Alignment Therapy: Seitai Shinpo Acupuncture

I practice the Japanese style of alignment acupuncture called Seitai Shinpo, which translates as “Correct Body Needle Method.” Seitai Shinpo is a system of Japansese acupuncture developed by Dr. Dai-ichi Sorimachi in the 1970s. He was the first to discover that internal organ systems could be balanced through alignment of the spine with acupuncture and direct-moxibustion.

The goal of Seitai Shinpo is to diagnose patterns of contraction along the spine and to release those areas with acupuncture. This release opens pathways for local nerves and blood supply to reach internal organs.    Each point sends an impulse to the brain, which then sends messengers through the body that release endorphine, seritonin and other “feel good” chemicals. This relieves pain, promotes healing and is one of the reasons why people feel so good after receiving a Seitai Shinpo acupuncture treatment.

Immediately following acupuncture, a technique called direct moxibustion is done by burning an herb called artemesia vulgaris directly on top of the points that were needled. The oil released from the heat of each moxa cone doubles the production of white blood cells. These white blood cells are responsible for locating and fighting off viral or bacterial invasions and they detect and eliminate abnormal cell growths that may be cancerous. Moxibustion is also used to reduce inflammation, strengthen adrenal activity and support the cardiovascular system. Seitai Shinpo with moxibustion leaves patients feeling refreshed and alert.

Seitai Shinpo FoundationMei-jen Sun Stokesbary is a Certified Seitai Shinpo Acupuncturist as awarded by the Seitai Shinpo Foundation for Japanese Structural Acupuncture.


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