On April 5, 2011, I left my hometown Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture for Miyagi Prefecture, traveling an about 900 km (one-way) by motorcycle.
Then I worked in Miyagi as an acupuncture and moxibustion volunteer for disaster victims until April 17.
My acupuncture techniques are basically those in which the therapist touches needles on the skin of patients, and these techniques are called contact needle therapy.
The needles are made of various types of metals such as gold, silver, copper.
I sometimes rub the patient skin with these needles, and sometimes hit the head of a needle to cause vibration and convey it to the body.
This is one of the traditional methods in Japan.
In the Tohoku area, strong aftershocks continue to occur even now, more than one month after the disaster.
In an earthquake-stricken area, where aftershocks often happen, people may suddenly be shaken, shocked, or hit (they may fall down or some falling objects may hit their bodies).
If an acupuncturist uses a treatment in which a needle stays in a patient body for a certain period of time, the needle in the body may hurt the patient when an aftershock occurs. Also, if many needles stay in a patient body, it is difficult for the patient to quickly escape from dangers when an aftershock occurs.
However, the contact needle therapy eliminates the above worries because needles do not stay in the body of patients but they just touch the skin when the therapy is performed.
Therefore, the contact needle therapy can be considered safer for suffers in earthquake-stricken areas.
The contact needle therapy is also safe techniques from the aspect of good hygiene.
In disaster areas, maintaining a high hygiene level is often difficult.
If perfect sterilization of medical implements cannot always be ensured, the contact needle therapy, without pricking the skin of patients, is relatively safe from bacterial infection and other contamination.
Acupuncturists are also safe from infection through blood as long as they are using the contact needle therapy.
As I described above, the contact needle therapy is relatively safe, and it is easy for sufferers in disaster areas who say, "I'm scared of acupuncture," to accept treatment of this therapy.
Yo shin do
I made "Biwa-shu".
"Biwa" is loquat.
This is "Yaku-shu".
"Yaku" is medicine, "shu" is alchol.
This is pickled Loquat seeds to alcohol.
It is effective Bruises, sprains, bruises, burns, dermatitis, stomatitis, gastritis, etc.
Loquat has been a panacea for long times.
so,this is one of Japan's traditional medicine.
I have one book about old acupuncture and moxibustion medicine in Japan.
It was written by Masatoyo Hongo in the Edo era (1718).
The book is titled Shinkyu choho ki.
There was a person who was one of the renowned acupuncturists in recent times in Japan.
His name is Katsunosuke Yagishita (1854-1946)
It is said that he read only one book about acupuncture and moxibustion in his life, and the book he read was Shinkyu choho ki (acupuncture and moxibustion handbook)
This book has been translated in to modern Japanese and a lot of translated books are available now.
However, I wanted an old book described in the original words.
So, I was looking for such one, and I was able to get one.
My book was published in 1748.
This book is a manual of the acupuncture and moxibustion treatment in those days.
I think, by reading this book, I can get a glimpse of what kind of treatment acupuncturists in the Edo era were using.
"Secrets into Which Our School Has Been Initiated"
At first, for every disease, hit the [tanden] ([dantian]) with a [hari] (acupuncture needle).
The [tanden] is at a spot two sun (sun is an old unit of length, and two sun is about 6 cm) lower than the navel.
The [tanden] is a place to move the [jin-ki] ([jin]: kidney, [ki]: [qi].
the [jinki] controls vitality), and is the source of the 12 major [kei] (12 major meridians).
Hit the [tanden] with a [hari] at first, and then apply the technique of [sanshin] (a technique of [hari] to scatter [ki]) to move [genki] (one of [qi] in human and is brought by [jin]). At this time, do not concern yourself in the [keiketsu] (acupuncture points).
Hit with a [hari] only spots where [jaki] ([ja]: bad, [ki]: [qi]. [jaki] is bad [qi]) stays to open a way of [genki], and the [genki] will go along this way and the [ki] will begin to move.
If the [ki] moves, tan (phlegm, too much body fluid, or energy of water) moves according to it.
If the tan moves, [netsu] (too much body heat, energy of fire) goes away.
If the [netsu] scatters, fu (energy of wind) passes away in the physical inside.
In addition, if [ki] moves, [ketsu] (blood of bloodstream) is activated.
If the [ketsu] is activated, moisture occurs.
If the moisture occurs, [sei] (vitality, energy, spiritual strength, or power to constitute the body) increases.
When the [sei] increases, strong [shin] (spirit, mind, or power to control life activity) is born in a person.
This is an effect of the acupuncture.
Yo shin do
My name is Hiroshi Yamamoto.
I live in Nishinoiya city in Japan.
The city is located between Osaka and Kobe.
I opened an acupuncture and moxibustion clinic in this city.
The clinic is named "Yo-shin-do".
It is a small clinic with one bed for treatment.
I am engaged in treatment daily while studying medicine of Japanese traditional acupuncture and moxibustion.
There are various schools for acupuncture and moxibustion medicine.
The style that I study is based on "qi gong."
If you want to do study Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion medicine in Japan, please come and visit me.
I hope we will be able to study together.
Yo shin do