Plenary lecture 5 and 6, Sep 08: George Lewith Memory Lecture Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration: The world largest data base on acupuncture and pain. We show you all the results.
General results of the latest update


General results of the latest update


Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Linde is a physician and epidemiologist. He is research coordinator at the Institute of General Practice, Technische Universität München. He has long-standing experience in meta—analyses, randomized trials, observational studies and surveys in complementary and alternative therapies, and in general practice. In recent years he has developed an interest in qualitative methods and in the social and professional background of medical decisions in situations when no single correct solution is available.

Klaus Linde

Institute of General Practice, Technische Universität München, Germany


Plenary lectures 5 and 6: George Lewith Memory Lecture Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration: The world largest data base on acupuncture and pain. We show you all the results.
The influence of patient and practitioner characteristics


The influence of patient and practitioner characteristics


Claudia M. Witt, MD, MBA is trained as medical doctor, epidemiologist and research methodologist. Being a full professor at the University of Zurich she serves as Vice Dean for Interprofessionalism and as the Director of the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University Hospital Zurich.

In addition she holds an appointment as Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Center for Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of Maryland and leads a research group at the Institute for Social Medicine Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Her research includes large clinical studies and comparative effectiveness research on acupuncture

Claudia Witt

Insitute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine University Hospital Zurich


Plenary lecture: Can TCM be global?
Symposium 18: Digging deep in the tradition of Acupuncture and TCM - The Bencao gangmu


Plenary lecture: Can TCM be global
In a way, TCM is global. It is practiced in many countries on all continents.

But this is not sufficient to truly make TCM a global medicine, comparable to the global presence of so-called Western medicine.

The community of Western medicine is a global community. All members of this community have access to the same resources and the same knowledge, past and present

, and they share one identical terminology. All members, regardless of their cultural and geographical background, are legitimized to contribute to the progress of Western medicine.

This is not the case for the world-wide community of TCM practitioners. No standardized internationally acknowledge terminology has been agreed upon. Chinese TCM practitioners rarely, if ever, acknowledge findings from non-Chinese researchers and practitioners. Access to historical sources is limited to those capable of reading classical Chinese. Translations of classical sources into Western languages by Chinese writers are philologically inadequate and often disguise the true nature of classical Chinese medicine. The motives why people are interested in TCM differ greatly. There are those who seek an alternative to Western medicine, and there are others who declare TCM to be part of modern bio-medicine. Hence, the global reality of TCM is one of diverse pockets of different qualities and different understanding. It is to be hoped that ICMART-iSAMS 2018 in Munich in September 2018 will provide stimuli to move forward toward a genuine globalization of TCM

Symposium 18 - Digging deep in the tradition of Acupuncture and TCM
The Bencao gangmu

The Bencao gangmu marks the apex of the development of Chinese pharmaceutical literature prior to the confrontation of Chinese Medicine with modern Western medicine.

It is an encyclopedia based on literary sources from the previous two millennia, and on knowledge gathered by Li Shizhen himself during his travels through China. It is, therefore, a repository of knowledge and theoretical approaches this is still worth to be researched today. Unfortunately, no reliable English translation of the Ben cao gang mu is available. The version marketed by Foreign Language Press is inadequate in many respects and does not lend itself as a starting point for research by readers unfamiliar with classical Chinese language. This seminar is to draw attention to the many facets of the contents of the Bencao gangmu. For whom was this encyclopedia written? Who might have been able to follow its therapeutic advice? Why do we hardly encounter the yinyang and Five Phases doctrines in the Bencao gangmu, and many other issues shall be discussed.


Prof. Paul U. Unschuld, MPH, is Director of the Institute for Chinese Life Sciences founded in 2006 in the Center for Human and Health Sciences of the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin. From 1986 to 2006 he was a member of the board of the Institute for the History of Medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He studied Pharmacy, Sinology and Political Science (Dr.phil.) in Munich, earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, and received the venia legendi in History of Pharmacy from Phillips University of Marburg / Lahn and in Sinology (Dr. phil. Habil.) and History of Medicine (Dr. med. Habil.) at the LMU in Munich. He has published numerous books and essays on the history of medicine in China and Europe, as well as on political topics.

