my motto: women take centre stage.

Dr. Szilvia Csanyi-Grafelmann, specialised in gynaecology and obstetrics, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (diploma for Chinese diagnostics and pharmacotherapy issued by the Austrian Medical Association).

Conventional medicine can determine existing diseases using direct and invasive diagnostics. However, it has no therapy to offer for complaints not categorised as diseases from the conventional point of view. As a consequence patients continue to suffer.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), on the other hand, uses indirect non-invasive diagnostics to determine and treat symptoms. It opens doors to a myriad of possibilities for relieving patients’ suffering and preventing manifest diseases.

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Our Services

  • Comprehensive medical history taking
  • Cancer smear test
  • Vaginal secretion examination, microscopic plus culture
  • Urethral smear test
  • Gynaecological examination
  • Colposcopy (microscopic examination of cervix)
  • Ultrasound
  • Breast exam
  • Discussion of results, second opinion
  • Assistance during menopause
  • Vaccinations
  • Individual contraception consultation, intrauterine devices in gold and copper, hormonal intrauterine devices, Gynefix, 3-monthly contraceptive injection
  • Consultation for youth
  • Oncological checkups as a follow-up to breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer
  • TCM: In gynaecology we often come across complaints not categorised as diseases or insufficiently treated by western medicine. These include, amongst others, frequently recurring infections (rhinitis, sinusitis, bladder infections), restlessness, sleeping disorders, hot flushes, fatigue, digestive problems, joint pain, headaches, mood swings, skin problems, PMS, menstruation disorders, breast tenderness, frequent urination, discharge, undefined abdominal pain, heavy period pain. This is where Chinese medicine, because of its different perspective, often achieves satisfactory results.

  • Mother and Child Pass examinations
  • Ultrasound
  • 3D /4D Ultrasound, take home video on DVD or USB
  • Vaccination consultation /antibody blood tests
  • Consultation and prenatal diagnostics
  • Pre-birth acupuncture as needed
  • TCM therapy for pregnancy-related complaints, such as sickness, vomiting, skin irritations, etc.
  • Post-partum care as needed, e.g. with blocked milk ducts, problems with nursing, fatigue/exhaustion, building up blood and body fluids
  • Cooperation with other specialised fields, such as osteopathy, orthopaedics, internal medicine and others more to ensure maximum all-round care.

Pregnancy is a special time in any woman’s life. She has to go through so many changes right from the beginning, both in her body and in her mind. So many questions to ask which I am here to help with. Your partner is always welcome to join our consultation.

Nowadays, with women performing 100% and more in their jobs while juggling family and home at the same time, much is left by the wayside. All too often women complete their vocational training and launch their career only to find that they are unable to get pregnant when they want to. Much of this is due to stress, poor diet and lack of sleep/rest. One of Chinese medicine’s prime strengths is to find a balance and enhance the factors conducive to pregnancy.


  • Comprehensive medical history taking
  • Secretion examination
  • Gynaecological examination
  • Ultrasound cycle monitoring, endometrium and follicle
  • Basal body temperature chart
  • Vaccination consultation /antibody blood tests
  • TCM therapy before and during pregnancy
  • Chinese herbs to support pregnancy, also suitable for women who have had several miscarriages
  • IVF preparation and TCM therapy throughout

  • TCM pharmacies
  • Making decoctions

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for healing for thousands of years and provides the perfect complement to western methods of treatment. TCM builds on the concept that all functions of the body are regulated at different levels. Symptoms therefore occur as a result of insufficient regulative forces. These are diagnosed through palpation of the pulse or inspection of the tongue, amongst others, so as to recognise and categorise disharmonies or blockades and arrive at a distinct Chinese diagnose.

TCM has proved effective in a number of different diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Chronic pain
    (migraine, cephalgia, pain in the shoulders, back, hips or knees, etc.)
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
    (carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis, "rheumatism")
  • Gastro-intestinal diseases
    (e.g. chronic diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis ulcerosa, Crohn’s disease)
  • Gynaecological problems
    (menstrual problems, infertility, menopausal symptoms)
  • Skin diseases
    (neurodermatitis, psoriasis, acne, itching, urticaria, etc.)
  • Lung diseases
    (asthma, chronic bronchitis, sarcoidosis etc.)
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Burning tongue
  • Chronic wounds
  • Allergies (hay fever, etc.)
  • Performance problems, chronic fatigue
  • Diseases of the neurological system (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
  • Burn-out, mood swings, fatigue, depression, panic

Aside from the above TCM is often used to treat conditions of “unclear” origin not classifiable with western methods. TCM has also proved successful in supporting conventional therapies for the treatment of severe diseases, such as cancer.

TCM Herbs

Chinese drug therapy primarily relies on the use of dried medicinal herbs. Individual recipes are prepared from a wide variety of plants in accordance with the Chinese diagnose. Medicinal herbs are usually administered in the form of teas (“decoctions“). These herbal teas are an acquired taste, to put it mildly. Bear in mind, though, that they are intended as medication and not as a beverage served at the tea table. Vienna has a number of TCM pharmacies which have undergone strict controls to assure western drug standards. Some also deliver to the surrounding provinces. Medicinal herbs are prescribed either as decoctions (herbal soups cooked for several hours), as granules (to be dissolved in hot water), as a wash or ointment.

Making decoctions

Soak the contents of a sachet overnight or for a minimum of 1 hour. Transfer to a glass, stainless steel or enamel container and cover with approx. 1.5 l of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 min with the lid on. Strain liquid through a coarse sieve. Add one litre of water to the cooked crude drugs, cover and simmer for another 40 minutes. Strain once more and add liquid to the one previously strained. Drink first dose immediately, pour remainder into sealable containers (glass, plastic) and store in the refrigerator. Warm individual doses to drink (do not use a microwave).
For hip baths cook for 40 minutes only, divide into daily portions and add lukewarm water. Take a bath for 20 minutes. Store remainder in the refrigerator.

A list of TCM pharmacy's in Vienna (PDF): Link

Press / Links


Discussion about bladder infection OKTO TV 8/2019 Link

Interview 7/2019: practice TCM at gynecology: Youtube Link
Radio interview Ö1 topic : Monatshygiene 5/2019
"Die Presse", Print-Ausgabe, 13.09.2009 Tanz der Weiblichkeit


Vienna school for TCM, WSTCM
TCM pharmacy on WSTCM (PDF)
Dr Knauer
Dr Bitschnau
Pränataldiagnostik Fetomed


our address

Neuer Markt 1, 4th floor, nr 17
1010 Wien

Tel: +43 (1)3107170
E-mail: dr[at]


public transport Stephansplatz U1, U3, or Karlsplatz U4, U1, U2
by car: Parkgarage Kärntnerstasse Oper
Afterwards 6 minutes walking distance

Office hours

M o n d a y
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

W e d n e s d a y
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

T h u r s d a y
1:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Private Practice without Health Insurance Contract

Having a private practice without health insurance contract means I do not balance accounts with the social health insurance company. You will receive a detailed fee note to be submitted to your health insurance company for reimbursement. As a rule 80% of the insurance company rate are reimbursed.
Payment is due in cashor card. Appointments may be cancelled 24 hours in advance without costs arising. Full fees become due for any cancellations made at a later point.