Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM in Zurich

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic healing method. It uses the cosmological laws of nature to balance any imbalances of Yin and Yang in a person. These laws of nature are the foundation of Chinese Medicine.

A person who lives in perfect harmony with themselves and nature is not supposed to get sick, since they live after the Dao. The Dao describes the way of living in harmony with nature. TCM is made up of 5 main areas, which are called the 5 pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through the different techniques of these 5 pillars, the harmony in an individual can be recreated again.

The 5 pillars are the following:

  • Tuina /Anmo and Cupping or Gua sha
  • Acupuncture and Moxa
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Qi-Gong (Breathwork and meditation exercises)


45 Minuten: 125 CHF
60 Minuten: 154 CHF
75 Minuten: 182 CHF
90 Minuten: 215 CHF

Costs covered by health insurance 50%-90%.

No prescription from a doctor is necessary.

Most supplementary insurances cover the costs of a massage. Go to our health insurance page, select your supplementary insurance and see what therapists are recognised with your insurance.




Tuina is the manual part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tuina includes different techniques which have different effects on the flow of energy. Among these techniques are stroking, tapping, pulling, vigorous rubbing, and deep pressing. In Tuina treatments, energy pathways are harmonized, pathogenic factors are eliminated and organ systems are strengthened. Similar to acupuncture, acupuncture points are being stimulated, but with the firm pressure of the fingers instead of needles. The therapist works along the energy pathways (meridians) and acupuncture points to release blockages and bring the energy in its natural flow. In China, chiropractic is also included in Tuina therapy. In Switzerland, however, chiropractic is not approved for Tuina therapists.
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A relatively renown method within Tuina is acupressure. Instead of massaging the acupuncture points through movement, the therapist applies static pressure on them.

Acupunkture und Moxa

In acupuncture, the therapist pierces thin needles into certain points of the body’s surface. These points are thereby stimulated and, thus, blockages in the energy flow are eliminated and complaints healed.

In moxa therapy, acupuncture points are also being stimulated, but not exclusively by needles, but through the heat from smouldering mugwort. This can be done in combination with acupuncture or used as a stand-alone therapy.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

In herbal medicine therapy according to TCM, the therapist puts together effective mixtures of medicinal herbs, which are individually mixed for the client. In the TCM system, there are so-called “ruling herbs” and “secondary herbs”. The ruling herbs bring the desired therapeutic effect and the numerous secondary herbs support the effect or promote the absorption capacity.

Nutritional Counselling TCM

In dietetics according to TCM, the goal is to create harmony in the body through nutrition. TCM uses a very natural diet, which is in harmony with the seasons. Since all people are different, in dietetics according to TCM, the diet is adapted exactly to the individual. It is looked at what he or she needs to bring the Qi back into its full flow – and to bring the body into harmony.


As in traditional European naturopathy, cupping is also one of the detoxifying procedures. In China, this method has been practiced for thousands of years. Cupping removes toxins through the skin and stimulates blood circulation. There are different types of cupping. Three of the most traditional methods are dry cupping, bloody cupping, and cupping head massage.


When can TCM help?
Chinese medicine has a very large range of therapeutic effects. Many complaints can be treated through TCM and the overall system can be strengthened. It can also be used integratively to accompany any conventional medical treatment. Of course, the individual condition of the person is always taken into account. Treatment areas are: • Complaints on the musculoskeletal system • Any pain conditions • Organ problems • Digestive problems • Strengthening the immune system • Chronic fatigue syndrome • Increase in energy output • Increase in regeneration • Allergies and skin diseases • Autoimmune diseases • Gynaecological complaints • Neurological diseases • Psychoemotional imbalances
The 5 elements of TCM explained
The change of the cosmic energies can be described with the 5 elements water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. The elements represent a cycle of continuous change. For example, wood becomes fire and, thus, turns to earth again. Two organs are assigned to each element. The kidney and bladder to the water, liver, and gallbladder to the wood, heart and small intestine to the fire, spleen and stomach to the earth, and lungs and colon to the metal. Each of the ten organs is assigned a meridian (pathway) in which Qi and blood flow. Qi and blood flow from one meridian to the next and supply all tissues and organs with life energy. If there is a blockage in an energy system or in a pathway, this can lead to discomfort. The cause of a blockage can have various reasons. Among these are, for example: • Poor posture • Overload (due to physical and psychological activities) • Psycho-emotional topics • Subconscious programing • Trauma (physical and psychological) • External pathogenic factors • Nutrition • Genetic disposition This can lead to a deficiency or to an abundance, which then manifests itself as an imbalance in the substances: • Energy (Qi) • Blood (XUue) • Body fluids (Jinye) • Mind (Shen) • Essence (Jing)
What is the process of a TCM treatment?
Treatment always begins with a detailed anamnesis. With this anamnesis as a foundation, a holistic concept is developed. After that, it is decided which methods can most effectively contribute to the healing of the patient. This usually includes part Tuina and part acupuncture as well as a consultation. In addition, Chinese herbs or exercises can be prescribed. The number of treatments varies from client to client. It can range from 3 to 10 or sometimes more treatments.
The history of TCM
TCM stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is a conglomerate of many different Chinese healing methods. The knowledge has been passed on over generations within physician families. The oldest writings that have been preserved are over 5000 years old. One of the basic works dates from this period, the book of the Yellow Emperor – "Huangdi Neijing". In this book, Qi Bo and Huangdi describe the basics and functioning of our cosmos. There was also a time when this healing knowledge and all religious beliefs were persecuted, as was the case in Europe. Therefore, many Chinese fled to Taiwan or Tibet, which fortunately preserved much of this healing wisdom. When Mao Zedong ruled in the mid-20th century and his people did not have good medical care in the country, he founded TCM and gave it a new life. He combined many different family traditions into one complete and integrative Chinese medicine.