Our show for today is because I became very interested in Yamato’s new Scalp Acupuncture, and I heard great things about it.
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Welcome to this week’s American Acupuncture Facebook Live podcast show. I’m your host, Poney Chiang of neuro-meridian.net. I’m joining you today from Toronto, Canada, and today my guest is David Bomzon. And David is a Chinese therapist and lecturer who specialized in acupuncture in neurological rehabilitation, and is considered to be the leading authority on rehabilitation acupuncture in.
David graduated from the East West College of Classical Chinese based in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2006, and is a former student of Dr. Toshi Kasu Yamamoto, the discoverer of Yamamoto new scalp acupuncture. David. Together with Avi Amir, established the NEMA Center in 2007, which is the largest community clinic in Israel for integrated Chinese medicine, which combines classic Chinese medicine.
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture with Western Medicine. He also established a unique support center at the NEMA Center, which provides continued professional enrichment as well as professional guidance to new graduates and experienced practitioners in the field of complimentary medicine. David is a lead acupuncture in the rehabilitation department in the Benig Zion Medical Center in Haifa.
And David is involved in clinical. Which is investigating the benefit of Y essay in neurological rehabilitation in 2020. Together with Avi David published the book entitled Clinical Handbook of Yamamotos New Scalp Acupuncture. Throughout his career as a therapist, lectures and mentor Deborah has published, has pushed for the integral combination of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and scalp acupuncture.
And the reason why I’ve invited, To our show for today is because I became very interested in Yamato’s new Scalp Acupuncture, and I heard great things about it. So David, welcome. Thank you for sharing your time with us today and and how are you doing in are you in high far right now?
No. Hello Pony. Thank you for inviting me. I’m I live, I’m not far from my home. I live in the Galilee. I’m 45 minutes commute from. . Okay, great. Can you tell us about Dr. Yamamoto how did he research and discover this form of acupuncture? Dr. Yamamoto is an amazing amazing European amazing person.
I learned a lot from him. He actually started at he special. He didn’t come from the field of acupuncture, and he started actually on the field of anesthesia Anology. He studied anology. He finished in Japan. But in his travels, he traveled to the United States, and then he was in Germany for a couple of years.
Years. But then he, after a few years abroad, he came back to his hometown nana, where he opened the practice and clinic for. Pain management and basically with one of the patients there, he found himself stumbling onto the world of acupuncture. Due to, he says it was an accident, the kind of an accident that he had of a patient that when his patient had a lower back pain with disc and when he looked for an sensitive area to inject the neuro block, he was injecting Lido.
He gave her injection, but he only injected the cell line to the patient. And the next day when the patient came back, he was pretty sure he would be sued for medical malpractice. Cause he only realized in the evening of that day that he never injected any medicine Okay. And act. And actually she came to thank him and say that the pain was gone and she feels amazing.
And that was his first kind of encounter with Acupunc. and then he started studying for himself acupuncture. He was very much influenced by the idea of microsystems. He learned nasal acupuncture or Rico acupuncture, suzu, which is the hand the Korean acupuncture of the hand. And when in 1970, he, when they first published about the GI style scalp acupuncture came out, he went and he studi.
And he started using it in his clinic. He said it took him a while to really specialize and get the results he was looking for with the GL style. And then he basically, if we familiar with the G style, you have the motor and the sensory lines of the area of the ELOs area. And when a patient came to this clinic that was suffering actually from a shoulder pain, like a frozen shoulder.
And actually he had his head when he was looking for the points, he had his hand roundabout here on the patient. And this area is very tender for that patient. And when he pressed down on it, sudden the patient felt some release of in his shoulder and there was more mobility in the shoulder with yours.
That’ll become yamamotos, first point he ever discovered. And then Yamamoto is very curious. Very imaginative and always looking for the, because of the influence by this mirror reflection and the microsystems, he started searching for more points on the area of the scalp for treating different areas in different parts of the body.
