What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient form of healthcare that originated in China at least 2,500 years ago. It has been practiced throughout the Asian world for many centuries. Acupuncture has been accepted into the Western mainstream culture since the 1970’s and is currently soaring in popularity throughout many parts of the Western hemisphere.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treats the whole body, mind and spirit. Chinese medicine addresses problems by seeking to heal the root cause of the symptoms that are manifestations of a deeper imbalance of Qi. Qi “chi” is often called our life force – when Qi is blocked or depleted then there is disease. When Qi is flowing naturally there is optimal health.
These techniques demand far greater precision and care than normal acupuncture. While this is a challenge for the practitioner, it is a welcome bonus for the recipient – for its methods of needling are basically painless!
As with all of acupuncture, there are different styles within Japanese practice. The methods, which have influenced my practice, are the Japanese acupuncture techniques taught by Dr. Miki Shima who is my ongoing mentor and with whom I completed a Japanese Acupuncture Certification.