Paul Ulrich Unschuld

Institute for the History, Theory and Ethics of Chinese Life Sciences, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Plenary lectures 5 and 6, Sep 08: George Lewith Memory Lecture Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration: The world largest data base on acupuncture and pain. We show you all the results.
Introduction and memoriam to George Lewith


Introduction and memoriam to George Lewith


Benno Brinkhaus, MD, PhD, is a doctor of internal medicine, acupuncture and naturopathy and trained in epidemiology.

Worked from 1994 to 2001 as a physician and a research associate in the Medical Department I, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany from 1995-2001 as the head of the department of complementary medicine.

Works since 2001 as senior scientist, deputy head of the department for Complementary medicine and institute teaching coordinator in the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany.

He is the principal investigator of several acupuncture trials, author and coauthor of the ART and ARC trials. He is involved as investigator in several acupuncture studies for example in allergic rhinitis (funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)).

Membership of different medical and acupuncture societies, reviewer of national and international medical journals.

Benno Brinkhaus

Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany


Learning For Healing


The recent advances in pain research illustrate the analytical power of modern neurosciences in a field previously accessible only to methods of systems biology. Research over the past decades has increasingly detailed the brain´s capacity for functional and structural reorganization. It is well accepted now that the memory of pain can be considered as contextual fear conditioning and that chronic pain is not the same as acute pain that lasts longer. Chronic pain is a stress-related disease process which predisposes patients to depression and anxiety.The aversive input to limbic structures may arise from a variety of distinct systems. Besides "classical" neurotransmitters, biologically active molecules such as peptide hormones, neurosteroids, trophic factors or cytokines released synaptically or non-synaptically from terminals, neighbouring neurons, glia cells or components of the immune system or from the circulation participate in the integration of somatosensory information. The lecture will address therapeutically relevant molecular, cellular and psychological mechanisms of pain processing and perception. An attempt will be made to interpret some of the observations in complementary medicine in the light of modern neurosciences and to introduce re-learning strategies for modification of a dysfunctional cognition.


Prof. Dr. Walter Zieglgänsberger, MD is a pionier in pain research. As a neuroscientist he has profoundly contributed to the understanding of the development of chronic pain as a physiological process of so-called “neuroplasticity” (“Schmerzgedächtnis”). He is laurate of multiple highly renowned awards and author of key publications in the field of neuropharmacology and neurophysiology of the CNS, molecular biology of interneuronal communication, pain, addiction, learning and memory and novel technologies to image activity of the CNS.

Walter Zieglgänsberger started his research career by professional training as a visiting scientist in various European and US laboratories from 1977 to 1983.

In 1983 he obtained his professorship at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.

Since 1984 he has been serving as a head of clinical neuropharmacology at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich.

Walter Zieglgänsberger

e.m. Clinical Neuropharmacology Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany


Acupuncture and neuroplasticity in carpal tunnel syndrome - a brain imaging approach


Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity and neural plasticity, is the ability of the brain to change throughout an individual's life, e.g., brain activity associated with a given function can be transferred to a different location, the proportion of grey matter can change, and synapses may strengthen or weaken over time. Groundbreaking studies will be presented on the example of carpal tunnel syndrome, which show the ability of acupuncture to influence neuroplasticity.


Associate Professor, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital; Director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging (CiPNI), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Vitaly practices acupuncture at the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is also the co-President of the Society for Acupuncture Research. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program and a Masters in Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), after which he completed an acupuncture internship at Wan Jing Hospital and Beijing Hospital of TCM in Beijing, China. Dr. Napadow and has co-authored more than 120 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, many of them contributing to acupuncture neuroimaging research.

Vitaly Napadow

Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging (CiPNI), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


Acupuncture, evidence and clinical practice guidelines – is there synergy ?


Evidence based medicine relies on published research to identify effective treatment approaches. Therefore, systematic reviews and meta-analyses examining the relative effectiveness of an intervention are used to identify and grade the priorities for specific interventions which provide evidence based recommendations to clinicians in the form of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). CPGs are developed worldwide, by different organizations, with different stakeholders and with access to different health care resources. However, guideline development groups come to very different conclusions, presumably using the same evidence base? Acupuncture research on effectiveness and safety has increased exponentially, particularly over the last twenty years. If research evidence indicates that acupuncture should be offered as a treatment option and when other effective interventions for are limited for a specific condition, it follows that it should be considered, particularly given it is a low cost intervention. However, various problems appear to be operating which affect patient choice and acupuncture may be ignored or discouraged as a treatment option. The evidence cited in CPGs may not be the most recent or most appropriate as identified in a recent scoping of stroke and acupuncture CPGs. The updating cycle of CPGS is often slow, guideline development groups rarely include an acupuncture expert and may exert biased opinions in their interpretation of the evidence (such as in the case of non specific low back pain and sciatica in and osteoarthritis the UK). There has also been an emphasis on efficacy rather than clinical effectiveness focusing on comparisons of acupuncture with placebo rather than routine care. Recent evidence suggests that there may be far more positive recommendations about acupuncture in CPGs than previously thought and medical, research and acupuncture communities are largely unaware.


Prof. Nicola Robinson

Nicola Robinson is a Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Integrated Health at

London South Bank University. She has a PhD in immunology and experience in health services research in London Medical Schools. She is registered acupuncturist in 1982 and awarded a Fellowship of the British Acupuncture Council in 2008. Nicola Robinson serves as Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine (Elsevier) and has shown excellence in research as active researcher and PhD supervisor with research groups in China and Korea. Her research focus on integrated health and widening patient choice.

Nicola Robinson

Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Integrated Health at London South Bank University


Master Workshop Sep 09: Microsystems and beyond - the trauma-dissolving approach


The microsystems of acupuncture (MAPS = Micro-Acu-Point-Systems) are organized and interconnected cybernetically, whilst meridian-acupuncture depends on the body´s energy flow. Treatment of posttraumatic disorders has become an acute need in psychotherapy. Obviously shock-traumata are engrammed not only in the psyche but also somatically in the outer tissues of the organism, i.e. the haptic system. This is the same tissue and network where informative MAPS-acupuncture works. MAPS therapy, therefore, is most suitable for finding and dispersing the somatic site in question where the shock has been bodily fixed and engrammed.

Ear-Acupuncture as suggested by the NADA-protocol was applied effectively in hundreds of traumatized children following the 9-11-shock in New York. The vertical line of Shu-points is informatively linked with the MAPS-network. Acupuncture experience teaches that all kinds of psychological ballast mainly burdens man´s back. The paravertebral region and the Shu-points are affected in the first place. Another very effective approach for overcoming psychological disorders is treatment of specific hand points, especially of metacarpale V.

It is beneficial to combine points of ear (and/or skull, hand, oral) points with Shu-points. The points in question can be detected and pricked precisely by means of the Very-point-Technique. In therapy of children pearls or soft-Laser may be applied instead of needles.


Dr. Jochen Gleditsch is a dentist and ENT specialist. He is one of the leading and most influential acupuncturists of the last five decades. He was lecturer at the University of Munich (LMU) for 25 years. In this time he has initiated and stimulated a huge body of scientific studies on acupuncture. He is laureate of conventional as well as complementary medicine awards. Jochen Gleditsch served as president of ICMART and DÄGfA.

He is specialized in Microsystem acupuncture and in psychosomatics in TCM and acupuncture. He developed the very point technic, which is now spread all over the world. His interpretation of idea of man (Menschenbild), developed from different medical systems has influenced acupuncturists and many others world wide.

Jochen Gleditsch

German Medical Acupuncture Association - DÄGfA
Deutsche Ärztegesellschaft für Akupunktur e.V.


Master Workshop Sep 09: Neural therapy for acupuncture non responders - headache Conference


Whenever acupuncture and analgesics fail to control cephalgias it is worthwhile deleting peripheral over stimulation conditions with neural therapy. Peripheral stimuli are conducted though the spinal, sympathetic, parasympathetic, and vascular systems. The most frequent stimuli originate in the internal organs located within the head. These are: the paranasal sinuses, the teeth within the maxilla or the mandibula, the tonsils, and the ears. The diagnosis of the stimulation sources is based on the pressure points of the neck, the Adler-Langer-pressure points. The neural therapeutic arsenal encompasses segmental therapy, expanded segmental therapy and interference field therapy. Trigeminal stimuli can be switched off via “the crown of thorns”, in other words: the frontal and occipital neural exit points, or the temporomandibular block. Various highly effective injection patterns will be demonstrated, such as: the frontal, lateral, and posterior magical triangle, together with its neurological connections. If no positive effects are thus achieved, targeted injections within the framework of an expanded segmental therapy can cut off the control centers of the stimuli conduction. These are injections given at sympathetic and parasympathetic ganglia, as well as at accessible arteries. If, however, these local stimuli interruptions should fail, then you should look for and treat any interference fields. Approximately 70 - 90% of all fields of interference are located within the head region; this circumstance explains the high effectiveness of deleting cephalic interference fields with the appropriate injections given at the following sites: paranasal sinuses, teeth, tonsillar poles, and ears, or lower abdominal organs in men and women. Neural therapy should be combined with manual medicine. In this way you can interrupt stimuli originating in the vertebrae and irradiating into the head. This targeted stimuli reduction controls 70% of all therapeutic refractory cephalgias.

All diagnostic procedures and injections will be explained and commented in the conference.

The workshop will provide opportunity to practice these techniques.


MR Dr. Rainer Wander is practicing as established physician in general medicine since 1965. He is specialised naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic and pain therapy.

The main focuses of his practice – in addition to neural therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture – are naturopathic pain- and regulation therapy, and in particular homeopathy and complex homeopathy.

Dr. Rainer Wander is co-founder of the German Association of Acupuncture and Neuraltherapy (DGfAN – „Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akupunktur und Neuraltherapie e.V.”) http://www.dgfan.de/. He was President of the DGFAN from 1999 to 2017 and honorary president since 2017

After Dr. med. Peter Dosch and Dr. sc. med. Horst Becke he is one of the most prominent neural therapists of East Germany. Since 1970 he is course instructor for neural therapists teaching them according to a very extensive standardized training program. He is a popular lecturer nationwide and abroad for a multitude of naturopathic therapy methods and in particular for the interrelated demonstration and combination of single methods and techniques.

Dr. Wander is honorary member of the Swiss Association for Neural Therapy (SANT)

He is author of numerous publications nationwide and abroad and co-author of the following manuals: „Akupunktur“ (Richter/Becke), „Neuraltherapie, Lehrbuch und Atlas“ (Badke/Mudra), „Naturheilkundliche Untersuchungstechniken“ (Becke/Wagner/Wander).

Rainer Wander

German Association of Acupuncture and Neuraltherapy - DGfAN
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akupunktur und Neuraltherapie


Auricular Causative Diagnosis: Approach for The Treatment of Acute and Chronic Locomotor Conditions


« A Bad Doctor sees the symptom and relieves it; a Good Doctor finds the inner cause of the pathological condition and treats the illness; The Best Doctor discovers the fragility of the body before the symptom appears and prevents the illness ».

The aim of Auricular Causative Diagnosis (ACD) is to discover the inner cause of the pathological condition. It is based on the visualization and the analysis of the pathologi-cal marks in auricular points. ACD allows the physician not only to precisely identify an existing illness, but more than that, to determine which inner organ is fragile and there-fore, responsable for the development of the symptom. ACD can even anticipate and reveal developing pathological processes before their clinical manifestation and therefore can prevent illnesses.

The stimulation of this Causative Auricular Point tremendously increases therapeutic success, leads to immediate relief of the pathological symptom, helps to recover organ functions, and can prevent illnesses.

This is why many common conditions can and should be treated with the help of ACD. Since different causes can be at the origin of identical symptoms, the discovery of the true inner problem through ACD, helps physicians treat the root of symptom and im-proves the efficiency of the treatments.


Dr Nadia Volf, MD, PhD

Nadia Volf is the Founder and Head of the Scientific Acupuncture Curriculum at the Paris XI University Medical School. Dr Nadia Volf is not only an acupuncturist with over 40 years of experience, but also a neurophysiologist who uses modern scientific knowledge to explain and improve the effects of acupuncture. She has developed a method, called "Auricular Causative Diagnosis", a scientifically proven diagnostic tool to discover and treat the deep internal causes of disease, and not just its symptoms. Dr Nadia Volf has published 13 books, translated in 12 languages, as well as a number of articles in scientific journals. She teaches worldwide, and has regularly been invited to share her unique method at Harvard Medical School.

Nadia Volf

Founder and Head of the Scientific Acupuncture Curriculum at the Paris XI University Medical School


Workshop LIQUIDAKUPUNKTUR - schnell gegen Schmerzen


Beschreibung (workshop in Deutsch, keine Übersetzung)

Liquidakupunktur nutzt das wissenschaftlich belegte Prinzip der der Ohrakupunktur zu Grunde liegenden Reflexlokalisationen. Damit wird dem Arzt ein Verfahren in die Hand gegeben, das speziell bei Patienten mit akuten und chronischen Schmerzzuständen überraschend schnellen Erfolg bringt. Zum Einsatz kommen dabei je nach Beschwerdebild des Patienten geeignete Lokalanästhetika oder spezifische homöopathische Komplexpräparate. Das Verfahren ist auf Grund seiner einfachen Handhabung schnell erlernbar, lässt sich auch im stark frequentierten Praxisbetrieb gut integrieren, ist auch im Hausbesuch anwendbar und wird von den Patienten gerne angenommen. Die Erfolgsquoten liegen nach ein bis drei Behandlungen je nach Akuität beziehungsweise Chronizität der Krankheitsfälle zwischen 75 bis 90 Prozent.

Im Workshop wird das konkrete Vorgehen in Patientendemonstrationen gezeigt und häufige Punktlokalisationen werden vermittelt.


Dr. med. Bernd Ramme, Waren, Deutschland

Facharzt für Allgemeinmedizin, Zusatzbezeichnung Akupunktur, seit 2003 1. Vorsitzender der Deutschen Gesellschaft für chronische Erkrankungen | DGCE e. V., seit 2014 Präsident der Deutschen Akademie für Akupunktur | DAA e. V. und des Berufsverbandes DAA-B e. V

Bernd Ramme

Deutsche Akademie für Akupunktur, DAA e.V.


Gabriel Stux is the director of the German Acupuncture Society, which he founded in 1978. He is been teaching Chinese medicine and acupuncture for more than 40 years. Gabriel Stux is the author and co-author of standard works on acupuncture and author of numerous articles on Chinese Medicine. The German 7th edition 2008 of the standard textbooks Acupuncture Textbook and Atlasand the smaler book Basicsof Acupuncturehave been published by Springer Verlag.

Gabriel Stux has developed new methods to use acupuncture and energy medicine healing more effectively, these methods include: Chakra Acupuncture, Organ Flow Qi Gong Meditation, and Chakra Meditation.

Gabriel Stux


Master Workshop Sep 09: Leitbahnenergetik


Workshop in German, no translation

Die Leitbahnen, auf denen die Akupunkturpunkte zu finden sind, unterliegen einer eigenen Ordnung und einer eigenen energetischen Bewertung. Die energetische Beurteilung einer Leitbahn (ob „öffnend“, „schließend“ oder„angelpunktartig“) hat für die Praxis der Chinesischen Medizin eine zentrale Bedeutung. Grundlegend dafür ist ebenso, welchen Füllungszustand an Qi und Xue die einzelnen Leitbahnen aufweisen. Nur mit diesem Rüstzeug und Wissen kann man in der Folge einer chinesischen Diagnose die korrekte, therapeutisch relevante Leitbahn aussuchen. Dieser Workshop hat einen engen Bezug zum ärztlichem Alltag mit einer hohen klinischen Bedeutung.


