You might not realise this but there are various styles of acupuncture and the treatment experience can vary a lot. The most common forms are Chinese (TCM) or Japanese acupuncture. So what is the difference ? Apart from the fundamental differences of technique and style. Japanese acupuncture tends to use finer needles than Chinese acupuncture and the needling is more surface-level and not as deep. Chinese needles tend to be slightly thicker, and the needling is deeper and stronger.

TCM stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine, and encompasses acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, herbal medicine, dietary and exercise therapy.

Based on the original text of Chinese medicine is the Nei Ching, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which is estimated to be at least 2,500 years old.

Following several core principles such as yin and yang theory, organ system and the five element theory. Generally a Chinese Medicine practitioner will use the pulse and tongue in their diagnosis, employ several techniques during the treatment. Whereas Japanese style in particular Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) Acupuncture utilizes a systematic, and palpatory method which is designed to provide instant feedback. Palpation is the ability to gain information through touch. This method evolved to an extraordinary level of sophistication in Japanese acupuncture for a very unusual reason. Since as early as the Edo Period (1602-1868) Japanese acupuncture was a profession practiced largely by the blind.

Specific active reflexes suggest the diagnosis and the treatment efficacy be established by changes in the same reflexes.

In both TCM and Japanese style acupuncture , disease as seen as imbalances in the organ system or Qi meridians, and the goal of any remedy or treatment is to assist the body in reestablishing its innate harmony. Disease can be caused by internal factors like emotions, external factors like the environment and weather, and other factors like injuries, trauma, diet, and germs. However, in Japanese style injuries, trauma or surgeries are seen as a problem, and as a weakness in the energy of the body which is allowing a sickness to occur. In Chinese medicine, no two illnesses are ever the same, as each body has its own characteristics of symptoms and balance. Acupuncture is used to open or adjust the flow of Qi throughout the organ system, which will strengthen the body and prompt it to heal itself.

How do you feel after an acupuncture session?

When patients come out of their acupuncture treatment rooms at our Brisbane clinic, they look like they are floating on air. Their Japanese acupuncture session helps to calm them and leave them relaxed and peaceful. Our receptionists often comment on just how different someone can look at an hour on the table. In the beginning of your treatment course you may need to come in frequently (around once or twice a week) so that your therapist can keep you in balance and give your body the work it needs to heal. Over time, treatments will last longer and your body will hold the treatment more effectively.

To make an appointment with a Brisbane Natural Health acupuncturist, call us on 07 3367 0337 or click the online booking button now.