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In addition to my focus on Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Phytotherapy and Massage, there are many other procedures that I use when specifically indicated for treatment. Clicking on an item in the following list will take you down the page to detailed information on the origin and mode of action of the therapy:
Drainage | Aschner Method Therapy
Drainage | Aschner Method Therapy
The principle of the Drainage Method dates back to the humoral pathology (originating in ancient Egypt, the first written mention about 400 BC), according to which diseases are caused by an incorrect mixture of the humors (the elemental fluids of the body). Treatment consists of diverting these harmful, incorrectly distributed or trapped substances to the outside.
The Austrian physiologist and physician Dr. Bernhard Aschner (1883–1960) had begun using the Drainage Method in his Constitution Therapy, which is why it is also known as Aschner Method.
The diversion procedures work by creating an artificial opening (such as bleeding, bloody cupping cantharide patches, leech therapy) in the body to rid it of the “evil juices” so that it can regain it's equilibrium.
These methods dissipate the energies and substances or redistribute them elsewhere where they can be better metabolized, discharged or eliminated (such as dry cupping, Baunscheidt operation). Other procedures include physical measures (such as sauna for discharging metabolic waste products by sweating).
These days the term “evil juices” can be better defined as microbial metabolic products accumulated in the tissue that may cause malfunctions, or accumulated inflammatory and pain mediators can cause health problems.
The two therapies I employ are leeches and cupping.
I use herbal medicines in conjunction with cupping to support the liver, gallbladder, kidney, and the lymphatic system to naturally support the drainage process. A selection of supplemental physical treatments (such as Schiele baths, packs, wraps and Japanese spas) are also available.
Acupressure is based on Acupuncture and uses the same points to access to the Qi in order to influence its distribution (see body acupuncture for further information).
In Acupressure, the insertion of needles is replaced by the use of fingers, which exert pressure on selected points. Massage is normally performed using the tips of the thumb or index finger.
A point can be influenced by pressing, pushing, kneading, bending and pinching, thus redirecting the Qi to other meridians.
Acupressure is less invasive than Acupuncture and is a good alternative for children or people with a strong fear or dislike of needles.
Bach Flower Therapy
Bach Flower Therapy is an energetic therapy that has great influence on mental states, which makes this treatment also appropriate for psychosomatic complaints.
The founder of Bach Flower Therapy, the English physician Edward Bach (1886–1936), first worked as a hospital doctor and bacteriologist before he developed his flower remedies.
The remedies are extracted from the fresh flowers of 38 different plants. In addition to developing his own production process, Bach named seven negative mental states (such as fear, insecurity, loneliness, discouragement etc.) which he saw as the basis for disease and thus requiring treatment. The concentrated plant energy in the remedies works like a psychosomatic emitter for the patient.
Certain mental patterns and archetypal emotional states exhibited by the patient often play an essential role in the treatment and the selection of the appropriate flower essences.
The objective of the Bach Flower Therapy can be described as “healing through harmonization of consciousness”. Therefore, the initial examination plays a central role in the psychotherapeutic approach of Bach Flower Therapy.
Biochemistry by Dr. Schüßler | Tissue Salts Therapy
The German doctor Wilhelm Schüßler (1821–1898) initially treated his patients as a Homeopath. In his research, which was heavily influenced by the then current knowledge of chemistry and cellular pathology, he turned his attention entirely to the study of mineral salts and their effectiveness. Beginning in 1872, he treated only diseases with potentiated homeopathic organic salts, which naturally occur in human blood and tissues.
Through testing, he was able to demonstrate diseases affected both the distribution and the recoverability of certain mineral salts in the body. From this basis he developed his biochemical treatment, which aims to correct the abnormal physiological chemistry.
Schuessler salts, in the form of tablets or ointments, are prescribed according to physiological and pathophysiological criteria (such as construction of feces, secretions and tissues) as well as the results of a diagnosis.
Leech Therapy is one of the drainage therapies, but it's effects are also due to the pharmacological action of the leech secretion.
Leeches have been used as early as 500 BC in India for medicinal purposes. In Europe their use was first mentioned by Greek authors around 200 BC.
A leech bite injects the leeches' saliva into the tissues surrounding the affected area, which contains the anticoagulant Hirudin (which quickens the flow of the lymph, is anti-thrombotic and immunizing and releases angiospasms) as well as up to 600 additional substances (including enzymes and proteins). These are distributed within the tissues during and after the treatment and have useful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and blood circulation effects.
At the same time they initiate a so called “slow bleeding”, which takes place partly by the painless suction process of the leeches and partly by the continued bleeding, which can continue for several hours. In this way localized toxins and metabolic waste products are removed from the tissue.
Autologous Blood Therapy
The first documentation leads back to surgeon August Bier (1861–1949), who injected autologous blood to speed the healing of bone fractures.
This therapy belongs to non-specific stimulation therapies. It is a straightforward procedure in which the patient's own, freshly drawn venous blood is injected directly into the skin or muscle tissue.
