Shiatsu Information

Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan. There are two main Shiatsu schools; one based on western anatomical and physiological theory and the other based on Traditional Chinese Medicine . Shiatsu is regulated as a licensed medical therapy by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare , and elsewhere by various governing bodies set up by Shiatsu practitioners. Shiatsu is an evolving form, and its various styles incorporate aspects of Japanese massage traditions, Chinese Medicine practice, and "Western" anatomy and physiology.

Currently there is little evidence to support the use of Shiatsu in the treatment of any diseases or disorders. Cancer Research UK makes it clear that they don't believe Shiatsu is beneficial for the treatment of cancer, however they do state that "some studies using massage therapy in general suggest it might be helpful as a complementary therapy for people with cancer and other illnesses" .

In 2006 a large scale systematic Review was carried out by the Shiatsu Society UK in association with Thames Valley University. The literature search utilised PubMed, OVID, Science Direct, Blackwell Synergy, Ingenta Select and Wiley Interscience, The Index of Theses and ZETOC were also searched. The review details study findings related to symptom control/improvement for various conditions and makes recommendations for future research into the efficacy of Shiatsu as a medical treatment.

Wikipedia, Shiatsu, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiatsu (as of Apr 8, 2010)

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