And he actually started connecting the dots between the Chinese scalp, acupuncture or even D 24, which is a point that affects the mind. Okay, so D 24, we know it affects the mind. And he said, okay, if I have the mind here and the head, then slowly, if I go down, On my hairline, I’m gonna discover more and more points.
And then he goes to the area of the shoulder, which was the area of C, and slowly discovered 5, 7, 8 points. From that, the whole system developed to about today there’s comprises of about 60 points, I think, which is divided into different somatotypes and microsystems in a large microsystem system.
So that’s how we discover. Okay. You might, you mentioned Somato. Is that one of the underlying principles of wine essay or is it possible to generalize? You mentioned Microsystem any my understanding is that they, there’s actually several microsystems in this system there, several Somato Topes.
Can you comment about just introduce the US to sort the jet the broad strokes of the system. So we have, it’s, Yamamoto always mentions that his system is more of a microsystem. Which is divided into little groups of somato tops, which the first group is like the basic points, which is very as you can see, points that affect the body, like the physical structure of how western medicine sees the human body.
The next group is like brain points, so you can affect, the idea is to affect the brain in some. Some manner, but those brain points do not like that. You don’t match the neuroanatomy of the areas of the bone or the anatomy of the brain. Okay? So that’s the second group. And then you have what’s called the ipson points, which is another group of points, which actually is here is the connection to the organs and the channels.
And then you have cranial nerve points, which is actually a mixture of the Ipsy lung points with the brain points from my. All these just little microsystems that developed with the yours that not necessarily, some of them are on the scalp. He has like a microsystem on the, around the Mals area of the foot, but on the cervical of, sorry, on the spinal cord.
He also has a Soto top, the chest area. But the idea is always looking for different areas to affect different parts of the body. And you really see it in his practice that he’s always trying, Be very open minded and if something doesn’t work, he’s always gonna look for something else. And this is why.
Kept on discovering more and more points. . Okay. What type of patient would you say best benefit from Y nsa? First of all, I forgot to mention that Yamamoto style acupuncture is based on palpation based acupuncture. You have also spread out throughout the body diagnostic areas that tell you which group of points, which points to needle and which areas to needle.
Forgot to mention that. But the patients that benefit from Yamamoto scalp acupuncture, also from clinical research at the Doctor Yamamotos done, and also from research that I’ve been doing in my practice. Mainly, first of all, pain patient. It’s very good instrument for managing pain management. So it’s fantastic for that.
And this is what it was developed for. But also I found, and also Dr. Alo for different types of neurological disorders. It could be stroke, Parkinson’s, like I work also in a Parkinson clinic in the rehabilitation center. We found it very useful. It’s a special point for Parkinson. There’s also multiple sclerosis, any orthopedic car accident or nerve damage to the spinal cord.
So it’s very diverse in treating neurological problems and pain. And in rehabilitation, the advantage is that once you needle little scalp, you can do, the patient is mobile to do his activity or his practice. So actually you’re getting like one plus one is worth two, is two and a half, three.
So that’s the advantages of it. So let me just backtrack a little bit. So it seems like one of the things that’s different is that it’s very how patient informed. And and I’m I’m very pleasantly surprised to hear that Dr. Ya Moto has anesthesiology background and has studied gel style of Chinese scale acupuncture.
I have found that in my encounter with western medical practitioners that have interest in a acupuncture, a lot of times they come from I’m more likely to see anesthesiologists and neurologists. Being more open-minded towards acupuncture because they work the nervous system. They understand pain from a neurological perspective.
And so I’m pleasantly, happy to hear Dr. Yamamoto brings the neurological understanding and perhaps that’s why the system works so well for neurological conditions now. Is it possible for us to give you, give us a little bit more understanding as to. The young public acupuncture might is different than gel style or any other form of c acupuncture that that you’ve encountered?
I know there’s not, there’s probably some similarities. Just for the interest of the listeners who may be interested in learning to teach Yamamoto style, maybe they already learned J style and jazz style. Why should I yet learn another? If you can comment on that.
