Toyohari or ‘East Asian Needle Therapy’

Toyohari or ‘East Asian Needle Therapy’ is a highly developed technically advanced form of Meridian Therapy. It was initially developed by very experienced blind practitioners in Japan and has been continuously refined in the 50 years since it began. In Toyohari needles are not inserted to produce treatment effects. This requires a lot of structured study to be able to perform. The practitioners have used Toyohari style treatment successfully for a wide range of conditions. The approach is very comfortable for the patient, especially those concerned about the needles. Treatment is assessed monitoring changes of the pulses and skin condition.

Branch treatment approaches include the following general


chishin – light needling for a few minutes

kyutoshin – application of moxa to the needles

okyu – application of moxa to pressure points on the skin

chinetsukyu – application of a very gentle form of moxa

hinaishin – application of very small needles that are inserted

very shallowly and retained for a few days

empishin – application of another type of small needle that is retained for a few days

ryu – application of small metal balls to give pressure to points on the body surface

kyukaku – application of ‘cupping’ with pumped cups

shiraku – application of micropuncture to stimulate circulation