In their observation of the laws of nature the pioneers of T.O.M. found that the world can be seen as based on five different phases or elements.

Four seasons follow each other during the year with an intermediate period between two seasons, which they called the fifth season, when the cosmic energy comes back to the earth.

They systemised these observations in the law of the five elements. All phenomena in the universe are marked by one of these five elements: water, wood, fire, earth, metal.

These five elements correspond to the organs, tastes, grains, colours, smells, vegetables etc.  The earth element is represented by the spleen that loves the sweet taste, the wood is reflected in the liver that loves the acid taste, fire is reflected in the hearth that loves the bitter taste, metal is reflected in the lungs which love the spicy taste and the kidneys represent the water element with its predilection for the salty taste.

They are in constant motion and transformation. Water produces wood, wood produces fire, whose ashes produce the earth, inside which there is the metal, that in turn produces water.

Water extinguishes fire, fire melts steel, steel cuts wood, the wooden plough controls the earth, the earthen dam controls the water etc…..

Therefore there is a balance between the five elements producing and controlling each other and therefore the organs also ‘create each other’ and ‘control each other’.

This is the base of the T.O.M. Dieatary System that tries to restore the imbalances in the organ energies by adjusting the diet with grains, meat, vegetables, pulses, herbs, fruits, seeds, etc. that have a certain character and property, according to the necessity of every individual.

Specific nutrition that is used is aimed at strengthening or calming certain organs to restore the balance in blood and energy production.

What conditions do I treat?


These problems have been acquired recently, often related to pain and/or inhibition: acute syndromes, that sometimes need intensive treatment.

These include:

Diarrhoea/Constipation/Vomiting/Acute colitis
Acute Otitis
Toothache/Post extraction pain
Sports injuries
Consequences of accidents/‘Wrong movements’
Post-operative pain
Torticulis (frozen shoulder)/Neck pain/Whiplash
Sprained/Dislocated/Swollen/Stiff articulations
Muscle/BackLumbar pain
Acute asthma
Kidney/Gallbladder colics
Trigeminal neuralgia
Consequences of stroke
Acute Herpes: simplex or zoster
Acute sciatica


These conditions have been acquired some time ago and have not been cured properly or have been returning, or have developed in chronic conditions.
Some are related to working conditions like lifting heavy objects, siting or standing for hours or looking long hours at computer screens.
Although not always being the main complaint, the majority of people who come for the first time complain about tiredness.
Also the majority of people who have come for some time observe that independently of the progress of their main complaint, their energy levels have gone up.

These include:

Musculo-skeletal conditions:
Chronic Back/Neck/Shoulder/Joint pain, Contractions, Tendinitis, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia.

Skin conditions:
Psoriasis, Eczema, Dryness, Acne, Itching, Atopic skin, Rashes, Herpes, Excessive sweating, Brittle nails.

Eye conditions:
Myopia, Night blindness, Chronic conjunctivitis, Cataracts.

Ear conditions:
Deafness, chronic otitis, Excessive earwax.

Heart conditions:
Coronary heart disease, Arrhythmia, Palpitations, Hyper tension

Liver/Gallbladder conditions;
Hepatitis, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Gout, Gallbladder stones.

Pancreas problems:
Hypoglycaemia, Diabetes.

Gastro-intestinal conditions:
Stomach/Duodenal ulcer, Gastritis, Oesophagus spasm, Gastric Hyperacidity (heartburn/acid reflux), Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel sindrome, Colitis, Hernia Hiatus.

Neurological conditions:
Facial Palsy, Meniere’s disease, Paresis following stroke, Intercostal neuralgia, Hernial disk, Vertigo, Migraine, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Neuropathic pain, chronic sciatica.

Lung conditions:
Asthma, Edema, Chronic cough, Cystic fibrosis, Hyperventilation.

Kidney/Bladder conditions:
Kidney stones, Urinary incontinence, Colics, Nephritis, Proteinuria, Chronic Cystitis.

Hormonal conditions:
Hyper/Hipo thyroidism, Obesity, Infertility.

Gynaecological conditions:
Vaginal herpes, Female infertility, PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea, Irregular menstruation, Endometriosis, Problems arising from pregnancy or during childbirth, Menopause syndrome.

Immunity conditions:
Sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, Papiloma humana, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Propensity to fall ill/colds, Allergy.

Psychological conditions:
Depression, Anxiety, Hyper/Insomnia, Post traumatic stress disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Bipolarity, Psychosis, Substance abuse, Phobias, Panic attacks, Lack of self esteem, Dependency, Self Harm, Bulimia, Anorexia, Somatization disorder, Stress, Excessive dreaming, Nightmares, Irritability, Lack of impulse control, Excessive worrying.

Chronic conditions:
There are many situations in which a certain condition is incurable, in that case treatment consists of palliative treatment, directed at pain control and accompanying treatment to maintain the highest level of quality of life. This is also the case with relieving the side effects of chemo or radiation therapy and alike.

This list is far from inclusive, if you have questions about a condition not listed feel free to contact me so we can address your specific situation.

Pau Sastre

Pau Sastre

Avda. Moixeró 39

Sant Esteve Sesrovires 08635

Barcelona, Spain


October 2013


To whom it may concern,


I am writing on behalf of Marcus van Slageren regarding his task as an acupuncturist. Marcus and I have been meeting during the past year and I have been attending his sessions on a monthly basis. During that time, I have gotten to know Marcus quite well and can thoroughly vouch for his character and abilities.


As a music producer, singer and songwriter established as a professional musician in Spain I have to say that Marcus has helped  me develop myself as a person and as a human being. His work as a health therapist has always made me feel much better and also has boosted my self-esteem. Marcus is a pleasure to work with because his pleasant and positive attitude in life can make nearly any conversation seem fun and interesting. He knows  how to get to the important point in any matter and then help you solve it.

With his relentless motivation and his knowledge of acupuncture, Marcus would bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to anyone who needed help. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the above address.


Paul Sastre

Olivier Guerrero



Group Vice President GMS Logistics Ltd


I am in charge of GMS Logistics in Europe, Asia and Africa- Through its partnership with InXpress and DHL, GMS Logistics is a provider of innovative freight solutions.

We manage the sales, account management and receivable areas of the business- the logistics operation is entirely handled by DHL-from pick up to final delivery.


Marcus was managing his own practice in Barcelona as a Shiatsu master and acupuncturist.

Marcus is an excellent professional and I would recommend him to anybody.


Best regards


Olivier Guerrero


tel: 00 34 661055 446

Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is an Assistant Professor of Business Strategy at IESE Business School in Barcelona. He writes the following:


October 2013

To whom it may concern,

It has been my privilege to know Marcus Van Slageren for more than 15 years and am happy to recommend him as one of the most professional and effective health practitioners I have known.

I suffered from two herniated discs for many years and about 15 years ago threw my back out while teaching my youngest daughter to ride a bicycle. Through his unique combination of Shiatsu massage and acupuncture, Marcus was able to get me back on my feet and actually removed the pain I had grown used to over the years

Since then, in addition to becoming a close personal friend, Marcus has treated me and my entire family for a number of ailments and health issues.
Marcus combines a deep knowledge of Chinese medicine and Shiatsu with a commitment to his patients as he believes strongly that it is impossible to isolate physical symptoms form emotional stress that we often go through. He has also has an interest in human psychology.

In our immediate circle of friends, he has treated a wide variety of serious issues such as bulimia and depression and has alleviated the suffering of dear friends who were terminally ill with cancer.

Beyond his clinical ability, Marcus has an unblemished character and has chosen to focus his professional efforts on building his practice for the sake of his patients often at the expense of his own material well being. I have never known him to turn anyone away for lack of funds and find his selfless devotion to his craft very rare in today’s material world.


Please feel free to contact me if you require additional information.


Sincerely yours,

Mike Rosenberg