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What is Traditional Japanese Acupuncture?

The needles used in this technique are smaller and more delicate than the Chinese needles, and it is utterly painless because the insertion of needles is more gentle and superficial. The following methods are used during treatment in our clinic and are uniquely Japanese: they are either clearly of Japanese origin or they are trendy in Japan.  Each one is different in character and very effective on its own.


1. Strong emphasis on touch

In addition to using abdominal palpation as a key diagnostic tool, Japanese acupuncturists feel around a lot before needling acupuncture points. Some might even “test” certain points, holding a finger on an acupuncture point while simultaneously pressing another (usually painful) part of the body to see if it alleviates symptoms in that area. A natural outcome of this approach is that there tends to be a lot of interaction between acupuncturists and patients. Feedback is critical to guiding the treatment.

2. Thinner needles

Japanese acupuncturists use very thin needles and insert them very shallowly. It is not uncommon for a patient to feel no needle sensation whatsoever throughout an entire treatment.

Some people favor the traditional Chinese approach—” I really feel it working“—but Japanese acupuncture treatments are equally powerful and generally preferable for those who are physically weak or needle sensitive.


Who will benefit from the treatment?

Japanese acupuncture is a very useful technique for patients with a needle phobia or those with a squeamish disposition. This non-insertive needle healing method is also well-suited for children. Japanese acupuncture helps to relieve aggravated stress (fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia), localized pain (migraine, knee pain, back pain), trauma (strains, sprains, bruises), gastric problems (nausea, gastritis, acid reflux), and even infertility.