What is Our Treatment Process?
- Patient need to fill out few forms to provide standard information as well as a detailed health condition. We usually send them to patients before first visit, so please fill up the forms at home and bring to the office.
- Acupuncturist will discuss with patient for both physical and emotional details during consultation period. After thoroughly understand the patient condition than the treatment can be started
- Acupuncturist will apply both Western and Oriental medicine techniques to examine patient which may include blood pressure, range of motion techniques, as well as tongue, abdominal (hara diagnosis), and pulse examination to create a comprehensive picture of your condition
- With the diagnosis, acupuncturist will form a treatment plan and start the actual treatment.
- The acupuncture treatment is performed using pre-sterilized needles which are inserted at the appropriate acupuncture points. You may feel tingling, pressure or warmth, but little discomfort because the needles are so fine like a human hair. The treatment usually takes 45 minutes to an hour and includes a period of rest.
- By combining both acupuncture and herbal often speed up the healing process, the treatment may include the use of high quality traditional herbal formulas. The herbal products in our clinic are imported from both Japanese and Taiwanese manufactures under the strictest regulations.
What is Japanese Style Acupuncture?
Japan has practiced the traditional medicine, originated from China, for 14 centuries, and over time a difference in practices and techniques was developed, making for a very different art and philosophy towards acupuncture.
Here we highlight a few primary differences in practice between Chinese acupuncture and Japanese acupuncture.
- The Size of the Needles – Chinese acupuncture and Japanese acupuncture differs in the size of the needles used on patients. Japanese needles tend to be a smaller gauge, while also typically being sharper than Chinese needles. Many say that this is the reason for a gentler, more superficial needling with less pain on the patient. Chinese needles are bit of a wider gauge, and they promote more of an aggressive needling.
- Depth of Insertion – The gauges of the needles go hand in hand with the depth of insertion required. Japanese needling is extremely gentle and superficial (meaning only focused on the surface and maybe slightly under the surface of the skin), whereas Chinese needling fosters more depth of insertion. Some patients feel this to be too painful, while others feel that this treatment benefits them more, as they can sense the movement of qi through the body more effectively.
- Touch as a Means of Pre-Treatment – Japanese acupuncture places a lot of emphasis on the use of palpation (touch) before needle treatment. These practitioners rely on abdominal palpation to judge the insertion point of the needle. This practice roots from the many blind acupuncturists of Ancient Japan, and it goes hand in hand with the gentle needling.
- Insertion Methods – The Chinese and Japanese practices differ greatly in their needling technique. Now a standard in the acupuncture field, guiding tubes for needles were not part of the Ancient Chinese traditions, and in fact were developed in Japan in the 1970’s when disposable needles became available. Further, Chinese acupuncture tends to manipulate the needle when inserted into the body much more than Japanese acupuncture.
- Stronger Qi Sensation – Chinese acupuncture gives patients a much more distinct feeling of qi moving through specific points in their body, as practitioners of this discipline tend to, as stated above, rotate and shift the needle much more than Japanese practitioners. Further, the increased depth of the needle gives more distinct sensations.
- Moxa – Furthering the theme of “gentle” and “relaxing”, Japanese acupuncturists almost always incorporation the technique of moxibustion. This involves burning cones of Moxa (derived from mugwort plant) over the patient’s skin before needling. This warming sensation adds to the soothing nature of Japanese acupuncture.
Source: IMHHA (Integrative Medicine Holistic Health Association)