Masamichi Shibata’s use of shallow insertion needle techniques
to stimulate the skin and subcutaneous tissues creates enough
stimulation to achieve great results and release muscles much
less painfully than the deep insertion techniques used by most
acupuncturists in China and North America.
Compared with shallow insertions, deep needle insertions increase the risk of damaging muscle tissue and blood vessels and also increase the risk of infection. Deep needle insertions introduce risk with virtually the same benefits as shallow insertions.
Also, Mr. Shibata’s shiatsu pressure and meridian stretch for restricted meridians increases the effectiveness of his treatment.
Mr. Shibata’s acupuncture therapy based on meridian theory is good preventive medicine as well as good therapy. As therapy, it can directly address fatigue, injury, and surgical recovery. As preventive medicine, it can prevent fatigue, which then prevents injury, which then prevents surgical intervention. Mr. Shibata’s acupuncture therapy offers the essence of Oriental medicine, which is to “treat illness before it occurs” and it can increase one’s overall health and performance.
I highly recommend Mr. Shibata’s painless, safe, and effective treatments to all Canadians who have never tried acupuncture treatment before and to all who have tried other acupuncturists but weren’t satisfied.
DR. YOSHITO MUKAINO, M.D., Ph.D.
PROFESSOR, SPORTS MEDICINE, FACULTY OF SPORTS AND HEALTH SCIENCE, FUKUOKA UNIVERSITY, JAPAN
CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL LICENSING COMMITTEE FOR ACUPUNCTURE IN JAPAN
INTERNIST, FUKUOKA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
MEMBER, JAPANESE SOCIETY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE (JSIM)
DIRECTOR, RESEARCH DEPT. OF THE JAPANESE SOCIETY OF ACUPUNCTURE & MOXIBUSTION (JSAM)
AUTHOR, “MERIDIAN TEST”, “SPORTS ACUPUNCTURE”
Dear Mr. Shibata
The treatment that I received at your acupuncture clinic was my first experience with Japanese style acupuncture; however, I had been treated with Chinese style acupuncture for pain many times prior to this injury.
The difference between these two acupuncture styles was surprising. As you mentioned, Japanese acupuncture includes a lot of interaction between the therapist and the patient, which extends throughout the treatment. Indeed, there was an emphasis on touch examination and feedback to determine pain and needle placement.
On a more personal note, your concern and serene approach had a very calming effect. Also, I was particularly pleased that I did not need to continue anti-inflammatory and pain medication during the days of treatment.
DR. JACQUELINE STANLEY, PhD
COURS DIRECTOR AND PROFESSOR OF IMMUNOLOGY
SELECTIVE DIRECTOR, COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
ST. GEORGE'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, GRENADA, WEST INDIES
( Dr. Stanley was very pleased with my treatments and she wishes they have someone in their clinic who does Japanese acupuncture.
She decided to introduce Japanese acupuncture to their medical students at St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She and her Department Chair invited me to come to the University and offer lectures and workshops to their medical students enrolled in the Complementary medicine program.
She did hope I would come but unfortunately I could not make it. I recommended my colleague but he was also unable to come to Grenada for one week. However she found an acupuncturist from the USA who practice Japanese acupuncture. She said to me " So, finally our medical students will learn about Japanese acupuncture! ".
I was fortunate that our paths crossed and that I was able to introduce Japanese acupuncture to her. )
reason I went to see Mr. Shibata was that he had worked wonders
restoring my wife’s arm and shoulder to normal function.
My problem relates to a 50 year old ski jumping accident that damaged my right knee I’ve lost 30% function in this knee so this passes on to the problems in the hip, and if the hip isn’t right then the spine hooked on to it doesn’t work properly either “The foot bone is connected to the head bone” Believe me it’s true.
On my first appointment, sensitive spots were located and received fine acupuncture needles. This occurred with my feeling nothing other than finger pressure.
The day after that first appointment I noticed right away that I was walking normally and not favoring my right knee. The discomfort in my back was gone and I really felt good.
There have been two more appointments resulting in more comfort and ease of function. His changing the way I walked was most dramatic and is staying with me.
Acupuncture is a completely different concept to us who are used to pharmaceutical pills for help. It has been inexistence a thousand years longer and certainly proves itself when properly practiced.
DR. PIERRE R. DOW, B.A.Sc., D.D.S. (Wash.), M.Sc. (Brit. Col.). FRCD(C)
ANATOMIST, PROFESSOR, FACULTY OF DENTISTRY
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
I would like to give my highest recommendations for Mr. Shibata and his treatments of acupuncture, shiatsu and moxibustion.
As an avid runner, I have been treated for various injuries suffered through training. Initially, I sought treatment for a chronic shin splint injury. Mr. Shibata was very gentle and his techniques were pain free. The pain improved immediately and was able to resume running shortly after. As a result, I was able to complete the Tokyo marathon with not only a personal best time but also qualify for the Boston marathon.
