Toyohari Meridian Therapy is unique to Japan and is part of the Keiraku Chiryo acupuncture tradition. This makes it part of the oldest system of acupuncture still in daily use as the majority of its practitioners are blind or visually impaired. Traditionally in Japan acupuncture is a profession for the blind and has been for over four hundred years.
Toyohari is a complete system of acupuncture that follows the guidelines in the classical texts of the Nan Jing, Su Wen and Ling Su all written over 1800 years ago. Its practitioners use Gold, Silver and Steel needles to ‘contact’ the acupuncture points on the body following classical five phase theory.
Precise palpation skills:
Treatment is based on the practitioner’s ability to feel and work with Qi throughout the patient’s body. Practitioners employs the “four diagnoses” (asking, looking, listening, and touching), and focus on discerning imbalances among the twelve main circulating meridians.
Pulse diagnosis is at an advanced level, with other areas, particularly the abdomen (hara) used during palpatory diagnosis.
Influence of blind practitioners:
Its gentle approach, which emphasizes touch in diagnosis, reflects the general approach to acupuncture in Japan that has been uniquely influenced by a four-hundred-year-old tradition of blind acupuncture practitioners started by the blind acupuncturist Waichi Sugiyama.
The founder of the Toyohari Association, Kodo Fukushima Sensei, as well as most of its current senior practitioners were and are blind or visually impaired.