to attend a conference on anthroposophic medicine. Here, he met Dr. Rudolf Steiner.

Dr. Hauschka dwelled for many years about a particular conversation they had.  He asked Steiner: “What is life?” Steiner replied: “Study rhythms, as rhythm is the carrier of life.” Dr. Hauschka would eventually apply this answer to his research in medicine. In 1929, he was invited to be part of the Clinical and Therapeutic Institute in Switzerland by an anthroposophic physician, Dr. Ita Wegman, with the aim of developing a natural technique to be used in manufacturing medicine – for example, a process that would eliminate the use of alcohol as preservatives. Using Steiner’s answer, Dr. Hauschka then integrated natural polar changes—warm/cold, light/dark, movement/calm, etc—in the extracting process for medicinal plants, causing rhythmic changes that improved natural preservation to counter the process of decomposition. To further his research, he wrote a letter to cosmetologist Elizabeth Sigmund. Her reply excited Dr. Hauschka since it was filled with a lot of ideas about new techniques regarding cosmetics. He promptly invited her to come and be part of his team.

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