Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture


Chinese medicine made its way to Japan in the 5th century CE. Since then, acupuncture underwent modifications that found its origin in the different interpretation of the Chinese classics by Japanese scholars. This, and the fact that visually impaired people regularly practiced acupuncture in Japan, gave rise to a totally different acupuncture technique where palpation is the most important part of diagnosis and treatment. Today, around 40% of the human acupuncturists in Japan are blind.

For this reason, acupuncture in Japan was much more related to massage techniques than acupuncture as applied in TCM and brought many interesting characteristics to Japanese acupuncture. Palpation is the main aspect of the diagnosis procedure and many palpation techniques were developed to make it a solid and reliable tool.

Some of the characteristics that make Japanese Acupuncture such a different and refined art are the more subtle, superficial and painless needle insertion, the development and wider moxibustion use (direct and indirect) and the abdominal palpation used as the most important diagnosis technique.

In modern times some techniques like Ion Pumping, Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA), Manaka Hammer, the Akabane Test and some non-insertion acupuncture techniques were developed and added to the Japanese acupuncturists arsenal.

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The efficacy and confort provided to the patients made this acupuncture style well accepted and suited for animals. This course aims to introduce you to this new form of Veterinary Acupuncture techniques, adding new diagnose and treatment tools to enhance your veterinary acupuncture skills.

About Dr. med vet MSc. Rodrigo Monteiro Fagundes

Rodrigo Fagundes

Dr Rodrigo Fagundes is author of the book ‘Acupuntura Veterinaria Japonesa’ (Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture) and of several national and international scientific papers. He lectures Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture at IVAS, and is speaker at International Veterinary Acupuncture Conferences.
For 20 years now, he has owned his veterinary acupuncture clinic in Brasilia, and practices veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine at the University of Brasilia and the Brasilia Zoo.


– Historic aspects
– Differences Chinese x Japanese acupuncture
– Basic Theories
– Japanese Veterinary Acupuncture Diagnosis
(Abdominal Palpation and Modified Akabane

(wet lab)


– Patterns in Japanese Veterinary Acup.  
– Therapeutic Techniques I (needle, direct
and indirect moxibustion)  
– YNSA (scalp and tail acupuncture)

Techniques I
(wet lab)


– Therapeutic Protocol  
– Therapeutic Techniques II (Ion Pumping,
Manaka Hammer, Shonishin)

II (wet lab)
Clinical Cases



  • Historic aspects about the development of the acupuncture in Japan.
  • Characteristics of the Japanese Acupuncture based on historic and cultural aspects and the differences between the Chinese and Japanese acupuncture techniques.
  • Different Abdominal Palpation exams in small animals (historic aspects, development, how to perform and interpret)
  • Modified Akabane Test diagnosis (theory, development, analysis, interpretation and correction)

DAY 2 (Wet Lab – Practices)

  • Abdominal Palpation exams in small animals
  • Modified Akabane Test in small animals


  • Pattern differentiation according to the Japanese acupuncture point of view.
  • Clinical signs and abdominal palpation findings in the different patterns.
  • Needling techniques (with and without insertion tube; handling skills and different stimulation techniques)
  • Differences between moxibustion techniques (scarring, non-scarring, indirect, moxa boxes, thermies, nutshell moxibustion for eye disorders; tonification and dispersion techniques)
  • YNSA (Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture) and Tail acupuncture – location, indication and stimulation of Basic, Sense Organs, Neurologic and Y points; neck diagnosis and Tail acupuncture (palpation, stimulation).

DAY 2 (Wet Lab – Practices)

  • Needling techniques in small animals
  • Moxibustion techniques: how to make moxa cones (tonification and dispersion); needle moxibustion; wooden box and thermie moxibustion; nutshell moxibustion.
  • Moxibustion practices in small animals.


  • The four steps of Treatment Protocol. Strategies to correct each step and how to prescribe home treatment to be performed by the owners.
  • Ion Pumping historic aspects, development, general rules and protocols of Ion Pumping in pain disorders; paralysis/paresis; Regular Channels; Divergent Channels and Extraordinary Vessels.
  • Manaka Hammer theory, development and clinical application.
  • Shonishin: historic aspects and development of the non-insertion techniques. How to perform the diagnosis. The different tools (characteristics, how to use and effects on the body).

DAY 2 (Wet Lab – Practices)

  • Point selection, needling and connection of Ion Pumping cords in small animals.
  • Manaka Hammer: how to adjust the metronome, point selection and application in small animals.
  • Shonishin training in small animals.
  • Clinical Cases: the students will perform the complete treatment (anamnesis; physical exam – Abdominal Palpation / Modified Akabane Test; treatment protocol and house treatment prescription) in small animals.
  • Discussion of the clinical cases: presentation and discussion of the cases (diagnosis interpretation, selected protocols, difficulties during the practices and recommendations).


Course fee: €375,- (lunches included) per Module (16 CE hours per module)

=>=> only 990,- if you register for all 3 modules (6 days, lunches included)

Course language: English

Location: Healthcare-Academy Den Hoek, Bisschopsweg 2, 3732 HW De Bilt (NL)

Accreditation: submitted for IVAS CE, SNVA, CPD & ATF. This course is exclusive as postgraduate education for veterinarians with knowledge of/certification in veterinary acupuncture.