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The Wellspring Clinic
1 Clanricarde Gardens
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1PE
01892 676214
Japanese Acupuncture in Tunbridge Wells, at the WellSpring Clinic

It seems as if no time has passed since I graduated from university and started practising TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Acupuncture. That was almost seventeen years ago and my but oh how time does fly! Since graduating I have continued developing both my skills and knowledge in day-to-day practice whilst taking a particular interest in fertility work, both from a TCM perspective and also learning new techniques and protocols that have been researched regarding the use of acupuncture in IVF.

In the last two years I have developed a particular interest in Japanese style acupuncture, studying modern texts by Yoshio Manaka, Kiiko Matsumoto and Stephen Birch amongst others. I followed up this informal study by recently completing a foundation course in Japanese style acupuncture offered by Dulwich College, a truly enlightening experience. 

I have used the term “style” to describe Japanese acupuncture, as I see it not competing with, but just adding to, my knowledge and use of TCM. It is as if an astronomer has been given a new tool through which to explore the wonders of the night sky. The technique is that of “Hara diagnosis”, in which the practitioner uses abdominal palpation and palpation of reflex points as both an additional tool, to aid diagnosis and to refine and guide treatment. This consists initially of examining the “Four Roots”; blood, the immune system, digestion, and the adrenal system. 

There are some differences in needling technique, Japanese style acupuncture favours much finer needles (a blessing I think), and there are some minor differences in location as well as one or two important extra points. There is also a greater emphasis on the use of moxibustion, particularly in the use of tiny amounts of “thread moxa” directly on the body, an interesting and not unpleasant experience.

Integrating Japanese acupuncture into my practice already feels very natural, I am excited by what it has to offer, both for my patients, hopefully in terms of improved outcomes, and also for myself, as I continue to expand my knowledge through further study and practice, so over the next few years I intend to deepen my understanding and use of this fascinating style of acupuncture.

If you’ve been considering acupuncture for the first time, or if you have had TCM acupuncture before and are interested in this subtle and fascinating approach to treatment contact me, James Donaldson on 01892 676214, or email for further information or to book in for treatment.     

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