Japanese acupuncture

Nobuhiko Iwasaki

What is acupuncture?

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Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medicine. It is thought to have been established some 2000 years ago. Ancient Chinese discovered that Chi (vital energy) in meridian lines (energy channels) controlling the human body. Disease in Chinese medicine is a blockage or unbalance of this energy and acupuncture is a treatment of draining or re balancing of this energy by applying a needle on a point of the skin. Meridian lines are connecting a point on the surface of the body to an internal organ. This is why we can heal even the organs by using points on the skin. As Chi is circulating the whole body, acupuncture can re balance energy of the whole body. It is truly holistic approach to health.

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When we treat a symptom, we never focus on only local problems such as back pain, stiff neck, headache and so on. We look at the human body as a unit of energy. Local problems should be treated by harmonizing energy in Meridians. A part never exists without relating to the whole body. This is one of the most important concepts of acupuncture and this aspect strongly differentiates it from Western medicine, which tends to analyze human body as a part.

As stiff muscle do not show up on x-ray, CT or MRI scans film, stiffness is out of sight of western medicine. However, we often focus on stiffness in acupuncture. In many cases, stiff muscles restrict a nerve or a blood vessel and it results in pain or numbness. Acupuncture can loosen stiffmuscles very quickly and can get rid of restriction on a muscle or a nerve. This is why acupuncture in the majority of cases can provide very rapid improvement.

Japanese acupuncture

Since acupuncture came into Japan with Buddhism, Japanese studied, applied and modified the theory and tools of acupuncture and developed unique styles. Although acupuncture is originated in China, Japanese acupuncture is now different from that of Chinese after more than 1,400 years.

Painless insertion is the most obvious differences between them. Nobu uses a Japanese style of needle, which is 0.16mm in diameter. It is as thin as a strand of your hair.

Chinese acupuncturists use herbs as well, but it is not allowed to prescribe herbs in Japan, Japanese acupuncture doesn't include Chinese herbs. Nobu puts a priority to nutrition rather than herbs.

In Chinese acupuncture, a point is classified depends on its action. They select points in the relation between action and symptom. On the other hand, New Meridian Therapy, which is one of the Japanese styles of acupuncture focuses on dynamic and systematic action of meridians. It makes a treatment in much less acupuncture points.

Profile: Nobu Iwasaki

Nobu is a licensed acupuncturist in Japan since 1980. He has been practicing acupuncture for over 25 years. What differentiates him from other practitioners is that Nobu can pinpoint a problem area by feeling bad energy with his `hand scanning technique'. It doesn't matter even if medical examinations such as blood test, CT or MRI didn't show any abnormality.

Nobu has integrated ancient Chinese medicine by combining some of the modern Japanese styles of acupuncture and Molecular Nutrition. His holistic medicine is not including only acupuncture, but dietary and life styleadvise.

Acupuncture is beneficial for almost all kind of symptoms. He specializes in Depression, Infertility, Sciatica, Trigeminal neuralgia, TM joint pain and much more.

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