Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese Acupuncture

While different styles of acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions, the approach used in Japanese acupuncture is unique. For patients with chronic illnesses or symptoms that last for an extended period of time, both the symptoms and the patient’s underlying constitution have to be addressed in order to achieve relief and lasting results. A person’s genetic predisposition, their medical history, etc. contribute to their own unique constitution.

To simplify this idea, think of your constitution as the root of a tree while the symptoms you present with are the leaves. In chronic cases or illnesses, simply focusing on the “dry leaves” will not solve the issue. In order to correct the problem, the Japanese acupuncture technique will nourish and water the root as well.

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The Akasha Center offers Both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese acupuncture addresses both the symptoms and the patient’s constitution through acupuncture alone, and is ideal for patients who are looking for a safe and effective treatment option that carries minimal risk of side effects. This is achieved by carefully examining specific areas of the body, selecting treatment points, then testing these points before they are needled. Only the points that are found to be effective are used. 

Our Japanse Acupunture Practitioner

Michael Regan, L.Ac
Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Dr. Michael Regan, earned his doctorate from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego & New York City. Having had the experience of studying at both campuses, Dr. Regan enriched his final year of training by studying in France, Indonesia, China, India, and Japan. He is a licensed acupuncturist, board-certified in California, and a certified herbalist via Spell it out (CALE) and spell it out (NCCAOM. Intending to open a Health Center, Dr. Regan received his Bachelorof Science degree in Business Information from the Lehigh University Rauch College of Business and Economics with a focus on Project Management.

Since the treatments require more hands-on diagnosis and front and back evaluation, you can usually expect that your Japanese acupuncture practitioner will be in the room with you almost the entire time.

This step-by-step examination is a very dynamic process in which the patient is an active participant rather than a bystander. The patient can feel the changes in their symptoms and the areas of the body that are examined right away when the correct points are chosen. With the gentle techniques of Japanese acupuncture, patients often comment about the lack of discomfort when the needles are inserted.

In an effort to address the whole person and achieve the best results, Japanese acupuncture treatments are made up of both front and back treatments during a single session. The first step will be to use points on the front of the body. Then, once these needles are removed, the treatment will continue on the back.

In addition to stimulating points using needles, Japanese acupuncture also relies on o’kyu moxa. This is a technique in which gentle heat is applied to acupuncture points to activate them and make them even more effective. This technique, unique to Japanese style treatments, has been shown to support immune cell function and increase circulation.

In an effort to provide you with the most comprehensive care, the Akasha Center offers both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Japanese acupuncture and our team of doctors and practitioners will help you decide which style may be right for you. You may also wish to schedule a visit and try both styles of acupuncture to experience the difference for yourself and see what feels right to you.


Acupuncture is the stimulation of a certain point or points on or near the surface of the body by the insertion of needles to normalize physical functions, including pain control. The first classic acupuncture text book was written at (200 – 300B.C.). It represents a complete medical system and integrated approach to health maintenance and treatment of disease. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in the world because of its remarkable results. According to the NIH, over one million people in the United State take acupuncture treatments each year.

Qi is the basic concept of Chinese medicine. Qi is internal energy which circulates through the body along central pathways, known as meridians. Qi is the basic material of the human body as well as the energy production activities. Any obstruction or deficiencies of Qi would eventually lead to pain and illness. The flow of Qi in the channels comes close to the skin at specific, anatomically identifiable locations called acupuncture points. When stimulated, those acupoints can adjust and balance the flow of Qi to bring health to the entire body.

Acupuncture needles, unlike hypodermic, are ultra thin and flexible, thereby permitting a nearly painless insertion. You may feel some heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian. You will feel very relaxed during the treatment and after.

Acupuncture is very safe if practiced by a trained, qualified acupuncturist using sterile, disposable needles.

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. It is natural healing method. Harmful side effects are very rare. Occasionally there may be bruising at the point of the needle insertion, this will heal quickly. There may also be a drop of blood when the needles are removed.

That depends upon the nature of the problem and the location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist’s style or school. Usually, needles are inserted from ¼ to 1 inch in depth

Acupuncture can be used with conventional western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments, or naturopathic prescriptions. It is important that you inform your acupuncturist of all your other treatments.

Initial consultation and treatment can take one to two hours. In this time a complete medical history will be taken, an oriental medical diagnosis made, treatment administered and herbal prescription developed. Follow-up visits typically take one hour.

Before you come in the clinic, make sure that you have a light meal and drink enough water. Also wear comfortable clothes.

Since each person is unique and types of conditions differ the number of treatments varies from person to person. Generally, chronic conditions require one or two treatments per week for several months. Acute illness usually respond quickly, in a few visits. You should discuss with your acupuncturist how many treatments are needed to maximize your results.

What can I expect after treatment?

Generally, you should expect to feel better after treatment. Some people may get dramatic results in the first treatment, and some people may need more sessions. You may also experience slight tiredness after first acupuncture treatment, which will be recover after 30 minutes rest.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including: 

  • Respiratory Disorders: such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
  • Urogenital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
  • Gynecological Disorders: such as irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amemrrohea, infertility, menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System: such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back pain, neck and should pain.
  • Circulatory Disorders: such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia.
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders: including depression and anxiety.
  • Addictions: such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs.
  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorder.
  • Supportive Therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorder

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