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Toyohari, also known as East Asian Meridian Therapy, is a modern and effective form of Japanese acupuncture based on the principles of Classical Chinese Medicine.

Developed over 60 years ago in Japan, this unique technique is recognized for its gentleness and effectiveness in treating a wide range of health conditions.

Ongoing research by senior Toyohari professionals ensures that the East Asian system of medicine addresses modern health issues and seeks to continually improve treatment methods and outcomes. 

The Toyohari Association was founded by Kodo Fukushima in 1959. Initially designed to help blind practitioners, the Association went its own way, refining palpation diagnostic techniques and unique treatment methods  including moxibustion, cupping and other non-insertive tools.

Toyohari was later opened to visionary practitioners in Japan, expanding to the West and becoming a global practice. Since then, it has been practiced and studied in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australasia.

Main features

Toyohari stands out for its characteristics, which include the application of the Theory of Five Elements or Five Phases in diagnosis and treatment, the specificity of the needles and tools used, the diversity of innovative puncture techniques, the emphasis on palpation or gentle touch, in abdominal diagnosis and the use of a unique treatment feedback system.


  • Advanced Diagnosis: Toyohari bases its diagnosis and treatment on the application of the Five Element or Five Phase Theory, providing an advanced approach

  • Innovative Techniques:  It stands out for its use of various puncture techniques, including the stimulation of acupuncture points without deep insertion into the skin, using fine needles to provide a gentle and effective experience.

  • Emphasis on Palpation: The importance of gentle touch and palpation in diagnosis and treatment is emphasized in Toyohari, with special focus on the abdomen and wrist, allowing for accurate assessment. 

  • Dynamic Feedback: Toyohari exclusively utilizes the wrist as a dynamic feedback system during treatment, ensuring a personalized approach and dynamic adjustments as needed

The goal of Toyohari treatment is to balance the qi and blood in the meridians so that the entire body can be nourished and balanced. This supports the body's ability to self-heal.

Toyohari therapy is inclusive and beneficial for all ages, from babies to the elderly. Its gentle and adaptable nature makes it especially suitable for a wide range of health conditions. Toyohari's gentle approach is effective in treating various conditions in people of all age groups, providing safe and personalized treatment for individuals at different stages of life.

Do you want to improve your skills?
Discover the Toyohari course

Explore the opportunity to learn this subtle and painless technique of Japanese Acupuncture.

The course takes place in Amsterdam, at the center of our professor Stephen Birch, a crucial figure in the introduction and dissemination of Japanese methods in Europe.


The duration is approximately one academic year, with classes taught in English.


Essential prerequisite: prior completion of training in Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Upon completion of the course, join the EBTA (European Branch Of Toyohari Association) and the Portuguese branch, the PBTA (Portuguese Branch Of Toyohari Association), for ongoing benefits including advanced training, participation in international workshops and valuable contacts in the Toyohari community.

Toyohari Association 

After completing the course, you will have the opportunity to join the internal structure of the Toyohari Association, which is divided into branches or international branches:

  • Toyohari Japan 

  • EBTA (European Branch of the Toyohari Association)

  • Toyohari Association of North America (TANA)

  • Branch Toyohari Australian


The Portuguese Trunk of the Toyohari Association (PBTA) is officially integrated into the European Trunk of the Toyohari Association (EBTA).


By being part of this structure, you will be able to participate in periodic meetings, benefit from the experience and research of other members, have access to advanced training and participate in international workshops.


This will provide a rich learning experience and integration into the global Toyohari community.

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