Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping

About the Corona/ Covid 19 pandemic
My practice in Berlin-Neukölln will remain open until further notice. I observe the necessary hygiene regulations in the practice and try to avoid waiting times so that there are no encounters with other patients in the waiting room.
Please refrain from visiting the practice if you have flu-like symptoms or if there is a confirmed case of infection with the coronavirus COVID-19 in your personal environment. If you suffer from the known symptoms of an infection with the coronavirus COVID-19, please call your doctor or the health department.

Even in the current exceptional situation, I am there for you. If you wish you can contact me first by phone about your complaints. In the case of new admissions, the longer initial discussions can also take place by telephone or online, so that the stay in the practice for treatment can be shortened.


The whole person in view

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

Every disease is involved in the whole organism. It has taken an individual development. 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 the basis for a precise diagnosis.

When can Acupuncture help?
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. 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. Because health means more than the absence of illness.
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 the first 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.
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. The acupuncture points, which are located on a branching network of energy pathways, offer various ways to regulate „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. It is based on a reflexive relationship between ear areas and areas of the body.
For many people Ear acupuncture became well known 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 and causses pain.
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