Tradition

Acupuncture has a millennia-old tradition in China. It’s the best known form of therapy in the West for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture became more and more important in Western Europe with the discovery that certain diseases can be favorably influenced by the targeted application of needle stimuli to the skin. In 1979, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended acupuncture as a side-effect-free method for 40 diseases. Acupuncture can be used in combination with other forms of therapy or simply on its own.

Areas of application

Nowadays acupuncture is an important part of pain therapy for the musculoskeletal system and leads to astonishing success especially with the following orthopaedic health disorders:

  • Painful muscle tensions
  • Functional movement disorders
  • Chronic inflammation of the ligaments and tendons
  • Shoulder-arm-syndrom
  • Arthrosis pain (knee, shoulder, etc.)
  • Pain syndromes of the cervical spine, thoracic spine and lumbar spine
  • Tension headaches
  • Tinnitus

Procedure

Ultimately, acupuncture is an empirical medicine whose effects have not yet been fully clarified. According to Chinese ideas there is a flowing energy (Qi, “Tschi”) in the human body. Disturbances of the Qi flow in the body are seen as the cause of an illness. The goal of acupuncture is to bring the blocked life energy Qi back to flow on its specific pathways or to drain it off. By placing tiny needles at defined points on the skin, the acupuncture points are stimulated and the Qi can spread along its pathways again. The flow of vital energy is harmonized and the symptoms of the disease fade away. Neurophysiologists believe that applying skin stimuli on brain and spinal cord level leads to a pain superposition with resulting suppression (western explanation attempt).

Treatment

A treatment cycle usually consists of 10 sessions 1-2 times a week each lasting about 20 to 30 minutes . The treatments are carried out according to the guidelines of the German Medical Association for Acupuncture (www.Dägfa.de).

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