Japanese vs. Chinese Acupuncture Explained By Our Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan Acupuncturist
More and more people are realizing the benefits of Japanese acupuncture, and this is the method we focus on the most here at Seitai Acupuncture in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded methods of healing in the world. It is thousands of years old, and began in China. Eventually, it made its way to Korea, and then Japan in the 6th century, A.D. Most modern people equate acupuncture with the Chinese version, but the Japanese developed their own version of the practice fourteen centuries ago.
Differences Between Chinese & Japanese Acupuncture
Needle Size--Japanese acupuncture needles are smaller and sharper than Chinese needles, and allow for a gentler needling that only barely touches the surface of the skin and just barely under it. A Chinese acupuncturist uses larger needles that go in more deeply.
The Use of Herbs--Chinese acupuncture is part of the overall method of Traditional Chinese medicine, and this means the use of needles and herbs often go hand in hand. Japanese acupuncture relies on needles alone, with no herbs involved.
Methods of Insertion--Guiding tubes to insert the needles are part of Japanese acupuncture, and were, in fact, invented in Japan. They are not a standard part of Chinese acupuncture. Chinese acupuncture also manipulates the needles once they are inserted, often moving them back and forth or twisting them, whereas Japanese acupuncture leaves the needles alone once they're in place.
Moxa--Japanese acupuncture almost always incorporates moxa (also known as moxibustion). This involves burning cones of mugwort over the surface of the patient's skin before beginning the treatment. This warming of the skin before the needles go in is relaxing and makes the whole acupuncture experience more pleasant.
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