Treatment methods of integrative medicine

Healing methods such as Chinese medicine, Japanese acupuncture or mitochon­drial support are not a contra­diction to conven­tional medicine, but a useful complement.

Learn more about the different treatment methods of integrative medicine:

Philo­sophy of Chinese medicine

Chinese medicine helps us to look at our illness from a completely new perspective because the philo­sophy is different. All the phenomena in the world are consi­dered from the point of view of unity..

Chinese medicine — the unity of Yin and Yang:

Chinesische Medizin Berlin KreuzbergWe often have diffi­culties perceiving the unity of Yin and Yang. Initially, we always tend to see two parts — day and night, hot and cold, man and woman. In the Chinese way of thinking, these two poles in our Western perception are not separate realities, they merely appear so. Day and night, for example, form an insepa­rable unity of 24 hours.

“When trying to under­stand complex matters, start with the simple, for mastering great things presup­poses small begin­nings.” (Laozi, De Dao Jing)

Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, Tuina, Qi Gong, pharmaceu­tical therapy and nutri­tional theory, tries to bring body and mind back into harmony, whilst incor­po­rating all internal (such as emotions) and external factors (e.g. life circum­s­tances, climatic and social environment).

“All illnesses are connected to the condition of the Qi.” (Huangdi Neijing c. 2600 BC)“

Japanese acupuncture

More than 1000 years ago, acupuncture was intro­duced into Japan by Buddhist monks and Japanese culture has left its own mark on acupuncture. The diagnosis is made by taking fine readings of the pulse and by palpating and feeling the abdomen (Hara diagnosis).

Compa­rison between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture

Integrative Medizin: Japanische AkupunkturOne of special charac­te­ristics of Japanese acupuncture is the use of much finer needles than in Chinese acupuncture which are not inserted but merely come into contact with the skin’s surface.

This gentle method stimu­lates the acupuncture points, the meridians become more balanced and blockages disappear. Japanese acupuncture was tradi­tio­nally practised by blind acupunc­tu­rists until the 19th century as sighted people need far more practice and experience to train their sense of touch.

A sensitive and experi­enced sense of touch is hugely important and central to Japanese acupuncture. The gentle treatment offered by Toyohari acupuncture focusses on the manner and method of touching. 

Western healing methods

The classic Western natural healing methods include phyto­therapy (use of medicinal plants as medicines), hydro­therapy and balneo­therapy (water treat­ments, Kneipp), movement therapy, dietetics (nutri­tional therapy), aroma­therapy and order therapy.

Western natural healing proce­dures — tradi­tional, tried and tested

Integrative Medizin: Westliche Heilverfahren“There is order in moderation; every bit too much and every bit too little causes sickness in the place of health.” Sebastian Kneipp

Other natur­o­pathic proce­dures include purging proce­dures (such as cupping, fasting, blood­letting, the appli­cation of leeches, Baunscheid therapy, compresses, drainage via the intestine and urine), neural therapy (influ­encing the vegetative nervous system through the appli­cation of a local anaes­thetic), micro­bio­lo­gical therapy (adminis­tration of micro­or­ga­nisms), autoha­emo­therapy and ortho­mole­cular medicine (nutrient therapy).

My work as a doctor combines natural healing methods and conven­tional medicine on an equal basis.

Mitochon­drial medicine

Mitochondria play a crucial role in the human body. The small cell organelles are often referred to as the power plants of our cells and can be found in each of our body’s cells.

Mitochondria — Power Plants of our Cells — Dysfunction and Treatment

Integrative Medizin: Mitochondriale TherapieThe energy released from metabolic processes is bound in ATP (adenosine triphos­phate). Our mitochondria are primarily respon­sible for providing this energy — the ATP to the body’s cells. Life is not possible without ATP.

Mitochon­drial diseases are charac­te­rised by a lack of energy, weakness and tiredness. Acquired dysfunc­tions of the mitochondria may be caused

  • by environ­mental pollution and chemical exposure (heavy metals used in dental treatment etc.), mecha­nical trauma (e. g. in the cervical spine),
  • chronic illnesses,
  • oxidative stress (too many free radicals, detec­table in special laboratories),
  • severe psycho­lo­gical trauma or shock,
  • serious and lasting mental and/or physical stress,
  • medication (including antihy­per­ten­sives, antibiotics, chole­sterol and diabetes medication, sexual enhancers) and
  • nitrate-rich nutrition.

There are numerous methods of treating mitochon­drial diseases, ranging from purging proce­dures to specific dietary changes, intes­tinal treatment (including micro­bio­lo­gical therapy), detoxi­fi­cation or enhancing detoxi­fi­cation functions of individual organs and even ortho­mole­cular medicine.

The common goal of all these therapy proce­dures is the regene­ration of damaged cells and cell organelles. One ancient principle of natural healing says “No healing without purification.” 

Chinesische Medizin Berlin Kreuzberg
Integrative Medizin: Japanische Akupunktur
Integrative Medizin: Westliche Heilverfahren
Integrative Medizin: Mitochondriale Therapie