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Japanese acupuncture

The Essence of Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese Acupuncture is a unique approach that has evolved over the years in the context of Japanese culture.

Differentiating itself from the Chinese tradition, Japanese acupuncture stands out for its emphasis on sensitivity and the search for subtle balance.

Contrary to the "more is more" concept often associated with acupuncture, Japanese practitioners, especially in the Toyohari style, they adopt the philosophy of "less is more". This is reflected in less pain and fewer acupuncture points.

The thin silver needles often used provide a virtually painless experience. In addition, the personalized approach of Japanese Acupuncture recognizes that each patient is unique, resulting in differentiated treatments even for similar conditions.


By exploring styles such as Manaka, which focuses on the yin-yang balance of the meridians, and Shonishin, a painless approach used in pediatric acupuncture, discover how Japanese Acupuncture goes beyond the conventional, promoting health and well-being in a unique and effective way .

Toyohari: A Sensitive Art

A style developed by Japanese acupuncturists blind.

In this style, "less is more", therapists seek to perform fewer points with less pain, generating more vitality 


Most treatments are performed with extremely fine needles, ensuring a virtually painless experience for all patients.


A Tailor Made Suit

Toyohari is more than a technique, it is a meridian therapy with exclusive diagnosis and treatment. Each patient receives personalized treatment, adapted to their condition, allowing different therapeutic approaches for similar complaints.



The search for excellence is constant at Toyohari. Through ongoing training of practitioners and the development of new tools and approaches, the therapeutic process is refined to ensure maximum results.

Manaka – Yin-Yang Balance of the Meridians

Manaka Acupuncture, a structural approach that investigates the asymmetries of the body structure in terms of yin-yang, using regular and extraordinary meridians.



This style looks for polarities between meridians, using cables with diodes that act on the points chosen for the presented pattern.



The effectiveness of this technique lies in the careful selection of a few points on the trunk and limbs, developing from the design of the octahedron that arises through the interactions of extraordinary meridians. This technique aims to be practically painless.

Shonishin – Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture

Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture, known as Shonishin, a painless technique designed to treat the youngest.


This non-invasive approach uses various instruments to replace the needle, such as massage with gliding, pressure, tapping or poking techniques on specific areas of the body, meridians or points.

Ideal for babies, preschoolers and school-aged children, Shonishin addresses a variety of conditions, from sleep disorders to digestive issues and developmental disorders.


Treatment Priorities

Shonishin is mainly used to treat sleep disorders, digestive problems, colic, motor restlessness, developmental delay, among others, depending on the age group.

Kiiko Style – A Tangible Approach

Kiiko Style, an approach developed by Kiiko Matsumoto based on teachings transmitted by his teacher Nagano.

This style involves palpation to provide immediate feedback, using few needles and offering several treatment options.

Japanese Moxa 

Moxibustion, a traditional technique that uses the herb Ai Ye (Artemisiae Argyi Folium) to heat specific areas of the body.

Moxa is used to expel cold or warm the channels, promoting a smooth flow of qi and blood. It can relieve pain, nourish the body, and have purging and toning effects.


Indirect Moxa

Moxa leaf is often ground into a powder-like substance and rolled into a stick, which is then applied to the skin.


Another technique, known as Kyutoshin, involves placing a piece of Moxa wrapped around an already inserted needle.


Direct Moxa Therapy

There are two main Japanese direct moxa techniques: Okyu and Chinetsukyu.

Okyu uses small pieces of pure moxa applied directly to the skin, while Chinetsukyu is a gentler technique with less pure moxa cones, providing a broader and more superficial effect.

The History of Japanese Acupuncture

The history of Japanese Acupuncture dates back to ancient times, where therapeutic practices were transmitted orally from master to disciple, forming the basis of a rich and diverse tradition.

Influenced by traditional chinese medicine, acupuncture gradually found its place in Japanese culture, developing over the centuries.

Japanese acupuncture meeting

During the Edo period (1603-1868), acupuncture in Japan underwent significant transformations. Needling became more refined, and different styles emerged, each incorporating specific nuances of the Japanese approach to medicine.


The recognition and consolidation of Japanese Acupuncture as a distinctly Japanese therapeutic form was driven by significant advances over the centuries, resulting in the diversity of styles and approaches that characterize the practice today.

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