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TaKeTiNa in Pain Therapy

The TaKeTiNa Project in Göppingen

by Dr. Gerhard Müller-Schwefe and Reinhard Flatischler, Pain Center, Göppingen

Case Histories of 200 Patients

  • Duration of symptoms – 12.7 years
  • Pre-treating physicians – 10.7
  • Therapy covered by government – 18 days

Typical Pain Patient

  • Symptoms continue over several years
  • Frequent change of doctors
  • Numerous ineffective therapies
  • Problems with medication and/or addiction
  • Algogenic psycho-syndrome
  • Negative psycho-social consequences

Principles of Pain Therapy Treatment

  • Avoiding or cutting off chronic manifestation (pain memory)
  • Activating the body’s pain blocking mechanisms
  • Enhancing physiological function
  • Psycho-social reintegration

Project Directors

• Reinhard Flatischler

• Gerhard Müller-Schwefe


Initial introductory weekend February 6–9, 1998 • 2.30–6.30 pm daily.

Followed by weekly afternoon sessions.

With Reinhard Flatischler and TaKeTiNa teachers.

Typical Pain Patient

Duration: February–October 6, 1999 (20 months)
Subjects: 13 patients suffering from migraine
Gender: 12 female, 1 male
Average age: 42.4 years

Evaluation after 20 Months

Evaluation parameters:
Reduction in frequency of pain
Reduction in intensity of pain
Reduction of other symptoms

  • All parameters showed improvement over the course of the study.
  • 80% of the subjects were able to reduce medication by 50%.
  • Circulation and O2 saturation remained unchanged.

Quality of Life Evaluation

Subjects agreed that TaKeTiNa enhanced:

  • Health
  • Attitude toward life
  • Sense of self
  • Perception of life rhythms
  • Self-confidence
  • Personal relationships
  • Central life themes
  • Conflict resolution
  • Self-responsibility
  • Migraine management


What did you especially like in TaKeTiNa?

  • Meditative aspect: “letting go,” listening from within
  • Ability to remain calm in difficult situations
  • Sense of community
  • Impression that the group was able to carry itself
  • Could easily detach and relax very deeply
  • Only have positive memories


TaKeTiNa has a demonstrable healing effect for people suffering from psychosomatic disease.