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Rika Kasahara

Praxis Location, hours, fees

Why you should choose me

RIKA KASAHARA

 

CREDENTIALS

Dipl. Akupunkteurin, TCM Fachverband Schweiz

Dipl. Herbalistin, TCM Fachverband Schweiz

Dipl. Ac. (Acupuncture) NCCAOM, USA

Dipl. C.H. (Chinese Herbology) NCCAOM, USA

Gesundheitsdirektion Kanton Zürich (Health Department) approved

Clean Needle Technique Certified

All Swiss Health Insurances (Zusatzversicherung für Komplementärmedizin) approved

EMR/RME Recognized Therapist

 

UNIVERSITY DEGREES

Master of Science (M.Sc.)  Acupuncture (Oriental Medicine)

Master of Science (M.Sc.)  Chinese Herbal Medicine (Oriental Medicine)

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine, USA with over 3,400 hours of training. (Swiss TCM schools do not offer master’s degree programs.)

Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu (China)

TCM Training Program in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, Acupuncture, And Moxibustion

 

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

Infertility and Gynecology

Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – Prof. Adam Balen

Reduced ovarian reserve: is anyone too difficult to treat? – Dr. Raef Faris

Natural Cycle and Mild IVF – fertility treatment without the drugs? – Prof. Geeta Nargund

Boost fertility and prevent miscarriage with nutrition – Dr. Marilyn Glenville PhD

Male Fertility: Is there a problem and what can be done – Kevin McEleny

Fertility treatment for older women – Dr. Tarek El-Toukhy

Improving the odds of IVF working for you – Dr. Yacoub Khalaf

IVF in patients beyond their 40’s – Dr. Raul Olivares

Building Healthy Families – What you need to know about PGS – Prof. Simon Fishel

Which way now? Your fertility options if you respond poorly to IVF – Dr. Rehan Salim

IVF and cutting edge technologies – do they make a difference and the evidence for them – Prof. Simon Fishel

Dealing with and treating, endometriosis – Dr. Haitham Hamoda

Picking the best sperm (through HBA analysis with PICSI) – Dr. Lucy Richardson

Acupuncture and Herbal Treatments with IVF – Richard Blitstein

How to Effectively Treat Ovulatory Disorders with Evidence–Based Natural Medicine – Fiona Mcculloch

Frozen Embryo Cycles – Effective Strategies to Integrate Whole Systems TCM – Lee Hullender Rubin

Herbal & Acupuncture Approaches to Support Endometrial Receptivity – Keren Sela

PCOS: Getting to The Root of Infertility – Michelle Buchanan

Endometriosis: Breaking the Estrogen Dominance – Michelle Buchanan

Uterine Fibroids – 60 Years of Chinese Clinical Experience – Dr. Xu Jing–Sheng

Pregnancy Support, Labor Preparation, And Post–Partum Care with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs – Michelle Buchanan

Acupuncture During Pregnancy: Safe and Ethical Practice – Claudia Citkovitz, Ph.D.

PCOS: TCM Approach by Western Phenotype for Increased Clinical Efficacy and Improved – Kandance Cahill

Perimenopausal Transition: Treatment Strategies to Improve Clinical Success – Dr.  Brian Grosam

Treating Complex Gynecological Conditions with Evidence–Based Acupuncture – Dr. Elisabet Stener–Victorin

Sharon Weizenbaum’s Complete Pregnancy Course Using Chinese Herbs – Sharon Weizenbaum

Habitual Miscarriage: Diagnosis and Treatment with Case Studies – Sharon Weizenbaum

PCOS TCM Approach by Western Phenotype for Increased Clinical Efficacy and Improved Fertility – Kandace Cahill

MTHFR and the Infertile Couple– A Chinese Medicine Perspective – Brandon Horn

Gynecology: Three Diseases – Giovanni Maciocia

Enhancing Fertility with Chinese Medicine – Giovanni Maciocia

The “Law” Of Gynecology: Menstrual Disorders and Infertility – Jonathan Law

Mastering Basal Body Temperature Charting to Enhance Fertility with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs – Michelle Buchanan

…..and many more….

