The Life and Times of a Japanese Acupuncture Practitioner Downunder.

The Life and Times of a Japanese Acupuncture Practitioner Downunder

After celebrating a joyous Christmas with my family I headed off to the until New Year’s Day.

Blues n Roots Music, Woodford Style

Our campsite at the festival was some distance up a hill, thus we were incredibly fortunate to avoid the mud bath that occurred on the flats where many thousands of people were camped.

Primo Campsite Woodford Folk Festival

Slippery entrance to our campsite

Parked for the week, bring on the tractor.

Literally hundreds of amazingly talented musicians, artists, performers to kept the masses entertained and our minds off the incessant downpour.

Singing in the rain....

I set up camp in the rain and I broke camp in the rain, I saw people bleeding where chafing from their gum boots had rubbed holes in the legs, I saw people who had set up there camp on the flats with as much mud inside their tent as the quagmire outside.

Love in the rain....

Blowin in the rain.....

Walking in the rain.....

Croaking in the rain.....

Still walking in the rain.......

Those boots were made for, walking in the rain......

Who didn't stop the rain.......

At the festival I encountered several members of .

Sylvia, who graciously organized my entry to the festival to take video and photos of the show that she was performing in and with her fiancé, Gabriel, were responsible for locating a brilliant and relatively dry camp site.

Andrew, one of the key three of volunteered to practice acupuncture to assist the volunteers who kept the festival utilities clean and running.

I must admit to taking advantage of his presence and receiving two blissful Japanese acupuncture/Meridian therapy treatments from him during my stay.

Efrat, another member, who worked as my clinical assistant for several years and is now a very successful practitioner of several years experience worked in the First Nation’s (indigenous peoples) tea house, enjoying herself enormously, especially since the teahouse was adjacent to the stage.

Adam, the second of the key three at dropped in on his way back home to Canberra from Rockhampton, a round trip of several thousand kilometers, escaping the rising floodwaters in the central North Coast of Queensland by the skin of his teeth.

Eva my student, former clinical assistant and fellow member came for the pure joy and entertainment, unaware that Sylvia, Andrew, Efrat, Adam and I were in attendance. It was great to catch up and learn that she had just one subject to complete to graduate.

Andrew, Adam and I held an impromptu meeting amidst an absolute smorgasbord of distractions.

By virtue of modern technology and the Internet, Adam and Andrew were able to virtually meet our newly appointed web developer on the subcontinent (India), and thrash out the details of our current upgrade only meters away from the pounding music of the blues and roots stage late at night on 29th December amidst the chaos created by the relentless rain.

I must admit to some degree of relief to leave the festival on New Year’s Day pretty well unscathed, with a couple of hours of video recording, several hundred photos and close to an overdose of musical vibrations.

Before Christmas I was able to record several interviews with colleagues from many corners of the globe.

Francisco in Luxembourg, Andy in New Jersey, Jiri in Prague and Adam in San Diego, all contributing to a more global understanding of traditional acupuncture.

In the first of these interviews, Adam talks about the journey from graduation to his present practice at the Awakenings Health Institute where in addition to general practice, he specializes in treatment to aid the recovery of victims of severe spinal and brain injury.

To find out more about his adventures and his unique career path in the practice of acupuncture, please click on the following link to watch part one of this enlightening interview.

Wishing you a prodigiously prosperous and minimally stressful 2011,



Apologies to our members from the Czech Republic for the extended delay in providing you with access to video recorded at the ‘Bridging the Gap between TCM and Japanese Acupuncture’ workshop held in Prague in September last year.

I am acutely aware of the importance of providing attendees with an opportunity to revise and study the contents of that workshop in their native language.

We are working on it and should have the first video posted on very shortly.

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture.  For over 15 years, independent of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei and Edward Obaidey, Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 50 Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the Czech republic. Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly nature, clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Japanese Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based workshops and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 15 years post and undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar globally in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.

Join him in Exploring the Art of Acupuncture in the 21st century at

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. Thank you for your lovely pictures and insights. I am a pharmacy student, and I have been interested in finding out more about acupuncture ever since I checked out the monograph on I usually look up CAM-related topics on Natural Standard’s website, and I saw that there is much quality scientific evidence supporting the use of acupuncture for many different indications. Thanks again.

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