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 The High Art

of Gentle Medicine: 

Teishin for Pain Management

-Iwashina Anryu Sensei (Dr. Bear), LAc

September 28 -29, 2019
(9am - 5pm)
75 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209
$395 (Professionals)
$285 (Students/Full time Faculty)
13 NCCAOM & CA PDAs (Approved)
Registration refund policy:
90% refund applied if request received greater than 2-weeks from date of event
No refunds if cancellation received within 2-weeks of event*

We will practice, practice, practice until our hands really get it...

Join us to learn the effective use of Teishin for common musculoskeletal conditions

“My seminars are very lively. Everyone laughs a lot, and I love hearing people's laughs." -Dr. Bear

New to Teishin Needling?

This workshop is ideal practitioners looking to work in a more gentle manner, with a focus on non-insertive techniques. No experience in Traditional Japanese Medicine is necessary. Although the techniques are gentle in nature, the effects are profound and immediate. This seminar will focus on the foundational aspects of Teishin use and the Sanshin (contact needling) technique. 


You will learn new skills that can be immediately applied into your clinical practice.

Read an overview of Dr. Bear's seminars by Daniel Silver, LAc here... 


Studied with Dr. Bear Before?

This is a wonderful way to DEEPEN your knowledge; Join us!

Brief Overview of Seminar...

In this seminar we have asked Dr. Bear discuss the use of Teishin for physical complaints. He will cover:

  • What the right and left hands should be doing

  • How to find points to treat

  • How to know if they points need to be tonified or reduced (his famous point checking method)

  • How to perform Sanshin (contact) needling

  • How to treat common muscluloskeletal complaints, e.g. knee, neck, shoulder and low back pain

We allow time for hands-on practice with one another, and everyone will get the opportunity to briefly work with Dr. Bear one-on-one. We will practice, practice, practice until our hands really get it! Dr. Bear will share his core concept of “fundamental treatment,” a set of points that he checks on every patient because they are so broadly regulating. A focus of this seminar is on Sanshin (contact needling) for use on large areas of the body, not acupoints. 

With the Teishin techniques, the concept of fundamental treatment, and his Sanshin techniques you will have exciting new tools to bring into your practice; regardless of what style you currently use. We will watch Dr. Bear give a few demonstration treatments; this way we can better appreciate what his style looks in actual practice.


More on Sanshin...

Contact needling in Japan is raised to a high art with many styles practiced. As in TCM style acupuncture, where one needle is placed in a single acupuncture point and left for 30 minutes, Sanshin techniques allow a practitioner to treat a whole region, e.g., the entire upper back.

Some styles of contact needling are performed at such a high speed with such manual dexterity that it looks as much like a 'Vegas magic act' as it does acupuncture. Dr. Bear’s style of Sanshin is as effective as any, but it has the advantage of being easily accessible to the learner. When used on the neck, abdomen, or back it is quite astonishing how much positive change occurs in such a short time without ever piercing the skin.

Instructor Bio

Iwashina Anryu Sensei (aka, Dr. Bear)

is a visually-impaired acupuncturist known for his acuity with non-insertive needle techniques including contact needling and teishin (a non-insertive tool and ‘needling’ method from the classics). He has been in practice for 40 years and resides in northern Japan (Morioka City, Iwate).


Dr. Bear draws from his experiences with Fukushima Kodo of the Toyohari Association and other teachers for innovative applications rooted in the Huang di Nei Jing & Nan Jing. Over the last 30 years, he has refined the art of non-insertive needling techniques to effectively treat complex conditions. His emphasis is on palpation and perceptively understanding and applying the classics in practice. 

For more on his techniques visit the NAJOM page here...

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