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Ryodoraku (Advanced Japanese Acupuncture)

Yoshio Nakatani

Ryodoraku is a system of diagnosis and treatment developed by Dr. Yoshio Nakatani, M.D., Ph.D., during the late 1940s. Through extensive research, Dr. Nakatani measured electrical conductivity and resistance produced at various points in the skin. He named these resistance points ryodoten, or good connection points.

Dr. Nakatani conducted many case studies of his patients. He noted 24 ryodoten on the hands and feet, and soon recognized a connection between the ryodoten and the patient's autonomic nervous system. He named this new diagnostic and treatment system ryodoraku, which translates literally to "good conducting connections".

Ryodoraku bridges the ancient principles of acupuncture and the modern methods of western medicine to create the the very best treatment possible.

Ryodoraku Treatment

ryodoraku chart

First, your autonomic nervous system is checked using a neurometer, a piece of diagnostic equipment specifically designed for ryodoraku. The neurometer checks the 24 ryodoten (6 on each hand, 6 on each foot), and determines the electrical resistance along the surface of the skin. The procedure takes about five minutes.

The neurometer analyzes the electric flow and plots your ryodoraku chart, a computer-generated graph that is the basis for diagnosing your health condition. The ryodoraku chart shows a snapshot of your health at that moment, but can also be used to predict—and possibly prevent—future health issues you might face.

Your ryodoraku chart may indicate certain ryodoten (connection points) that have higher than normal electrical resistance, while other ryodoten may have lower than normal resistance. Ryodoraku treatment restores balance to these ryodoten. Using a hair-like needle supplied with a weak electric current, the out-of-balance ryodoten are brought into balance, calming the high-energy ryodoten and stimulating the low-energy ryodoten.

With your body's energy equilibrium restored, the outcome is better health and a reduction in pain. Treatment with the electrified needle not only eliminates your pain, but also helps to regulate your autonomic nervous system, thus triggering your body's own healing mechanism.

Will Ryodoraku Work for Me?

The effect of ryodoraku is different for each person, but most patients can expect favorable results. More treatments may be needed at first, but as your condition improves, fewer treatments are needed to maintain your improved health. Still, adhering to the treatment plan is essential: initial symptoms may disappear quickly, but it often takes the body longer to strengthen the immune system and improve long-term disease resistance.

What Are the Advantages of Ryodoraku?

Ryodoraku is a proven acupuncture technique that can lead to improved health and better natural resistance to future disease. This treatment approach has numerous advantages:

  • Your ryodoraku chart can be your basis for considering other health-enhancing remedies, such as nutrition, vitamin therapy, and exercise.
  • The weak electrical current applied to an acupuncture needle is a powerful treatment method, delivering a boost of stimulation to your nervous system. Plus, the addition of an electrical current allows the acupuncturist to use a shorter, thinner needle.
  • A ryodoraku diagnosis offers you objective data that can be tracked. By comparing the change values on your ryodoraku chart before and after each treatment, or from visit to visit, you can see how you are progressing.

When Should Ryodoraku Not Be Used?

  • Ryodoraku is contraindicated when treating persons wearing a pacemaker. Please inform your practitioner if you wear a pacemaker.
  • Ryodoraku is to be performed judiciously on persons with sensory numbness where they cannot supply sufficient feedback to treatment.