What is Japanese Acupuncture?
Traditional Japanese Acupuncture is named for its dedication and adherence to concepts originating in early classic texts of Chinese medicine, which came to Japan in the 7th century A.D. These texts, the Nan Jing, Ling Shu, and Su Wen are at the heart of Chinese Medicine and are unfortunately not emphasized in TCM training, being thrown out in the 1960’s “Cultural Revolution”; China experienced for being not “modern” or “western” enough. It is precisely what is contained in the texts that makes Japanese Acupuncture so unique and effective. In Japan there was a revitalization of these texts in the 1920’s amongst a study group of primarily blind acupuncturists. They attracted followers because of their clinical success. The method known as Meridian Therapy blossomed in the ’50s and ’60s. Now it is one of many styles practiced in Japan.
Some practitioners in the U.S. are attracted to Meridian Therapy because it offers good results with very minimal needle stimulation. This is a particular advantage in treating people who do not tolerate “de qi” a strong sensation at the point of needle insertion sought in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also, as a practitioner, Meridian Therapy allows much more engagement with the patient, by taking the pulse multiple times and working first hand with the patients Qi through the course of treatment the validity of the treatment is ensured.
Japanese Acupuncture Procedure
I practice Traditional Japanese Medicine, also known as Hari. I use very fine silver needles [.12mm-.18mm diameter] for the root treatment, I use a technique known as ‘touch needling’ were upon the needle barely touches the skin and at most is inserted 1mm-3mm. Touch needling works with the Qi at the skin level, through accessing what are known as ‘live points’. These points are found through palpation of the patients energy meridians. I also use disposable fine needles for insertion techniques were needed in the branch part of the treatment.
The core of a treatment is always the ‘root treatment’. Its goal is to supplement the acupuncture channels of deep internal organs [kidney, liver, lung, spleen] and uses 2 or 3 “Transport” points. 1-4 other acupuncture points are used to harmonize or reduce energy in other acupuncture channels. This tends to normalize the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It is profoundly relaxing; it promotes homeostasis [harmony and efficiency in our organism]. The effect of each point used in the root treatment is assessed attentively. Pulse character, skin color and tonus are expected to improve. Treatment of presenting symptoms follows the root treatment. Treatment is restorative and helps maintain health. Utter absence of side effects is a key characteristic.
What Conditions Benefit from Japanese Acupuncture?
Most people respond well to acupuncture. I have helped a wide variety of complaints, so the following examples do not exclude other problems. Most kinds of pain respond to treatment – headache, migraine, back pain, neck and shoulder pain, arthritic pain, and inflammatory conditions such as bursitis or tendonitis.
Conditions that are aggravated by stress respond well – anxiety, mild depression, insomnia, dysmenorrhea, fatigue and dermatitis. If the immune system is overactive or under active, acupuncture helps re-establish balance – allergies, hay fever, recurrent colds, sinusitis, wheezing or asthma. Gastric problems – gastritis, nausea, acid reflux, difficulty swallowing, Barretts Esophagus get better when qi circulation is adjusted.
Acupuncture is useful in aiding recovery from surgery or aggressive medical treatment that leaves the body weakened. It is useful to ameliorate the side effects of chemotherapy. Infertility is often related to insufficient blood and/or qi. My treatment style is especially suited to supplementing, building the reserves needed to conceive.
Traditional Japanese Acupuncture is particularly suited to those who are uncomfortable with strong needle stimulus, or are fatigued or otherwise weakened. It is well suited for pediatric treatment without the use of needles. Treatment reduces the effort needed to maintain homeostasis; it makes things easier. If you are anxious, tense, tired of pain, or just worn out you will appreciate this. The goal of acupuncture is to get life energy, or Qi, circulating in the body. Most patients find an acupuncture treatment profoundly peaceful and relaxing. Those who fear needles can be treated with the Enshin, Taishin, and Zanshin.Other alternatives include touch needling, point massage, moxibustion and cupping.