A Hands-on Introduction to Keiraku Chiryo – Japanese Meridian Therapy
Keiraku Chiryo – Meridian Therapy is a traditional form of acupuncture from Japan. It uses very delicate needling techniques to regulate the jing-luo or meridian system following traditional theories of acupuncture. Diagnostic decisions are largely based on palpation methods, especially of the radial pulses and abdominal palpation. The workshop will be taught in as hands-on an approach as possible to facilitate learning the basic system and its various techniques of diagnosis and treatment.
This course at a glance
September 28-29, 2024
Stephen Birch PhD
Recognition TCM Fachverband
Label No. 24509
About this course
Keiraku Chiryo – Meridian Therapy is a traditional form of acupuncture from Japan. It uses very delicate needling techniques to regulate the jing-luo or meridian system following traditional theories of acupuncture. Diagnostic decisions are largely based on palpation methods, especially of the radial pulses and abdominal palpation. The practice methods of this system are checked through continuous feedback of the pulses and other palpatory findings in a very systematic and practical manner.
Meridian Therapy is a movement to "return to the classics" through modern clinical practice. The movement started in Japan in the 1920s reaching maturity by the early 1940s. Today this movement represents ‘traditional acupuncture’ in Japan with as much as 10% of the 80,000+ acupuncturists in Japan thought to be using it. While there is a range of styles of Meridian Therapy with various ideas, approaches and methods, there are a few basic ideas that these styles have in common. Each places great emphasis on the following: radial pulse diagnosis, especially six position diagnosis; abdominal diagnosis; the basic theories of the Nan Jing, where the meridian circulation model is placed at the center of practice; the goal of treatment is simply to tonify the meridians that are vacuous and drain those that are replete; very gentle needling techniques are used to accomplish this.
After a brief discussion of the theories and development of keiraku chiryo, the focus will shift to practical skills, in particular: the basic diagnostic approaches of pulse and abdominal diagnosis, primary needling techniques, [barely inserted needling techniques (0.5 - 2 mm)] and a systematic step by step simplified treatment approach. During the workshop the instructor will teach how to perform the core ‘root’ treatment. This method is suitable for almost all patients, especially those who prefer not to feel the needles. At the end of the workshop the instructor will briefly explain how to continue studying and deepening one’s skills by explaining about the Toyohari system.
The workshop will be taught in as hands-on an approach as possible to facilitate learning the basic system and its various techniques of diagnosis and treatment.
About the Teacher
Stephen Birch lives and practices in The Netherlands. He has been practicing Japanese acupuncture for forty-two years. As well as studying with senior practitioner-teacher Yoshio Manaka, with whom he wrote the book ‘Chasing the Dragon’s Tail’, he has also studied with a number of other senior Meridian Therapists such as Denmei Shudo, Kodo Fukushima, Toshio Yanagishita, Akihiro Takai, Shozo Takahashi, Koryo Nakada, Shuho Taniuchi and Yutaka Shinoda. He is author of Shonishin – Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture and has co-authored Hara Diagnosis: Reflections on the Sea; Japanese Acupuncture; Extraordinary Vessels and Understanding Acupuncture. His new co-edited book on Qi and the Jingmai Restoring Order in Health and Chinese Medicine was released in 2014.
He is a well-known teacher in North America, Europe and Australasia. He teaches workshops and programs on Japanese acupuncture methods in various locations around Europe including Holland, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and also teaches in Australasia. He is one of the leading Meridian Therapists outside Japan, specializing in Toyohari, an advanced form of Meridian Therapy. He has helped run and teach Toyohari programs annually in Europe since 1999 and has taught Meridian Therapy in many European countries. He has also been involved in the scientific study of acupuncture for over twenty eight years, with a PhD in acupuncture research, publishing many papers in this area and is Associate Professor at the Kristiania University College, School of Health Sciences, Oslo Norway.