25 november 2017 Acupunctuur bij de behandeling van hoofdpijn en aangezichtspijn

Acupuncture in the treatment of Headache and Facial Pain including Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Disorders.


datum: 25 november 2017
Docent: Dr Med PD Dominik Irnich, Anaesthesioloog te München
Plaats: Postillion Hotel, Kosterijland 8 , Bunnik, Nederland 030-2150515
Tijd: 09:00 uur tot 18:00 uur met 1:00 uur lunchpauze & 2x½ uur tussenpauze
Kosten: € 190 per dag inclusief lunch, koffie en thee
rekening nummer: NL36RABO 0305 0788 60 ten name van SWERF
doelgroep: Acupuncturisten
Accreditatie: WAVAN 6 punten acupunctuur of regulier (let op: 7 uur nascholing!)
GAIA anesthesisten Vereniging aangevraagd (BIG nummer!)
dus NAAV accreditatie 6 punten regulier
NedVerAcupunctuur accreditatie verkregen: A
Voertaal: engels

Headache and facial pain are common complaints characterized by a lifetime prevalence of greater than 90%.

They can have numerous etiologies that are important for the clinician to consider. Diagnosis is primary based on history and physical examination. Based on these findings further diagnostic may be necessary. Differential diagnosis follows the classification published by the International Headache Society (IHS).

Once a diagnosis is made, the clinician has to decide whether acupuncture may be an option for treatment based on the available evidence, experience and patients` needs (evidence based medicine).

There is convincing evidence from systematic reviews that acupuncture reduces frequency in migraine and tension type. Randomised controlled trials show some evidence of acupuncture in the treatment of temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), myofascial pain in the head and neck region and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) disorders.

Therefore, acupuncture can offer an evidence based approach in the treatment of these patients.

In clinical practice it is advisable to combine traditional acupuncture knowledge with modern technics like triggerpoint acupuncture and microsystem acupuncture. This pragmatic approach allows to differentiate patients complaints according to Traditional Chinese Medicine leading to a specific point prescription. In addition, effects can be improved by the treatment of myofascial triggerpoints (e.g. M. masseter, M. temporalis) and the use of microsystem points (e.g. ear) for immediate effects.




Topics of the seminar will be

  • Overview of differential diagnosis of headache and facial pain
  • Scientific evidence of acupuncture
  • Diagnosis according to TCM
  • development of therapeutical concepts
  • practical application of needle techniques
  • demonstration and exercises
  • case reports
  • integration in western medicine


In this seminar, basic knowledge in acupuncture is helpful for better understanding and for the implementation into daily practice. Acupuncture specialists will hopefully be stimulated by new insights. For preparation it can be helpful to study section 3, chapter 26 in the textbook “Myofascial Trigger Points: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment” by Churchill Livingstone, 2013.


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  7. Trinh K, Graham N, Irnich D, Cameron ID, Forget M. Acupuncture for neck disorders. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 May 4;(5):CD004870.
  8. Irnich D, “Myofascial Trigger Points: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment” by Churchill Livingstone, 2013



the teacher

Dominik Irnich, MD, is head of the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre at the University of Munich. Since 2016 he is president of the German Medical acupuncture association (DÄGfA). From 2010 to 2016 he was head of the educational center of the German Medical acupuncture association (DÄGfA).In this function he was in charge of about 500 full day courses in Acupuncture, TCM and Related Technics each year.

He has passed his post doctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) at the University of Munich on the issue acupuncture (appellation “Privatdozent PD” equal assistant professor).

Dr. Irnich is a renowned expert of acupuncture research and invited lecturer on acupuncture at different universities in Germany, Europe and USA (e.g. Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Harvard Boston, Melbourne, Tokyo). He was responsible conductor of a research grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research on acupuncture. He is laureate of different renowned awards.

Dr Irnich is practicing daily acupuncture. He has undergone TCM education in China (Beijing WHO Collaborating Centre of Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Germany (DÄGfA)

He is member of the faculty at different institutions (e.g. Structural Acupuncture Course, Harvard Medical School), (co-)editor of scientific journals and member of national and international research groups (e.g. Acupuncture Trialist Cooperation). His fields of research include basic science research (physiology of peripheral nociception including acupuncture) and clinical research on Acupuncture and Pain (research methodology, clinical effectiveness). Since 1996 he published 85 scientific papers as principal author or co-author. The latest come out is the English version of his successful “Leitfaden Triggerpunkte” by Elsevier. It is a comprehensive manual on trigger point called: “Myofascial Trigger Points: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment” by Churchill Livingstone.



