Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Dietetics
The whole person in view
This basic principle of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) fascinates me since many years again and again. Because of that, my goal is always to treat the whole person, not just the acute illness.
The extremely pragmatic mixture of body, mind and emotions is in my opinion 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 TCM both acute and chronic diseases can be treated.
Besides cupping, dietetics and moxibustion, acupuncture is the most known method of Chinese Medicine.
Possibilities of acupuncture
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 diseases 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 and trigeminal neuralgia, facial paralysis
- gastrointestinal diseases as obstipation, diarrhea and enteritis
- musculoskeletal disorders as shoulder or back pain, tennis elbow
- 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
In the detailed case history interview, I ask the the reasons for your request of treatment and your physical and family backround. Diagnosis also includes the examination of the tongue as well a the feeling of the pulse. Thanks to this information, a complete picture emerges, on the basis of which I create a treatment concept.
Already the first appointment includes a treatment with acupuncture. For each additional treatment, I thoroughly re-examine you in order to be able to adapt the further treatment to your recovery process. It depends on the type of disease on how many treatments are advisable at what intervals.
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 China, 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 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 dissolves 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 dissolved
- Small cones can be put on acupuncture needles to lead the heat deeper into the body and to 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 in western naturopathy well known .
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 meatbolism 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
The Chinese dietary therapy like acupuncture, is based on the principles of Chinese medicine and has a long tradition in China. Nutrition is one of the 3 main sources of energy of the body. The quality and the quantity of the food energy – called “gu qi” in Chinese – depend on the type of food that is used.
In Chinese Medicine, nutrition is adjusted individually to every person and can help to overcome existing illnesses or help to prevent future disease. In the selection of foods, seasons, environment and circumstances are taken into account.
Depending on the disorders it can be helpful to use certain drinks or foods more or rather avoid others.
All foods are classified in terms of their effect in the body. They are classified according to their abilities to influence body temperature as cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot.
Also the 5 flavours – sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty – are used therapeutically to moisten, dry, strengthen or to purge. The flavours have a direct and strengthening influence on their associated organs.
Chinese dietetics can be combined quite effectively with other therapeutic methods of Chinese Medicine
Herbal medicine or „phytotherapy“ is one of the oldest healing methods and is practiced on all continents and in all cultures.
It is used for the prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders.
Various effective plant components such as flowers, leaves, roots, seeds and barks are used. They are usually used fresh or dried as an infusion (tea) or as preparations in tinctures. Externally, they are also used in the form of ointments, baths and essential oils.
Chinese herbal medicine has been a proven cure for more than two millennia. For some time, attempts have been made to work with Western medicinal plants according to criteria of Chinese medicine. I use this method in my clinic. It allows me to get to know many of the plants in their natural environment. The locations, the appearance of flowers, herbs and roots often give an indication of their potential applications. Phytotherapy can be used in support of other therapies.
- Respiratory diseases
- Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
- Skin diseases
- Diseases of the nervous system
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Diseases of the urinary tract
Shiatsu – Japanese healing massage
The origin of Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork that, in its present form, did not develop in Japan until the beginning of the 20th century. The roots are, however, in the millennia-old Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and in various classical Japanese healing massages.
Shiatsu is by its nature a prophylactic method designed to detect and prevent early disturbances in the flow of energy before they lead to disease.
Ki – the life energy
According to the traditional Eastern conception, the driving force of all life is the universal life force, which is called „ki“ in Japanese. Through a branched network of energy channels (meridians) in our body, Ki flows to all parts and organs of the body. When the energy flows harmoniously, all life functions can respond flexibly and evenly to the demands of everyday life – there is physical and mental balance.
Through special mental and physical stress, stress, environmental influences and unbalanced diet, the Ki River can get out of balance and thus lead to discomfort or permanent disease. Blockages in the flow of energy are shown, for example, as tensions, as painful and stiff areas in the body or in emotional moods.
Shiatsu means translated „finger pressure“. Gentle, yet deep-acting pressure is exerted on the meridians with hands and thumbs, promoting and harmonizing the flow of energy. The surface meridians are directly accessible by touch.
Shiatsu is supposed to stimulate the self-healing powers, which often leads to the disappearance of everyday complaints. Alone the atmosphere can achieve relaxation and a „come to rest“ and provide the opportunity to gather new strength. The harmonization of energies through Shiatsu can in principle affect all areas of life, can lead to more awareness of oneself and thus to a healthier lifestyle.
Shiatsu is practiced on the clothed body, mainly lying down on a mat on the floor.
Shiatsu in pregnancy
In pregnancy, significant changes take place, both physical and mental.
Shiatsu can enhance well-being and help maintain energy flow. The changed physical conditions are taken into account in the individual treatments.
Pregnancy symptoms such as neck and back pain, sciatic discomfort and morning sickness can be prevented or relieved.
The treatment can also have a direct positive effect on the child because the mother nourishes the child not only on the physical, but also on the emotional level.