I’m also familiar with the juice style and GI style. I also use it in the hospital. But I found that one of, one of the things that first of all he always mentions that his system is more of a microsystem. And it’s less like based on the he or the anatomy of certain areas of the brain. If you go words like GI style, if you look, if you go deeper research into GI style even you, I think I watched the video of yours pony that you spoke about, let’s say the core line which has with the pre motor area of the brain.
Yeah. So it’s actually based on the neuro anatomy in general. The. J takes it also to the understanding of a Chinese diagnosis, which is important. And Yamato, if you look at the areas of the points there, like not much of the points in the zones match the neuroanatomy of the brain. , or if maybe if we dig research and found more discoveries about the brain, we’ll see that there is some type of batching of that idea.
So that’s the first difference. The second. The second difference is, so also the needle inside is not usually contralateral or lateral. Usually it’s the side that is chosen is according to the diagnostic zones that are, or in the abdomen or in the neck or in the elbow area. That tells you which side, which points need to be needle.
So that’s also a big difference between the Yamamoto and the Chinese scalp acupuncture method. And also the needle in technique is very different if in the scalp acupuncture, you have to have a thread in motion and then you gotta basically manipulate the needles could be dwelling or even pumping.
Yamamotos style is more acupuncture points. So actually you just, you need all the points perpendicular. , it’s not necessary to stimulate the points. And I once asked the Yamamoto, you need to needle the point, the stimulate the points. No, it’s not necessary to manipulate the points. Cause any movement of the mimics is actually moving the fascia below that the needle in that is actually causing the stimulation that you need.
So that’s one of the, another great big difference between it. So you could say, in some cases for us, whoever starts out, it’s more friendly for the patient until you become very specialized with the Chinese. So that’s very useful for us to know. A lot of the scalp acupuncture systems in particular the Chinese ones require you to have your own TCM or Western biomedical diagnosis.
Sounds like Yamamoto style has its own system of diagnosis. And and I actually. To, like hearing that the kneeling does not require a lot of stimulation and a lot of threading because that generally is a bit more uncomfortable. And if you work with children, let’s say if you work with cerebral policy or autistic children you wanna do it fast.
And just, put the needles in so that there’s less fuss and better cooperation with children. So I can see how the YAMA model style might actually be more practical in, in, depending on the type of patient demographic that you’re working with. Would you be able to give us a a clinical story or something that, you was maybe memorable in your experience applying Yamamoto maybe early on when you started doing this for the first time or in your rehabilitative work right now?
Something that like, really even for me, I practice a long time, but I still get like amazed and find acupuncture miraculous every day. Inspires me, please share with us something of that nature with Yama style that you felt you really changed some patients lives. So the story goes back I’ve been practicing acupuncture from 2007, so three years in Yamamoto from 2009.
And when I started out in my early time years of Yaba motto, I was actually called to come to a house, call on a patient who had a stroke. We’d speaking about five years after the stroke, and he had aphasia, motor aphasia. , and he’s around 80 at that time. And actually what they wanted me to try and treat, they heard that scalp acupuncture is very useful for aphasia and if I could come and try and help him.
So I decided I went to help him. Now, one of the things that the patient. He also had some paralysis of his shoulder, of his upper extremity of, I think it was the, if I remember correct, it was the right side. So if he was standing, his hand was like down here. He could’ve moved more than this of his hand.
So I came to I came to do the treatment and I’d done my diagnosis, I needle. Actually three points. One was like what’s correlated with the cerebrum and the cerebellum points according to, because of the diagnosis. And another point the area of actually the cervical spine. Cause you have the diagnosis.
And I think immediately after about the three needles, I said, okay, let’s see if you can speak. A lot of times the speech takes a long time to impair or improve. So I wasn’t basing myself on the speech. Just move your hand a bit. And he took his hand right up to his mouth and he just bursted out crying, right?
