Training in Toyohari acupuncture

The next Toyohari training programme will commence in April 2021 in Reading. The 120-hour programme will take place at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), over seven weekends spread across nine months, concluding in November 2021.

Toyohari is a form of Keiraku Chiryo – Japanese Meridian Therapy. It is a theoretically simple but technically sophisticated complete system of acupuncture. It is different from most other forms of acupuncture in that it uses a more delicate treatment method, placing great emphasis on the use of pulse diagnosis and palpation skills. The practitioner learns to understand through direct sensing of qi in diagnosis and treatment with continuous assessment of all techniques.

The Toyohari Association has developed unique training and teaching methods that can accelerate the learning of these skills, which usually take many years of practice to develop. Many who have studied the Toyohari style of acupuncture have reported that it is more like what they thought they were going to be studying in acupuncture school.

The Toyohari Association was founded in 1959, evolving out of earlier developments in Meridian Therapy in the 1930s and 1940s. The Toyohari Association began as an Association devoted to Japanese Meridian Therapy for blind students and practitioners. Today it includes both sighted and blind practitioners. Many of the senior instructors in the Association are blind and have considerable clinical experience.
Toyohari is taught in Japan as post-graduate training of 20 days over two years. Instruction is given through the highly organised, academic and hands-on clinical training methods of the senior members of the Association, utilising the “Kozato study method”. The European Branch, the EBTA has developed a training programme that follows the Tokyo based programme.

The late past President of the Association, Kodo Fukushima wrote a book available in English translation: “Meridian Therapy”, which is required reading for this programme. The book, along with some supplies, are included in the cost of the programme.

Graduation from this 120-hour programme entitles the graduate to join the Toyohari Association through the Toyohari United Kingdom (TUK) branch and become a registered Toyohari practitioner. At present, there are seven branches: Dutch, UK, German, Swiss, Spanish, Portuguese and Israeli. The principal purposes of the branches are to foster and improve clinical skills by providing ongoing study opportunities both in Branch study groups and study sessions with senior instructors in Japan and Europe. The European Branch of the Toyohari Association was established to provide the structure for these educational opportunities.
Graduates will receive a certificate signed by EBTA and the Tokyo headquarters of the Association. They will then be able to join the Toyohari Association through one of the EBTA branches.

Principle among the techniques used in the Toyohari system are:
• Diagnosis: focusing especially on pulse and touch diagnosis;
• Treatment: very delicate supplementation technique; various draining techniques; harmonising technique (waho); “contact” needling techniques (sanshin); warming moxa (chinetsukyu); direct moxa (okyu); cupping (kyukaku); bloodletting (shiraku); specialised treatment of the neck and inguinal regions to relieve symptoms (naso & muno); specialised use of the extraordinary vessels (kikei);
specialised use of midday-midnight method (shigo).

Graduates will considerably improve their pulse and tactile diagnostic and assessment skills. They will also develop a greater sense of qi sensitivity by applying the needling techniques of the Association and will learn a range of methods specifically aimed at relieving symptoms.
Graduates will be able to join ongoing study groups by joining the Toyohari Association.

More than twenty international programmes have been taught in Europe, and this will be the third Toyohari programme to be taught in the UK. This programme will be taught in Reading by up to ten teachers: these include the two most senior teachers outside Japan: Stephen Birch and Junko Ida, seven other teachers, four of whom are UK based: Marian Fixler, Sue Pready, Joke Bik-Nowee, Miguel Cabrer Mir, Odile Marmier, Anja Stiehl , Neil Scott-Kiddie and Ramin Khaknegar-Moghaddam. All have done extensive studies, also with Japanese teachers in Japan and Europe.

Acupuncture is often taught in more theoretical-lecture classes, however, this programme is very hands-on in its teaching approach. For each day of class there is a high student-teacher ratio with a minimum of two instructors complemented by other Toyohari members as assistants to help supervise the practical training. 60% of the programme will involve hands-on practice of the various methods and techniques.

Dates & Times

The dates for the 2021 seven-weekend programme are:

Apr – 23, 24 (9.30-17.30), 25 (9.00-16.00)
May – 21 (10.00-17.30) | 22 (9.00-17.30) | 23 (9.00-16.00)
Jun – 18, 19 (9.30-17.30) | 20 (9.00-16.30)
July – dates to be confirmed (3 days)
Sept – 3 (10.00-17.45) | 4 (9.00-17.30) | 5 (9.00-16.00)
Oct – 1, 2 (9.30-17.30) | 3 (9.00-16.00)
Nov – dates to be confirmed (2 days)

To ensure maximum hands-on training, the number of participants will be limited to 24. We expect the programme to fill quickly, so it is advised not to delay application, as applications will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. You must have completed a training programme in acupuncture.


There are three payment options for the programme so that programme costs depend on the payment plan you choose, to a total of from £2,100 to £2,400.

1. A non-refundable deposit of £200 to secure a place on the programme, with a further non-refundable payment of £200 by 28th February 2021. The remaining balance of £1,700 to be paid by 31st March 2021. Total cost £2,100.

2. A non-refundable deposit of £200 to secure a place on the programme, with a further non-refundable payment of £200 by 28th February 202. The remaining balance of £2,000 to be paid in eight equal instalments of £250, commencing 1st April 2021 and ending 1st November 2021. Total cost £2,400.


College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM), 19 Castle Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7SB.


For more information please contact Neil Scott-Kiddie:


To secure your place on the programme please email your completed application form to Neil AND transfer a non-refundable deposit of £200 into our account (details on the application form).

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