Hug’s acupuncture treatment maximizes “Natural Healing Power” and improves symptoms

Hug's acupuncture treatment uses a method of acupuncture based on classical Chinese medicine theory called meridian therapy, which can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms as appropriate, without being specific to a disease name.
Meridian therapy has almost no side effects, and the needles used are disposable needles of the thinnest thickness (0.10 mm) and Teishin needles, which do not penetrate the skin, so there is almost no pain and the treatment can be carried out hygienically.
The treatment is based on the same theory as that of Chinese herbal medicine and considers the symptoms to regulate the body's ailments from the viewpoint of Oriental medicine.

The treatment focuses on the patient's constitution and improves symptoms by enhancing the patient's natural healing power.

At "acupuncture clinic hug", we try to minimize the physical burden on the patient and maximize the natural healing power of the patient.
In particular, we focus on acupuncture treatment [for women].
Our clinical experience in obstetrics and gynecology enables us to provide treatment with peace of mind.

The acupuncture treatment at HUG is extremely effective for [gynecological disorders], [internal disorders] and [nourishing tonic], which are our original specialities, thanks to the experience and knowledge of our practitioners and the Chinese medicine accumulated since ancient times.

What's the acupuncture treatment?

A treatment method that uses the special action of acupuncture points to improve circulation throughout the body

Traditional acupuncture is a Chinese herbal treatment that uses the same theory as Chinese herbal medicine while considering the symptoms complained of by the patient.
Chinese herbal treatment is a treatment that focuses on the symptoms complained of by the patient and the patient's constitution and improves symptoms by enhancing the patient's natural healing power, without focusing on the name of the disease in Western medicine.
Acupuncture treatment is also applicable to all symptoms for which Chinese herbal medicine is prescribed, as it is based on the same theory as Chinese herbal medicine.

Differences between modern acupuncture, Chinese medicine acupuncture and traditional Japanese acupuncture

Acupuncture is a method of treatment that originated in China and developed independently after it was introduced to Japan.
Japanese acupuncture mainly uses original methods of treatment that do not exist in China and are less painful.
As Chinese acupuncture and Japanese acupuncture are different today, it is good to know the differences between acupuncture and moxibustion in each country to gain a better understanding of acupuncture.

The differences between modern medicine, Chinese medicine acupuncture and traditional Japanese acupuncture

Modern acupuncture is Western medicine acupuncture based on anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.
The method of examination is based on modern medicine, such as muscle tension, nerves and joint range of movement, and often involves localized treatment.
For example, if the lower back is painful, acupuncture is applied to the tense muscles of the lower back.
The characteristic feature of this treatment is that it improves blood flow and pain relief for muscles, ligaments and nerves, rather than for acupuncture points.
Acupuncture energisation therapy is also used, in which a weak electric current is applied to the needles that have been inserted.

Chinese medicine is a method of examination based on the Chinese philosophical theory of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements to ascertain and treat physical conditions.
It is called valence, and involves determining the cause, nature and condition of the disease and treating it using acupuncture points that are appropriate for the condition.
It is characterized by the use of long, thick acupuncture needles, which are often highly stimulating.

Traditional Japanese acupuncture is an acupuncture treatment that developed in Japan after acupuncture was introduced from China.
As in Chinese medicine, it uses acupuncture to regulate the yin-yang and five elements theory, the five viscera and six internal organs, qi, blood and fluids, and other energy routes flowing inside and outside of the body, known as meridians, to identify physical problems, enhance immunity and make the body resistant to disease.
Characteristic of the treatment is that thin needles are passed through a tube called an acupuncture tube and tapped on the slightly protruding handle, resulting in a gentle, painless acupuncture treatment.

Assessing the state of the body and mind using qi, blood and fluids

Oriental medicine says that the basic fairness of the human body consists of three elements: qi, blood and water.
This qi, blood and water are used to assess the state of the body and mind.
The balance between these three elements is considered to be particularly important, and a deficiency or stagnation of any one of them can upset the balance between body and mind, greatly affecting the physical condition and constitution.

  • "Feeling, mood, energy, enthusiasm, seriousness" and many other words for "Qi" are used in everyday life in Japan.
    These words are regarded as energy for life activities.
    Qi supports the flow of blood and water, maintains and regulates body temperature.

  • Has a slightly different meaning from common blood. It circulates nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and moistens the whole body.
    The normal circulation of blood also stabilises the mental state.

