Treatment of pain with acupuncture – Toyohari, Japanese Meridian Therapy perspectives and strategies on chronic pain

Chronic pain is a complex condition with evolving approaches in biomedicine. New international definitions of ‘chronic primary pain’ and ‘chronic secondary pain’ open up opportunities for acupuncture as a therapeutic option. After briefly discussing scientific evidence for acupuncture in treatment of chronic pain conditions and accompanying problems and how medical experts have consumed that evidence , the lecture will outline how Toyohari, Meridian Therapy approaches the chronic pain patient and strategies for treatment of the pain and patient management

Following the lecture participants will know more about the general treatment and management of chronic pain conditions and strategies employed by practitioners of Toyohari, Japanese Meridian Therapy for these purposes

Learning objectives

This lecture will not include demonstrations or hands-on training, thus the learning objectives focus around knowledge of the field and conceptual understanding of the practice systems

– expanding definitions of chronic pain

– summarise current scientific evidence for acupuncture in the treatment of chronic pain conditions

– exploration of how scientific experts (Government-based, medical groups) have consumed that evidence and recommendations for the use of acupuncture

– clinical and strategical approaches in the treatment of chronic pain patients

– the needs for adjusting treatment for different chronic pain patients

– the conceptual basis of Toyohari Meridian Therapy – root & branch treatments

– brief description of root treatment

– overview of branch treatment approaches and their selection

Lives and practices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is an Associate Professor with the Kristiania University College acupuncture school in Norway. He began studying acupuncture in 1980, first learning two Chinese styles of acupuncture (including TCM) and then began working with Kiiko Matsumoto, co-authoring three books with her (including Extraordinary Vessels and Hara Diagnosis). In 1986 he began studying in Japan, first with Yoshio Manaka co-authoring his book Chasing the Dragon’s Tail. He then started studying Toyohari – Meridian Therapy in 1988 with Kodo Fukushima, Toshio Yanagishita, Akihiro Takai and many other Toyohari teachers. He has practiced Japanese acupuncture exclusively since 1982. Today he is the most senior Toyohari practitioner outside Japan and has taught in 23 programs in Europe and the ongoing/postponed program in Israel. He also teaches Meridian Therapy, Manaka system and Shonishin extensively around Europe and occasionally in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South America and Israel. He has been involved in scientific research on acupuncture for around 30 years with a PhD focussing on trial methodologies. He is active along several scientific fronts and has tracked the scholarly literatures on acupuncture for more than 30 years. He has written 8 books (including Understanding Acupuncture, Japanese Acupuncture, Shonishin, Restoring Order in Health and Chinese Medicine), dozens of scientific papers and dozens of clinical-scholarly papers. While Stephen Birch mostly teaches hands-on practical workshops, this lecture-only based teaching will draw from his scientific, academic and clinical studies. It should be informative providing insight into chronic pain patient treatment and management with acupuncture and insight into how Toyohari is used for this

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