The Method of Palpation Based Acupuncture

Benefits of Palpation Based Acupuncture
 

1) The palpatory  methods in this style of acupuncture offer the practitioner an instant  measure as to the diagnosis and the effectiveness of the treatment  choices. Both the acupuncturist and the patient have instant  feedback as to how well the treatment is working because once a point  combination is selected and treated, the reflection zones that were used  for diagnosis are less painful.  
 

2) This Style acupuncture combines classical Chinese medical principles  with modern pathophysiology in a way that facilitates the understanding  and brings out the best in both.  
 

3) Within the treatment methods used in this style of acupuncture, there is a technique suitable for any patient.  As a rule the needling methods are shallow and virtually painless,  using the smallest gauge needles. However, for the patient who needling  is contraindicated, there are numerous non-invasive techniques that are  highly effective. The use of diodes, magnets, Lasers and other  techniques give the practitioner many options with which to treat the  most difficult patient.  
 

About Palpation Based Acupuncture
 

1) This style of acupuncture, utilizes a systematic, easy to learn,  palpatory method which is designed to provide instant feedback. When  using this system, a practitioner follows a palpation sequence which,  both establishes a diagnosis and suggests several treatment options  which might be effective for treating a particular patient.  
 

2) This style of acupuncture is largely defined by its use of a highly  systematized method of palpation. 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. This fact carries through to  the present day in that one of the primary influences in the development  of “palpation Based Acupuncture” acupuncture comes from Master Nagano  who was a blind acupuncturist. Once learned, palpation becomes an easy  to use method for obtaining instant feedback as to the patient’s  condition of health. The diagnosis and treatment strategies follow one  another in one circular motion. Specific active reflexes suggest the  diagnosis and the treatment efficacy be established by changes in the  same reflexes.  
 

3) This style addresses the patient’s health issues from several levels.  By looking more deeply into the structural and or constitutional  imbalances, which often underlie a patient’s symptomatic complaints, the  practitioner is able to assist in a more complete and lasting healing.  It is precisely this holistic approach which gives a ““palpation Based  Acupuncture” practitioner the ability to help patients with the most  complex issues. Often by seeing the patient’s problem from this broader  perspective, the practitioner can solve difficult cases.
 

4) The practitioner using this style of acupuncture is part of a living  tradition. The teachings of this system come directly from first-hand  experience gained from some of Japan’s greatest acupuncturists. A living  system of acupuncture must by definition reflect the changing needs of  the time in which it is practiced and incorporate the technological  improvements at it’s disposal. A living system is also continuously  learning and deepening its understanding to provide a more complete  treatment strategy and clinical results. The diagnostic and treatment  methods being taught in this system accurately represent the clinical  experience of some of Japan’s most respected master acupuncturists.  
 

5) The eclectic nature of a palpation based style of acupuncture gives  the practitioner a wide number of viable options from which to choose to  create an effective treatment plan that addresses the individual needs  of each patient. This style of acupuncture is imminently suited to the  diverse needs of our patient population. 


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