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Toyohari Japanese Meridian Therapy Training Program

Starting September 2019 – May 2020

Seattle, WA

The Toyohari Association was founded in 1959, and began as an association devoted to Japanese Meridian Therapy for blind students and practitioners. Today it includes both sighted and blind practitioners. In Japan, a post-graduate training is given through the highly organized, academic, and hand-on clinical training of the senior members of the Association, utilizing the “Kozato study method.” The North American Branch (TANA) has developed a training program that follows the Tokyo-based program.


Toyohari is a style of acupuncture that focuses on direct perception and treatment of the Qi.

The 18-Day Fall 2019 Basic Program will be held on the following dates over 9 months in 2019 and 2020:

  • 2019: 9/21-22, 10/19-20, 11/16-17, 12/14-15 

  • 2020: 1/18-19, 2/8-9, 3/14-15, 4/18-19, 5/16-17

The venue is still to be decided.

Tuition: Licensed Acupuncturist: $3375.00

Student rate/First year practitioner: $2700.00

TANA members - Retake: $40 per day or $600 for the entire program

Class size will be limited, so please register early!

The training:

  • Is theoretically simple yet technically sophisticated.

  • Is designed to increase the acupuncturist’s ability to feel the flow of Qi and disruptions in the flow directly from palpating the body.

  • Assists the student in feeling the effect of their needle technique immediately as they are needling, and helps refine their sense of treatment dosage and effectiveness.

  • Is quite unique. Our teaching methods accelerate the training process. You can advance quickly by learning skills that usually take many years of practice to develop.

  • Is a direct method of diagnosis and treatment of Qi that complements theoretical approaches to Japanese-style acupuncture.

  • Has great emphasis on pulse diagnosis, palpation skills, and refined needle technique which requires individual feedback and coaching. Classes are kept rather small to be able to deliver this training most effectively.

  • Is closer to what people thought they would learn in acupuncture school, according to some of our program graduates.


Graduation from this entire program entitles the graduate to join the Toyohari Association through one of its North American branches and become a registered Toyohari practitioner. The principle purpose of the branches is to foster and improve clinical skills. They provide ongoing study opportunities through Branch study groups as well as study sessions with senior instructors in Japan, North America, Europe, and Australasia.

Principal amongst the techniques used in the Toyohari system are:


Using the classical 4 Diagnoses, focusing especially on pulse diagnosis and palpation.


• Very gentle supplementation techniques

• Various draining techniques

• Harmonizing technique (waho)

• Scatter needling techniques (sanshin)

• Warming moxa (chinetsukyu), direct moxa (okyu)

• Cupping (kyukaku)

• Microbleeding (shiraku)

• Specialized treatment of the neck and inguinal regions to relieve symptoms (naso & muno)

• Specialized use of the extraordinary vessels (kikei)

• Specialized use of midday-midnight method (shigo).


Training in skills: Toyohari has a specialized method of skill assessment and training called the Kozato method. In this method, the practitioner receives immediate feedback on the effects of their treatment.


Graduates will:

• Considerably improve their pulse and tactile diagnostic and assessment skills.

• Develop a greater sense of Qi sensitivity through applying the needling techniques of the Association.

• Learn a range of methods specifically aimed at relieving symptoms.

• Be able to join ongoing study groups through joining the Toyohari Association.  There are local monthly study groups, National Seminars with teachers from Japan and opportunities to study in Japan.

• Receive 13.5 NCCAOM PDA points per weekend, for a total of 121.5 points for the whole training. 


Faculty: The instructors for this program are all approved teachers by the Toyohari Association and have studied this system for many years in the US, Japan, and Europe with teachers from Japan.

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