Keiraku Chiryo – Japanese Meridian Therapy – Part 1 & 2
Stephen Birch, PHD, Licac (USA), MBACC (UK) – German translator: Roswitha Laabs
27.09.19 bis 01.12.19

Japanese Acupuncture – A thorough introduction

Part I: 27.-29. September 2019
Part II: Nov. 29 – Dec. 01, 2019

Teaching language and script: English

Acupuncture techniques from Japan – gentle and effective

Course Description

In this 2×3-day workshop, all participants have the opportunity to learn the basics of Japanese meridian therapy through a lot of hands-on practice.
Keiraku Chiryo or Meridian therapy belongs to a movement often referred to with the slogan „back to the classics“. The goal is to combine modern acupuncture practice with classic traditions. This movement began in Japan around 1920 and today about 20% of the more than 60,000 Japanese acupuncturists are still affiliated with various associations of this movement.

Various styles of meridian therapy have evolved, all of which have the following basic ideas in common:

  • Pulse diagnosis at the radial artery – 6 positions are asessed in two depths and they provide information on the fullness and emptiness of the associated organs and meridians
  • Abdominal palpation (abdominal diagnosis)
  • Theories of the acupuncture classicacl writings in the Nan Jing, in which the model of qi circulation and of the organs‘ interconnections are the focus of treatment
  • The aim of the treatment is to strengthen the weakened meridians and to replenish them
  • The treatment is carried out with very thin needles and a very gentle needling technique

At the beginning of the course, an overview of the development of meridian therapy will be given.
The focus of the course is on the practical applications of the individual techniques:

  1. Pulse and abdominal diagnosis
  2. Needle techniques with very superficial needling
  3. Development of a treatment strategy

The first weekend will introduce the basic methodology of this systematic treatment approach. During the second weekend, treatment techniques will be repeated and supervised. In addition new treatment strategies, including, but not limited to, symptom control will be covered.

With this method, most patients can be treated and it is particularly suitable for those patients who are skeptical of acupuncture.

During the seminar, practical exercises will support the learning of the basic system as often as possible.

For TCM therapists, this course presents another treatment option with additional diagnostic options.

For those acupuncturists who have already experience in the Manaka 1 and 2 treatment concepts, it is an excellent addition to their skill portfolio.

After the workshop, each participant will be able to

  • determine patients‘ patterns of illness in the sense of fullness and emptiness of the channels,
  • correct these imbalances with gentle acupuncture techniques and
  • to immediately check the treatment result.


Basic knowledge of acupuncture,  location of meridians, pulse diagnosis and 5 elements.


All participants will receive a certificate of the “Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Klassische Akupunktur und TCM e.V.”

The lecturer


Stephen Birch
studied in Japan and has practiced Japanese acupuncture since 1982.
For many years he has studied and practiced the Japanese meridian therapy with Yoshio Manaka and other experienced teachers of the Toyohari Association. In collaboration with his colleagues, he was able to develop a very well thought out training program for Japanese acupuncture.
He has been teaching Japanese acupuncture for more than 10 years and manages the Japanese Acupuncture Center in Amsterdam.
Together with his wife, he continues to work in his clinic.
He is the author and co-author of various books, such as: „Chasing the Dragon’s Tail“ and „Japanese Acupuncture – Practical Handbook“.
Roswitha Laabs has been practicing this Japanese acupuncture style for many years and has given numerous seminars to Stephen Birch as an assistant and translator.


Roswitha Laabs
Nurse until 1986; maternity leave
Acupuncture training at ABZ Ost / Berlin 1995 to 1998;
Education with Stephen Birch 1998 – 2001 in Japanese Meridian Therapy, Manaka, Shonishin, Toyohari.
Since 2000 she runs a clinic using Japanese acupuncture in Berlin.
From 2002 to present she is an assistant and translator of Stephen Birch and other Japanese lecturers such as Kiiko Matsumoto and Junji Mizutani.


Course location:
Ausbildungszentrum Mitte
Frankfurter Strasse 59
63067 Offenbach
Tel: 069/82 36 14 17, Fax: 069/82 36 17 49

Part I: 27.09 – 29.09.2019
Part II: 29.11 – 01.12.2019

Time schedule:
Friday: 12.00 – 18.00 hrs.
Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs.
Sunday: 09.00 – 15.00 hrs.

Credit points: 40

Course fee 875 €
AGTCM members: 700 €
TCM Fachverband Schweiz – members: 787.50 €

You can register online in English for the course.

Upon receipt of your registration, you will receive an invoice 2-3 weeks before the start of the course with all course dates and detailed information on payment methods.