The 1st edition of Congress The Journey of the Needle was held in Maastricht the Netherlands 8-9 Oktober 2016. TJotN objective is to focus on the use of acupuncture needles in Healthcare.

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Van website Evoluon:
In het vernieuwde en moderne restaurant heeft u alle ruimte en onze Barista bereidt graag een koffiespecialiteit naar keuze. Geen zaken op een nuchtere maag: U heeft de keuze uit een goed gevulde kaart voor een lunch of diner. Onze chef werkt uitsluitend met verse ingredienten vanuit Hutten’s duurzame huislabel De Guijt. Smaakvol en gezond.

Het Evoluon 1960-1970( for dutch translation scroll down)

The inspiration for the Evoluon Eindhoven started at the end of the 1950s. Philips had surprised friend and foe with the Philips pavilion during the first post-war world exhibition in Brussels. ‘Le Poeme Electronique’ attracted more than 1 million visitors in six months. The costs for a temporary exhibition, however, were pretty hefty.
During a dinner by Frits Philips with his ‘artistic right hand’ Louis Kalff the ambition to set up a permanent exhibition space is discussed again. According to tradition, Louis Kalff sketches 3 striking buildings, including the futuristic-looking flying saucer.
In 1963, the construction of the Evoluon Eindhoven started energetically. Partly because of the extremely harsh winters, it is in many ways a feat that the festive completion could take place in 1966. The jubilee gift from Philips to the city of Eindhoven and its people is a fact.


Het evoluon 1970-1980

From the opening to the earliest early 80s, the Evoluon experiences its heyday as a public attraction. The top year was 1970, in which no less than 527,000 visitors passed the entrance gates for an unforgettable visit to an interactive exhibition.
Visitors still vividly remember the red “counters” at the entrance that counted the number of tickets. Numerous fascinating themes were offered on the 3 rings. Health, modern comfort, relaxation, the importance of knowledge and science, communication and traffic and the problems of the ever-growing world population.
Interesting topics were discussed in more depth. In an accessible manner, the general public was explained the working of radar, telephone, satellites, television and many other modern products. Interaction played an important role in this. Learning happened with ease. Learning became an experience.

De inspiratie voor het Evoluon Eindhoven begon eind jaren ’50. Philips had vriend en vijand verrast met het Philipspaviljoen tijdens de eerste naoorlogse wereldtentoonstelling in Brussel. ‘Le Poeme Electronique’ trok in een half jaar meer dan 1 miljoen bezoekers. De kosten voor een tijdelijke expositie waren echter behoorlijk fors.
Tijdens een etentje van Frits Philips met zijn ‘artistieke rechterhand’ Louis Kalff komt de ambitie om een permanente expositieruimte in te richten weer ter sprake. Volgens de overlevering schetst Louis Kalff 3 markante gebouwen, waaronder de futuristisch ogende vliegende schotel.
In 1963 wordt voortvarend gestart met de bouw van het Evoluon Eindhoven. Mede door de extreem strenge winters is het in meerdere opzichten een huzarenstukje dat de feestelijke oplevering al in 1966 kon plaatsvinden. Het jubileumcadeau van Philips aan de stad Eindhoven en haar bevolking is een feit.


Mingling with people similar to us (and equally avoiding the ones we don’t like). Getting information from sources that say what we like to hear. Reading newspapers that appeal to us. Supporting a political movement. Tuning into a broadcaster of our choice. Swiping right. Swiping left. We are constantly making choices in order to accommodate the world to our liking. It seems natural to all of us.

When focussing on the information we ingest, media, and specially social media seems to be serving this purpose perfectly. Feeds (not to speak of search results) are nowadays highly personalized, tailor-made to nurture our specific interests. We are now able to craft our personal (digital) environment with people we like, messages we subscribe to, leaders we follow, views we agree on. We are always one quick click away from banning, unsubscribing, discarding all content that doesn’t appeal to our taste. To each his own and live and let live. That doesn’t sound bad, right?… right?


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Written by Dirkjan Heijne Alarcon, Docsave GmbH



The focus of tJotN is the use of acupuncture needles in Healthcare.  Acupuncture needles or needle like instruments have been a part of the medical instrumentarium throughout centuries in the East as well as the West, but the most detailed  contribution comes from TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). And most of us will make associations of this kind. But in fact the use of acupuncture needles is much broader. It covers a whole lot of styles and along with it possibilities of treating your patients.
Could we define commonalities and differences?


1.The use of acupuncture needles or needle like devices.

Roughly speaking needle types range from non-invasive ones used in soft needling like japanese techniques to the more aggresive ones used in acupotomology

Other examples ( in miscellaneous order and not complete!):

2. Mode of action

Definition of  the overall mode of action:
To evoke a therapeutic response either local or at a defined target in a body structure, with the use of an acupuncture needle or needle like instrument via points or areas on the body.

3. Hands on.

A typicality that is shared in needling is the feature of being a hands on intervention. This implies that the specific effect lies within the hands of the therapist rather than in the intervention itself like in medication or is a responsibility of the patient as is the case in excercise or lifestyle changes. From a scientific standpoint this makes needling a more closer resemblance to surgery than to pharmaceuticals. Hence the way of scientific conduct should be different.

And How do styles differ?

1. Although all needling evokes a therapeutic response either local or central, needling styles mainly differ in the way how modes of action are explained.
As in all interventions, needling styles are based on theories that define the manner (how and why) of the specific style of needling. They explain the effect of the needling. Theories can be roughly divided in traditional ones and western medical ones. The style of the traditional ones are embedded in eastern cosmological frameworks whereas the western medical ones uses the body’s anatomy and physiology. E.g. points in acupuncture are meaningful units that all have a relation with a mind body interconnected perception of the human body. In contrast with the  western medical deductive view which uses a biomedical or neurophysiological viewpoint of the human body.  The choice of style is mainly a personal choice.

2. Manipulations

Although the overall aim is shared in needling styles the specific manipulation techniques can differ . Manipulation can be performed by hand or by a device.

With each theory comes a different prescription of manipulation of the needle.

3.Type of needle
There is a huge variation in needle types linked to the different styles of needling.


Johanna Biemans

evoluon eindhoven

The choice for this years congress venue Evoluon Eindhoven hasn’t been accidental. The dutch Evoluon is the iconic place to be in The Netherlands when it comes to sharing of (scientific) knowledge and innovation.

Read here some of its history.
During the past decades, The Dutch Evoluon Eindhoven has had various destinations. In the first place, dr. Ir. Frits Philips (from Philips* company) had in mind a permanent exhibition space for the general public.
Years later, the Evoluon got a new destination. The futuristic building started to function as the Philips Competence Center. From this capacity, the Evoluon has grown to the multifunctional conference center and event location that it is now.

Opening Evoluon Prins Bernhard, Philips FJ, 24-9-1966 Left Prince Bernhard, right Frits Philips
“It would be wonderful if the Evoluon became a meeting place where people can share and exchange their knowledge, experiences, enthusiasm and inspiration in a way that pays off on multiple fronts, socially and economically.”
Frits Philips
CEO of Philips 1961-1971
Visionary & initiator Evoluon


*Philips is a Dutch technology company headquartered in Amsterdam with primary divisions focused in the areas of electronics, healthcare and lighting. It was founded in Eindhoven in 1891, by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik. It is one of the largest electronics companies in the world and employs around 105,000 people across more than 60 countries. Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s lives and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum.

The Philips Company was founded in 1891, by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik. Frederik, a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel, financed the purchase and setup of an empty factory building in Eindhoven, where the company started the production of carbon-filament lamps and other electro-technical products in 1892. This first factory has been adapted and is used as a museum which might be of your interest to visit

Stock Illustration of Tai Chi on Mountain

Tijdens het congres is er veel aandacht voor de rol van de behandelaar en met name de intentie tijdens het prikken. Hoe cruciaal is die?

During the congress we will highlight the role of the practioner during needling. How crucial is your intention while needling?

The Primary Healer – Intention

The first and foremost priority of a Chinese Medicine practitioner (in fact all health practitioners in my opinion) as stated in the Ling Shu is Intention. This should clear up many mis-conceptions for those who find a weakness in their diagnostic abilities. In fact, diagnosis falls at number 5. Intention to treat with a clear heart of serving reinstates your skill and ability as a practitioner.

If diagnosis is your weakness, perhaps re-evaluate your purpose as a health practitioner and realign yourself with a clear intention. This statement is not too offend but merely to express the value of being a practitioner.

Regards Sohial Farzam

Savour life

In restaurant Rantrée – also on the side of town – wine from Limburg is standard fare. ”Not everyone seems to be aware of this yet, but our province offers wonderful, largerly organically-produced local wines,” explains host and sommelier Jennifer as she pours me a glass of Clos d’Opleeuw Cuvée Prestige. And in addition to this lovely Chardonnay, I’m served a delicious veal cheek croquette. Perfect. ”We like to savour and enjoy life, and you can really sense that,” says Anja while she adjusts her scarf – because dressing well is a part of savouring life, too. So it doesn’t come as a surprise to find boutiques selling luxury fashion labels lined up in the famous historic Stokstraat area. And sure enough, even that line of business now has its eye on Wyck. Hermès, merchant of Parisian leather goods, recently opened a new store across the river. But not everything is expensive in Wyck. In fact, most isn’t. New, trendy, affordable hotels are opening all over the place, such as the low-budget yet sophisticated Kaboom Hotel; clad in stylish white, outfitted with luxirious Auping beds, and staffed with gentlefolk. The ‘new’ part of the city also harbours galleries and theatres in old factory buildings. The drama group Toneelgroep Maastricht, for instance, occupies a place called the Bordenhal in the Céramique area. While former churches and convents that were desecrated during the reign of Napoleon have also been repurposed all over town. The opulent Kruisherenhotel – in the ‘old’ Maastricht – is a perfect example of this. Located in a 15th-century convent, it calls itself ‘a design hotel between heaven and earth’. After enjoying my breakfast under its high arches, I go to the bathroom and find myself hesitating; the glass walls of the stall are open towards the old convent hallways. What’s more, there’s a bible verse from Genesis 3:7 written on the glass: ‘And they realised they were naked.’ Fortunately, there’s also a small addendum by hotel staff: ‘But don’t worry, no one can see you.’ I have no reason to worry, as I’m still enchanted from having experienced Maastricht in all its multifaceted glory.

In with the new

These days, if you take a walk trough Wyck, you’ll hear more than just Maastricht dialect. French, German, English, Spanish, Chinese – students and tourists from all corners of the world have descended on the city by the river. The historical storefronts with their shiny golden plaques depicting what businesses used to be here (stables, a millwright, a knife, sharpener, nuns specialising in embroidery) have been taken over by pop-ups and start-ups. Which is exactly what the current mayor Annemarie Penn – te Strakke wants to see in Wyck, or any other neighbourhoods on the rise (like Céramique) for that matter. “Friction and revitalisation are important . You need ample space for young designers and creatives. Fashion events, dance days, culinary breeding grounds – this is where the future of the city lies. And it’s perfectly okay if there’s a bit of rough edge,” she explains.

Salon Hair Boutique (“students haircuts 9.99 euro, reads the sign in the window”) illustrates Penn – te Strake’s point. I see neo-punk hairdos in purple and yellow come to life, and someone says, “If you want a neat middle parting or a permanent wave, you need to go Across “.

I walk into the Sint Martinuskerk next door, a neo-Gothic building by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, who is probably most noted for the designing the Central Station and Rijksmuseum buildings in Amsterdam. the church has seen its share of changes and alterations since its contstruction in the 19th Century. Some due to evolving tastes (Cuypers’ decorative mouldings are currently hidden under a layer of grey paint), others due to war destruction (when the bridges over the Meuse were blown up during World war II, some of the stained – glass windows fell out). “A blessing in disguise ,” shrugs Johan, who comes in daily to, as he says, “do a round of praying,” and to clean the place up while he’s at it. “Because aren’t the new stained-glass windows magnificent?” They certainly are; in al their beautifully and brightly-coloured, contemporary glory. Especially the ones from 1966, which depict news features from those days. They form a slice of time in full colour; a movie still, captured in lead.


Source: Holland Herald, March 2016
Picture:  St. Martinuskerk by Philippus van Gulpen