Traditional Chinese acupuncture therapy utilizes an understanding of health and disease that is over 2000 years old. In traditional acupuncture, there is no mind-body split; instead, the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of life are viewed as interdependent. The mind-body is considered a system, and the relationships between its individual parts are central to diagnosis. The focus in TCM is on the person, the individual, rather than isolating a symptom.

TCM acupuncture therapy is very versatile and can be used for a wide variety of conditions. At the TCM practice of Jasmin Reif LAc HP, I treat illnesses listed in the treatment focus areas with traditional Chinese acupuncture as well as Chinese Herbal Medicine, moxibustion, cupping, Gua Sha and more. I also use tongue and pulse diagnostics.

In my practice, I offer various acupuncture therapies, including traditional Chinese acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, and ear acupuncture. These holistic approaches are used, for example, to treat headaches, aid in weight loss, or provide support during pregnancy.

Treatment Focus Areas of TCM Acupuncture



Autoimmune Conditions

Chronic Conditions

Fertility and Pregnancy

Geriatric Medicine


Kidney and Bladder Disease

Mental Health

Metabolic and Endocrine Conditions

Neurological Disorders

Orthopaedic Conditions

Quitting Smoking and Addictions

Respiratory Disease

Rheumatic Disorder

Skin Conditions

Stomach Discomfort and Indigestion

Tumor and Cancer Support

Weight Loss

TCM Acupuncture Therapy
TCM Acupuncture Therapy

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

There are various types of acupuncture: TCM acupuncture therapy, Western medical acupuncture, and microsystems such as ear acupuncture and scalp acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture includes systems like TCM, Five Elements, Stems and Branches, Japanese Meridian Therapy, and many more. These styles differ slightly in needling and diagnostic techniques, but all trace their roots back to classical texts like the Huangdi Neijing (黄帝内经).

At the TCM practice of Jasmin Reif LAc HP, I primarily use TCM acupuncture to treat illnesses. The Six Divisions method has proven to be effective in this context. Additionally, I apply Five Elements theories and Ben & Biao techniques as diagnostic methods.

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Scalp Acupuncture

Beyond classical TCM acupuncture therapy, I treat neurological disorders with a special form of scalp acupuncture: Scalp Acupuncture is based on the method developed by Tianjun Wang and Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA).

This form of acupuncture therapy is based on insights from Western neuroanatomy combined with Chinese medicine. This method can yield good results for dizziness, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.

I use acupuncture points based on the concept of neuroplasticity to stimulate the body and brain for self-repair, aiming to enhance neural connectivity and promote brain plasticity.

In scalp acupuncture, I place needles along neuroanatomical areas on the scalp and actively stimulate them for 30 minutes. Sometimes, I ask my patients to move during the treatment to achieve constant needle stimulation. This method typically leads to immediate results, as it aims to enhance the connectivity between the body and the brain.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body, often with needles, to promote the flow of Qi, or vital energy, and restore balance. It is believed to release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, providing pain relief. Acupuncture can modulate the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It enhances the functional connectivity of the brain and activates limbic structures involved in stress responses. Additionally, acupuncture can boost the immune system, supporting overall health and healing.

Is Acupuncture painful?

In general, an acupuncture therapy should not be painful. It is normal to feel a slight tingling or a dull ache when the acupuncturist adjusts the needle. This sensation is known as Deqi. If you feel uncomfortable, inform your acupuncturist, who will adjust or remove the specific needle.

Side Effects

Since acupuncture therapy involves the use of needles, sometimes a small bruise can form at the site where the needle was inserted. Occasionally, individuals may feel dizzy or tired after a treatment, but this usually passes quickly. To help your acupuncturist ensure there are no unwanted side effects, please inform them about any medications you are taking.

TCM Acupuncture Therapy

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Düsseldorf (Oberkassel): Wildenbruchstrasse 115, 40545 Düsseldorf

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