Acupuncture & TCM

MODERN INTEGRATVE MEDICINE

At the Sternmatt Practice we offer modern integrative medicine. Its foundation is the realization that both the classic form of academic medicine and complementary medicine reach their limits in certain situations. To help patients it’s frequently necessary to draw on the best from the repertoire of both of these concepts of medicine – often in combination. One-sided dogmatism that insists on one medicine being superior to the other neither helps patients, nor is it scientifically justified.

Educational background

The focus of complementary medicine at the Sternmatt Practice comprises acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After studying its theoretical foundations, physician Benjamin C. Wronn can look back upon many years of comprehensive, practical expertise throughout the entire field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (having performed more than 17,000 acupuncture sessions, including laser acupuncture).

Treatment methods

In addition to acupuncture, further TCM treatments are applied, including cupping therapy, electro-stimulation, moxibustion (Chinese warming therapy), tui na massage and treatments that utilize Chinese medicines (phytotherapy). In addition, modern developments in acupuncture such as Chinese scalp acupuncture and neuroacupuncture (as per the method developed by Prof. Molsberger) for some indications are integrated into our therapy concept.

How does acupuncture help?

Traditional view of the effects of acupuncture:

  • Corrects imbalances in the body’s flow of energy (qi)
  • Harmonizes the yin and yang
  • Eliminated barriers and stagnation

How does acupuncture help?

Scientifically proven benefits of acupuncture:

  • Localized production of growth factors as “signposts” for cell migration
  • Peripheral hormone effects
  • Direct stimulation of specific areas of the brain
  • Influence on the body’s own electrical and electromagnetic fields
  • Supraregional informational effect on changes in the cytoskeleton
  • Modulation of the immune system

Cost coverage

The costs of treatment are reimbursed by the Swiss basic insurance to all insurers on the basis of the Tarmed tariff. We charge our patients from outside of Switzerland on a private basis in line with the Tarmed tariff.

RANGE OF INDICATIONS

A selection of the conditions in which TCM can help

Empirically tested indications

  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Chronic lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine syndrome
  • Headache and migraine
  • Nerve pain (neuralgia, neuropathic pain)
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Tendinitis (e.g. tennis elbow, heel spurs, golfer’s elbow)
  • Fibromyalgia / Soft-tissue rheumatism
  • Faster regeneration following sports injuries / overextension
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Hyperactive bladder disorders
  •  Vertigo
  • Nicotine withdrawal
  • Menstrual symptoms
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Psychosomatic sensory disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Restlessness

Indications for which it’s worth giving TCM therapy a try

  • Infertility
  • Allergies

And by the way:

We also gladly treat patients with TCM who do not visit us as their regular primary physicians. If you would like to have an acupuncture treatment here, talk to your doctor about a referral. Close cooperation with your primary care physician, who will be providing care for you after the acupuncture treatment is important to us.