Prevention and the immune system

Just as the rest of the animal kingdom, we must prepare ourselves for winter. Before the cold sets in, it is wise to begin strengthening our immune system and optimising our condition. That is the secret to a healthy life. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can support maintaining that strength.

Psoriasis (a skin condition)

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes redness, scaling and itch. The condition is often hereditary. Psoriasis is not contagious. Factors that trigger the condition are damaged skin, infections and stress. The typical plaques can occur anywhere on the body, including nails, palms and the soles of the feet.


Rheumatism, or rheumatic disorder, is a non-specific term for medical problems affecting the joints, muscles, tendons and/or connective tissue, such as rheumatoid arthritis, muscular rheumatism, and osteoarthritis. The chance is high that you know someone in your direct network that has a form of rheumatism.


Shingles or Herpes zoster is a skin disease caused by chickenpox.

When a person has had chickenpox at a young age, the virus can remain latent within the body and go on to cause herpes zoster later in life when the immune system is weakened.

The itchy rash is extremely contagious in the initial stages. After the blistering has dried the risk of infection disappears.

The sooner the patient begins with acupuncture, the better. Acupuncture works to strengthen the immune system and quicken the healing process by inserting needles around the affected areas. Acupuncture can also provide relief from residual nerve pain experienced after the rash has subsided (postherpetic neuralgia). This condition can often require more treatments.

Sleeping disorders

The amount of sleep needed varies significantly per individual. When sleep deprivation becomes a structural occurrence, it can cause severe fatigue and concentration problems.

Sleep disorders can occur when the patient is experiencing a burnout. Menopausal women also regularly suffer from sleep deprivation.

Acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbs can help restore a healthy energy balance and drain excess restless-energy. In addition, the doctor can consider relevant dietary and lifestyle advice.

Patients have been known to start sleeping better after just a few visits to the acupuncturist!

Stomach problems

Stomach problems are a common occurrence, which are often the result of the "Helicobacter pylori" bacteria, stress or food allergies.
The combination of acupuncture and herbs can aid the rapid relief of these symptoms.

Type-2 Diabetes

Diabetes type 2 causes the body to use insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar, improperly. This disables the body to recognise insulin, causing hyperglycaemia or heightened blood glucose (sugar) levels. This causes glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it, but over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and certain treatments (Bio-HCG treatment) can assist weight loss, which can reverse type 2 diabetes.

Ulcerative colitis (UC)

Ulcerative colitis (Colitis ulcerosa, UC) is an inflammation of the colon, caused by an autoimmune disease. This means that the body attacks itself with antibodies.
Chinese medicine works towards strengthening the immune system by means of acupuncture and herbs, enabling the body to fight off the inflammation.