One of the treatment principles underlying Japanese Acupuncture is to use the least amount of point stimulation to effect the greatest amount of change. Practitioners who practice this style of acupuncture use thinner and fewer needles, fewer acupuncture points, and shallower needle insertion. Sometimes treatment involves simply touching the surface of the skin with the needles, versus inserting them into the skin. This type of acupuncture is excellent for small children, older adults, or anyone that is concerned about being treated with needles since this form of acupuncture is extremely gentle and non-invasive. Many principles used in Five Element Acupuncture are taken from Japanese style treatment.
A practitioner who practices Japanese Acupuncture uses abdominal palpation and other diagnostic tools to determine the underlying imbalance.