Japanese Acupuncture with Momoko Hashimoto

Published on March 02, 2016

Japanese Acupuncture with Momoko Hashimoto

Acupuncture is one of the oldest known health practices in the world – originating in China at least 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points in the skin in order to rebalance the body and encourage healing. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions – from musculoskeletal complaints and diseases, to non-specific ailments such as tiredness.
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At Sydney Health Professionals, we offer treatments in Japanese Acupuncture with Momoko Hashimoto. We asked her about her practice and what patients can expect.

What is Japanese Acupuncture and how is it different to Chinese Acupuncture?

Very generally put, Japanese Acupuncture places more emphasis on palpation and uses thinner needles with shallower insertion. I use deeper/thicker needles too if the pathology involves blood or the fluids. All theories and the origin of acupuncture practice come from China and the variation in practice is due to the different environments where it has evolved – just like with people. What I practice is similar to the classical methods used in China, as opposed to modern, scientific methods. The styles and approach will vary for every practitioner as well.

How did you get interested in Japanese Acupuncture?

It was being introduced to my current teachers’ methods and teachings that led to where I am now. They gave me the answers to questions that I’d had since graduating from the acupuncture course. One of my teachers happens to be Japanese and the other is English, living in Tokyo.

How long have you been practising Japanese Acupuncture?

I have been practising for five years, although I graduated ten years ago.

Where did you study and what did it involve?

I completed a Bachelor Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. As part of my studies, we undertook an internship at the University Hospital in Nanjing, China. Since then, I have continued on with my studies.

What kind of conditions do you treat?

I don’t have any specialities. I treat the body to bring it back into balance. All symptoms/conditions are a manifestation of the body’s imbalance.

What should a patient expect when they come and see you?

Don’t have any expectations. Everyone responds differently to treatments, as the depth of the treatment- condition will be different.

Does it hurt?

Generally no – but some people are more sensitive than others, so it can.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The magic of making changes in peoples bodies by just placing a needle on certain points of the body. The change can happen in few seconds. That’s my favourite part.

Momoko is available for consultation at Sydney Health Professionals on Saturdays.

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