Gentle and effective methods
In my practice, I use treatment methods from Japanese, Chinese, and European traditional medicine. They all share two qualities: They are gentle and very effective. These pages give some information about the methods, their origins and their effects.
Nothing happens without your informed consent
Through the diagnosis I will choose the most appropriate treatment for your current situation. Before I start with any treatment, I will explain what I plan to do and why, and I'll answer your questions. We will proceed only when you understand what is happening and agree to the treatment.
According to Chinese Medicine, health is not only absence of pain and dis-ease, but also includes the body and mind's ability to cope with changes in our lives and environment, much like keeping one's balance despite stumbling. With methods like acupuncture, moxibustion, this balance can be re-established if it's lost, and improved to prevent disease. Its specific strengths are treatment of pain, chronic diseases like arthritis, allergies and fatigue, and treating women's concerns, including any period problems, fertility and issues around pregnancy and birth and menopause. Also, colds and 'flus can be treated quickly and effectively – you'll start to feel better before your treatment session is over.
Classical Five-Element Acupuncture
Classical Acupuncture is a painless acupuncture style and a way of thinking which underlies all of my treatment approaches. Its basic assumption is that disease can only manifest when a person's emotions are out of balance, and that through recognising one’s patterns and acupuncture, this balance can be restored. It’s very efficacious in treating chronic physical complaints, anxiety, depression, worrying, over-thinking, PTSD and compulsive thinking and behaviour.
My other acupuncture style comes from Japan. (Most acupuncturists in NZ practice Chinese style acupuncture.) Japanese Acupuncture is nearly always pain-free to the patient and thinner and fewer needles are used than in Chinese Acupuncture. In my personal experience, it is not only more comfortable, but more effective, too. The strengths of Japanese Acupuncture include very quick relief of muscle pain, headaches, and other symptoms, and its usefulness as preventative medicine.
Moxibustion is used to gently warm acupuncture points in order to strengthen the whole organism, or to treat pain. To do this, moxa, a herbal substance derived from the mugwort plant, is lit and burnt on or above the skin, which results in a pleasant warmth that deeply penetrates the tissue. Moxibustion is also a treatment method of its own and in many cases can be used instead of needles if the patient is too weak for acupuncture. It balances the immune system and improves blood cell productions, so it works particularly well for fatigued patients and patients with anemia. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties it's also an important method for alleviating rheumathoid conditions and arthritis.
Scar tissue that has not healed completely can cause 'interference' in the nervous and energetic system. This may cause symptoms in distant parts of the body, general symptoms such as lack of energy, or any condition that does not respond to localised treatment. I use a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion and magnet treatment to to erase this interference and facilitate proper scar healing. Redness even in old scars quickly fades after this treatment, and tenderness, bulging, and numbness around the scar decrease. Often, stubborn and treatment-resistant pains even far away from the scar completely resolve when interference is cleared from a scar.
Based on concepts of sports medicine's 'Kinesio taping' and acupuncture meridians, applying flexible, breathable tapes over painful areas and specific adjacent areas results in immediate pain relief. The tapes act like a '24/7 takeaway massage' on the area and help reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Both chronic pain and recent injuries respond well to this treatment.
Cupping and Gua Sha
Cupping and Gua Sha are two methods to influence the whole body by stimulating the skin and underlying tissue. In cupping a slight pull is exerted on the skin through creating a light vacuum in a cup that is placed on the skin. Its effect is very relaxing.
Gua Sha provides instant relief to tight and painful muscles and is the first treatment of choice for a stiff neck. It is a method from Chinese traditional medicine, in which the skin is first lubricated and then 'scraped' with a blunt edge, like a Chinese soup spoon's.
I sometimes use gentle techniques to realign the structure of the body, because acupuncture is much more effective when structural imbalances are corrected. My technique is comfortable and employs no strong force or sudden movements. In other words: No cracking or popping joints! Together with my German colleague Olaf Breidenbach, I've written a textbook on Dorn therapy, one of the techniques used in my practice.
Diet and Lifestyle Advice
In the long run, good health depends 10% on correct treatment and 90% on diet and lifestyle.
To regain and maintain good health, you need to know your constitutional strengths and weaknesses and the specific effects of your diet and lifestyle. I help you find what keeps you feeling well and healthy and ways to include these things increasingly into your life.