Monday, January 11, 2010
A warm welcome, especially to our Japanese Acupuncture/ Meridian
Therapy/ Traditional Acupuncture colleagues ensconced in the depth of a
freezing cold winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
It has taken me some time to get into gear for 2010.
The latter part of our spring and the first part of summer saw
Rainbow Bay buffeted by unrelenting onshore winds and we were all but
surf less for almost 10 weeks.
However, I'm absolutely delighted to report that since the 1st January we have seen some pretty constant offshore winds, presenting us with some pristine surfing conditions.
Last Wednesday was the highlight when I gorged myself on head high waves and a number of 200 m rides.
Along with the socializing often equated with our summer holiday
season, the lush surfing conditions made tying myself to a desk and
writing well-nigh impossible, my apologies.
To make up for my erroneous ways I have included a few images taken
yesterday and this morning of Rainbow Bay in today's blog post.
I hope you enjoy.
- The View from my balcony at Rainbow Bay, Australia
- Rainbow Bay, Gold Coast, Australia
- Nothing like a bit of Didgeridoo to brighten up an already splendid morning
- Beachgoers lapping up the sun at Rainbow Bay
- Local surf instructor Davo and assistant preparing for another busy day
Japanese Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy preferred by Elite Tennis professional
In clinic last week Olga, a talented Ukrainian professional tennis
player in town for the Brisbane lead up tournaments to the Australia
open came into see me for Japanese acupuncture treatment.
By way of history she had received three Japanese acupuncture treatments about the same time last year.
Obviously she enjoyed the experience and derived some benefit from her treatment.
Olga lamented the lack of practitioners of similar style acupuncture on the world tennis circuit.
As a result I have undertaken to refer her to appropriate colleagues in the relevant cities in which I have a connection.
So far we have the Prague, Tokyo, New York and San Diego tournaments covered.
If you or someone you know practices Japanese
acupuncture/Meridian therapy and the WTP world tour will be visiting
your/their city at some time in 2010, http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tournaments/Event-Calendar.aspx , please email me alanatworldacupuncturedotcom and in turn I will send Olga your contact details.
Due in the main to the incredibly intense training regime and
tournament schedule Olga adheres to, her symptoms and pulse I diagnosed
her as Liver deficiency and used a Liv.8 – Ki.10 Root treatment, shunting GB.34.
In conjunction with her inherited constitution, a blending of lung,
liver and kidney deficiencies, Olga naturally tends towards liver
deficiency as a result of the extraordinary athletic effort required to
become an elite tennis player, a sport that involves an unbelievable
amount of intense running especially at the professional level.
The variations in the hardness of the surfaces upon which she trains
and plays exact a severe toll upon her reserves of energy and her
body’s cooling system, which according to traditional thinking is the
primary responsibility of the Kidney complex.
It would be difficult to argue that the Kidney energy also plays a
vital role in the harmonious function of the liver, enabling the liver
to thoroughly cleanse the blood thus enhancing recovery from intense
activity and literally preventing a meltdown.
Constant legwork during training plus an arduously regular
competition places a huge load on three leg yin meridians contributing
enormously to the load placed primarily on the Kidney and Liver
In addition to the more internal workings of the Kidney and Bladder,
the meridians are adjacent to each other at the insertion of the
Achilles tendon on the heel.
Olga's left Achilles tendon was the most adversely affected and palpation revealed areas around Ki.9, Sp.9 and the gallbladder meridian on the upper leg were exceptionally tender and tight.
After addressing the constitutional deficiencies via the root treatment I inserted the indicated back-shu points including ondan or moxa needle applied to BL.23.
Significant points of tenderness around the insertion of the
Achilles tendon were located and either needles or rice grain
I also closely examined her lower legs for indurations and treated accordingly.
Olga specifically stated that no other treatment that she had
come across was anywhere near as effective as Japanese
Acupuncture/Meridian therapy including the use of cortisone and
No more need be said!
We appreciate your interest and take your commitment to ‘Exploring
the Art of Acupuncture’ seriously, having said that we are
practitioners and students of Traditional Acupuncture first and
Our shortcomings in technology are many, we know we have a lot of room for improvement at http://worldacupuncture.com and will make every effort to continue to do so throughout 2010.
Please feel free to ask questions and give feedback any time, thank you.
WORLD ACUPUNCTURE VIDEO UPDATES
Here are the latest worldacupuncture member updates for http://worldacupuncture.com
Our Chief Videographer, Andrew Beencke, is representing in China for the World Acupuncture Crew!
You can find the first of his reports here:
A Meridian Therapist in China, Week 1: Love at First Bite
Other video updates for members this January include:
7/1/10: VIDEO: Super-Superficial Needle Technique: Japanese Acupuncture Skills Training.
Takashi Furure has studied acupuncture extensively in Japan and is a
highly skilled practitioner. In this video, he demonstrates a
super-superficial insertion technique.
14/1/10: VIDEO: Japanese Acupuncture Treatment for Fatigue, Poor Appetite: Part 1.
http://www.worldacupuncture.com/members/197.cfm Note: This link will only become active on 14/1/10.
Alan treats a student for fatigue and poor appetite. Japanese
acupuncture is particularly effective for these common problems. In
this video, Alan demonstrates the use of foot pulses to differentiate
between Spleen and Kidney deficiency. First of two videos.
21/01/10: VIDEO: Glandular Fever Sequelae: Theory and Treatment in Japanese Acupuncture: Part 5.
http://www.worldacupuncture.com/members/195.cfm Note: This link will only become active on 21/1/10.
The fifth and final video in our Glandular Fever series. Further
indepth theoretical discussion of treatment strategies is contained
28/1/10: VIDEO: Japanese Acupuncture Treatment for Fatigue, Poor Appetite: Part 2.
http://www.worldacupuncture.com/members/198.cfm Note: This link will only become active on 28/1/10.
Second and final video in this series. There is an interesting
discussion of the various kinds of Yang deficiency syndromes and a
demonstration of scatter needling. There is also an unusual root
You are welcome to enjoy this month's videos! On behalf of the World
Acupuncture Crew, I sincerely wish that this last year of the decade is
a prosperous one for you all.
Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and
practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. For well over a
decade, independent of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei
and Edward Obaidey, Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than
40 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand
and USA. Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly
nature, clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Traditional
Japanese Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based
workshops and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 14 years
post and undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar
globally in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.
Join him in Exploring the Art of Acupuncture in the 21st century at