Wednesday, October 26, 2011

About Shakuju Therapy (2)

In the background of the birth of Shakuju therapy, there were mainly two factors; Kobayashi sensei's questions in medical practice when he was young, and the problem of school education.

The treatment when he started his career as an acupuncturist was the therapy style that one judges meridian conditions by pulse examination and treats for the cause of diseases and appeared symptoms.

Questions that came to his mind when he was adopting the treatment style, and its contradiction with clinical practices, these led to the clinical education at K Acupuncture School in Chiba, where Shakuju therapy was born. I have been teaching clinical training classes at school as well, and find very difficult for an acupuncture school as a job training school to have a certain level of internship before graduation, systematized clinical training classes and education which can give students enough skill and knowledge as professional therapists after their graduation.  
At that time, what Kobayashi sensei was thinking about clinical practice education, except those mentioned above, were 1) how to treat patients regardless of age and sex differences, 2) contents of classes bearable for students' training (i.e. even students who have little knowledge and skill can diagnose and evaluate the treatment result),  3) maximizing the ability of the tools, i.e. acupuncture and moxibustion, to treat people, and 4) therapeutic theories based on oriental thoughts, such as concepts of qi and yin-yang. Covering these four factors, what systematizes only the facts seen in clinical experiences straight is the present Shakuju therapy.

Medicine is art, but it has to contain scientific aspect as well, for, not only masters, but everybody can do the same thing. Medicine as ta-ji contains science and art as yin-yang. Pursuing clinical cases and seeking the best form as art, as a result of containing four elements mentioned above, Shakuju therapy gets the scientific aspect as well.

*This is translated from an extract of Japanese Shakuju association blog.