Secretariat 2012 WFAS International Symposium and Workshop on Acupuncture

Japan Tokyo Seino Acupuncture and Orthopedics Clinic
Asako MurataEToshimune NambaEMasaki YamadaEMitsunori Seino


Acupuncture therapy can be effectively applied for the treatment of acute conditions, as shown in many cases of complete response observed at Seino Acupuncture and Orthopedics Clinic. Here, we discuss the immediate and complete therapeutic responses obtained by acupuncture for abdominal pain resulting from a direct physical blow to that region.

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Doctors from our clinic have served as Kyokushinkaikan Karatedo tournament doctors for more than ten years. As a martial art accompanied by physical blows to the body, karatedo may in practice result in bone fractures, contusions, and strain. A skillfully delivered seiken (two-knuckle punch) to the solar plexus may result in immediate and severe abdominal pain, difficulty in breathing and moving, and sometimes in loss of consciousness. A specific acupuncture therapy can be administered for immediate recovery from these conditions.

For this purpose, a 0.20 × 40-mmiPRRԁj silver needle is applied at acupuncture point uGV8؏kv. In many cases, the subject (the karatedo athlete) may be only faintly conscious or in severe pain, and may therefore be unable to assume the prone position. The prone position is the most desirable position for application of the technique, but a lateral recumbent position may also be used. The subject’s skin is slowly pierced at uGV8؏kvwhile twirling the needle. On penetration to approximately 3 cm, the subject’s breathing stabilizes and consciousness is regained. Needling (press needling) continues with the practitioner sensing the Shinmyo I (curious needle feeling= The sensation detected when the needles touch the body. ),until the subject becomes free of pain and recovers to the condition prior to the blow. With this technique, similar results can be obtained for any subject.

Discovery of this therapeutic technique emerged by chance in a process of trial and error deriving from characteristic aspects of Japanese acupuncture. The origin of the termu GV8؏kvrefers to the phenomenon of muscle contraction. When I considered and selected this acupoint in light of its characteristics, I then discovered that its utilization could lead to the effects described above.

Shinmyo Irefers to a particular sensation transmitted to the practitioner when the needle is in contact with the body. The Chinese medical term obtaining qi Ccorresponds to the Japanese term needle sensation I, but the Japanese shinmyo Iconcept is not found in Chinese acupuncture. In the practice of acupuncture in Japan, importance is attached to both needle sensation Iand shinmyo I, but shinmyo I is regarded as the more important of the two in Japanese acupuncture practice. The shinmyo I sensation is deemed essential when providing treatment. This and the many other acupuncture techniques and skills that have been conceived and developed in Japan may be attributed to a particular mode of sensation among Japanese acupuncture practitioners. “Needle manipulation” ^Irefers to the utilization of a broad range of acupuncture techniques and skills.

Acupuncture therapy can produce remarkable effects for the treatment of acute conditions. In the treatment of difficult or intractable diseases and conditions, the command and utilization of traditional Japanese methods and techniques of acupuncture, rather than resignation and reliance on a single therapeutic method, can, in many cases, result in the discovery of new and dramatically effective therapeutic methods. In this light, we hope that the understanding of Japanese acupuncture will continue to deepen and that its salient features will spread and be used at many therapeutic sites and in many different countries throughout the world.

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