Seeing and treating people in their entirety has been the principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 4,000 years. It includes a variety of treatment methods such as herbal medicine, Qigong and of course acupuncture, which has become particularly established in pain therapy and allergies. In Germany, an estimated 40,000 doctors and numerous alternative practitioners are trained in acupuncture, and the trend is rising.
Good results with acupuncture
"Nearly 85 percent of acupuncture patients say their symptoms have improved after therapy, and almost all of them suffer from chronic illness, most commonly from back pain, headache and respiratory disease." As it is literally said in an acupuncture study of the guild health insurance - encouraging numbers. The evaluation of a long-term study by the University of Freiburg showed that, on average, the patients had already been sick for seven years when they started acupuncture treatment. The study is based on 11,149 acupuncture sessions.
Acupuncture is used for more than 85 percent in chronic diseases, including migraine, allergies, toothache, digestive tract disorders and orthopedic disorders. Acupuncture works through both the nervous system and the hormones and has been shown to increase blood circulation, relax and relieve pain. In addition, a harmonization of the psyche and the unconscious nervous system occurs.
Acupuncture is a practically risk-free and side-effect-free treatment method, provided that it is used by appropriately well-trained doctors and non-medical practitioners. Ideally, acupuncture and conventional medicine complement each other in diagnostics and therapy. Medical societies for acupuncture in Germany and Austria have set training standards and have been training for over 60 years. There are an estimated 80,000 doctors and numerous alternative practitioners in the EU who have completed training in acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: holistic approach
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM for short, got its name from the World Health Organization (WHO), to separate it from western scientific science - also called conventional medicine. It is psychology, philosophy and medicine in one, of apparatus as well as independent and cost-saving. Most statutory health insurance companies at least partially cover the costs of acupuncture in the context of "model projects", while the private funds are covered by the guidelines set by the legislator.
According to ancient Chinese beliefs, after observing the sick and healthy, Chinese physicians used an energy that flows in the body, called qi (pronounced "chi"), which penetrates the subsurface regions and into the deeper tissues of the body extends. These webs pull through the body like a net. These are energetic processes that can not be visualized. Simply put, Qi is the life energy of man. The Qi, with its shares of Yin and Yang, flows on the channels from the middle of the body to the extremities and back.
Yin and Yang are the two life-sustaining forces - they are simultaneously effective in the body as opposing poles. Their balance represents the ideal state of health, their imbalance leads to discomfort and illness. The doctor wants to recognize the energetic situation in which the patient is located, to understand the distribution of Qi in order to be able to assess it correctly in case of a disease and to take appropriate measures.
Other methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese herbal therapy and Chinese dietetics are gaining more and more followers. The fact is that this method is even the most important form of TCM therapy. Almost all diseases, about 90 percent, can be treated with herbal mixtures, teas and more. There are over 7,000 remedies that are tailored to the patient in terms of their dosage and composition. The doctor combines various individual drugs.
Often the funds only work after a longer waiting period. The herbal medicine is therefore more suitable for the treatment of chronic diseases, in acute conditions are conventional medicine usually recommended. Learning herbalism takes a lot of time and its application a lot of experience.
Tuina, a special combination of manual medicine and massage, is not widely used in Germany. Tuina is used to perform treatment at the points or along the meridians based on the meridian and acupuncture point system. In contrast to acupuncture, the stimuli are not exercised with needles but through different manual techniques.
Qigong and Taiji (Tai Chi)
Better known among us are Qigong and Taiji, a combination of meditation and movement. Qigong uses motion-oriented exercises to activate Qi and make it flow. The movements are gentle, fluidly flowing and precise, and are supported by breathing, body awareness and meditation. Thus, for example, an important energy center in the area of the lower abdomen is gradually strengthened by the exercises.
Taiji (also known as tai chi) is a combination of martial arts technique with slow movements designed to achieve maximum relaxation. Again, the movements are soft and flowing, they stimulate the flow of energy and help to well-being and health.
Cupping as a TCM form
Cupping is another form of TCM: About glass balls on the skin, which is deprived of air - they are usually on acupuncture points - creates negative pressure. This acts like a connective tissue massage, the flow of qi, blood and lymph fluid is stimulated, the local circulation of the skin and muscle layers is promoted.