Japanese Style Acupuncture

 

 Japanese Style Acupuncture

In oriental thought, the mind and body are viewed as different manifestaions of the same phenomenon.  The Japanese notion of “hara” expresses this unity well.  The hara, or abdomen,  is accepted as an energetic center as well as a physical center.  In Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion, the focus is on palpation, and it is the single thread that runs throughout the various systems and theories presented.  When determining a course of treatment, the hara is palpated first, along with acupuncture points.  Findings in the hara reflect what is happening in the various meridians and organs.  Treatment progresses interactively, with a constant dialogue between needle placement and stimulation, and what is found in the hara. 

In Japanese acupuncture, less emphasis is placed on whether or not the patient experiences “de Qi”, or arrival of Qi at the needle.  Rather, the focus is on what the acupuncturist feels during palpation.  Thus, Japanese treatments tend to seem milder, though the effects are just as powerful as in TCM or APM.  In addition to needles, moxa (a Chinese herb) may be burned safely on, or near, the skin to warm the channels and enhance treatment with needles.

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