For several centuries, the traditional Japanese healing arts were used to create a system of medicine that would address the root cause of an illness or disease. When properly applied, the goal was to restore a healthy balance for the individual feeling ill, which would then lead them back toward better overall health.

Various treatment methods are included in the traditional Japanese healing arts. You may have even used some of these treatments yourself in the past.

  • Acupuncture- A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. It involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body.
  • Cupping- Originated in China, it involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction facilitates healing with blood flow, as well as the flow of “qi” in the body.
  • Shiatsu Massage– Shiatsu Massage is a Japanese healing treatment that involves manual pressure applied to specific points on the body in an attempt to relieve tension and pain. 
  • Moxibustion– In Eastern medicine it is the burning of moxa,(a substance created from dried leaves of the herbs mugwort or wormwood), on or near a person’s skin as a counterirritant.

Those who treated patients using these healing arts would then make lifestyle and dietary recommendations to create health improvements.

When these practices are then put together, the journey of the patient is redirected back toward a destination of wellness. 

Do the Japanese Healing Arts Hurt?

Some people avoid the practices taught through the traditional Japanese healing arts because they are afraid it will hurt. Although there can be some discomfort associated with these practices, the style of treatment is intended to be as comfortable as possible.

Unlike modern medicines which may have numerous side effects to worry about, the healing arts are intended to help the body achieve its full natural healing potential.

Most people will experience high levels of relaxation when they are receiving their treatments. As the procedure is being performed, there is a sense of well-being that envelops most people, helping them overcome the issues which they are facing.

For those who do experience discomfort during these procedures, it is because there is so much stress, tension, or illness that is pent up inside of them that the release of these blockages is what causes the discomfort. Throughout several treatments, the discomfort will usually start to ease.

What Can the Traditional Japanese Healing Arts Treat?

The traditional Japanese healing arts are designed to treat a wide range of issues that people face today.

One of the most common treatments that were offered involved pain management. The healing arts can help people with acute or chronic pain.

It can also be used to treat addictions, including difficult drug and alcohol addictions. People who have struggled to quit a smoking habit and found that it is easier to resist urges when they are receiving regular treatments through the healing arts.

Treatment options are available for headaches, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, and sleep issues.

One popular option that is available around the world today is called Reiki. This technique promotes relaxation and stress reduction by laying hands on the patients. It is a spiritual concept in addition to being a physical concept. Individuals with the inclination can learn Reiki techniques and can become certified practitioners by taking classes from Reiki masters.

There are many options available to those who are interested in receiving the traditional Japanese healing arts. You can also begin to study yourself to help others. For more information about how these ancient practices may help you or to get more involved, contact the Sennin Foundation Center or a locally authorized practitioner.