There are MANY styles of acupuncture varying in diagnosis, needle technique and philosophy. Which one do you need? 
Natural Solutions Offers Several Styles of Acupuncture To San Diego thru their Oceanside and Rancho Bernardo Locations.

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We are constantly evolving, training and improving- Accepting nothing less than excellence and we bring that to you.

We specialize in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Acupuncture, Classical, Tungs-Balance and Japanese Acupuncture. 

This is not the insert needles and leave the room acupuncture people have become accustomed to.

Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture

The light touch of Japanese Acupuncture is great for children and people scared of needles. 


This is a system of point choices developed in Taiwan and promoted by Drs. Chao Chen, Wei-Chieh Young (Yang, Weijie) and Richard Tan. Collectively, they call this approach Taiji Treatment, indicating that it balances the yin and the yang of the body. (In China, taiji refers to the familiar yin-yang symbol.) It is similar to Chinese styles but is a traditional family style showing rapid results with few needles.

Scalp Acupuncture

Acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine includes many acupuncture points on the head. As more knowledge has become available about brain function and neuro-anatomy, many advances have been made in scalp acupuncture. Several styles of scalp acupuncture are in use today. These vary somewhat in needle location, needle manipulation technique, and needle retention time. The scalp acupuncture used in this clinic is based on the style used and taught by Dr. Ming Qing Zhu, who is well known for his innovative work with strokes and other neurological problems. 

The specialized scalp acupuncture we practice involves the insertion of short, thin, disposable needles between the skin of the head and the skull. Specific areas of the head are used for particular ailments since different parts of the brain control different areas of the body. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left brain controls the right side of the body, so the needles are placed accordingly. Once inserted, the needles are gently manipulated while the patient or acupuncturist moves or massages the affected limb or specific area of the body. The patient may be instructed to concentrate on the area that is being manipulated, for greater movement of the body’s energy to that area.

Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Needling 

A more modern and western approach to acupuncture based upon anatomical structure and function. It involves orthapedic assessments to diagnose the imbalanced muscles and meridian groups. The needling is focussed on traditional acupuncture points, local tender points (ahshi points), trigger points, motor points and address the muscle tears or inflammation directly.  Orthopedic acupuncture is great for acute and chronic muscle injuries due to trauma and athletic injuries. It is very effective for  performanceæ and post-surgical rehabilitation. Acupuncture improves circulation improving the rate of healing and recovery and has a dramatic effect on reducing inflammation. The needles are more stimulating and often combined with electric stimulation and  various physical manipulations (stretching, ART, deep tissue and range of motion work). We also combine Motor Control and Stability exercises to consolidate the treatments and prevent recurrence as implemented within the FMS & SFMA systems.

What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese acupuncture?

The Chinese acupuncture style tends to use thicker needles and stronger stimulation. The Japanese style is gentler, using thinner needles. This is an important difference for many patients.

In China, where treatment cost is very low, patients are treated daily. In Japan, patients pay out of pocket (as many do in this country) and opt to be treated only once / twice a week for scheduling and financial reasons. 

Thus the Japanese style has been refined to address problems with fewer and gentler treatments. I find that it is well-suited to the needs of modern Americans. The Japanese style gives me a greater ability to target your problem directly with acupuncture, without the need to use herbs, allowing me to prescribe herbs or dietary therapy rarely and only when absolutely necessary.


Japanese styles of acupuncture use very thin needles with very shallow insertion (about 2 mm), distinguishing it from Chinese style acupuncture, which uses heavier needles and deeper insertion. In fact, the Japanese approach is almost invisible, without pain or heavy sensation, and I frequently use it on children. The Japanese feel that very superficial stimulation — just below the skin — affects the energetics more effectively than deep needling.There are approximately 30 different styles of Japanese acupuncture. 


Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture was developed by Kiiko Matsumoto over the past two decades in North America. KM style acupuncture utilizes a systematic, palpatory method which is designed to provide instant feedback. When using this system, a KM Style practitioner follows a palpation sequence, which both establishes a diagnosis and suggests several treatment options.

Palpation - A Key Diagnostic Tool            

We palpate the abdomen, throat, neck and back in order to determine treatment strategies. This enables me to obtain instant feedback from the patient and eliminates unnecessary treatment trials. Pressure pain on any of these areas is used to both diagnose the underlying causes of the patient’s chief complaint and to determine treatment points. My philosophy is “to make every needle count.”

Palpatory techniques have been used for hundreds of years in Japan as a primary diagnostic tool. Palpation was also used extensively in modern, Western medical practice. As we grew to rely more heavily on laboratory testing and machine-imaging, this art form has lost much of its power and subtlety. Yet, palpatory diagnosis can be an extremely accurate tool for assessing and treating patients as many disorders will reflect as pressure pain on the abdomen, throat, neck and back.