May 18, 2023

Thermal Medicine and Acupuncture: Complementary therapeutic applications in classical medicine

The formation of the Post-Training Program of Studies in Thermal Medicine as Complementary Medicine aims to provide advanced and scientifically documented post-training, with an emphasis on safety and quality. Retrained Doctors at an international or national level, with high level retraining and the necessary scientific qualifications, will always offer Thermal Medicine services in addition to Classical Medicine with the consent of the Specialist attending Physician.

Due to the interest of many countries in the introduction of Thermal Medicine in Primary Health Care, it is necessary for the national health authorities to ensure the safety and competence of Thermal Medicine Specialists, according to the respective Post-Training Program.

The decision of the Minister of Health Mr. Pleuris A. and the Deputy Minister Mrs Gaga A. for the recognition of Thermal Medicine as Complementary Medicine in the National Health System, is based on modern Western Medicine, complementing the therapeutic possibilities of Thermal Medicine in accordance with the WHO guidelines.

Thermal Medicine with scientific documentation proves the medicinal, mechanical, chemical and especially the biological and immunological effects of therapeutic natural resources and has emerged as a complementary therapeutic method of Classical Medicine.

The therapeutic methods of Thermal Medicine are: external hydrotherapy, drink therapy, inhalation therapy, clay therapy, thalassotherapy, cave therapy and biometeorological therapy.

Thermal Medicine, which evolved from the empirical stage to scientific documentation with a legislative framework in Greece since 2006, provides therapeutic action in various diseases of the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems as well as in dermatological, gynecological, allergic and ear-nose-throat diseases.

The therapeutic applications of Thermal Medicine in the various specialties are always applied with the consent of the attending physician, benefiting the recovery and restoration of physical, mental and spiritual health, but also preventively in silver (Silver Age, 55+), gold over 82 years (Golden Age) and the platinum age of over 100 years (Platinum Age), applying standards of longevity and well-being.

The decision of the Ministers of Health to include Acupuncture in the National Health System, a system that is combined with modern Western Medicine complements the therapeutic possibilities of Acupuncture according to the WHO instructions.

The program must include all academic subjects and individual techniques such as ear acupuncture, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture, cranial acupuncture, abdominal acupuncture, use of moxa and suction cups.

Konstantinos Kouskoukis

Professor of Dermatology


President Hippocratic Academy of Thermal Medicine

President World Academy of Chinese & Complimentary Medicine