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Acupuncture Without Needles

Contrary to popular belief, there is more to acupuncture than puncturing the skin with needles. Since ancient times, acupuncturists have utilized a variety of methods as appropriate to the case. In fact, the Chinese word for acupuncture, “Zhenjiu,” literally means, “needle moxa.” Moxa, or moxibustion, refers to the external application of heat to acupuncture points or to other areas of the body. Moxibustion, is, for the most part, a needle-free method. Also, not all needles were intended to penetrate the skin. For example, one needle in particular, the “teishin” is a device that stimulates the acupuncture points and meridians without penetrating the skin. This is a method that is completely painless.

Arlington Acupuncture Clinic offers the traditional therapy of Japanese Shakuju Acupuncture. One of the distinctive features of Shakuju Acupuncture is its use of a specialized teishin needle. Although this needle may look like a standard acupuncture needle, it is actually quite different. The tip is rounded; and the practitioner uses a gentle form of stimulation in which the skin is NOT punctured with the needle. Although a very gentle form of treatment, it is very effective. Thomas E. Turpen, MS, R.Ac., learned Shakuju Acupuncture from the Japanese master, Shoji Kobayashi Sensei who has been practicing acupuncture for about 50 years. 

Assorted Teishin Needles