One of the major styles of acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture is based on much of the same theory as Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, unlike acupuncture in China, acupuncture theory and practice developed separately from herbal medicine in Japan. Primarily practiced by the blind for centuries, Japanese style acupuncture heavily relies on palpation of the abdomen and meridians as well as the pulses.

Japanese style acupuncture generally involves the use of very thin needles, and extremely mild stimulation. Additionally, direct moxa is the most predominant adjunct to a to a Japanese style treatment. This style of acupuncture is ideal for needle sensitive patients and those who require a more subtle treatment