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Treatments offered at Noto Acupuncture

Japanese Acupuncture


Japanese acupuncture is one of the gentlest forms of acupuncture because it uses the thinnest gauge needles with subtle manipulation. The Japanese style  is based on the work of Kiiko Matsumoto.

Palpating the abdomen (or 'Hara' diagnosis) is the main form of diagnosis in Japanese Acupuncture. This works especially well for digestive disorders and fertility issues. This form of acupuncture clears areas of stagnation, builds areas that are weak, gives an overall sense of well-being, and most importantly, empowers you by bringing a “felt sense” of awareness to your own body-mind-spirit.

Dr. Tan's Balance Method

This Method of Acupuncture focuses on where the pain or discomfort is, and the acupuncture channels that run through it.  It does not relay on the knowledge of syndromes.  The underlying theory emerges from the study of the I Ching, the Ancient Book of Change.

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture, also known as “ear acupuncture,” is an ancient practice. The ear is seen as a microcosm of the body. The shape of the ear is likened to a curled up human image, and the acu-points align accordingly. Much like the feet in reflexology, different parts of the ear relate to different parts of the body. Auricular acupuncture is most commonly known for treatment of addictions and weight loss, but recently has been widely used to treat PTSD. Using auricular acu-points, pain can be treated in various parts of the body to relieve symptoms of many illnesses, and to calm anxiety and stress.

Acupuncture treats

The World Health Organization recognizes over 43 common conditions that Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has success in treating:


  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Facial Pain (TMJ. / Bell’s Palsy)
  • Tooth Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Lower Back Pain (Sciatica / Piriformis syndrome)
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Lower Extremity Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Tennis Elbow / Carpal Tunnel
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Constipation / Diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Reflux Esophagitis


  • Amenorrhea (lack of menses) Dysmenorrhea (painful menses)
  • Infertility Postpartum Depression Irregular Menses Menopausal Symptoms


  • Allergies Sinusitis / Rhinitis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Common Cold


  • Anxiety / Stress / Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • General Wellbeing
  • Weight Loss High / Low Blood Pressure
  • Post Stroke
  • Substance Abuse
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Tinnitus




Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan. It uses kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques and is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.

"Shiatsu" translates as "finger pressure." There are different styles of Shiatsu, all of which have roots in one of three systems that developed in Japan in the early 1900s as a result of a resurgence of Japan's traditional medical therapies, including acupuncture and anma massage. Shiatsu developed at this time from the integration of traditional Japanese manual therapies with modern western medical knowledge. 

In the U.S., Shiatsu is one of the main therapies within the larger profession of Asian Bodywork Therapy.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a healing technique that involves rubbing the skin with a dull edge to eliminate toxic residue from the underlying tissue that has built up through repetitive chronic inflammation. This cutaneous palpation creates a comfortable sensation and is used for chronic chest congestion and for breaking up old scar tissue caused by injury or general wear and tear.


Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin.  The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.

Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system . Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines and rheumatism and is an excellent modality for lung congestion – especially bronchitis and asthma.

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Noto Acupuncture

509 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 201 Leland, NC 28451, US

(570) 885-5790


Monday   9am - 5pm

Tuesday  9am - 2pm

Wednesday  9am - 7pm

Thursday   By appointment

Friday  9am - 4pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed