Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping

The whole person in view

This basic principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) fascinates me every day anew. Therefore, it is my goal to always treat the whole person and not just the acute illness.
The extremely pragmatic mixing of body, mind and emotions is in my eyes  one of the main strengths of Chinese medicine.

Every disease is involved in the whole organism. It has taken an individual development and all physical, mental and spiritual processes in humans play a role. From the point of view of Chinese medicine, a wide variety of complaints are related and often have the same cause.
The overall picture of the person is a great basis for a precise diagnosis. In the comprehensive initial consultation and before any further treatment I ask your acute health problems and your overall condition. Depending on the symptoms, I choose the appropriate treatment method. In addition to the resolution of the complaints, my goal is to increase your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing with the treatment.
TCM is a proven cure for more than 2000 years. With the different methods of Chinese Medicine both – acute and chronic – diseases can be treated.
Besides cupping, dietetics and moxibustion, acupuncture is the most known method of Chinese Medicine.

Basically there are no restrictions for treatments with acupuncture. It can be used to treat a wide range of complaints and diseases. It is possible to treat both acute  as well as chronic and internal diseases.
The WHO- World Health Organization has created an indicator list with illnesses that respond well to acupuncture:

  • Respiratory diseases as bronchitis and asthma
  • cardiovascular diseases as high blood pressure and circulation disorders
  • neurological diseases as migraine, trigeminal neuralgia and facial paralysis
  • gastrointestinal diseases as obstipation, diarrhea and enteritis
  • musculoskeletal disorders as shoulder or back pain, tennis elbow, sciatica
  • mental and psychosomatic disorders as sleeping disorders, addiction problems, restlessness, stress and burnout symptoms
  • urological diseases as cystitis and irritable bladder
  • gynecological disorders as premenstrual syndrom, painful menstruation, prenatal care and induction of labor

During the detailed initial consultation, I ask the reasons for the treatment request and your physical and family background. Diagnostics also include examining the tongue and palpating the pulse. Thanks to this information, an overall picture emerges, on the basis of which I create a treatment concept.
The first appointment includes TCM treatment. With each further treatment, the pulses are palpated again and the tongue examined in order to perceive changes and adapt the treatment to the recovery process. It depends on the type of illness, how many treatments and at what intervals are advisable. In addition to resolving the symptoms, my goal is to increase your physical and mental well-being. Because health means more than the absence of illness.
Short-term appointments are possible for acute pain. Acupuncture is known for its quick and efficient effects and is also recognized by western medicine.

How does Acupuncture work?
In an acupuncture treatment I choose about 4-10 points for needling. Thin needles are inserted and stimulated in order to harmonize the points. Thus, the self-healing power of the body can be activated and health can be restored. The needles remain in the body for about 20 minutes.
With acupuncture one tries to influence the flow of life energy, called „Qi“ in Chinese Medicine, in order to influence an imbalance in the body. The acupuncture points, which lie on a branched network of energies, offer different possibilities to regulate the „Qi“. By means of thin acupuncture needles which are inserted into these points, e.g. stagnation in the Qi flow can be moved, pathogens removed and the body defences can be strengthened.

Ear Acupuncture
Ear acupuncture is an independent form of acupuncture. Based on a reflexive relationship between ear areas and areas of the body.
For many people Ear acupuncture became famous as a supportive therapy in the treatment of addictions and in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders.

Moxibustion is the name for a treatment where acupuncture points or other parts of the body are warmed by smoldering dried mugwort (moxa).
It acts warming and opening and thus promotes the flow of qi-energy and blood and can dissolve cold that has entered the body.
Moxaherb can be used depending on the indication in various ways:

  • In the form of a cigar, acupuncture points or painful body areas can be warmed
  • In a loose form it can be put in a moxa box , so large body areas as belly or back can be warmed and muscle tensions can be dissolved
  • Small cones can be put on acupuncture needles to lead the heat deeper into the body and thus intensify the effect of the needles
  • Bigger cones can be formed and put on a layers of ginger for example, to warm special acupuncture points and to strengthen the energy of qi and yang

The cupping method is also well known in western naturopathy.
With the help of cupping glasses a vacuum on one or more parts of the body is generated. This allows better blood circulation, causes an increased metabolism of the cells and the muscle tone is released. The increased blood flow influences for example local aching body areas.
If the cupping is done above acupuncture points, the corresponding organ systems are stimulated. The flow of qi energy and blood can be improved but also pathogens – in terms of Chinese medicine – are rejected.
The residence time and the strength of the cupping decide whether the method has a strengthening or dispersing effect.
On the back – with the use of massage oil – a cupping massage can be helpful to release tensions in the muscles