By Sara Calabro
Yoshito Mukaino wanted to talk shop with his colleagues. But the physician acupuncturist, in trying to discuss with fellow medical doctors how acupuncture alleviates pain, found himself without common language. Thus came the M-test, a diagnostic tool that’s easily explainable to mainstream clinicians. The M-test identifies from where in the body pain is stemming, allowing for precise, repeatable acupuncture treatments conducive to a hospital setting.
Mukaino is director of clinical East Asian medicine at Japan’s Fukuoka University Hospital, where acupuncture is a key component in patient care plans and in the curriculum—his M-test class is required for first-year medical students. He is making his second U.S. teaching appearance this October at Bastyr University. In response to demand from Western clinicians, the three-day seminar, formerly offered only to acupuncturists and naturopaths, is also open to medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors and nurse practitioners.
AcuTake recently caught up with Mukaino.