Popular methods in complementary medicine

Helsana works together with a large network of over 14,000 recognised complementary therapists and supports around 70 alternative treatment methods. These five are among the most popular:


Together with herbal medicine, acupuncture is one of the most important treatment methods of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves stimulating specific points of the body by inserting thin needles to remove blockades in the flow of energy and relieve symptoms. In Chinese the method is known as "Zhen jiu", which translates as "needle fire".

Applied kinesiology

Applied kinesiology is a technique for diagnosing and relieving energy blockades in the body by testing muscles. These blockades and the resulting conditions appear in the form of muscle weakness and cramps. The founder of applied kinesiology – George Goodheart – developed this method based on aspects of chiropractic, physiotherapy, homoeopathy as well as pedagogics and psychology.

Classical homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is an independent system of medicine. The idea is that specially-produced "potentised" medicines that cause the symptoms of a certain disease in healthy people can cure it in people actually suffering from it. A simple example: we know that our eyes start to itch and water and our nose runs if we cut up an onion. Correspondingly, the onion as a potentised medicine is used in homoeopathy as a cold remedy.


Osteopathy is one of the manual forms of treatment. Manipulation of the body's muscle tissue and bones in a special way improves functionality and flexibility and activates the body's self-healing powers. It also has an effect on inner organs and body structures. Problems with one organ can trigger symptoms in other areas of the body. Osteopathy has a regulatory effect here.


Literally translated Shiatsu means "finger pressure" and is a form of body therapy developed in Japan. The aim of the treatment is to get blocked energy flowing again and harmonise the body's meridians as a whole. At the same time it helps to activate the body's self-healing powers, relieving tension and reducing stress, for example.

Source: EMR EM index, quality label for complementary therapists


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