page is dedicated to a brief explanation of the different styles of
acupuncture practiced throughout the world. You will also learn the
method Steven M. Goodman, L.Ac., uses in his practice. If you wish a
more detailed description about acupuncture, needles, techniques,
does it hurt, etc. please refer to the frequently asked question (FAQ)
Acupuncture is practiced
throughout the world with many different styles and techniques.
These styles or techniques range from Japanese (with its many
sub-styles), Traditional Chinese, Modern Chinese, auricular, hand,
electro-acupuncture, meridian therapy, and acupuncture based on
modern Western medicine. Among these major styles, there are
sub-specialties that get even more refined. There is one universal
method used by all which is the insertion of a hair thin needle into
the skin to bring about change.
Korean Hand acupuncture uses the hands to treat the entire
Japanese acupuncture is rooted in the classics of Chinese
Medicine. Generally, it focuses on balancing the meridians through
gentle and shallow insertion of the acupuncture needles.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is where all other styles
developed. It is based on the classic texts and has continued to
evolve over the centuries.
Modern Chinese acupuncture was developed by the Chinese
Government to systemize the classics and, therefore, bring unity
to the teaching throughout all of China. By doing so, it allowed
more practitioners to be educated and to better treat the public.
Auricular acupuncture uses the ear to treat the whole body.
It was developed in 500 B.C. and later made popular and more
systemized by Dr. Paul Nogier, a physician in France.
Electro-acupuncture uses the traditional acupuncture points
with an electrical current applied to the needles.
Meridian Therapy is a method of treatment that is mostly
concerned about imbalances in the meridians. By correcting the
imbalance, harmony is struck and the patient's symptoms will be
Acupuncture based on modern Western medicine takes into
account modern research about specific points and their functions.
It focuses on anatomical structures. For example, if someone has
shoulder pain then the Western approach would be to isolate the
muscle involved and place the needles in that area to alleviate
Steven M. Goodman, L.Ac., is
trained in all styles. He uses his skill, education and experience
to choose the best method that to create the most efficient results
for his patients. He also has found that some difficult to treat
cases require a combination of multiple styles to bring relief and
Should you have more questions
regarding any of the styles of acupuncture, give Steven a call at