And this was, and I was like trying to keep my cool and say, oh, it works. But I was totally amazed. Like I was blown away, said Wow. And and that was a story with this patient that we just con and. Speaking five years after a stroke that he’s never moved, his hand moved more than maybe two, two to three inches.
Right? And now takes it up to his hand so he could even now attach a prop for him to eat now. , he saw as a mace, like that result. Wonderful. I’ve always like to ask them, my guests to share a couple of clinical pearls or techniques. I know it’s a very complex in depth system, but just to get, our viewers interested, inspired to maybe take up proper training in Yama style someday.
Some give us a couple of tricks that we can apply maybe. This AF today or tomorrow so that we can see and appreciate and admire the power of Yamamoto staff acupuncture. Okay, great. I’ll be thrilled to do so what some of the points, if you don’t wanna use diagnosis, you can use very much symptomatically and they amazing points and they have an amazing result.
The first point is actually what’s called the D point. Is located on the interior hairline. Okay. If you can show me the image. Okay. The first image, Alan sorry. One minute. Something’s knocking loud at the door. I wanna stop them a second. Sorry about this. And he’s saying it’s
And ready. Sorry about this. We’re meant to finish. My son’s calling me. So if you can see the D point here in black, it’s on anterior hairline. It’s very, and it’s about a centimeter above the zygomatic bone, okay? And it’s very powerful point for treating lower back pain or any problem of the lower extremities as well.
So it’s a very good and useful point that you can use in your clinic already. So this is how it easy, you can see the bone structure there. If we go to the next image, Allen you can see this is how it is with the ha of the hairline. So you can see it’s right on the hairline, it’s on the interior hairline and about a centimeter above the zygomatic bone.
And what you wanna do here is look for a very sensitive point and then needle that sensitive point. Okay? So that’s how much, how deep insert. Not not more than not more than a soon. So you’re looking between half a soon about insertion. Okay. Okay. But you can even help, you can even palpate it and push pressure on it and ask the patient to move around.
And if it’s better or the back, you just needle that point. It’s another way you can locate it. So that’s first point. And no simulation, just, and do you retain for, is it in and out or do you retain for some time? 30 minutes minimum. Okay. You can leave it fall per longer. The next point is actually what’s the a point, which is right here just on the line of the bladder channel, bladder three around bladder three area.
If you can see the image here in blue. Which on the line of the bladder three area, which is, let’s say the hairline, that’s gonna be the area of cervical. Cervical three. Four. And if you go about one centimeter up, you’re actually going up towards the head. So the superior part is about the head. And as you go down with that line, you’re going down from cervical one down to cervical eight, which is about a centimeter out of the hair.
And also you look for the most sensitive point on that line and you needle it. And if you need a couple of points, you can needle a couple of points, and that’s very useful for any cervical pain. Okay. Do you how they bilaterally? Just see which side is the most tender. Because we are not using the diagnosis here and we basically using it according to the symptoms, so you need a lot on the side that you have symptom.
For example, if it’s on the left side, you’re gonna need all these points on the left or on the right side. The same with the D point. Okay? And so they’re very useful and I hope you have great success for them and found yourself in charge and enchanted by this wonderful method and this wonderful human being.
Yeah, it sounds like it’s very practical and very easy to apply. And then so I’m gonna look forward to to trying out today. Unfortunately that’s all the time we have. Can you tell us some information about where we can find out more information about you? Do you have a website or social media?
So this is my website ww doma ac.com. So you can found a lot of information there. Also on healthy seminars, I have a online course, so you can go there. You can follow me on Facebook, YouTube, just print my name. And if you take my, I have a a Facebook page, which is actually just the pnima-ac ac and that you’ll get to my Facebook page as.
Excellent. Thank you so much for generously sharing your time with us and being so kind with your, sharing your knowledge and and I look forward to studying Yamamoto style with you in the near future. Hope so soon. So an honor to meet you in person pony, online person, . Yeah. Finally, after so many years, I’ve been following.
The the admiration is mutual. Thank you very much. Okay. Enjoy and what connects soon. Yeah. Thank you. Have a good evening.