Stefan Hafner Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Toyohari Japanese Acupuncture - gentle and effective. Health fund registered.


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Home moxa instruction video

Please find below the link to my home treatment instructional video.

For my patients who have been instructed to apply okyu moxa on themselves:

This very effective home treatment requires some practice and persistence. However it can be learned in a short time. The benefits are definitely worth the investment of your time and concentration. Enjoy!

Stefan Hafner
What is different with Toyohari acupuncture?

I am often asked what is the difference between Toyohari acupuncture and other acupuncture styles.

In short: Toyohari is a refined Japanese acupuncture style that stands out by being gentle and precise.

The name Toyohari translates to East Asian needle therapy. It is based on the same classical writings as Chinese acupuncture and shares the same meridians, acupuncture points and many of the underlying principles.

One significant difference is that Toyohari acupuncture does not only treat symptoms but also seeks to address underlying imbalances in the flow of energy and blood. If the energy and blood flow within the meridians and blood vessels is blocked or disturbed, the body becomes prone to disease, injury and emotional imbalances. Therefore it is important to not only address symptoms but to create internal balance to achieve longer lasting results.

During a treatment the practitioner carefully assesses the pulse, tongue, abdomen and skin lustre, which reflect the internal state of the patient and determine the techniques employed by the therapist.

In general a Toyohari treatment is less invasive because practitioners use thinner and fewer needles than their Chinese style counterparts. Needles are only retained for a few seconds to a few minutes. The patient is monitored often for changes and signs of overtreatment.

Some techniques used in Toyohari are specific to Japanese acupuncture, for example the use of small zinc and copper discs that are applied to acupuncture points for their polarity effect. This is used to activate the Eight Extra Meridians for the treatment of chronic conditions.

Toyohari practitioners are highly trained and have to complete regular training sessions in order to retain their membership in the Toyohari association. This is unique in the world of acupuncture. The regular training allows the practitioner to get feedback from their colleagues to hone and improve their skill.

For me Toyohari is the most sophisticated style of acupuncture and I would recommend anyone to have a session and experience the results.

Stefan Hafner


Stefan Hafner
Honeysuckle - Nature's antiviral.

Jin Yin Hua - Honeysuckle, the herbal antiviral.
Chinese herbal medicine has a powerful antiviral that may grow in your backyard. The bitter- sweet honeysuckle or gold and silver flower as its Chinese name translates to, has been proven to be affective against a variety of nasty influenza A viruses, including bird flu and swine flu.
Now is the time to harvest and dry the flowers and store them for the next flu season.

During my clinical internship in Beijing in 2003, the feared avian (bird) flu was in season. The H1N1 virus caused serious life- threatening symptoms. Everyone entering the Japan- China Friendship Hospital where I was based was tested for high body temperature on entering the hospital buildings. At the same time the price of honeysuckle - Jin Yin Hua increased exponentially due to its effectiveness in eliminating this virus. Recent research has shown that the herb is also effective against swine flu and other serious viruses.

In Chinese herbal medicine the dried flower is brewed with other herbs as a decoction, in boiling water and consumed while still warm.

Stefan Hafner