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Francis Ho
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 - 20:20:   

Dr. Halevi,
I read the abstract about your book and it made me wonder, what is so special about your technique in comparison with Shiazu or acu-pressure? It seems to me the same old thing under a different cloak...
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2003 - 18:46:   

Good question Francis, indeed. If you have read my book, there is a straightforward explanation to this very question. Chopsticks acupuncture uses pre-defined three sticks of various sizes by which you stimulate the acupuncture points. There are several manipulation methods for using the sticks for sedation, blood dispersion, tonification, etc. The stimulation of points, or Ah-shi points, by the sticks is far superior to any hand/finger pressure by Shiazu, Tuina or any other form of acu-pressure. I have been applying hand techniques for years, as well as seen other experts perform these techniques. There is no way that you can compare the efficacy of Chopstick acupuncture to any of these well established acu-pressure techniques. Chopstick acupuncture gives immediate results, the pressure applied by the sticks is far more significant than any finger pressure can ever apply, and... above all, you needn't toughen your fingers and knuckles in order to be a pro. In fact, everyone can be a pro acu-pressure self-healer in no time. I know it sounds presumptuouos to qualified practitioners of Shiazu and the like, I myself was astounded by the results this technique could achieve. There is no way you can be the judge of it unless you try it yourself.
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Jeff Docherty
Username: Jeff

Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 23:39:   

Shmuel, I have not read your book - whoops! Is it available in the UK?

With the sort of pressure brought to bear by elbows, thumbs, fingers etc on acupoints in Shiatsu could you briefly outline how a chopstick technique is more effective, is this similar to the ancient use of a stone probe, which I would imagine is more precise and penetrating.

In defence of Shiatsu! - is its efficacy not found less in its acupoint stimulation but on tonifying, sedating, dispersing the channel as it presents itself?

Regards Jeff
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Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 18:59:   

Evening Jeff. It is available as a PDF file directly from me, or as a hardcopy from Trafford - see the links here:
and here:
As for your other questions, this Chopstick technique is basically meant for self treatment. It allows the user to apply various types of self-pressure to the acu-points and meridians or body areas, that even a qualified shiatzu expert can not apply to him/herself. To those who already know the location of the points, it offers an instantaneous relief of various backaches, headaches, tummy aches etc., usually in matter of minutes. To those who are not familiar with acupuncture, shiatzu and tuina, it offers a fair introduction to this world and a reasonable tool to locate and use these points quite quickly.
This techniques too, delineates various techniques of Chopstick pressure in order to tonify or disperse. Moreover, it, in quite a few ailment discussions, teaches the self-practitioner how to differentiate between syndromes and apply the right stimulus accordingly. For me, as an addicted user of this technique on almost a daily basis, I don't think it has a competitor...
But, you know, no man cries stinking fish...

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