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Japanese vs. Chinese Acupuncture

Updated: Nov 6, 2022

Most patients are familiar with Chinese style acupuncture, and some may not even realize there is another style that exists (there are actually many different styles). The favored practice at Root Therapies, is Japanese style acupuncture. Japanese acupuncture incorporates all of the benefits of TCM, with a few key differences that make the experience pleasant, effective and completely PAINLESS. Let's review some of these key differences:

  • Size of the needles - Japanese acupuncturists use thinner needles (36-40 gauge compared to 32 gauge commonly used in TCM).

  • Depth of needle insertion - needles are more shallowly inserted in Japanese acupuncture.

  • Checking the pulse - Checking a patient's pulse helps acupuncturists determine the best course of treatment. Japanese practitioners recheck the pulse throughout the treatment to ensure their diagnosis is correct and the treatment is working as planned.

  • Moxibustion - Moxibustion is commonly used in Japanese acupuncture and is considered vital for any treatment (see an example of Kyotoshin moxa below).

  • Non-insertion tools and techniques - Japanese acupuncturists may use non-insertion tools to stimulate acupuncture points without needling them. This is very effective, particularly with children and needle-sensitive patients.

These are just a few of the differences patients can expect to experience at Root Therapies acupuncture clinic in Sarasota, FL. For patients who have tried acupuncture before and did not get the results they wanted, a Japanese approach my be beneficial. Contact Dr. Fritz at Root Therapies (941-777-5505) for more information or to schedule an appointment.


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