Support and Learning Organizations
Moxafrica is a British charity dedicated to the investigation of direct moxibustion immunomodulation as an adjunct treatment for Tuberculosis, particularly when drug-resistant. Moxafrica facilitates and collaborates with grassroots organizations in Uganda, South Africa, North Korea (DPRK) and other regions, leveraging the results of their work in studies that further our understanding of how Japanese-style moxibustion can be used in cases of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis. NAJOM articles tracking Moxafrica's activities can be found here.
High Desert Hari Society is a New Mexico-based NPO dedicated to the transmission and preservation of traditional medicine worldwide through education, networking, and community outreach. They also provide CEU learning opportunities in Japanese-style acupuncture with some of the best practitioners in the field.
TJM Seminars of Portland aims to offer seminars with master practitioners in traditional Japanese medicine including modalities of acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, and bodywork. It is our intention to provide training for practitioners of all skill levels in an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual support.
The Traditional Japanese Acupuncture Institute is based in Long Island, NY, and runs regular programs on Japanese medicine. Their offerings bring together teachers with decades of experience, and are perfect for practitioners who want to hone their craft under close supervision and gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties of the medicine.
In-Touch Japan is a group of senior Japanese-style practitioners that facilitates an annual acupuncture training trip to Japan. For those with a serious interest in Japanese styles of acupuncture, this is a one-of-a-kind cultural immersion experience and learning opportunity with some of the best acupuncturists in Japan.
Sōtai Movement Therapy was developed by Dr. Hashimoto Keizo in the early 20th century as an structural and energetic adjunct therapy for acupuncturists and traditional therapists. This simple, elegant and effective system is designed for structural alignment, Qi enhancement, improved range of motion, and efficient new movement patterns. You can read about Sotai and Yin Sotai in the pages of NAJOM, and learn hands-on techniques with practioners from the US, Japan and around the world through the Sotai organization.
ShinKyu University is the premier online and in-person lifetime Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion mentorship for students and professional acupuncturists to learn and practice Japanese medicine. Their offerings bolster the knowledge and skills in Japanese acupuncture -- often not covered in depth in acupuncture schools -- through live monthly study groups and in-person workshops spanning a variety of topics including pediatrics, advanced hara diagnosis, acupuncture needle techniques, and moxa application.
Toyohari is a style of acupuncture that focuses on direct perception and treatment of the Qi. TANA is the North American Branch of an international organization which is dedicated to educate professional acupuncturists in Toyohari, a classically based as well as carefully clinically researched system of meridian therapy. They hold on-going monthly study opportunities for their members, and sponsor continuing education programs to help practitioners hone their skills.
The Japan Traditional Acupuncture and Moxibustion Society is the only academic society specialized in the study of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Japan. The society holds training symposiums for its members, facilitates exchange opportunities with overseas organizations, holds a 2-day conference every fall, and publishes a Japanese-language journal 3 times per year.
The Journal of Kampo, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (KAIM) was quarterly journal focused on furthering the understanding of Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Japanese Kampo Medicine. KAIM was published from 2006 to 2018, and is no longer active, but the former editorial board of KAIM has generously offered to make the contents available to NAJOM readers. NAJOM is deeply appreciative to the KAIM team and all authors who contributed their knowledge over the years it was published. The journal can be accessed here: http://www.doho-acu-moxa.com/kaim/
Needle and Moxa Suppliers
With over 300 years as a needle manufacturer, Maeda Toyokichi Shoten is a large online provider of all types of Japanese needles, from stainless, gold, silver and cobalt to high-quality contact needles, and hand-made to machine-made. They also carry a wide variety of autoclavable steel guide tubes, shonishin tools, carry cases, other acupuncture products.
Sankei Moxa is a moxibustion shop specializing in all things moxa, including dried moxa, incense sticks, bamboo tubes, and onkyu tools, as well as filiform needles, books, and other unique products. It's conveniently located near Kanda Station in Tokyo, and they also ship product internationally. The owner, Hiroshi Enomoto speaks Japanese, English and Spanish and is full of interesting stories.