We practice teishin (accupressure) and many forms of energy work. A teishin is one of the classical needles and can be made of various precious metals, such as copper, silver, gold, or gold plate and zinc. It is a non-insertive needle and does not puncture the skin. Used predominantly in Toyohari. Hand made in Japan. Teishin come in various styles with slight differences in length and shape. It can be used to tap on points, to press gently into them, or it can be simply held on a point until the qi arrives. The one we feature here is called the Yanagishita teishin. Mr. Yanagishita was a famous Toyohari practitioner who passed away a few years ago.
Teishin, or Japanese contact needles, do not puncture the skin; instead, they are held with very light pressure at acupuncture points, on the surface of the skin. This technique is used to treat a myriad of conditions.
Teishin are blunt needle-shaped instruments made of precious metals (i.e. gold, silver, copper, titanium, etc.) or gemstones and crystals (i.e. jade, quartz, selenite, blue kyanite, etc.). Because Teishin treatments are so gentle and painless, they are ideal treatments for pediatrics, the extremely deficient, and the needle-phobic.
In order to be an effective Teishin practitioner, it is important to develop competence in sensing qi. Funamizu Sensei encouraged participants to practice qigong regularly for self-development.
Our participants are taught different hand and body exercises to help improve sensitivity to feeling and cultivating qi. The most important thing we want participants to take away from our sessions is the understanding that as practitioners we gather healing energy from the Earth and the Heavens, allow it to flow through our own bodies and into our patients via the Teishin needle.
Teishin has a rich history; it is difficult to identify when the exact date or origin of their roots. However, one thing that has remained constant is the primary purpose of this treatment, which is to protect and heal the “Three Treasures.” We appreciate Teishin as another way to feel qi.
- Qi – Defend and nourish the energies of the organs
- Jing – Store the essence and source of vitality
- Shen – Encourage intelligence and awareness.
While the above “three treasures” may seem spiritual, the overall goal of needless acupuncture is for the practitioner to provide an alternative, healing benefits for an abundance of ailments. Throughout the year, acupuncturists have adjusted and developed their practice to provide spiritual and physical healing benefits to those who seek their help. Arguably, the primary aim is for the acupuncturist to locate and manipulate the necessary acupoints on the body. In the next part of this guide, we are going to discuss, what a Teishin needle is along with the benefits that you can gain from Teishin needleless acupuncture therapy.
Kazuo Tateishi, explains that needless acupuncture is a slower, gradual healing process; it is just as effective as needle-based acupuncture. We have listed the top eight benefits of Teishin therapy.
- Sleep Issues: needless acupuncture therapy can provide relief from sleep disturbances and insomnia.
- Muscular and neurological disorders: relieve chest pains, headaches, facial tics, frozen shoulder, neck pain, tendonitis, tennis elbow, lower back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, and many more.
- Digestive disorders: constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, hyperacidity and spastic colon.
- Respiratory Issues: recurrent chest infections, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and sore throats.
- Improve Concentration: rebalance your focus, increase short-term memory and decisiveness
- Limit the frequency of headaches
- Relieve facial pain, reduce ringing in the ears caused by chewing or yawning.