HOW DOES JAPANESE ACUPUNCTURE DIFFER FROM CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE?
Kiiko Matsumoto (K.M.) style Japanese acupuncture is a world-renowned style of acupuncture that has been chosen by Harvard Medical School for its doctors to study and use to treat patients.
Unlike Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture can uniquely allow patients to instantly verify changes to their body’s symptoms during the actual acupuncture session.
Using K.M. style Japanese acupuncture, our acupuncturist employs a systematic palpatory sequence that both establishes a diagnosis and suggests treatment options. Palpation is the ability to gain information through touch and a significant aspect of K.M. style Japanese acupuncture is the use of this method.
K.M. style Japanese acupuncture addresses the client’s complaint from several levels. By examining the constitutional and structural imbalances, which typically underly patient symptoms, the practitioner can assist in bringing about a more effective and lasting solution to the presenting issue.
It is also therefore especially helpful in providing solutions in the more complex and difficult cases.
In practice, a session of Japanese acupuncture involves distinguishing areas of active sensitivity, on the abdomen and other muscle structures, and with the co-operation of the patient, identifying and subsequently needling the correct relieving set of acupuncture points.
With this procedure, both the patient and practitioner can monitor the progress of the treatment straight away.
Furthermore, this method of immediate feedback from the cross checking method, allows the practitioner and patient immediately bring about verifiable change in the body’s energy and help quickly restore wellness.
Finally, another interesting feature of K.M. style Japanese Acupuncture is that it employs only the best quality needles available on the market, (coated ultra fine Japanese ‘Pain Free’ needles).
This is especially helpful for those with pain conditions and for individuals who are needle phobic.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
There are over 300 acupuncture points on the body surface all of which activate different energetic functions of the body, as in Chinese terms all ill-health is caused by an imbalance in the energies of the person.
Acupuncture works by the insertion of very fine gauge sterilised single use needles into areas of the body where the skin has a low electrical resistance. With skill & patience this work will re-balance your energy, and it both promotes & maintains health.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Acupuncture can be used to treat most health problems; it can work physically, emotionally, psychologically & spiritually.
The World Health Organization confirms that acupuncture is effective for over 100 conditions. Below are listed the most common problems & diseases treated:
Acne, Anxiety, Asthma, Back pain, Digestive problems, Dizziness, Eczema, Frozen shoulder, Hair loss, Headache, Impotence, Infertility, Insomnia, Oedema, Pain, Palpitations, Panic attacks, Respiratory problems, Sciatica, Sports injuries, Stress, Tennis elbow, Tiredness, Urinogenital problems, Gynecological problems.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ACUPUNCTURE SESSION?
A session lasts an hour and a half. To begin with the practitioner will take your medical history and ask you to provide further details about the condition you would like to address and areas that could be negatively impacting upon this such as sleep patterns, stress levels etc.
Some of these questions you will expect & some you may not. It should be pointed out that when answering these questions you should be as forthright as possible, as with Chinese Medicine ‘honesty is the best policy’. The more accurate the picture you paint of yourself the better able the practitioner is to tailor a treatment for your absolute benefit.
After this your pulse & your tongue will be checked &then needles are carefully placed in position & retained for various periods of time.
Your practitioner will finally advise you on how often you need to come for treatment, this can be daily, weekly, twice monthly etc, the frequency will depend on your condition.