words Toyo Hari translate as East Asian Needle Therapy.
Toyohari is a method of acupuncture developed in Japan by a
blind acupuncturist named Kodo Fukushima. He founded the
Toyohari Association just over 50 years ago. Practitioners of Toyohari
are trained to use highly developed palpatory skills to feel Ki
(pronounced ´key´ in Japanese analagous to Qi, pronounced ´chee´ in
Chinese) in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The theory of
Toyohari is rooted in the classical texts of acupuncture. The
practice uses innovative new techniques, including the use of
non-insertive needling methods.
The needles used in Toyohari are
made of different metals such as silver, gold, copper and
zinc. One of the main characteristics of Toyohari is the
technique of "contact needling", where a needle or
probe is held over the skin without piercing it. This
method is totally painless and is used not only for those patients with needle sensitivity but for all conditions being
In the nineteen thirties and forties in Japan, a few acupuncture
masters found that
they were able to achieve remarkable results using specific
techniques with gold and silver needles that actually did
not involve inserting them through the skin. These techniques formed one special part of what is still known as Meridian
Therapy in Japan, based on the study, interpretation and
extrapolation of the classic texts of oriental medicine.
These non-inserted techniques were studied by Kodo Fukushima who both formally adopted them
into a unique therapeutic method, and re-interpreted some of the classical
doctrines in the context of his clinical experience. He essentially re-created a "living tradition" from the
original theories based on practical clinical
Fukushima originally founded the Toyohari Association
in 1959 in Tokyo for blind Japanese acupuncture practitioners only.
Today, the association is also open to the sighted
and to foreign practitioners.
Toyohari is a unique therapy, based on the collective clinical experience of literally
hundreds of accomplished clinicians. It is a living tradition, continuously being tuned
to the times in which we live. What separates Toyohari from other
styles of acupuncture practiced today is its use of
refined non-inserted needle techniques and that its
methods are being continuously improved, based on the
feedback and consensus of the whole association
In addition to the ability of Toyohari in treating known conditions, it
is also effective for modern diseases, caused by humans changing
relationship with their environment. These include new kinds of
illnesses arising from the effects of pollution, allergic reactions and
sensitivities, mis or over use of pharmeceuticals and other complex
medical conditions. Regular application of Toyohari has the
capacity to promote health and prevent disease.