Japanese Acupuncture - Treatments, Protocols, Theory and Resources

Japanese acupuncture is one of a few major styles of acupuncture. Since the Japanese were introduced to Chinese Medicine and the integrated theories of acupuncture, bodywork, and herbal medicine in the 6th century, practitioners have developed many unique theories and techniques.

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 and the majority of the acupuncture points are used with only a few modifications.

Our presentation relies heavily on the works of a well-known Japanese acupuncturist, Dr. Manaka. Dr. Manaka's theories and techniques have been given detailed attention in the many works by both Stephen Birch and Kiiko Matsumoto (see our Japanese Acupuncture Resources section).

Our Japanese acupuncture information is divided into the following sections:
 

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Feldman, Marty: New England School of Acupuncture, Five Phase Techniques Lecture Notes
  • Iuliano, Diane: New England School of Acupuncture, Extraordinary Vessel Techniques Lecture Notes
  • Kuwahara, Koei: New England School of Acupuncture, Advanced Japanese Techniques Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Japanese Acupuncture Resources section. The most recommended texts are below: