Rebecca Erlewein

I have been practising acupuncture and Chinese medicine professionally since 2003, and I have been deeply involved in these modalities since 1995.

I specialised in Classical and Japanese acupuncture, because these styles combine gentleness with great efficacy.

My consultation style is respectful, client-centered and solution-focused. I prefer helping my clients make positive changes to excavating their problems.

Why I'm an acupuncturist

Being an acupuncturist is not just a job for me, it's a vocation and a passion: I love to help people regain their health and realise their potential. The theories behind acupuncture are very applicable to ‘real life’ and convey a deep understanding of human nature. A well-placed needle gives the composure, focus and energy that enables one to initiate positive changes while staying true to one’s own nature.

My philosophy

When I see a patient, I do pay attention to how they present themselves in illness, but I am more interested in their potential for health and growth in every aspect of their lives – physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. The treatments I provide are aimed to help my clients move gracefully toward this state of perfect health and balance. Read more in treatment philosophy.

Education and professional life

I am a licensed alternative practitioner ("Heilpraktiker") in Germany. This implies that – in addition to my regular treatment methods – I am trained to diagnose and treat patients according to Western medicine, with the exception of using prescription drugs.

I studied Western medicine (i.e. what a GP does) at the Samuel Hahnemann School in Bochum, Germany, and Classical Acupuncture and Japanese acupuncture at the renowned August Brodde School in Wuppertal, Germany. In 2008, I completed my New Zealand Diploma of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

My continuing studies in Japanese Acupuncture have been with (among others) Stephen Birch (NL) and Junji Mizutani (CAN).

My studies in Chinese medicine and structural realignment include five years of private instruction with my mentor Martin Rentsch, an acupuncturist, homeopath, and keen observer or human nature.

Other teachers that influenced me strongly are Klaus Stahlberg (Germany) and Josef Viktor Mueller (Switzerland) who both trained with J. R. Worsley (UK), and Lonny Jarett (USA).

Click here for a detailed overview of my education and training

Before making my life-long passion for natural medicine and healing a profession, I worked in the IT industry as a personal assistant, writer and editor.


Together with my colleague Olaf Breidenbach, I wrote a textbook on Gentle Spinal Realignment ("Dorn Therapy"). Currently, the third edition is being sold.

Professional Bodies

I am a full member of the New Zealand Institute for Acupuncture.

When I'm not working...

... I enjoy being with my family and our friends, cooking, reading and recently, crafty things like knitting. And there never seems enough time to do all the nothing I want.

Related links:
New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM
Samuel Hahnemann Schule (Germany)
August Brodde Schule (Germany) training centre of the AGTCM e.V.
AGTCM e.V. - Association for Classical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Klaus Stahlberg (Germany) - Acupuncturist, non-medical practitioner.
Josef Viktor Müller (Switzerland) - Acupuncturist, non-medical practitioner, author.
Olaf Breidenbach (Germany) - Acupuncturist, non-medical practitioner, author.