• Nicole Anderson Rac., LMT

Dedicated to learning

Updated: Jul 16, 2018

My career in holistic health began more than 20 years ago at Utah College of Massage Therapy. While working as a registered massage therapist in Alberta, I studied Chinese Medicine at Grant Macewan College. With an almost insatiable thirst for knowledge I furthered my education by studying at Heze Medical College as well as many other hospitals in China.


My time in China was incredible



Chinese vs Japanese Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine and healing in the world. It has been around for thousands of years, and originated in China. From there it spread to Japan, Korea, and Taiwan where each of these cultures have developed their own signature-style acupuncture.


People might ask which acupuncture style hurts less? Please keep in mind that all acupuncturists use needles that are very thin – about the same size as a strand of your hair! They are also not hollow (like a hypodermic needle in the hospital) so the patient will notice a pain-free or close-to-it experience.


This article aims to highlight some main differences between Japanese and Chinese Acupuncture:


  1. The Size of the Needles – Japanese needles are thinner and smaller than Chinese needles.

  2. Depth of Insertion – Japanese style needles are inserted more superficial than Chinese needles.

  3. Diagnosis – Chinese Acupuncture relies more on pulse, face and tongue diagnosis while Japanese Acupuncture relies more on Stomach Palpation for diagnosis.

  4. Palpation – Japanese Acupuncture relies heavily on palpation before a needle is inserted. Originally Japanese Acupuncture was the career choice for the blind in ancient Japan because of it’s emphasis on palpation and less on sight.

  5. Sensation – Chinese Acupuncture tries to get a stronger qi sensation than Japanese Acupuncture

  6. Moxa – Japanese Acupuncture moxa cones are as small as a rice grain while Chinese cones are much larger.


Bringing it all together


Do you know anyone that knows anyone that wants to try acupuncture but is needle-phobic? I like to pleasantly surprise these sensitive patients that acupuncture doesn’t hurt by practicing the more gentle approach to Japanese style acupuncture. Depending on the clients needs I may blend Japanese and Chinese styles to enhance my diagnosis and results. Both have their strengths.


I also use Japanese style acupuncture to release abdominal scars and have great results. I am especially interested in abdominal scars because the abdomen is where our energy power centers originates. Once the scar tissue is released the flow of energy and blood can move freely and healing can reach areas that you sometimes don’t even think are related to a scar. I have even seen chronic back pain disappear after releasing abdominal scars!



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