Certificate Course in Matsumoto/Nagano Style Acupuncture

Portland & Seattle

  Kiiko's teaching assistant and co-author, Monika Kobylecka, L.Ac, demonstrates Kiiko's palpation techniques for selecting the most effective point locations. 

Kiiko's teaching assistant and co-author, Monika Kobylecka, L.Ac, demonstrates Kiiko's palpation techniques for selecting the most effective point locations. 

   Above:   Kiiko Matsumoto, using a hand carved wooden stamp, given to her by Master Nagano before his death. Long used in East Asia, stamps like this confer recognition on diplomas and official documents. 

 Above: Kiiko Matsumoto, using a hand carved wooden stamp, given to her by Master Nagano before his death. Long used in East Asia, stamps like this confer recognition on diplomas and official documents. 

How is this different than other post-graduate opportunities for acupuncturists?

This focused, clinically relevant program will provide you with intensive, personalized instruction in the lineage of one of Japan’s most respected acupuncture and moxibustion masters.


Combining Chinese canonical sources with contemporary medical insights, this dynamic approach treats both the branch (or symptom) and root (or underlying constitutional imbalance), correcting life-long patterns of disease and producing immediate symptomatic relief. Importantly, you will learn palpation skills that quickly and accurately confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture points before they are needled.

How will this training help me--and my patients?

The range of complaints encountered in American contemporary acupuncture practices include chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, and degenerative bone diseases; Neurological diseases like Parkinson's, migraine headaches, and Alzheimer's; Digestive conditions like IBS, Crohn's and diverticulosis. Allergies, diabetes, and obesity are epidemic. Hormonal, auto-immune, psychological, cardiovascular and reproductive disorders are all on the rise in an increasingly crowded, toxic, stressful environment. Americans with these conditions are turning to acupuncture after disappointing results with conventional treatment. 

Unfortunately, the TCM style taught in many American acupuncture colleges (with its "bi-syndromes" and herbalized diagnostic categories) fails to provide what American acupuncturists need most: An effective framework to understand and effectively treat the types of chronic pain and stress-related illnesses we encounter every day.

Why Japanese acupuncture? Who is Master Nagano? 

In post-war Japan, acupuncturists like Kiyoshi Nagano began a remarkable and fruitful investigation. Despite blindness, Nagano memorized Chinese canonical literature and absorbed emergent insights from Western medicine. Over the next half a century--using his extraordinary palpation skills as a guide--he crafted ingenious acupuncture protocols for chronic, stress-induced illnesses.

What will be taught?
This 150-hour Certification Program will cover--in depth--the rich and detailed descriptions provided in Kiiko Matsumoto's two-volume clinical strategies book, In the Spirit of Master Nagano. The result of Kiiko Matsumoto's long apprenticeship with Master Nagano, and decades of intense scholarly and clinical investigation, these two texts describe effective treatment strategies for nearly every type of pain and internal medicine condition encountered in contemporary acupuncture practice.  

How do I enroll? How is the course structured?

Five to seven weekend seminars are offered in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington each year. Most of these are taught by Monika Kobylecka, Kiiko Matsumoto's co-author and teaching assistant. Kiiko Matsumoto also teaches each year in Portland. Attendance in all our classes accrue toward the 150 hours needed for certificate status. Unless indicated, each of these classes are open to new and on-going students -- including the three described below.


September 8-9, 2018

kiiko matsumoto's secrets for instant Pain relief!

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 75 NW Couch St., Portland, Oregon

Monika Kobylecka, L.Ac.    is Kiiko's co-author, and a staff acupuncturist at one of the nation's most prestigious pediatric hospitals, Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

this class will demonstrate Kiiko's Techniques to achieve fast, reliable pain relief with children & adults.  There are Opportunities to bring patients (Children 7 & up, and Adults) to the class with the following conditions:

  • Daily or migraine headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Functional abdominal pain
  • Back, neck, or joint pain
  • Rheumatoid and other types of arthritis

To be successful, acupuncturists need to do two things:  

1. Explain how acupuncture works in language patients and physicians understand. 

2. Deliver instantaneous results, especially for pain conditions. 

Learn how to do both with Kiiko Matsumoto's protege, Monika Kobylecka, L.Ac.

September 8-9   Early Bird only $349!    14 PDAs

September 29-30, 2018

Seattle, Washington

Defending and Nourishing the Shen: Kiiko Matsumoto's Strategies for Healing the Heart

Plus: "Essential Skills for Suicide Prevention"

Presenters: Monika  Kobylecka, L.Ac. & Robert Holloway, MD


Discovery Point School of Massage    420 E. Pike Street, Suite 3, Seattle,  Washington

We live and practice in a moment when cardiovascular disease is epidemic, and when the sanctuary of the Shen has been disrupted -- on many levels.

As acupuncturists, we continually encounter two dimensions of the Heart.  One is the myocardium and the blood vessels, and includes symptoms such as: 

  • Hypertension,

  • Arteriosclerosis, 

  • Strokes, 

  • A-fib and other arrhythmias, 

  • Raynaud’s

  • Varicosities. 

The other involves disturbances of the Shen:

  • Anxiety, 

  • Depression, 

  • PTSD and

  • Other types of mood dysregulation.

Throughout her long career, Kiiko has investigated these principalities of the Heart: The dwelling place of the Shen, and the pump and pathways that delivers blood to every cell in the body. A dynamic understanding of both these vital functions of the Heart brings clarity and focus to each treatment we deliver.

In her September 29-30 class, Monika will present some of Kiiko sensei's most practical and clinically important insights, including:

-Counterflow -- This is a thread that runs through all of Kiiko's books, and her decades of clinical and scholarly investigation.  Counterflow (or Heart Fire unrooted by insufficient Kidney Water) is implicated in many Shen disturbances, And most types of cardiovascular disease.

-The Tan Tien -- Kiiko continually reminds us that " the Heart is not a fighter", and why we need to strengthen the Tan Tien to protect and defend the Shen.

- Shao Yang and the Autonomic Nervous System — In Nagano/Matsumoto acupuncture, Triple Warmer and Gall Bladder points are used to chronic stress patterns described as Sympathetic Nervous System dominance.

Kiiko often reminds us that memories are everywhere in the body, not just the brain. Some of these we can see and feel:  Scar tissue, restricted tissues from long ago injuries, tender reflex points on the abdomen and elsewhere. In the realm of the Heart, their effects more insidious, and may contribute to lifelong patterns of physical and emotional pain.

Monika will explain why Kiiko translates "Yi" as the "memory of the Heart", and the important relationship between the Spleen and the Heart. 

Bonus!!  Robert Holloway, MD  is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist -- and Monika's colleague from Children's hospital Los Angeles--  he will share essential tools for suicide prevention. 2 hours Nccaom ethics PDAs.


October 20-21, 2018

Kiiko Matsumoto returns to portland, OR!

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

New scalp points for treatment of insulin resistance and diabetes; Master Kawai's diode ring treatments for pain and neuropathy; New clinical applications Small Intestine channel points for neurologic conditions and -- of course -- much more from Acupuncture's Hurricane of Qi -- Kiiko Matsumoto.

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