Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion shares the same principles and holistic understanding of harmonious health originally described in Chinese fundamental classics since their introduction in Japan, back in the 6th Century.
The practice of Japanese acupuncture has however evolved distinctively under contextual and cultural specificities. It is mostly known today for its sensitive approach of meridian therapy, a therapeutic process in which patient and therapist interactively assess treatment points through skillful palpation and the use of gentle stimulation techniques.
The father of Japanese acupuncture, Sugiyama Waichi (1614-1694), has been attributed the development of the needle insertion tube, now commonly use worldwide in modern practices, promoting the utilization of thinner needles and facilitating shallow and comfortable needle insertions. Visually impaired since infancy, Sugiyama created numerous schools, dedicated to teaching acupuncture and massage therapy for the blind during his lifetime.
Sugiyama’s influence and that of his followers has greatly contributed to the development of a style based on thorough palpation, very gentle and safe techniques, such as contact needling and rice-grain size moxibustion stimulation. Abdominal (hara) palpation has also become a central diagnostic modality of this practice. This approach makes acupuncture even more conveniently suited to the treatment of children and sensitive patients.
Following this lineage, modern masters such as Kiyoshi Nagano, Shudo Denmai and Kiiko Matsumoto have contributed intensively in communicating and promoting their most efficient techniques in North America and Europe, integrating classical acupuncture concepts with modern medicine understanding.
For more information on Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of Japanese acupuncture: www.kiikomatsumoto.com