What is Japanese Acupuncture?

Less is more. At least, that’s the way the Japanese traditions see acupuncture, moxibustion and soft tissue work. It’s a beautiful, gentle tradition that uses more subtle stimuli for greater effect, creating a calming yet comprehensive experience for the patient. Starting in the 1700’s, Japanese acupuncture was practiced primarily by blind practitioners. This accounts for the extremely refined and gentle touch during treatment, and makes it a better therapy for exhausted, highly stressed, sensitive individuals and children.

Acupuncture typically involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points to alleviate pain, swelling or discomfort as well as facilitate healing. The Japanese style of acupuncture uses smaller needles, shallow insertions and almost imperceptible manipulation to stimulate the acupuncture points. In some cases the needle is not even inserted but is held at a point or used in a stroking fashion.

The Japanese traditions rely on hara/abdominal palpation diagnosis along with pulse taking to determine patterns of disharmony. From there, the most beneficial techniques for the session will be chosen. This may include body acupuncture, ear acupuncture, moxibustion, guasha, cupping, body work or herbs. In many cases, Tracy will also provide nutritional and exercise advice to bring about substantial, long-term change.

Working with Tracy

Tracy believes many people can benefit from acupuncture but she especially enjoys working with orthopedic concerns in athletes and fitness enthusiasts and in helping people with chronic and complex disharmonies. She also enjoys working with children using non-insertive pediatric acupuncture techniques called Shonishin. Tracy works continuously at studying new techniques while refining existing ones.

The experience of working with Tracy is filled with encouragement, expertise and ideas that actually fit your life. It’s also filled with an immense knowledge base, a wide range of skills, and gentle demeanor that makes every treatment a pleasant and meaningful experience. Whether it’s complicated or simple, she’ll help you reach your goals in a friendly, holistic manner.

Tracy practices:

Manaka Ion Pumping Cords
Keiraku Chiryo Meridian Therapy
Shonishin Non-insertive Pediatric Acupuncture
Kiiko Matsumoto
Miki Shima Divergent Channels Protocol
Shaku Ju Therapy

The Beauty of Moxibustion

“Never go on a long trip with someone who doesn’t burn moxa at ST36”. 
~ Japanese proverb

In a damp, cold climate like Portland, moxibustion can be one of the most beneficial therapies available. Its drying, warming, and moving heat effectively counteracts the influence of cold and damp on or in the body. There are many forms of moxibustion, direct and indirect. Each application provides a unique strength for promoting healing.

Studies in Japan show that regular moxibution increases white blood cell counts, thereby enhancing immunity. It’s also excellent as a home therapy, especially for the treatment of stubborn osteoarthritis pain, chronic fatigue and immune enhancement. Often the consistent use of moxibusion resolves previously unchanging conditions.

Acupuncture or ice pack?
More and more, athletes are using acupuncture to recover quickly from injury. Tracy is currently the team acupuncturist for the University of Portland Athletic Department and guest lectures at the University of Portland regarding the use of acupuncture for sports injuries.
"I always felt I had made progress upon leaving Tracy's office. I also found her to be extremely knowledgeable and felt I could absolutely trust her in caring for my health." ~ Dena, patient  

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