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Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese acupuncture is one of the most commonly practiced styles of acupuncture.  Since the 6th century when the Japanese were introduced to Chinese Medicine and the integrated theories of acupuncture, bodywork, and herbal medicine, practitioners developed many unique theories and techniques of their own.


In general terms, Japanese acupuncture is unique in its efficiency and precision. Techniques often are directed at using the minimal amount of stimulation to attain the greatest results. Much of the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory is still used along with the majority of the acupuncture points, with only a few modifications.

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Japanese acupuncture draws on a wide range of therapeutic methods other than needling. These techniques tend to be very delicate and minimal, and they don’t hurt!  Japanese acupuncture is beneficial for all patients, including children.  For those who may choose a treatment without needles, Biomagnetic Acupoint Therapy or Shakuju Core Therapy would be good options.


What is the Difference between Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture?

  • The size of the needles: Japanese acupuncture uses smaller and finer needles than Chinese, most people feel nothing at all…

  • The method of insertion: The Japanese use metal or plastic tubes to guide the needles into the skin, a technique that is designed to enhance accuracy and reduce any discomfort.

  • The depth of needle insertion: Needles in Japanese acupuncture are inserted more gently and superficially than the Chinese method.

  • Less “De Qi” sensation: The "De Qi" sensation is the tingling or electric feeling that happens when the needles are inserted and adjusted into position.  It is not as strong (or not even existent) with Japanese acupuncture styles.

  • The reliance on touch: Practitioners of the Japanese tradition rely on touch, or palpation, rather than on sight, to decide on the entry points for the needles. Every acupuncture point is palpated before the needle is inserted.

  • The use of moxa: Most Japanese acupuncturists use moxibustion as part of their treatment. This technique involves warming the acupuncture points by burning moxa, derived from the mugwort plant, above the skin before the needles are inserted.  Do not be alarmed!  It feels great!

  • The use of non-insertive tools:  Japanese practitioners don't always need to use needles to accomplish their work.  According to the Huang Di Nei Jing Ling Shu (218BC-220AD), the classical Chinese medical text regarding needles and needle techniques, there were "nine original needles", one of which did not insert into the body.  The Japanese have mastered this technique and developed many other tools and techniques for a very relaxing, enjoyable and effective treatment.

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"Be sympathetic to patients and serve them wholeheartedly. Serve all patients equally, regardless of their age, sex, wealth, rank, nationality and intelligence. Treat all patients as if they were your own relatives and their illness as if it were your own suffering. Meet the patient at any time or any place when a doctor's help is needed, notwithstanding any danger."                       Sun Si Miao, 581-682

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