Toyohari Acupuncture 2017-04-15T04:55:54+00:00

Toyohari Acupuncture – East Asian Meridian Therapy

Toyohari is Japanese Acupuncture, a powerful yet gentle therapeutic system for both preventing disease and maintaining health.

Toyohari differs from most other forms of acupuncture in that it uses gentle yet effective treatment methods, placing great emphasis on diagnosis using pulse and palpation skills.

Toyohari needling is “contact needling”, where a silver filament (needle) or probe is held over the skin without touching it. No discomfort is experienced.

Common complaints such as headaches, arthritis and neuralgia are readily treatable, as well as disorders of the internal organs such as the liver, heart, kidneys and pancreas. Toyohari treatment is also effective for fevers and coughs; eye, ear, nose and skin afflictions; bruises, sprains and children’s disorders.

Children from birth to the age of 10 can be successfully treated with Toyohari Acupuncture. This non-invasive method of stroking with specific instruments is not only soothing but enables very quick healing in children.

The theoretical basis of Toyohari is concerned with regulating an individual’s life force and body energy – the movement of blood and energy in the body which is key to good health. The Chinese and Japanese realised many centuries ago that disease is mostly the result of wrong living and lack of concern with bettering health. Their philosophy is that we choose and create our own illnesses through bad eating, lack of exercise, not living in the seasonal environment appropriately, emotional distress and through over-work. The Acupuncture Way is to live harmoniously so that disease is prevented in the first place.

The Toyohari Medical Association was founded in Japan in 1959 by Koko Fukushima, a well-known blind acupuncturist (many Japanese acupuncturists are blind). Toyohari evolved out of earlier developments in meridian therapy in the 1930s and 1940s. However, its theoretical foundation is rooted in Chinese classical acupuncture texts which are over 2000 years old – the medical classics: Nei Jing, SuWen, Ling Shu and primarily the Nan Jing.

What is a treatment like? How many treatments will I need?

Treatment is holistic and begins with careful assessment of the client’s whole system using diagnoses based on the pulse, gentle palpation of the abdomen, the sensitivity of acupuncture points and assessment of areas of the neck, lower leg or forearm.

Major weaknesses or imbalances are identified and treated (the Root Treatment). If the Root Treatment is insufficient to correct symptoms, “Symptomatic Treatment” is performed. Improvement in health from the Root Treatment enhances the effectiveness of Symptomatic Treatment.

After a treatment, one can feel calm and relaxed – this is a sign that the treatment has been effective. The efficacy of results depends upon the severity of the condition with the quickest results being achieved when symptoms first occur.

A course normally consists of 4 to 10 weekly treatments after which the client’s condition is reassessed. If things have stabilised and the condition has improved, the sessions are spaced out. The client may only need a treatment once every 4-8 weeks for continued health maintenance.


“For the past 34 years I have had a medical condition called Essential Tremor, a neurological disorder characterised by shaking…which in turn causes tiredness, weakness and pain. I have tried many doctors…and alternative therapies…but then I tried Nina and her Toyohari Acupuncture & there has been definite improvements. I am walking better,my back pain is better and my hand writing is improving…Thank you Nina.”

Marie, Goonda


“Before seeing Nina Master I was constantly exhausted, sluggish and everything was an effort. After the first session of Toyohari Acupuncture I felt vital, alive and energised – like being plugged into a power socket. I never knew I could feel this good!”  Katherine