Ota Acupuncture & Moxibustion Association
Ota Acupuncture & Moxibustion Association is actively involved in the community.
Ota Acupuncture & Moxibustion Association consists of shinkyu specialists. Our mission is to provide health care services to the residents of Ota Ward and to perform safe and reliable treatments.
We also aim to improve the quality of the acupuncturists and to engage in activities to exhibit the excellence of shinkyu to the world.
What is shinkyu?
The practice of Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion is called
shinkyu. Shinkyu treatments involve stimulation of specific
points on the body, called tsubo, using fine needles and moxa
(the burning of a mugwort herb on or near the body). The main
purpose is to strengthen the natural healing abilities and
immunity that the human body innately possesses.
Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, shinkyu has very few side effects
and are considered to be extremely gentle to the body.
The Long History of Shinkyu
It is said that the history of acupuncture in
ancient China originated with the use of stone,
which then shifted to the use of metals.
(Acupuncture needles made of stainless steel
are most commonly used today.)
Acupuncture and moxibustion were introduced
to Japan in the 6th century and have
developed in their own unique way. They
gained most popularity in the late Edo period
and played a vital role in society at that time.
Studies have been continually evaluating
acupuncture and moxibution. Countries from
all over the world, including Japan, are
actively giving research presentations on the
scientific evidence of the clinical effectiveness
in international acupuncture conferences.
What Is the Japanese Acupuncture License System Like?
In Japan, acupuncturists are licensed by the Minister of Health,
Labour and Welfare after graduating from an accredited technical
school or college and passing a national examination.
The practitioners working at the member clinics of Ota
Acupuncture & Moxibustion Association are all licensed
acupuncturists, and the clinics are registered with the local
public health centers, so the safety of the patients is assured.
Safety and Hygiene Standards
Needles used by most acupuncture clinics in Japan are sterilized
In the case that a clinic does not use disposable needles, a
sterilizer called an autoclave is used. This sterilization method is
practiced in compliance with the procedure that WHO (the World
Health Organization) and the Minister of Health, Labour and
Welfare in Japan officially approve.
Conditions Treated by Shinkyu
Although shinkyu is known to effectively treat stiff neck and
lower back pain, they can also help many other conditions.
Clinical Indications for Shinkyu
【Neurology 】 Neuralgia ・Autonomic imbalance ・Headache ・Migraine・Insomnia, etc.
【Musculoskeletal】 Arthritis・Rheumatoid arthritis ・Low back pain ・Frozen shoulder, etc.
【Cardiology 】Hypertension / Hypotension・Palpitation・Shortness of breath,etc.
【Respiratory 】Bronchitis ・Asthma ・Common cold, etc.
【Gastrointestinal】 Digestive Disorder・Kidney dysfunction, etc.
【Endocrine and Metabolic】 Graves’ disease・Diabetes・Gout, etc.
【Urology 】 Bladder infection ・Urinary-tract infection ・Sexual dysfunction, etc.
【Gynecology 】Menopause ・Dysmenorrhea
(Period pain)・Irregular period・Infertility, etc.
【Ear, Nose and Throat】Tinnitus (Ear ringing)・Hearing loss・Meniere Disease・
Sinus infection, etc.
【Eye Disorders】Eye strain ・Pseudomyopia (False nearsightedness)・Conjunctivitis, etc.
【Pediatric】 Colic・Night terrors・Asthma・Bed-wetting, etc.