Japanese Acupuncture is Relaxing, Pain Relieving,  and Effective for a Wide Variety of Health Complaints

Most people say that acupuncture is either incredibly calming, or extremely painful (I mean we are talking needles, right?). As I experienced acupuncture as a patient and a provider, I knew that this ancient therapy helped people, but I also knew that painful stimulation was not possible for everyone, nor was it always effective.

Coming from a scientific background, I needed to know the mechanism of how acupuncture worked to make sure I was providing the upmost benefit to my patients. I wanted to learn the ways to make acupuncture the least painful, the most calming, but most importantly, the MOST EFFECTIVE. My search landed me among several Japanese acupuncture mentors.

While there are many different styles of Japanese acupuncture (also called Japanese Meridian Therapy), I will give an overview here:

If you have had acupuncture before, forget the notion of having someone take your tongue and pulse, putting needles in you, and leaving you to lie down alone with the needles for up to an hour.  The Japanese treatment experience is much more integrative with the majority of the appointment spent with the practitioner in the room.

Palpation: There is a heavy emphasis on palpation in this acupuncture system, where the practitioner feels along channels and muscles, assessing for areas of pain, tension, or other sensations. Needles are placed where the practitioner finds they need to go, rather than by the pre-determined point selection in other acupuncture styles. In addition to hands on palpation, many Japanese providers incorporate stretches, massage techniques, and other movement exercises into the treatment to ease tension in the body.

Because of the emphasis on palpatory findings, Japanese acupuncture is EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO ALLEVE ACUTE AND CHRONIC PAIN!

Sensitive Patients: While most treatments involve the insertion of needles, Japanese acupuncturists also have effective non-insertive tools to stimulate points and meridians. The use of these gentle tools makes Japanese acupuncture very appropriate for patients sensitive to needles...


Objective Outcomes: A focus of Japanese acupuncture is measuring objective outcomes during the treatment. The practitioner re-palpates muscles and meridians as well as re-assesses other diagnostic findings during the treatment to ensure a good outcome. If a proper change did not occur, the practitioner will adjust treatment strategies to ensure the BEST OUTCOME FOR YOU!

Japanese Moxibustion: In addition to needles, non-insertive tools, and bodywork, Japanese acupuncture often relies on moxibustion, the burning of small pieces of the herb mugwort on the skin (Don’t Worry! It Doesn’t Burn!). Moxibustion increases circulation to body tissues, and has many well-researched health benefits.

[Click here to read about the researched health benefits of moxibustion.]



Yes, You should! Japanese acupuncture is an effective therapeutic tool for all ages, and for people of all health backgrounds, from robust athletes seeking pain management, to children, the elderly, or those with chronic health complaints.