Prof. Dr. med. Carl-Hermann Hempen, Internist, war viele Jahre Präsident und Schulleiter der SMS-Internationale Gesellschaft für Chinesische Medizin. Neben der Arbeit in der von ihm 1984 gegründeten Praxisgemeinschaft „Dr. Hempen & Kollegen“, leitet er seit Oktober 2013 Europas erstes Master of Science-Programm für TCM an der TU München (www.tcm.sg.tum.de). 
Er ist Autor zahlreicher Standardwerke zur Chinesischen Medizin, u.a. des dtv-Atlas zur Akupunktur und einer Software für Chinesische Medizin (TCMSOFT).

Prof. Dr. med. Carl-Hermann Hempen, internist, was president of SMS – International Society for Chinese medicine for many years. He founded „Dr. Hempen & Colleagues“, one of the largest clinics for CM in Germany in 1984. He is head of Europe`s first Master of Science-Program for TCM for doctors at the TU München (www.tcm.sg.tum.de). He is author of several textbooks for CM, e.g. dtv-Atlas für Akupunktur and created a software tool for CM called TCMSOFT.

Carl-Hermann Hempen

International Society for Chinese medicine - SMS


Can acupuncture influence consciousness?


Somatic awareness and well-being are aspects of consciousness, which is constantly changing.  Consciousness is the product of deep background processing that draws upon autonomic nervous system (blood flow, organ function), hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenocortical axis and the immune system, which produces cytokines.  Dysregulation in these systems can cause or exaggerate existing sensory discomforts or sickness.  Acupuncture can alter and sometimes help re-regulate unconscious deep background processes with consequent alterations in conscious somatic awareness.


Professor C. Richard Chapman, Ph.D., a psychologist, is a Professor Emeritus in Anesthesiology at the Pain Research Center, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah and a pioneer in Pain Medicine.

He has engaged in research on pain and related subjects for more than 45 years. This work includes psychophysical and psychophysiological research on human subjects as well as clinical studies on cancer related pain, chronic pain and acute pain. Enduring themes in his research across the decades include measurement of pain, the nature of suffering, multivariate approaches to study design and data analysis, opioid pharmacotherapy, and a systems approach to mind-body issues.

C. Richard Chapman

e.m. Pain Research Center, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah, USA


Acupuncture and Related Technics in the face of the opioid crisis


The Opioid Crisis (OC) is one of the major problems of the American health care system, leading to the death of 40.000 Americans in the US in 2016 alone and actually resulting in a fall in life-span expectancy in the US for the first time in decades. According to the U.S. Surgeon General"The Opioid Crisis" likely began with over-prescription of powerful opioid pain relievers in the 1990s, which led them to become the most prescribed class of medications in the United States. Inappropriate marketing strategies accompanied by fake scientific evidence were identified as major reasons for the OC and one of the responsible drug companies, Purdue Pharma, was sentenced to a 600 Million Dollar penalty in 2007, while having earnt 35 Billion Dollars selling the drugs.Recently the President of the United States declared the opioid epidemic to be a “national public health emergency”. Despite the fact that the socio-political circumstances in the USA are not comparable to Germany, a similarly high opioid consumption is in the offing in Germany, with worrying corresponding consequences. Therefore methods of avoiding opioid drug treatment are urgently needed!

In the talk the evidence and clinical experience of Acupuncture and related methods, such as there are Neural Therapy, Tuina, Guasha, Taiji, and Qigong, as major components of the Complementary and Integrative Pain Medicine(CIPAM), are introduced and discussed. In the future these may have a major impact on the approach to treating non-tumor pain patients, such as patients with low back pain, migraine headache, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, osteoarthritis, neuralgia, being the most frequent initial reason for opioid abuse, and treating these more effectively while avoiding drug abuse due to intake of opioid-containing pain medication. It focuses on weaning patients off painkillers, which often have side effects, and instead treating with non-medicational complementary medicine methods. This leads lead to a sustainable long-lasting empowerment of patients instead of to addiction. Moreover, through added mind-body-medicine methods as well as self-help-measures, such as Acupressure or GuaSha, patients are strengthened in their self-efficacy. A special focus will be laid on new findings of Neural Therapy, as a so-called “emotional release”. According to our experience, some initially pain-stricken patients react to neural therapy with a rush of overwhelming emotions accompanied by weeping and visions of their personal history often leading to a significant pain relief. In Summary Acupuncture and related methodsoffer effective ways of dealing with chronical pain. They deliver sustainable strategies of interventional as well as long-time therapies, reducing the need of opioid drug treatment for non-tumor pain.


Acupuncture and related methodsoffer effective ways of dealing with chronical pain! They deliver sustainable strategies of interventional as well as long-time therapies, reducing the need of opioid drug treatment for non-tumor pain.


Prof. Dr. med. Gustav Dobos

Gustav Dobos is Professor for Internal Medicine and Director of the Department for Internal and Integrative Medicine at Kliniken Essen-Mitte in Essen, Germany. The in-patient department holds 54 beds for patients with acute and chronic internal diseases as well as chronic pain and was established as a model institution for Complementary and Alternative

Medicine (CAM) of the county of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1999. Dobos is a trained internist, specialized in nephrology and internal intensive care medicine and finished his medical and basic science education at the University of Freiburg, Germany, the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China as well as at the Research Institute of Scripps

Clinic in La Jolla and the University of California, San Diego, USA. Parallel to his mainstream medical training he was trained in acupuncture, physical therapy, nutritional and complementary medicine as well as in Mind-Body Medicine. In 2004 he was appointed to the Chair of Complementary and Integrative Medicine of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Dobos’ scientific interest lies in classical naturopathic medicine, Chinese and Mind-Body medicine. Special focus of his work is the development of evidence-based guidelines in the field of CAM, Mind-Body Medicine and yoga respectively. He is author of more than 250 scientific articles listed in medline and of 7 books on the topic of CAM and Mind Body Medicine respectively. He is the current president of the German Society for Naturopathic Medicine.

Gustav Dobos

Direktor der Klinik für Naturheilkunde und Integrative Medizin, Kliniken Essen-Mitte,
Lehrstuhlinhaber der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftungsprofessur für Naturheilkunde, Medizinische Fakultät der Universität Duisburg-Essen


Traces of Acupuncture in the Brain


How does a somatosensory signal as a needle stimulus during acupuncture trigger a therapeutic effect? Neuroscience has approached this question during the last decades, and traditional theories were translated to neurophysiological mechanisms. Like to other research methodology, brain imaging has assisted to prove acupuncture’s capacity to balance the autonomic nervous system.


Prof. Dr. phil. nat. Florian Beissner

Florian Beissner holds an endowed Professorship for Somatosensory and Autonomic Therapy Research a the Hannover Medical School, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology. He is a physicist by training and obtained his doctorate degree from the Max-Planck-Institut for Biophysiks and the Brain Imaging Center Frankfurt and performed a postgraduate study program for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Porto. Prof. Beissner was also post-doctorate fellow at the University of Jena and at the Harvard Medical School. He has published more than 30 original research articles and reviews and has been repeatedly awarded for his outstanding work.

Florian Beißner

Endowed Professorship for Somatosensory and Autonomic Therapy Research Hannover Medical School Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology 30625 Hannover, Germany


Self-Acupressure for Pain and Co-Occurring Symptoms in Cancer Survivors: Efficacy and Mechanisms


Many cancer survivors exhibit so called sickness behavior, persistent pain, fatigue, mood, sleep, and cognitive disturbance. Emerging data suggest that functional and chemical brain imaging can allow researchers and clinicians to understand what brain factors drive these symptoms and how acupressure treatments can be individually tailored.


Richard Harris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology as well as the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, where his also Director for Neuroimaging at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center.  He received his B.S. degree in Genetics from Purdue University in 1992, his Ph. D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley in 1997 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at NIH. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has received an MS degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Pain Society and a past co-President for the Society for Acupuncture Research. He serves as Associate Editor of and Scientific Advisor for the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other scientific publications.

Richard E. Harris

Department of Anesthesiology, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, USA

Irnich, Dominik


Immediate Effects in Acupuncture


The immediate effect directly after piercing the needle can be achieved in ear acupuncture as well as in body acupuncture in most patients. The advantage: You can be sure about the effect of the point and the patient feels that acupuncture works. This technique was developed by Antonius Pollmann, who has been using acupuncture for more than 35 years.


Dr. med. Antonius Pollmann 

- Born in 1950, Study of Agricultural Science and of human medicine, Specialist in General Medicine, Additional qualifications in Natural Medicine, Acupuncture and Environmental Medicine

- Since 1985 settled in own practice in Baden-Baden, since 2000 in Hamburg,

- Lecturer of DÄGfA, Hamburg Medical Association and Universitiy of Hamburg

From 1993 to 2004 board member of DÄGFA

From 1997 to 2001 board member of Hartmannbund

From 1996 to 2009 President and now Honorary President of ZAEN

Antonius Pollmann

Speakers and Chairs

Ahn Byung Soon, South Korea
Alp Hayriye, Turkey
Amarell Catharina, Germany
Arnstadt Nike, Germany
Audette Joseph, USA
Ayati Mohammad Hossein, Iran
Bachmann Jürgen, Germany
Bahr Frank, Germany
Banzer Winfried, Germany
Bäumler Petra, Germany
Beck Frank, Germany
Behrens Nicolas, Germany
Beissner Florian, Germany
Beyens François, Belgium
Bidon Sylvie, France
Bijak Michaela, Austria
Blum Sandra, Austria
Brinkhaus Benno, Germany
Brommer Sabine, Germany
Burgoon Thomas, USA
Cabioglu Mehmet Tugrul, Turkey
Cameron Silke, Germany
Carr David, USA
Cayir Yasemin, Turkey
Chae Younbyoung, South Korea
Chaibún Guillermo, Urugay
Chan Chin, Australia
Chapman Richard, USA
Chizhykova Maryna, Ukraine
Choi Moon-Seok, South Korea
Colling Christoph, Germany
Conzen Peter, Germany
Cuignet Olivier, Belgium
Dawid Tomas, Urugay
Díaz-Rojas Rosalía, Mexico
Dobos Gustav, Germany
Ebell Hans-Jörg, Germany
Eberz Armin, Germany
Elenkova Sylvia, Bulgaria
Elsheikh Mai, Egypt
Enev Encho, Bulgaria
Engelhardt Ute, Germany
Fiala Petr, Czech Republic
Fildan Ladislav, Czech Republic
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Friedrichs Elisabeth Margarete, Germany
Genschow Fernando, Brazil
Gleditsch Jochen, Germany
Günter Uwe, Germany
Haller Heidemarie, Germany
Hammes Michael Gerhard, Germany
Harres Silvio, Brazil
Harris Richard, USA
Hau Vincent, Hong Kong
Hauswald Bettina, Germany
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Hildenbrand Gisela, Germany
Hong Seungug, South Korea
Hor Ting, China
Hummelsberger Josef, Germany
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Irnich Dominik, Germany
Kang Beomku, South Korea
Kara Hasan Hüseyin, Turkey
Kim Kyeong Han, South Korea
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Kovalenko Olga, Ukraine
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Lao Lixing, USA
Lee Bong Hyo, South Korea
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Martin Marc, France
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Muraközy Henriette, Germany
Musil Richard, Germany
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Osztovics Johanna, Austria
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Qi Zhang, Switzerland
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Reljanović Krunoslav, Croatia
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Robinson Nicolas, UK
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Zhang Jianbin, China
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