Toyohari Acupuncture is a gentle yet extremely powerful treatment.
It is great for treating children and individuals who don’t like the sensation associated with needling in other forms of acupuncture.
It can be combined with other styles of acupuncture or complementary therapies such as osteopathy or chiropractics where its use may enhance or expedite recovery.
Toyohari has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses, such as arthritis, menstrual problems, digestive problems, skin conditions, asthma, musculo-skeletal problems, and pain relief, to name a few. The symptoms of the condition are treated directly but the underlying imbalance, which is causing the problem, is also addressed.
The unique diagnostic techniques developed in Toyohari enable practitioners to work to address problems that may respond more quickly to Toyohari than other treatments. In particular musculo-skeletal problems especially around the neck and shoulders can be very responsive to this treatment.
How is Toyohari Acupuncture used?
The practice uses innovative new techniques, including the use of needles made of different metals such as silver, gold, copper and zinc, and “contact needling”, where a silver needle or probe is held on or over the skin, without penetrating it.
A Toyohari treatment is a very relaxing experience, with most people feeling a deep sense of calm and wellbeing. The practitioner will gently palpate your abdomen and feel the pulse at the wrist to highlight imbalances, before setting to work on these underlying imbalances with contact needling over selected points on the body or stroking the skin with a rounded silver Toyohari instrument called an enshin (it looks a bit like a solid silver lollipop!) or sanshin (like a tiny silver cone). A technique called moxibustion may also be used to apply warmth to certain points. Clients often experience little more than a sensation of warmth or tingling as the points are stimulated. A Toyohari treatment typically takes between 1/2 an hour to an hour.
Toyohari is often used as a way of maintaining health and well being, as well to address specific health issues. Typically, treatment is required once week for 10 weeks, at which point your condition would be reassessed. After your condition has stabilised you may only need to be treated once every 4-8 weeks for continued health maintenance.
History and Background
Toyohari was founded by Kodo Fukushima, a well known blind Japanese acupuncturist. Today there are over 1,000 Toyohari acupuncturists in Japan and in recent years a number of practitioners have been trained throughout the west. Once qualified, a Toyohari practitioner makes a commitment to continuing professional development and attends monthly study groups allowing them to remain a member of the Toyohari Association.