Japanese Style Acupuncture
This works the same principles as Chinese style acupuncture but is a slightly gentler approach, whereby the needles are incredibly thin, and are not manipulated while they are in the points. There are several subtle techniques involved in Japanese acupuncture, including touch needling which means the needle does not actually penetrate the skin but is held over the point and the practitioner uses their own qi to access the patient's. For those who are very tired or in great pain, this is an incredibly useful technique. Japanese style acupuncture involves the same kind of diagnostic technique, but also uses hara diagnosis whereby the practitioner palpates the abdomen and channels on the body to ascertain if there is any tightness or sensation (pain, hot, cold etc.) which assists with the diagnosis of underlying problems.