Ancient wisdom for modern life


This ancient healing art from China, which aims to restore the proper flow of vital energy through the body’s meridians, has been in our focus at ADLER Spa Resort BALANCE for some time now. In fact, it is part and parcel of the offer at our med centre in Ortisei, both as a stand-alone treatment and as part of various health packages. Its key fields of application include:

“Gentle” slimming 

In combination with the right nutrition programme, acupuncture can help you shed pounds without the discomfort that is typically associated with slimming regimes. Skilful application of fine needles on specific points along the meridians has proven very effective in defusing the emotional drivers that promote weight gain, such as nervousness, anxiety, frustration and stress-eating. Not only does acupuncture help rebalance the emotional setup, it also helps to drain toxins and excess fluid away from the body, thereby reducing the appearance of cellulite and fat deposits, as well as bloating and constipation.

Stress relief

Every acupuncture point along the body’s energy channels corresponds to both a specific organ and an emotion. By stimulating specific points, stress-related conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, sadness, anger and irritability can be alleviated. Another advantage offered by acupuncture lies in the fact that, rather than just treating signs and symptoms, it often also helps people heighten their awareness, cope better with stressful situations and achieve a better body-mind balance, which in turn allows them to sail through life with a more positive and peaceful mindset.

Energy recharging

There are several “secret switches” hidden in the human body, which can be used to release energy blockages and boost the energetic flow. By stimulating the “four gates” (a combination of specific acupuncture points in the abdomen), Qi flow is restored in the meridians, which leads to improved focus and mental performance as well as physical strength, stamina and sports performance. This treatment is also ideal as a pick-me-up after a frantic workday or a long mountain hike, as it helps to speed up recovery.

These are only a few examples of possible applications. Acupuncture is also effective in treating a variety of complaints. For example, it can alleviate musculoskeletal pain, arthrosis, headaches, asthma, nausea and neuralgia. It is generally well tolerated and free from side effects. Qi-flow rebalancing is also useful for prevention and a good choice for anyone wishing to feel healthier, and more energetic and harmonious.

Every acupuncture programme offered at ADLER Spa Resort BALANCE starts with an allopathic medical consultation, followed by diagnosis according to TCM principles, which consists of wrist reading and tongue analysis. Based on the information collected at this stage, it is then determined whether acupuncture is the right option, and how frequent sessions should be. The patient is then directed towards a targeted, highly customised treatment programme.

Many patients report feeling noticeably more relaxed, regenerated or soothed from the very first session.


Dr Ekaterina Bilchugova Luciani, MD
Specialist in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture