Welcome! It’s time to launch everything freshly as the global pandemic keeps us all at home, nourishing Yin for the Winter months, as nature intended. Angela will be doing blogs from time to time, to keep you up to date with health tips and ideas from her experience with Chinese medicine & acupuncture.
Wait! Acupuncture’s just acupuncture, right?
You might not realise this but there are various styles of acupuncture and the treatment experience can vary a lot. The most common forms are Chinese or Japanese acupuncture. So what is the difference ? Apart from the fundamental differences of technique and style. Japanese acupuncture tends to use finer needles than Chinese acupuncture and the needling is more surface-level and not as deep. Chinese needles tend to be slightly thicker, and the needling is deeper and stronger.
“TCM” stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine, and encompasses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, herbal medicine, dietary and exercise therapy.Based on the original text of Chinese medicine is the Nei Jing – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which is estimated to be at least 2,500 years old.
Following several core principles such as Yin and Yang theory, the Organ Systems (Zang Fu) and Five Element (Wu Xing) theory, a TCM style practitioner uses the qualities felt in your pulse and the characteristics of your tongue (shape, colour, coating and other factors) as part of their Traditional Chinese Medical diagnosis. After the diagnosis is made, the practitioner may employ several techniques during a session.
How is Japanese acupuncture different?
Japanese style, in particular Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) Acupuncture
utilizes a systematic, and palpatory method which is designed to provide instant feedback. Palpation is the ability to gain information through touch. This method evolved to an extraordinary level of sophistication in Japanese acupuncture for a very unusual reason. Since as early as the Edo Period (1602-1868) Japanese acupuncture was a profession practiced largely by the blind.
Specific active reflexes suggest the diagnosis and the treatment efficacy be established by changes in the same reflexes.
In both TCM and Japanese style acupuncture , disease is seen as imbalance in the organ system or Qi meridians, and the goal of any treatment is to assist the body in re establishing its innate harmony. Disease can be caused by internal factors like emotions, external factors like the environment and weather, and other factors like injuries, trauma, diet, and germs. However, in Japanese style injuries, trauma or surgeries are seen as a problem, and as a weakness in the energy of the body which is allowing a sickness to occur. In Chinese medicine, no two illnesses are ever the same, as each body has its own characteristics of symptoms and balance. Acupuncture is used to open or adjust the flow of Qi throughout the organ system, which will strengthen the body and prompt it to heal itself.
If you’d like to book a time to see Angela and discuss your health issues from a Japanese acupuncture perspective, using traditional East Asian diagnostic & treatment principles, get in touch via email or call