AcuTherapy, LLC

7 Mystic Street, Suite 204

Arlington, MA  02474

(617) 694-9415

Clinic Hours

Monday to Friday

8:30am to 6:30pm


Occasional Weekends

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SHAKUJU Core Therapy


Shakuju is a very gentle, yet powerful Japanese Acupuncture style performed without the use of any insertive needles. It is the lifelong work and study of Japanese Master Shoji Kobayashi and based on the ancient classic Huang Di Nei Jing Nan Jing (c. 218BC-220AD). "Shaku" refers to a deep blockage of the life force energy and blood, where as "Ju" refers to superficial blockages of the life force energy and blood. It is believed that the abdomen is the core of human body therefore, abdominal diagnosis is essential to determine the pattern of imbalance of the patient.  In Shakuju Therapy, the focus is on the abdominal diagnosis to unblock Blood and Qi to treat the root of illness rather than treating the manifestation of illness.


Shakuju employs the use of a Teishin and moxa treatments. A Teishin is a special tool with a rounded tip used to stimulate acupuncture points through touch rather than needle insertion. Shakuju Therapy is an approach founded on the Oriental philosophy of deficiencies or excesses of Qi.  The protocol encompasses palpation of both the pulse and abdomen focusing treatments on the tonification of Jing Qi (the foundational Qi of life, health and longevity and fuels all other energies) in order to restore health and clear symptoms.

Using the 4,500 year old classical Chinese medical text called the Nan Jing as a foundation for understanding this method, and by stimulating the back energy control points, symptoms of stagnation (pain with pressure, fullness, tightness, etc.) on the abdomen are positively changed or eliminated.  This positive abdominal change reflects the correction of the diseased energy pattern and the return to health.  Furthermore, this abdominal change is clearly noticeable to the patient, as well as the practitioner, during and after the treatment.  Therefore, usually when the patient is finished being treated with a Shakuju treatment, the patient is surprised at how much immediate change has taken place WITHOUT the insertion of a needle. 


Even though Shakuju treatments tend to be shorter in duration, the therapy is tremendously effective in treating a wide range of ailments. This treatment is interactive, and the practitioner will be in the room with the patient throughout the entire duration of the treatment. Shakuju is a wonderful treatment for patients of all ages, and is ideal for treating children or patients with an aversion to needles.