"There are many styles of Japanese acupuncture. Kiiko Matsumoto Style or KMS acupuncture, is a system developed and practiced by Kiiko Matsumoto and is a fusion of several high-level Japanese masters that she studied and mentored with, especially the late Master Nagano. She ultimately assimilated what she had learned from her various teachers and went on to create her own style. Kiiko is internationally renowned as a clinician, scholar and teacher with over 30 years of experience. Her unique system is taught around the world, including at the Harvard Medical School. Kiiko is widely regarded as a living master of acupuncture and her style is one of the most powerful being taught and practiced anywhere. She continues to develop and bring forward groundbreaking diagnostic and treatment approaches to the field of acupuncture.In my practice it begins by asking questions such as: "Why is this person not getting better on their own?", "What body systems are involved in this persons health imbalance?", "What clues are in the patient"s health history?", and "What acupuncture points would provide the most accurate information to the body to allow it to heal itself?" These questions are answered through palpation.KMS acupuncture utilizes a highly refined system of palpation to evaluate, diagnose and assess the effectiveness of a proposed treatment. Palpation is the application of pressure on areas of the body to determine the presence or absence of discomfort as felt and reported by the patient. Such areas are considered "positive reflexes" to the practitioner and are diagnostically significant, offering clues and information about why the patient is not well.Because areas of discomfort represent diagnostic information, a KMS practitioner uses palpation to create a sort of map of the patient"s weaknesses and imbalances. These "reflex areas" are then compared against the patient"s primary complaints and health history, to determine the most effective treatment strategy. Then points are chosen and validated through palpation and symptom relief."
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