  • It is the general term for clean water that moistens the body and applies to "saliva, gastric juice, tears, sweat, lymph fluid and water that moistens the joints" other than blood. Lack of water leads to thirst and dryness of the skin, and when excretion is blocked, it becomes dead water fluid, which leads to symptoms such as phlegm and swelling.
    The balance is regulated by producing excess water through urine and other means.

The yin-yang and five elements theory and the organ meridian theory

As with Qi, Blood and Water, the yin-yang and five elements theory and the organ meridian theory are fundamental theories in Chinese herbal medicine.
The internal organs are a theory that describes the functions of the five organs and six internal organs, which are closely related to the meridians and acupuncture points throughout the body.
Meridians are the channels through which qi and blood flow, up and down, inside and outside the human body, and are connected to the five organs and six viscera.
The meridians are dotted with acupoints.

When a malfunction occurs in any of the five organs or the six viscera, the flow of qi and blood in the meridians associated with that organ becomes impaired.
Symptoms such as pain and numbness may then appear on the meridians with poor flow.
The acupuncture points on the meridians may also show various reactions such as hardening, indentation or roughness.
Therefore, acupuncturists can find out where in the five and six internal organs the disorder has occurred by looking at the reactions that appear at the acupuncture points.
The acupuncture points on the surface of the body and the five and six viscera are connected by meridians, so when acupuncture or moxibustion is applied to an acupuncture point, the stimulation is transmitted through the meridians to the five and six viscera and the desired location, and the condition can be regulated.

Acupuncture points are also places where the body reacts positively or negatively and are also therapeutic points.

Acupuncture is a treatment method that improves circulation throughout the body (inside and outside) using the unique theories of Chinese medicine accumulated over a long history and the special effects of acupuncture points systematically located throughout the body.

Moxibustion is actually amazing

I would like to talk a little about moxibustion.
Did you know that moxibustion is actually very amazing?

Moxibustion is very familiar in Japan and has long been used by grandfathers and grandmothers when they had health problems.
People don't really know what the moxibustion is.

Moxa is made from mugwort, which is well known in Asia.
This perennial herb of the Asteraceae family is delicious in spring as mochi and dumplings, or as tempura.
The leaves of this mugwort are dried in the shade, ground in a mortar and sieved to collect the hairs on the underside of the leaves, which are then used to make moxa.

Moxibustion has a long history and is a very old folk remedy, invented in China about 3,000 years ago and later brought to Japan by the Sui Dynasty and Tang Dynasty envoys.
How does such historical moxibustion work and what are its effects?

  • Improves blood flow and reduces cold

    Moxibustion is best suited to cold-related symptoms.
    Moxibustion stimulates acupuncture points on the meridians, which are the pathways of Qi and Blood, with the heat of the moxa, and this thermal stimulation is believed to relax the sympathetic nervous system through the temperature receptors in the skin.
    Moxibustion is very effective in improving cold because it works on blood flow through both physical heat and the regulation of the autonomic nervous system.

  • Warming up activates hormones

    Moxibustion is also effective for problems and symptoms during menopause, when the autonomic nervous system becomes unstable due to the rapid decrease in female hormones.
    There are many cases where acupuncture and moxibustion have improved symptoms and illnesses for which there was no known cause or treatment after tests at hospitals and other institutions.
    Acupuncture and moxibustion are also used clinically for immune disorders such as allergies and collagen diseases.

    Amazing benefits of moxibustion

    • 1、Restoration of blood flow and self-healing.
    • 2、Activation of auto-steroid hormones.
    • 3、Effective action on genetic and digestive disorders.
    • 4、Effective in the prevention of psychiatric and seasonal disease disorders, which are considered modern diseases, and by self-care.

    It can be expected to have a variety of effects, including the following, and there are still many unknowns and many possibilities for the improvement of symptoms that are difficult to treat with modern medicine.

Oriental medicine

There are two main types of medicine: western medicine and oriental medicine.
Western medicine refers to the treatment of illness or injury itself with drugs or surgery.
Oriental medicine, which developed in the East (mainly in China), aims to identify the cause of the illness or injury and remove the underlying cause.
In Oriental medicine, the whole body, not just the affected area, is examined before making a decision on treatment.
This is because by examining the whole body, it is possible that the cause of the illness or injury may be due to influences outside the affected area.

Effective scope of oriental medicine

Oriental medicine can treat everyone from infants to the elderly, men and women, and there is a wide range of diseases for which Oriental medicine is effective.

Preventive medicine

In Oriental medicine, the condition one step before illness is called 'unwellness', and since ancient times, emphasis has been placed on preventing illness by improving the state of unwellness.
These subjective symptoms, such as tiredness, heaviness, coldness, colds, lack of appetite, stiff shoulders and lack of mental relaxation, can be said to be a pre-symptomatic state, one step before becoming ill.
Even if you do not have any specific symptoms, you can reduce your risk of becoming ill by maintaining a good physical balance.

Disease treatment

Diseases are symptoms or illnesses with a name, such as disease, syndrome, etc.
In Oriental medicine, the state of illness is one step further from 'unwellness'.
Even in the state of illness, oriental medicine can be widely effective.

Treatment of incurable diseases

Incurable diseases are those with an unknown cause, for which no cure has been established, and for which there is a high risk of residual effects.
Although there are many cases of incurable diseases recognised by the government that are difficult to treat even with oriental medicine, there are actually cases that can be cured completely if treated by a medical practitioner with extensive clinical experience and in-depth knowledge and skills in oriental medicine.
Even if the disease itself is not completely cured, there are also many cases where specific symptoms of the disease are alleviated or the mental and physical condition of patients receiving end-of-life care in hospitals is improved by Oriental medicine.

Theory of the cosmic dual forces (yin and yang) and the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth)

The theory of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements comprises two theories: the theory of Yin-Yang and the theory of the Five Elements.
This is the basic concept of Chinese medicine, and the application of these to the functions of the body is the 'Five Organs', which considers that the body itself is composed of the three elements of Qi, Blood and Water.
The 'Five Organs' is a system of measurement that divides our body into five 'functional systems' and looks at them as a single link.

Theory of Yin-Yang

A concept that sees everything in nature in terms of two opposing elements, 'Yin' and 'Yang'.
It is a relationship that is constantly changing in mutual conflict and dependence.
Yin ➡ moon, dark, night, silent, cold, autumn/winter
Yang ➡ sun, light, day, movement, warmth, spring and summer, etc.

Yin-Yang taiji diagram

The Yin-Yang Taiji Chart is a symbol showing Yin and Yang.
The yin and yang elements are in optimum balance, compensating for each other's excesses and deficiencies.
The balance between the two is not absolutely fixed, but changes fluidly from time to time. In particular, the yin and yang in the body are constantly changing under the influence of nature, so it is important to condition and maintain balance both inside and outside the body.

Five Element Theory

The Five Elements Theory is a fundamental concept in Chinese medicine.
This theory classifies all things into five elements - wood, fire, earth, metal and water - and explains their relationship.
These five are in perfect balance with each other, controlling and being controlled by each other.
The most representative of these relationships are engendering and restraining.

What's the engendering?

It is a mother-son relationship that nurtures the other, with the five elements flowing from wood to fire to earth to metal to water.
The relationship is that wood burns to make fire, the ashes from the fire fertilize the soil, metal are born from the soil, water springs from the mineral veins and the water nurtures the wood.

What's the restraining?

It is a relationship that inhibits the other party.
It is related to wood, earth, water, fire and gold, in that order, skipping one in the flow of 'engendering'.
The relationship is as follows: wood absorbs nutrients from the earth, the earth acts as a bank to control the flood of water, water extinguishes fire, fire melts gold and a blade made of metal cuts down wood.
Weakened workings are encouraged by the symbiotic relationship, and those that are too strong are soothed and controlled by the conflictual relationship.
In this way, the five elements are neither too strong nor too weak, and the balance of the five elements is maintained in the same way as in the other four.

Five Elements Theory and Five Organs

The Five Elements theory is applied to the body through the concept of the Five Organs.
The five organs are divided into five functional systems: liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys.
Each of the 'five organs' is based on the correspondence between wood = liver, fire = heart, earth = spleen, metal = lungs and water = kidney.
In this way, the five functional systems maintain balance with each other, helping and controlling the other, as in the 'Five Elements Theory' (wood, fire, earth, metal and water).

When we hear the word 'five organs', we tend to associate it with the organs of the body, but in fact the five organs are a much larger story.
Simply put, it is the concept of dividing all the "functions" and "roles" of the body, as well as the "organs" and "parts" of the body, into roughly five categories.
The idea is that the body is roughly divided into five parts.
Chinese medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion, and herbal medicine all make diagnosis and treatment decisions based on this.
In acupuncture and moxibustion in particular, the meridians connecting acupuncture points are named after the five organs, and the cause of the disease is sought from the meridian to which the painful or pleasant-to-touch treatment point belongs.

  • Control circulation, metabolism, emanation, excretion and detoxification
  • Regulates emotions
  • Stores blood
  • Liver and gallbladder, but also nails, eyes, tears and muscle tendons, etc.
  • Controls blood circulation and pulsation
  • Controls brain (cerebral cortex and higher centres) and mental activity
  • Heart and small intestine as well as face, tongue, sweat and pulse, etc.
  • Controls digestion and absorption
  • Controls blood from leaking out (tongbing)
  • Spleen and stomach, but also skin flesh, limbs, mouth, lips, drool, etc.
  • Control breathing
  • Controls water circulation
  • Controls defence functions
  • Lungs and large intestine as well as skin, body hair, nose, throat, bronchi and voice, etc.
  • Controls reproduction, growth and development and ageing
  • Regulates water metabolism
  • Kidneys and bladder, but also brain, bones, bone marrow, ears, urinary and reproductive organs, anus, hair and spit


In Chinese medicine, the theory of the five elements of yin and yang is paired with the theory of qi, blood and water, which is briefly explained in the 'Five Elements Theory of Yin, Yang and Water'.
Qi, blood and water are very important elements that make up the body, as briefly mentioned in the section on"What is acupuncture?".
These three elements are closely related to each other, and if any one of them is out of balance, it will affect the others and cause a variety of symptoms.
The following is a brief explanation of these three elements.

Qi = energy

The fundamental energy that drives the body.
(*A lack of energy is called 'qi deficiency', while stress and other negative effects are called 'qi stagnation'.)

  • ① Move things・・・Promote blood circulation and metabolism, and make the body and mind function.
  • ② Warming the body・・・Activates functions and maintains normal body temperature.
  • ③ Immunity (barrier) function・・・ To protect the body surface and prevent the entry of viruses and cold.
  • ④ Change things・・・Change things taken into the body into nutrients and wastes and adjust them.
  • ⑤ Retaining・・・Prevents fluid leakage and internal organs from drooping.
Blood = blood and blood circulation

Circulates and supplies nutrients to the whole body and moistens it.
(*A condition of insufficient nutrition is called 'blood deficiency', while a condition of stagnant blood circulation is called 'blood stasis').

  • ① Sufficient quantity of blood
  • ② Clean quality of blood
  • ③ Good blood circulation

If there is a problem in any of these three areas - quantity, quality or flow - the nutrients do not circulate to all parts of the body and the body's balance is disrupted.
Blood is also the driving force behind mental activity and supports human thought.
Women, in particular, undergo physical changes such as menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth, and have such a deep connection with their blood that it is said that 'women's health is the health of their blood'.

Water = body fluids (water other than blood)

Control of body moisture.
(*The state of inadequate moisture is called 'Yin Deficiency' and the state of stagnant water circulation is called 'Water retention').
Approximately two-thirds of the human body is water. Of this, the elements other than blood, such as gastric and intestinal juices, sweat, tears and saliva, are collectively referred to as 'water' in Oriental medicine.
If this 'water' does not work properly, the skin becomes dry and flaky and excess water is not excreted as urine or sweat, but remains as waste in the body, causing swelling and other problems.


In Oriental medicine, the term 'etiology' refers to the cause of a disease.
The causes of disease in the human body can be divided into three categories: internal, external and neither.

Internal factors

Internal factors are divided into constitutional predispositions and mental predispositions, and constitutional predispositions are further divided into congenital predispositions (genetic inheritance and various disorders in foetal life) and acquired predispositions (abnormalities manifested during growth, development, ageing, etc.).
Mental predisposition is considered to lead to the development of disease when mental and emotional fluctuations (the seven emotions: anger, joy, thought, sorrow, sadness, fear and surprise) exceed a certain level.

External factors

External causes are divided into natural predispositions and lifestyle predispositions.
Natural predispositions are divided into six types of climatic changes, the six qi (wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness and fire), and when these become obstructive to the human body, the six harmful (wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness and fire heat) are considered.
In addition, lifestyle predisposing factors, such as binge eating and drinking, overwork and excessive passions, are considered to lead to the development of diseases.

Neither factors

Etiologies of disorders and diseases caused by life predispositions and stagnation of qi, blood and water.
Basic factors are the " source" concept from which treatment methods are derived according to the individual symptoms of the patient's constitution and characteristics.
The theory of 'yin-yang and five elements', 'qi, blood and water' and 'basic factors' are then closely intertwined to provide treatment tailored to each person's individual illness.