Japanese Acupuncture - Chinese Clock - Circadian Treatments

Japanese circadian style acupuncture treatments utilize the activity of meridians as indicated by the Chinese clock. As with much of Japanese acupuncture, the treatments are focused on using the least amount of needles and stimulation while still having a strong effect. Activating points on meridians when their activity is heightened is one of many ways to accomplish this goal.

Note: Japanese acupuncture uses sophisticated theories to determine the treatment points and methods used for each patient. The ideas within our presentation are one of many possible ways to apply these theories and treatment protocols. Before using Japanese acupuncture you should be well versed in the theories behind these protocols and trained in the many techniques unique to this style of acupuncture.

If you have not had an acupuncture treatment and are looking for more general information, you may want to read our acupuncture basics page as well as our first acupuncture treatment information.

The following pages contain various treatment methods based on the meridian activity times.

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Feldman, Marty: New England School of Acupuncture, Five Phase Techniques Lecture Notes
  • Iuliano, Diane: New England School of Acupuncture, Extraordinary Vessel Techniques Lecture Notes
  • Kuwahara, Koei: New England School of Acupuncture, Advanced Japanese Techniques Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Japanese Acupuncture Resources section. The most recommended texts are below: