Japanese acupuncture stems from the popular 5000-year-old Chinese tradition of stimulating ki (energy) in the body by inserting thin needles into the skin at specific points.
As with all modes of acupuncture, the aim is to create balance in the body’s energy systems by stimulating specific points and meridians to bring about healing, fortifying the vital energy and rebuilding the physical body.
Japanese acupuncturists use thinner or smaller needles and do not penetrate the skin as deeply. This is believed to cause less discomfort and address the fear a lot of people have around needles. The needles used in Japanese acupuncture are made from stainless steel, gold, silver, zinc and copper, each metal offering a different benefit for the patient. Japanese acupuncture utilises various needling techniques to treat specific patient needs.
The immediate effect of Japanese acupuncture for most patients is relief: a lovely energetic sensation or vibration lifting through or off the skin, almost a tingling sensation. Patients can leave a clinic feeling refreshed, balanced and lighter. Some patients may feel stronger sensations for a day or two after as the body adjusts, tonifies and moves energy and blood.
Minor symptoms should be alleviated immediately and more chronic conditions should improve over the course of treatments — allowing for interfering factors that may impact on the success of treatments, such as new illness, accident or emotional stressors.
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