Dr. med. Astrid Hergarten

General Practitioner specialising
in Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine

Tel.: 0221 - 23 28 22 | praxis-hergarten@netcologne.de


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a study of the effectiveness of accupuncture based on the results of controlled clinical trials. The report can be found on the WHO website and includes a list of diseases, symptoms and conditions for which the controlled trials proved that acupuncture is an effective treatment. 

My own personal experience during the last 25 years, has shwon that the following diseases, symptoms and conditions can be treated successfully. The list is smilar to that set out in the WHO report.

Digestive system

  • Allergies
  • Loss of appetite
  • Emaciation
  • Stomach pains
  • Flatulence
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn syndrome)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weight reduction
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gastritis (inflammation of the mucous membranes of the stomach)
  • Food allergies and intolerances
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Heartburn / Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Dyspepsia
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Obstipation (constipation)


  • Antenatal care
  • Pregnancy-related illnesses
  • Breech position of a fetus
  • Fertility treatment
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular menstrual cycles and periods
  • Intermenstrual bleeding
  • Menorrhagia (prolonged menstrual bleeding)
  • Endometriosis
  • Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pains)
  • Menopausal symptons and hot flushes
  • Hormonal complaints
  • Cervical dysplasia and other cervical complaints
  • Fatigue and decreased physical performance
  • Oedema (accumulation of excessive amounts of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities)

Metabolism and natural hormones

  • Obesity, weight loss and underweight complaints
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Fatigue and decreased physical performance
  • Detoxification
  • Hypercholesterolaemia (increased chlorestral levels)
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • Thyroid gland complaints
  • Menopausal complaints

Musculoskeletal system

  • Achillodynia (Achilles tendon pain)
  • Sliped disc
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis (inflammation of the joints)
  • Pain in the joints
  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative wear and tear of the joints)
  • Lumbago (sciatica)
  • Knee complaints
  • Rheumatic complaints
  • Back complaints (cervical spine, thoracic spine and lumbar vertebrae)
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder-arm syndrome
  • Tennis- and golf-elbow
  • Muscle tenseness


  • Age-related complaints
  • Exhaustion
  • Lack of energy
  • Restlessness
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Tiredness
  • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Anxiety

Preventive healthcare

Während wir in der westlichen Welt meist erst Hilfe suchen, wenn wir bereits an einer Krankheit leiden, ist es das Ziel der chinesischen Medizin, schon die Entstehung der Ursachen für eine Krankheit zu verhindern. Dementsprechend bezahlten Patienten im alten China ihre Ärzte nur, solange sie sich bester Gesundheit erfreuten. Diese Regelung spornte die Mediziner zu einer weitgehend präventiv orientierten Behandlungsweise an, was bedeutet, dass sie schon die ersten Anzeichen schwerwiegender Störungen möglichst effektiv zu behandeln versuchten.

Whilst in the western world, we generally only seek medical help once we feel ill, the aim of TCM is to prevent the cause of an illness before it can develop. In China patients previously paid their doctor as long as they remained healthy. This motivated the doctors to concentrate on preventive treatments, which enabled them to effectively treat any ailments as soon as the first symptons were noticed

  • Preventive healthcare
  • TCM health check-up


  • Concomitant accompaniment to conventional cancer treatments


  • Ear barotrauma (pressure on the ears)
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Chronic otitis media (infection of the middle ear)
  • Otalgia (ear ache)
  • Tinnitus
  • Hydromyrinx


  • Allergies
  • Irritation of the eye
  • Inflamation of the eye
  • Asthenopia (eye strain / tired eye)
  • Hordeolum (sty)
  • Glaucoma
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye syndrome)


  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Bronchitis (chest cold)
  • Chronic accumulation of phlegm
  • Colds
  • Hayfever
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Quit smoking


  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis (colds, sniffles, continuous colds)
  • Anosmia (olfactory dysfunction)
  • Dry nose
  • Blocked nose


  • Acne (pimples, blackheads)
  • Allergies
  • Rashes
  • Eczema (Neurodermatitis)
  • Stomatitis (inflammation of the oral mucosa)
  • Urticaria (wheals, nettle rash)
  • Psoriasis
  • Cracks in the skin (finger tips, soles of the feet)


  • Angina / Angina of the salpingopalatine fold
  • Aphthae (mouth ulcers or canker sores)
  • Globus sensation (lump in the troat)
  • Sore throat
  • Phlegm in the throat
  • Tonsillitis (infection and swelling of the tonsils)
  • Glandular fever / Mononucleosis
  • Halitosis
  • Pharyngitis