I continue to visit Mr. Shibata from time to time for maintenance care and am always impressed with the various treatments he uses to relieve the different areas of pain and soreness. His knowledge of the anatomy and healing methods along with his warm and gentle manner are the reasons I enjoy my appointments with Mr. Shibata.
DR. KEN GINNAN, B.Sc., D.M.D.
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR, FACULTY OF DENTISTRY UBC
DENTIST, CASCADE DENTAL MAPLE RIDGE
(Daichan) Shibata is a colleague and good friend of mine. Since
he opened a clinic in 1994 in Vancouver, he has successfully
treated many people with good results and is well received by
When he was 18 years old, he became interested in treating illness and injuries with Oriental medicine. Since then he has been focusing on acupuncture and acupressure therapy. He brought these Oriental medicine therapies to Canada, continued to improve his own skills, and now offers high quality techniques to his patients. Also, he is educating western people with the wisdom of Oriental medicine.
Today, as many cultures and civilizations around the world start to unite, I believe that Oriental medicine, with Mr. Shibata’s dedicated contribution, is offering great services to all human health.
DR. XIAOQI WU, D.T.C.M., Ph.D.
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
DOCTOR OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE, CAPITAL UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE, BEIJING, CHINA
Ph.D. IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE, TOYAMA MEDICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL UNIVERSITY, TOYAMA, JAPAN
a veterinarian who has practiced acupuncture therapy on racehorses
in Japan since 1976. Racehorses are treated with acupuncture
more than any other animal. Because racehorses have a considerable
mass of muscle, they are prone to neuromuscular disorders when
run excessively at full speed. It is very hard for them to recover
once their sympathetic nervous system is stimulated and they
become very tense, sometimes chronically so. In these cases,
acupuncture therapy (including acupuncture, bloodletting and
moxibustion) offers very effective and efficient treatment without
side effects. Every time I treat animals, I witness evidence
of the direct effectiveness of acupuncture therapy since animals
are immune to the placebo effect.
Mr. Shibata came back to Japan in 2001 to study acupuncture on animals and he visited several veterinarian clinics. One of them was my clinic and he observed my acupuncture technique performed on racehorses. These included acupuncture, bloodletting and moxibustion.
Mr. Shibata is energetic in his research and a very positive and open-minded person who is learning about acupuncture on animals so that he might apply ideas to his own practice. I have never met an acupuncturist like Mr. Shibata, who seriously studies and researches acupuncture therapy. A racehorse’s skin and muscles are very soft and delicate. I believe that acupuncture for animals has some things in common with acupunctures for humans. Therefore I have confidence that Mr. Shibata’s acupuncture therapy is very gentle and very effective for his human patients.
I know that in this reference I have not written enough about Mr. Shibata but everything I have said is written honestly, from my heart.
DR. TOSHIO YAMAGUCHI, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Ph.D. IN VETERINARY MEDICINE, AZABU UNIVERSITY, JAPAN
VICE-PRESIDENT, JAPANESE SOCIETY OF VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE AND MOXIBUSTION (OVER 200 MEMBERS, MOSTLY UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS)
you for all of your help and treatment. You have been instrumental
in helping me reduce stress and tension at work and your treatment
has allowed me to practice with greater comfort and enjoyment.
As a medical professional, I highly recommend Mr. Shibata’s acupuncture and shiatsu treatments to anyone wanting to try this type of therapy.
DR. SCOTT B. YAMAOKA, D.D.S., M.S.
DIPLOMATE, THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PERIODONTOLOGY
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
Shibata’s knowledgeable hands and experience in the field of
acupuncture have provided my patient referrals with effective
relief. Those who see Mr. Shibata will be satisfied with his
professional manner and feel comfortable with his therapeutic
touch and skilled needling techniques.
In the field of neuro-musculoskeletal medicine, it is nice to know that skilled professionals can work together effectively with the common goal of helping patients obtain relief from their pain using conservative methods.
I have no hesitation in recommending patients and other health practitioners use the services of Mr. Masamichi Shibata.
DR. RICHARD HUNTER, D.C.
DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC
CO-FOUNDER, VANCOUVER SPINE CARE CENTRE
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
known Masamichi Shibata (Daichan) for 14 years, since he arrived
in Canada in 1988. During his five years in Toronto, we developed
a trusting relationship both personally and professionally.
I believe his success as a shiatsu-therapist and acupuncturist
lies, not only in his years of experience and refined knowledge
of Oriental medicine, but also in his honest and caring character.
As a holistic medical practitioner myself, I have no hesitation
referring my patients to Mr. Shibata and highly recommend his
practice to those in search of health and well being through
DR. DALE OKABE, D.C. N.D.
DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC
FOUNDER, GRANBY CENTER OF NATURAL THERAPY
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA