JAPANESE ACUPUNCTURE: THE TAIJI (YIN YANG) PROTOCOL FOR MERIDIAN BALANCING AND STRUCTURAL ALIGNMENT
A 3-day intensive Training (21 hrs.)
JAKE PAUL FRATKIN, OMD, L.Ac.
Acupuncturist of the Year, 1999, AAAOM, Teacher of the Year, 2006, AATAOM
After 30 years of study and clinical practice, I have honed and focused various acupuncture approaches into my own system, which I call the Taiji (Yin-Yang) Protocol. It relies primarily on Japanese style and is a complete acupuncture protocol, offering a unique and effective therapy for both chronic and acute problems. It offers a fundamental yin-yang balance, restoring the patient to their healthiest state, allowing deep healing to take place. Usually a series of 4-6 treatments, given weekly, is offered to the patient.
The first part is the yin aspect of the treatment, performed on the front side of the body. Here, we concentrate on Meridian Therapy – the diagnosis and correction of a patient’s meridian network. In Japanese meridian balancing, individualized excesses and deficiencies of the 24 acupuncture channels are diagnosed and treated. When the meridians are balanced, the related organs enjoy free circulation of qi and blood and self-regulate, resulting in real improvement from illness and injury. We will teach the traditional Keiraku Chiryo system of the four primary imbalances, as well as two other methods of meridian diagnosis: computer evaluation, and muscle-testing.
The second part is the yang aspect. Addressing the musculoskeletal structure, it is performed on the back. Here, major structural holding points are released, the spine is assessed and treated, and supportive organ therapy is applied.
By balancing the yin and the yang, this protocol offers a complete root balance for the patient, and can be given alone, or followed by a branch treatment that concentrates on the patient’s complaint. Branch treatments can include various styles and approaches, including traditional Chinese acupuncture, Japanese branch treatment, Master Tung acupuncture, ear acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, etc.
UNIQUE ASPECTS OF OUR COURSE:
- Leaning how to evaluate meridian imbalances – the underlying pattern to all illness and injury
- Three different methods for accurate meridian diagnosis:
- Traditional Keiraku Chiryo pulse diagnosis
- Muscle testing your own o-ring for determining point excess and deficiency
- MEAD diagnosis (“Meridian Energy Analysis Device”), a computerized meridian diagnostic tool
- Japanese needle technique: using very thin needles at shallow insertion for maximum meridian adjustment (painless for your patient!)
- Unique Japanese applications of common acupoints for symptomatic treatment
- Application of Manaka’s Eight Extraordinary Channel Therapy
- Ishizaka style spinal treatment
- Use of ion-pumping cords to transfer places of excess to places of deficiency
- Pediatric shoneishin: meridian therapy for infants and toddlers
- Qi gong training for enhancing needle effectiveness
- Qi gong meridian circulation for keeping your own meridians balanced, without acupuncture
- Plenty of supervised practice!
JAKE PAUL FRATKIN, OMD, L.Ac. has been in acupuncture practice since 1978. Following a seven-year apprenticeship training in Meridian Therapy with Dr. Ineon Moon, he studied further with Miki Shima, Stephen Birch, and followers of Fukushima Kodo. Since 1996, he has followed the Meridian Therapy work of Shudo Denmai and Stephen Brown. He has been a frequent contributor to the Japanese acupuncture journal North American Journal of Oriental Medicine and is the author of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines, The Clinical Desk Reference (2001).
Dr. Fratkin was named Acupuncturist of the Year, 1999, American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and Teacher of the Year, 2006, American Association of Teachers of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AATAOM).
FAVORABLE QUOTES FROM PRIOR PARTICIPANTS OF THIS COURSE:
1) From the Louisville, Colorado course, June, 2009:
“Jake is a master practitioner and a wonderful teacher. He has a great gift for integrating many valuable clinical approaches into a coherent approach. I’m very excited about raising the bar in my practice using many of these new techniques.”
Darren Starwynn, Phoenix, Arizona; Inventor of the ACUTRON, electro-stim therapy machine
“The subject was thoroughly covered. As always, Fratkin brings his core experience with the material covered. This is my fourth workshop I’ve done with Jake over a period of 7 or 8 years and it is obvious how he continues to evolve. He introduces not only the core material but brings aspects of other viable systems to your attention. You go home with something for now and much to work with. I recommend this course.”
Parago Jones, Longmont, CO; Director of Clinical Studies, Colorado School of TCM, Denver, CO
“The explanation on the mechanics of reading the pulse was worth the price of the class.”
Sam Shane, Sedalia, CO
“This is straight forward, well taught information with great practical applications. The best teaching of pulse diagnosis I have ever experienced. Amazingly effective techniques.”
Charlotte Rafter, Yachats, Oregon
“Excellent! Great handouts. Appreciated how Jake manages a class in order to present all of the material”
Renee Dalrymple, Indianola, Iowa
“I have been looking for a practical acupuncture system since graduating 3-1/2 years ago. I believe I have found it.”
Michael Sakowich, Nederland, CO
“Jake gives a simple overview of Japanese root treatment with lots of branch options, both Japanese and Chinese. He puts it together in a practical protocol using muscle testing to confirm diagnosis and point selection.”
Kelly Kaeding, Burlington, Vermont
“I loved it. Great teaching style.”
Robert Rohlmeler, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
“This course will enrich my practice for years to come”.
Darcy Greenwald, Niwot, CO
1) From the Paris, France course, September, 2010:
From the organizer, Philippe Sionneau:
“Just a word to tell you that Jake Fratkin’s seminar went beautifully. All the students were deeply touched by this teaching, which brings acupuncture to another level. It is a different approach from Chinese acupuncture without betraying the tradition while remaining respectful of the knowledge of the ancients. Such an innovation in France! This training is going to allow me to evolve towards a more sensitive acupuncture, in better relationship with meridian dynamics and with a better understanding of the patient’s body! I had an excellent time and I will continue to support this approach in France to help all those who lack direction, pragmatism and realism from what they have learned. I deeply appreciate Jake’s generosity and enthusiasm.”
“Very practical, brilliant, easy! It is the energetics of the patient that I will now consider. This is what I was looking for. Thanks again, with gratitude.
Dr. VM. Moselle, France
“A revolutionary training. It is going to deeply change my daily practice.”
MHA. Essonne, France
“A beautiful discovery . . . . Thank you Jake: your generosity is precious. The acupuncture you taught us is exactly what I was looking for. In short, a seminar with a deep perceptive.”
P.B., Drôme, France
“Magnificent, superb, extraordinary. What a weekend it was! A must-do with a teacher showing deep kindness, deep simplicity, and a well of knowledge.”
A.M.B., Alpes-Maritime, France
“Excellent teaching, practical and educational. A teacher who is going to revolutionize my acupuncture practice.”
N.R. Seine-et-Marne, France
“This is what I have been looking for. The Japanese method is a different way to treat with more nuances. A beautiful discovery.”
V.K. Paris, France
“Excellent teaching, exactly what I was looking for. A teaching of very high quality. Jake is extremely nice.”
G.L., Paris France