Japanese style acupuncture focuses on what is referred to as the “root treatment”. Its focus is stronger on your constitution and overall pattern versus the ” branch” which is the manifestation of the root problem via the symptoms. It uses superficial insertion or contact needling (no insertion). Treatment often is focused on the root requiring fewer needles. Treatments are gentle and focus on tonification or strengthening of the body. A Teishin is a metal blunted object used to stimulate points and can be used instead of a needle. Shonishin is a type of gentle stroking of the meridians to create overall wellness and is especially well suited for children. Manaka is a style of Japanese Acupuncture that uses the abdomen to find patterns of imbalance and corrects the flow of qi using chords that are connected to acupuncture needles. Moxabustion or the use of heat is also often used in Japanese Acupuncture.
You may want to try Japanese Acupuncture if you are afraid of needles or if you are sensitive.
Chinese style acupuncture focus is on locating the disharmony in the 12 organs or ZangFu Diagnosis. This style matches your symptoms to their underlying cause as indicated by your tongue, pulse, and sometimes your abdomen. Needles are of various sizes, inserted at various depths and are stimulated to achieve “de qi” or the arrival of qi. Electrical stimulation is also used to promote healing. Herbal treatment is central to the practice of Acupuncture in China.
You may want to try Chinese Acupuncture if you have an acute problem and you are interested in herbal therapy.
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