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Acupuncture


Acupuncture is an ancient treatment that is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM - which originated in China over more then 2500 years ago. 

Recently this healing art has gained wide acceptance in our western society being a powerful alternative or addition to conventional medicine.

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic areas--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, The most common method used to stimulate these points is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure or heat may further fortify the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy and cupping, 

TCM is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: 

yin and yang. 


When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, so-called "qi" , flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. Qi is replenished from the air we breath and the food we eat, keeping our body balanced and properly functioning in order to live a long, healthy and happy life. The constant and harmonic flow of qi keeps the Yin and Yang balanced. However, if the Flow of energy gets blocked by inner or outer factors- in TCM terms we call this "exterior or interior pathogenic factors" - pain or illness can occur.

Acupuncture can release blocked Qi in the body and stimulate function by evoking the body`s natural healing response through various physiological systems.

Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous, endocrine and immune system, the cardiovascular system and the digestive system. 
Acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep, promote a healthy digestive function and a sense of well-being. 

Instead of only focusing on the dis-ease we should rather create a healthy environment and lifestyle which consists in proper Breathing, a healthy organic and biological diet, enough sleep and a satisfying and friendly social environment.


Which conditions are commonly treated with acupuncture? 


Recent international studies have shown that Acupuncture can be very helpful in Post Covid 19 complaints like fatigue, digestion problems, shortness of breath, chronic cough, Insomnia, depression and anxiety.


Several clinical studies during the last 60 years on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems to nausea, migraine, headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, infertility and many more. 

Following some of the most common conditions seen in our western society that respond in a positive way to Acupuncture: 

diverse forms of headaches, migraines, muscular tension or aches (for instance back, neck and shoulder pains) , RSI, sciatica, sport related injuries, Burnout symptoms like Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, chronic cough, digestive issues and discomfort like IBS, GERD, Overweight, Food intolerance, fertility issues and/or hormonal disbalances 


What happens during an acupuncture treatment?


At your first appointment we will spent about half an hour  talking about your health history and expectations .

Then follows an examination of your tongue’s shape, colour and coating,  I will feel your pulse and eventually perform some additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools I will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. You then will lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated by inserting fine needles on various areas of your body sometimes I work with Acupressure only depending on the symptoms. 

Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between 25 and 45 minutes.  


How many treatments will I need?


The frequency and number of the needed treatments differ from person to person. Some people experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several weeks or months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, usually 3 to 5 visits in total. We will discuss together an individualized treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatments during your initial visit.


Is Acupuncture painful?


This cannot be answered commonly since everybody has a different level in experiencing pain. Applying the needle can give various sensations, sometimes you might feel a light pinch while inserting the needle, followed by a warm sensation along the Meridian, or a dull light pressure sensation around the Acupuncture point. Often Clients do not even feel the insertion of the needle but comment a feeling of warmth  or tingling in the needled area. These sensations depend on the complains and the condition of your body. 


Please do not consume any stimulants like spicy food, alcohol, sugars, coffee or black/green tea 2 hours prior to treatment .


If You have any questions please contact me via telephone or email.