Other

Japanese Meridian Therapy Acupuncture – Katsuyuki Oue, OMD (Japan)

Stroke Rehabilitation Using Xing Nao Kai Qiao Therapy – Prof. And Dr. Shi Xue Min From Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China)

Japanese Palpation & Acupuncture: Emotional Shen Disorders – Avi Magidoff

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture for Face, Neck, And Abdomen – Dr. Martha Lucas

Gems from The Classics: Japanese Acupuncture Seminar – Kiiko Matsumoto

Pulsynergy Made Easy – Jimmy Chang

Sports Medicine Acupuncture – Whitefield Reaves

Treating the Middle Jiao – Kiko Matsumoto

TCM Treatment for Breast Cancer – Dr. Huanbing Wen

 

PRAXIS

Kasahara TCM

acupuncture & herbal medicine

 

location

Zollikerstrasse 20, 8008, Zurich +41 (0)44 585 3150

info@kasahara.ch

TRAIN: 8 min walk from the SBB Stadelhofen

BUS/TRAM: Tram 8, 11, S18, Bus 31, to Kreuzplatz and 1 min walk

 

hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 12:00 – 19:30

 

fees

Treatments are all done by me.

Only for the 1st time appointment (60min)

  •  228fr with “good patient” discount, without it: 240fr
  • Consultation, TCM intake, Chinese tongue + pulse diagnosis, advice + acupuncture (when intake is done efficiently)
  • “Good patient discount” is given to those who reads my emails and follow instructions, hence generating less administrative time for 1st appointment.

Follow up treatment (60min)

  • 168 fr
  • There’s no surchage for TDP lamp heat therapy, hot-pack heat therapy, cupping, moxa, electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture

Prescriptions

  • 28-84fr (depending on complexity and if refill, modification, first time etc.)

All Treatments, prescription fee, and herbal medicines are covered by complementary insurances (zusatzversicherung komplementärmedizin)

 I accept all insurances. However, your coverage may vary.

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE ME

 

2 x Master’s Degrees and Specialized Educations

Swiss acupuncturists only have vocational schools diploma. I studied at a university in the United States and earned both an acupuncture degree and a herbal medicine degree as essentially a double major master’s degrees. It was a rigorous program that included a fair amount of studies in pharmacology, pathology and physiology, far exceeding what a Swiss acupuncture school.

 

Specilize in Fertility & Gynecology

When you need a fertility treatment, you would select a fertility doctor instead of your family doctor. Same for TCM. You also need a TCM specialist for fertility and gynecology. I have extensively studied on gynecological conditions and treatment for infertility. As matter of fact, I am just so passionate about achieving you goal of having baby and constantly learning, attending seminars to advance my knowledge to increase success rate. 

 

Multi Protocols & Methods

University Master’s degree educations in the United States also made it possible for me to learn a variety of acupuncture techniques from the USA, China, Korea, and Japan. Because of this, I can utilize different techniques from various countries for you to receive customized treatments. I also studied supplements and nutrition in depth. Combining minerals, vitamins and other supplements with Chinese herbal therapy gives you more treatment options for well-rounded care.

 

English Speaking +Japanese + Chinese

I am fluent in English and Japanese, and can read medical Chinese. I am able to learn from the original textbooks and resources in Japanese and Chinese. In addition, I can communicate with you directly without a translator, leading to more accurate diagnoses. No need to get important detail lost in translation or pantomime.

 

Painless Gentle Japanese Technique

In 17th Century Japan, an acupuncturist named Waichi Sugiyama invented the “insertion tube” – a thin pipe, like a straw, that is a bit shorter and wider than the needle. The tube guides the insertion of acupuncture needles. This method is called needle tube method (Kanshin-ho).

Using needle tube method, I insert a very thin disposable needle into this tube and hold with my right hand. Meanwhile, using my left hand to feel out the acupuncture point, I stretch the skin with my thumb and index finger, bring the tip of the tube between those fingers and hold it on the skin with left hand. Then I quickly tap the needle handle, which is sticking out from the top of the tube, with right index finger.
There are multiple benefits to this method. First, locating the point is more accurate because I feel out the point. Second, it’s painless. First time patients always say “oh, it was nothing!

Some practitioners use only one hand – the thumb and middle finger to support the tube and the index finger to push the needle in. This is not recommended because when you push the index finger, even faintly, the thumb and the middle finger want to meet the index finger at the midway, releasing the pressure of the tube on the skin. Also, the speed of index finger pushing the needle in is nowhere near fast as tapping with a different hand.

Among the Chinese practitioners, the most popular technique is the free-hand method. In this method, the practitioner holds the needle handle and “sees” the point. The practitioner then inserts the needle free-hand. This means only the thicker needle can be used since a thin needle would bend with this method. The free-hand method also tends to cause more pain since the skin-penetrating speed is slower. The benefit of this method is that it is less time-consuming.