The Art of Japanese Acupuncture

It is exactly 2 weeks since my return from Ikeda sensei’s clinic and I am only just beginning to get a sense of what I learned.

At sensei’s clinic in Imabari, Japan, conversation was at a premium, a direct result of my diabolical Japanese literacy levels.

Ikeda sensei’s teaching was almost exclusively in the doing and my learning was in direct proportion to my awareness.

It was imperative that my focus be on song and I put aside all egocentric tendencies and share the common ground of patient welfare, positive intent and focused awareness.

Observing Ikeda sensei delivered a size 10 energetic boot to my backside, I have absolutely no room for complacency and much room for development.

Development in any ‘hands on’ field does not occur simply by thinking about it.

The level of awareness and willingness to do the hard yards are essential components of our successful development as skilled practitioners, opening the door to the highly refined and therapeutically potent ‘Art’ of Traditional Acupuncture.

No one said it was easy and a real devotion to the refinement of our skills is required for us to deliver increasingly powerful and effective acupuncture treatment.

I was and remain inspired by the impressive willingness of the Japanese students to continually develop and refine their skills through practice.

Their commitment to cellular learning in conjunction with the development of intellectual understanding and acceptance that skill comes from practice seems so balanced, a logical extension of the philosophy upon which this medicine is traditionally based.

I remain in awe of Ikeda sensei’s capacity to molecularly mould to the patient with his left hand, his seriously honed/forged needling and palpation skills, clarity of focus and purpose are inspirational.

As a result I have increased the use of my left hand dramatically through extended abdominal and meridian palpation.

I am also doing my best to ensure that tactile preparation of meridians and points is done with an increased awareness and sensitivity of the potential for energetic change in the patient.

Greater awareness of my left hand and the subsequent information received from and signals sent the patient have become top priority as I seek to implement my learning.

In a subtle, almost osmotic way, some of the powerful sense of serenity and purpose that resonated throughout Ikeda sensei’s clinic has found its way into my molecular fabric.

I trust that my patients feel the difference.




Some lush images of Imabari, Japan follow.

img2009-03-09-205226_edit_blogGambling, Japanese style. You can being able the feeling of my ecstasy. It is beginning an origin of the enchantment that always enchants you. I making also wish me more feeling. Enough reward bounces if the ecstasy thing can be done me.

img2009-03-09-210618_edit_blogNight Lights of Imabari


img2009-03-09-211032_edit_blog1 Win, lose or draw they will always love you??? Now can you be won?  There is tomorrow even if fallen. Are not you decisively turning ahead and fighting? I will always be waiting with PAO. It is good though always comes

img2009-03-09-211155_blog HARD OFF, BOOK OFF, OFF HOUSE

img2009-03-10-085927_edit_blogRice paddy, just minutes away from Ikeda sensei’s clinic.

img2009-03-10-090037_edit_blogMore agricultural endeavor.

img2009-03-10-090424_edit_blogNew Homes and Gardens, Japanese-style.

img2009-03-10-090451_edit_editEmphatic symmetry

img2009-03-10-090515_edit_blogSimply awesome.

img2009-03-10-090840_edit_blogTantalizingly textual.

img2009-03-10-090934_edit_blogMaximum utilization of arable land.

img2009-03-10-091508_edit_blogManhole cover, every picture tells a story.

img2009-03-10-091653_edit_blogDo the right thing….

img2009-03-10-091907_edit_blogSome of the first cherry blossoms.

img2009-03-10-092433_edit_blogA MacMuffin disappears down the hatch.

img2009-03-10-141634_edit_blogOhyo Gazaimus?

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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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. Nice post about acupuncture,
    rarely heard about Japanese acupuncture,

    thanks for sharing info,

    • Cheers Monica,
      Traditional is the word that comes to mind as I read your very welcome comment. With investigation you may discover that Traditional Japanese Acupuncture is very closely aligned to the classics including, ‘Su Wen’, Ling Shu,’ Shan Han Lun’,’Nan Ching’.
      The needling techniques of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture are mentioned in the classical texts also.
      Thanks heaps for taking the time and making the effort to comment.
      All the best
      Kind Regards,
      This form of acupuncture is extremely consumer friendly, especially in the west.

  2. Ansrea Plichta says

    Hi Alan,
    So wonderful to hear of your inspirational studies with Sensi. Your words have brought a breath of life back to my intent. We can never have too much of that! Hope the water’s pulse rolls off your board with all the beauty that we have!

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