KIIKO MATSUMOTO STYLE ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine, single-use, sterile needles into the skin to gently manipulate the body’s energy into harmony and balance. In the past few years, Juliana has been mainly focusing on using the Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) of acupuncture because it is so gentle and effective. Developed by a blind acupuncturist in Japan, Master Nagano, and passed down to Master Kiiko Matsumoto, this style incorporates palpation – touching the body to gain information – often on the belly, neck, hands, feet, and head. This set of information tells the practitioner about the internal state of the patient and what is at the root of the health issues presented.
By placing needles at key locations that relieve the tender or painful areas found upon palpation, both the practitioner and patient get instant feedback that the treatment is working. This system works well not only for aches, pains, and numbness in the body, but also for autoimmune conditions, fertility, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, and more. Additionally, other non-invasive modalities (ion flowing diode rings, direct moxibustion, tiger warmer) can be employed to treat patients (without needles) when needles are not the best treatment for a patient, or in addition to needles to enhance the treatment when it is indicated.
When called for, Juliana employs other acupuncture systems, mainly those by Doctor Richard Teh Fu Tan and Master Tong Ching-Chang. Sometimes electro-acupuncture is used, and it works by attaching electrical leads to needles to stimulate tissues in a different way than manual acupuncture. It can be used to treat pain, increase circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, reduce inflammation, stimulate nerves and enhance tissue growth.
For those who are travelling or live outside the Bay Area and are seeking an acupuncturist who works using Nagano Style Acupuncture (Nagano was Kiiko’s teacher) then please check out this resource: Nagano Style Acupuncturists
A special thanks to Jason Chong, a fellow Nagano Style acupuncturist, who created this resource.