No more appointments

As of 2014 I do not offer consultations in private practices anymore. I am pursuing my work as researcher and lecturer at university  … more 


Teaching animal husbandry and care

Since 2011 I teach for the Swiss animal dealer association in Lausanne. This year I also participate in the training of animal keepers at the professional school EPSIC in Lausanne.  … more 


Radioprogram on animal communication

A subject that annoys, surprises, triggers smiles or disdain, and yet aleviates our daily grind some times. We are talking about animal communication. A radioprogram in French  … more 

temple roof in Taiwan

My relation to the Far East

My parents sent me to judo lessons at the age of six not knowing that this martial art would have a profound influence on my life. Meanwhile, the principals of Jigoro Kano have become my second nature:

  • Reach the goal by giving in (Ju)
  • Optimal use of energy (Seiryoku Zenyo)
  • Mutual growth through mutual support (Jita Yuwa Kyoei)

Throughout the course of my life these rules and many other experiences from judo have repeatedly been useful to master the everyday routine.

Through various injuries and my determination to recover quickly, judo has given me access to alternative healing methods (muscle strains and bruises are well suited to assess the efficacy of a healing art). Subconsciously, these experiences probably facilitated my approach to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

During my veterinary studies, the gap between my experiences in judo and TCM and the theory I was told at university grew continuously. This was my motivation to search for the conditions and limitations on both sides to find a synthesis.

On the scientific side this lead me through two theses with an intensive examination of laboratory diagnostics, statistics and epidemiology to the point of studying the philosophy of natural sciences and epistemology. My experiences, at the same time, were dominated by two long expeditions to the desert of Gobi (Outer Mongolia). Fascinated by the Mongolian lifestyle and keen to learn more about Buddhist philosophy (and philosophy of judo) I started with zazen. I had a series of actually illuminating moments during the long sitting sessions and I realised that the principal of giving in is also applicable to everyday life without abandoning will.

Nevertheless, I reached a boundary with the zen teachings of the soto lineage of Eihei Dogen, Kodo Sawaki, Taisen Deshimaru and Michel Bovay. Intensive judo training, meditation and a trip to Japan could not help, but by accident I was invited to a qigong seminar where a Taiwanese master taught spontaneous qigong.

Since that day, Chen Yongzhì and his teacher Li Zhi Chang, have taught me things of which I didn't dare dreaming. They have shown me how to connect to my subconscience, my intuition and still teach today how to handle it. Hence I have access to the origins of Asian martial arts, the art of healing and the ancient Asian philosophy. They are not theoretical concepts but practical exercises through which I can understand how the first Taoists came to the idea to use needles for healing, to burn moxa or to fumigate with cinnamon.

But after all, I am still European and veterinarian. Hence, I insist to explain my experiences in the simplest manner possible and not to rely on cultural backgrounds. Interestingly, in all cultures there are models that indicate that the ancient Greeks, the shamans, ancient Christians and many more spoke of the same phenomena. In the light of these old traditions, with which humanity has at least survived, western sciences of nature appear to be a rather short experiment that might have led to a more rational way of utilising nature but by no means to sustainability.

In the daily veterinary routine, explanations are less important to me than the efficacy of my methods. So far, most of my patients have given me sufficient evidence to believe in it.