23-09-17 Psychosomatics and TCM

Psychosomatics and TCM

by Dr Thomas Ots, M.D. PhD

Since 1997  Thomas Ots M.D. has resided in Graz, Austria, as an M.D. for acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Psycho-somatic illnesses.  We are very glad that he has accepted our invitation for a course on psycho-somatics in the light of Chinese Medicine as he has been taught in Beijing and Nanjing. Since the seventies he has been active in Chinese Medicine and his thesis was called: The combination of Chinese and Western medicine.



Datum: Zaterdag 23 september 2017
Docent: Dr Med Thomas Ots M.D. PhD. uit Graz, Austria
Plaats: Postillion Hotel, Kosterijland 8 , 3981 AJ Bunnik, Nederland 030-2150515
Tijd: 09:00 uur tot 17:00 uur met 1:00 uur lunchbreak & 2x½ uur koffie of theepauze
Kosten: € 190 per dag inclusief business plate lunch, koffie en thee (WAVAN leden krijgen 30 EURO korting bij betaling voor 23 augustus 2017)
Rekening  nummer: NL36RABO 0305 0788 60 op rekening van SWERF
(BIC nummer van deze RABO Bank: RABONL2U)
Doelgroep: Alle acupunctuur artsen en acupunctuur therapeuten
Voertaal: Engels
Accreditatie punten: WAVAN: 6 punten acupunctuur of regulier
NAAV: accreditatie aangevraagd voor acupunctuur punten
NVAcupunctuur: accreditatie toegewezen code AT
NVBT: accreditatie aangevraagd
SNVA: accreditatie aangevraagd
NedVerAnesthesiologen: accreditatie (GAIA) in aanvraag
Aanmelden: inschrijfformulier



Introduction into this one day seminar.

Thomas Ots, M.D., Ph.D.

Psychosomatics East – West


Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on phenomenological experience. The ancient doctors were quite good in exploring man´s lived symptoms. This becomes obvious when we look at the theory of five phases (five elements). The relation between emotions and organs as described in Chinese medicine is reflected in many Western languages. We might say, that psychosomatic thought is at the heart of Chinese medicine. It is wrong to say that Chinese thought does not know the difference between psyche and soma, but they are understood as deeply interrelated. There was no genuine word for psychosomatics in Chinese – it wasn´t necessary – so this term had to  be translated from the West. It is called  心身医学 (xin shen yi xue = heart body medicine).


A doctor of Chinese medicine is able to make a psychosomatic diagnosis based on the bodily symptoms of the sick person – because he asks for all symptoms the patient suffers from, and because the cluster of symptoms is specific for a certain emotional change: not one symptom is specific for a psychosomatic disorder, it is a syndrome. Thus, from a Chinese point of view we should talk of emotio-somatics.


However, every medical tradition has its „blind spots“. Western medicine lacks the understanding of emotio-specific symptoms, Chinese medicine lacks psychotherapeutic approaches. Thus, our aim should be an integrative medicine, taking the best parts of different medical traditions and put them together, such way achieving a holistic medicine.


Corner stones of the seminar:


  1. Understanding the interrelation between bodily symptoms and emotional changes
  2. What is stress?
  3. What is happening in the Limbic system?
  4. Which methods can we use to treat psychosomatic disorders? acupuncture, psychotherapy, breathing methods like qigong, taijiquan. Relaxation or catharsis?
  5. Special disorders: anxiety, depression, burnout, chronic fatigue, addiction


Curriculum Vitae van dr Thomas Ots M.D. PhD.


Graduated from Free University of Berlin Medical School in 1972. Medical speciality: gynecology and obstetrics.

From 1978 -1980 and 1984/1985 education in acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Tuina at the Colleges of TCM in Beijing and Nanjing.

1988/89 invitation by Prof. Arthur Kleinman as „research fellow“ at Harvard Medical School, Department Global Health and Social Medicine.

1987 till 1991 study of medical anthropology at the University of Hamburg.

Topic of medical thesis: The combination of Chinese and Western medicine.

Topic of anthropological thesis: The rise and fall of the cathartic qigong movement in China in the 1980s.

1992 till 1995 professor of social medicine and anthropology at Görlitz College of Social Work.

1995-1997 professor of health promotion and health education at the University of Flensburg.

Then change of residence to Graz, Austria, opening of a clinic for Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Psychosomatics.

Since 1998 Editor-in-Chief of „Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur“ (DZA; German Journal of Acupuncture and Related Techniques), Lecturer of German and Austrian acupuncture societies.

2006 founding member and president of „NADA-Akupunktur Austria.“

Since 2013 Chairperson for Complementary Medicine of the Austrian Medical Association.