Toyohari Acupuncture

What Is Toyohari Acupuncture?

Toyohari is a Japanese system of acupuncture mainly performed by blind acupuncturists and incorporating the use of meridian therapy. Meridian therapy is traditional Japanese medicine based on pulse diagnosis.

It involves a clinical reading called Akashi which is a holistic interpretation of illness derived from an understanding of ki and ketsu (yang and yin). Disturbances in the ki and ketsu are are identified through the kyo and jitsu (insufficiency and greatly excessive amounts) of the meridians and treatment is effected with ho and sha (reducing and supplimentation) techniques using hari and okyu (acupuncture and moxa). Meridian points serve as loci for both diagnosis and treatment.

Based on hari traditions thousands of years old as recorded in the classical medical texts Suwen, Ling Shu and Nan Jing the term ‘meridian therapy’ was adopted in 1939 for the purpose of distinguishing traditional hari from modern acupuncture and is formulated according to the concepts of yin and yang – five phases ki ketsu fu meridians and also making use of pulse diagnosis, akashi and ho sha needling. It may be assumed that its methods and goals differ from those of modern systems only on the diagnosis and treatment of certain pre-established physical conditions.

The meridian system functions as a perfect and complete mechanism for protection against illness by enabling the body naturally to resist attacks of simple disease causing elements.

Meridian therapy doctrine states: “If there’s no internal weakness or injury external causes of illness cannot affect the body.” therefore, viruses, bad weather etc are not the primary causes of disease. Rather, internal weakness or injury arising from for eg. a weak constitution or emotional disorder eventually allows repeated attack by these external diseases causing agents to break down the meridian-based mechanisms thus leading to contraction and development of illness.

Disease attacks the body from the superficial skin layer via the meridians and manifests as changes of excess ( jitsu ) and deficiency (kyo). Disease is wholly defined by the kyo and jitsu of the meridians and the 4 way examination system.

What Happens During The Session?

A case history of present symptoms and medical history is taken followed by the 4 way examination system, listening, looking, questioning and palpating. Once the aforementioned changes in the meridians are understood the correct ho and sha techniques can be applied and meridian defences are thus repaired, vital energy strengthened and the patient is relieved of illness.

Toyohari employs contact needling in which the needle does not penetrate the skin but the practitioner focuses and concentrates qi to the point and correctly presents it to the meridian.

What Is It Used For?

Many health problems have responded well to treatment covering a wide range of medical conditions and complaints, for example

back pain, headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, fatigue, ME, low energy, stress, emotional distress, psychological problems, ear nose and throat problems, stomach problems, intestinal problems, pregnancy related problems and neurological problems.


Also treated are children with very delicate techniques that are well received by children and infants.

This special method called Shonishin has been found to be helpful for a range of problems including

  • asthma
  • recurrent ear infections or colds
  • muscular-skeletal
  • gastrointestinal
  • behavioural
  • psychological
  • skin
  • urinary
  • and developmental problems.
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