Japanese Acupuncture V Medical Acupuncture

I sent the following  email to a student and colleague, you may be interested in their replies.


Thought you might be interested to hear that I am receiving a number of reports about physio’s advertising acupuncture as distinct from dry needling.

Also, you might be interested in this article.


I wonder who is doing the quality control on the treatment ?

It seems the simplistic, prescriptive, point based nature of TCM and lack of skills training is going to bite us on the backside.

All the Best,

A response from my student follows.

I reckon the best thing that we can do to ensure the survival of Traditional Acupuncture is to:

a) not compromise our diagnostic/treatment structure
b) keep impeccable notes
c) actively seek out relationships with medical practitioners
d) keep helping people get better

A response from a senior colleague follows.

They can do what they like at present and can set their own standard as Chinese medicine is not currently a protected profession.

Even when it is I still think we will not be able to stop them

We just have to continue to be who we are and let people/client know just how dangerous we are as a profession and that is why we are going to be registered.

Sorry I can not be any more helpful.

Do you have any comments on how we might best handle this scenario?

Also directly below is the link to an excellent short news video on pediatric acupuncture from the states, courtesy of  Vitalis Skiauteris in New Zealand.



Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture.  For well over a decade, independent of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei and Edward Obaidey, Alan has presented, convened and hosted in the vicinity of 30 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand and USA. Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly nature, clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based workshops and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 14 years post and undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar globally in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.

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About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.


  1. Learning about Japanese medicine is so interesting! It is so different than Western medicine, but no less complicated. I found some info on acupuncture and allergies in this article: http://www.seasonal-allergies.info/articles/acupuncture-and-allergies/index.php

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