The injected blood aggravates the tissue and causes a local inflammation, which spreads as a mild "infection" through the entire body. This leads to an increase in white blood cells, accelerates the metabolism and may lead to slightly elevated body temperature. This occurs because the body sees the injected blood as a foreign material. This therapy also initiates other desirable immune responses.
The selective activation of the body's functions leads to "shake up" the immune system and to an alteration of the deadlocked defence mechanisms.
While there are several methods that can be employed in Autologous Blood Therapy, I normally utilize blood with no additives or, in rare cases, use additional Homeopathic remedies.
An essential part of natural medicine is Nutritional Therapy, which is used for disease prevention and plays an important role in the restoration of health.
Although a healthy diet can not protect against all diseases, it provides an excellent opportunity for all people, with initiative and responsibility positive impact on health and daily well-being increase.
In certain cases it may make sense to modify one's diet for a short period of time for curative purposes, for example for detoxification or to detect food intolerance.
Nutritional therapy isn't about strict diets, pure sacrifice or rigid food concepts, it is more a matter of examining the huge range of possibilities (such as whole food or macrobiotic, just to name a few) in order to find a correct and satisfying diet tailored to the needs of the patient.
It's clear that eating is more than just consuming food, therefore many relevant behavioral and psychological factors must be taken into account in order to find the correct arrangements and methods necessary to achieve a healthier diet.
An individually tailored diet plan created for each individual, and instituted in stages to avoid stress and lead to a viable, healthier diet. One's likes and dislikes, such as eating habits and their importance in everyday life, are taken into account.
The bottom line is a correctly calculated nutritional balance that fits one's lifestyle, because the joy of eating is by far the healthiest ingredient.
Hydrotherapy | Kneipp Therapy
The healing power of water, or hydrotherapy, has been used throughout the ages. It was first rediscovered in the since 18 Century by John and Siemund Hahn. The most famous advocates of the 19th Century were Vinzenz Prießnitz and Johann Sebastian Kneipp.
Hydrotherapy offers a variable, individually tunable treatment system with more than 100 different variations which include washing, steam treatments, sauna, changing conditions and packs, casts, medical baths and dry brushing.
Specific temperature stimulation can be quickly achieved with the help of warm or cold water. This stimulation can affect the entire body, including the circulatory, nervous, metabolic and immune systems.
Additionally, internal organs can be reached by reflex actions, created by anticonvulsive and relaxing effects, which encourage the supply and disposal of substances within the tissue and the lymphatic system.
I primarily use Hydrotherapy in the form of wraps, overlays, baths and showers.
Within the realm of Natural Healing Therapy, the term Lifestyle Regulative Therapy means supporting the patient so that they may find a healthy and conscious lifestyle for themselves. This therapy is part of nearly all health systems. Even Hippocrates (460–370 BC) called for a “conscious life” in order to obtain or maintain health.
Sebastian Kneipp (1821–1897) and the Swiss physician Max Bircher-Benner (1867–1939) made, among others, the recommendations upon which Naturopathy was founded. The prerequisite for successful treatment is the active cooperation of the patient.
Important principles for a conscious, active lifestyle are, for example, a healthy balance between work and recreation, exercise in fresh air, moderate use of stimulants, and a regulated sleep-wake rhythm.
This therapy is becoming increasingly more important, because our modern lifestyle and the demands of work often lead us away from our natural rhythms. Many people forget to pay attention to physiological necessities.
Some element of Lifestyle Regulative Therapy is almost always present during the initial examination and the creation of a treatment plan. I think it is very important to take natural conditions into consideration when making decisions, to develop a realignment for the mind, body and soul which will provide adequate space and support healing and health.
Reflexology | Segment Therapy
The English neurologist Herny Head (1861–1940) noted that all the internal organs are connected by nerve tracts in certain areas (so-called Head-zones) that are connected to the skin.
The Scottish surgeon Sir Stephen Mackenzie (1844–1909) discovered areas (so-called Mackenzie zones) in muscles, fascia or deeper structures, in which pain is perceived, that originated in other areas. He found that internal organs are connected with specific segments of the skin surface and that they are connected by the reflexes.
Because of this, the internal organs can be affected by the reflex zones and corresponding areas of skin. In addition to the reflex zones located on the feet and hands, and Head and Mackenzie zones, other important points were discovered (such as the Harrier-pressure points) which play a role in therapy.
There are many different methods used to influence the organ systems of the corresponding skin areas. These include various Massages (such as Reflexology), Neural Therapy (local infiltration), Acupuncture and Acupressure (whose active principle is also based in part on the reflexes), Cupping and other Aschner Therapy or Electrotherapy or thermal stimuli.
The commonality of the different treatment methods is that the reflex zones are used to influence internal circuits in order to alterate metabolic processes in order to achieve a retuned regulation.
I use a variety of Massages, Cupping, Leech Therapy, Acupuncture, Acupressure, and various thermal and physical stimuli (such as heat, cold water and various applications) in my treatments involving the reflex zones.
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