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)
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Doelgroep: Alle acupunctuur artsen en acupunctuur therapeuten
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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.