Kubota Zone Acupuncture Chart
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Naoki Kubota, A.P., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

After more than 30 years of practice and study I have created Kubota Zone Acupuncture and the chart that is it's key. This form of acupuncture using single needle acupuncture techniques is extremely effective for pain control and healing. It also promotes cleaning and balance in the body. I have created this form of acupuncture and the color coded chart that is it's explanation and serves as a guide by combining the science, the theories, and the techniques of Oriental and Western medicine. I have studied Japanese acupuncture, Chinese acupuncture, and have also made a study of western science and western medical knowledge. The centuries old form of Japanese acupuncture, Ishizaka Ryu, created by the Japanese acupuncturist Sotetsu Ishizaka, and Hua Tuo Jiaji, the ancient form of Chinese acupuncture, created by the Chinese acupuncturist Hua Tuo, have always been my main inspirations. I have also spent years studying and working with western medical doctors in their practice. These years of study and practice have enabled me to grow in my understanding of healing and the healing process. Kubota Zone Acupuncture and it's color coded chart are the result.

In the view of Oriental medicine, Ishizaka Ryu Acupuncture, and Hua Tuo Jiaji acupuncture, the spine and spinal area are the most important areas in the body. The two meridian lines that run down the spine are considered the area of most importance in the body. They are the Governing Vessel and the Bladder Meridian. There are also more than 300 acupuncture points on the spinal area, these include meridian points, Hua Tuo Jiaji and new found points. Acupuncture, Yoga, and Taoism say that the main energy flow in the body is in the center of the body or median line.

In the view of western medicine nerves start in the brain and go down the spinal cord. The brain and spinal nerves regulate the whole body. As we see, both western and oriental medicine agree in the importance of the spinal area. The energy flow of the body, blood circulation, and body fluid flow have to be in constant unobstructed motion. Many diseases and pains occur when there is a blockage of a flow. The main purpose of Kubota Zone Acupuncture is to remove blockages and restore optimum flow. The results are cleaning and balance. These blockages or indurations commonly occur at the crossing points of the gravity line and the spine.

These crossing points are

2. Cervical-Thoracic
3. Thoracic-Lumbar
4. Lumbar-Sacrum.

It is also common to have indurations midway between each of these areas. The indurations in the spinal area are to receive the primary concentration of treatments.

I believe that single needle acupuncture techniques help to control pain and promote healing in any living being that has a spine. If one is a trained doctor and a trained acupuncturist these techniques can be applied to a variety of species. Single needle acupuncture techniques are very helpful if the patient can not or will not be still.

The application of Kubota Zone Acupuncture is different from other acupuncture procedures. In traditional Oriental acupuncture multiple needles are inserted at specific points on the body and left in place in an acupuncture point for a duration of time while the patient lies still. Kubota Zone Acupuncture uses one needle that is applied through a tube to many specific points on the body. The needle is inserted in and removed out repeatedly in a continuing motion. At no time is a needle inserted and left in place. This procedure is painless and does not require the patient to remain still. This procedure often produces a calming and quieting effect on the recipient. Pain relief usually occurs with in a short period of time and healing begins.

I have created Kubota Zone Acupuncture and it's techniques to treat modern disease and help in the control of pain. The human and animal conditions are not the same as they were in earlier times. As pollution and the toxicities of the planet and all life on it increase, diseases have mutated and have become more advanced, more complex, wider, and deeper. My treatment protocols have been developed to advance the practice of acupuncture to adjust to the changing conditions. My form of acupuncture has procedures that use more acupuncture points and new acupuncture points.

All conditions that are to be addressed begin with treatment of the Primary Zone or Zone One. After the main focus on Zone One which is used as a universal and constitutional treatment in Kubota Zone Acupuncture I proceed according to an individual's specific condition. The form of the chart that is the guide for Kubota Zone Acupuncture is based on the dental chart " Empirical Relationships Between Odontomas and Organs/Diseases " compiled and expanded by Dr. Thomas Rau, MD of Paracelsus Clinic, Lustmuhle, Switzerland, based on work by Kramer, Dr. Voll, Dr. Adler, Dr. Gleditsch, Hollmann et al. I am very grateful to these doctors for their corresponding work and in particular that this has helped me to translate my work into English.


Zone 1 is the Primary Zone.

It is located around the spinal area and the abdomen. The Primary Zone, which is colored in white on the chart on both the zone column and the human figure, is used as the major focus of all treatments. About 80% of the treatment time will be used at this zone. It is for strengthening of life energy and balancing of the whole body. The Primary Zone on the back is comprised of the Governing Vessel, which runs down the middle of the spine, Hua Tuo Jiaji, and the Bladder Meridians that are on both sides of the Governing Vessel. This is the most important area on the body. The Primary Zone in the front of the body is the abdomen. This requires about 5% of all treatment time. The techniques used to treat the Primary Zone are Yu Do Shi and Para spinal Ishizaka Shi. The procedures for these techniques will be explained in the techniques section.

Zone 2 is the Cranial Zone.

It is the head area which includes the brain, the pituitary, the hair, and the scalp. It is colored in turquoise on the chart on both the zone column and the human figure. The Cranial Zone is used for diseases that are related to the brain, the pituitary, the hair, the scalp, and the head.

Zone 3 is the Face & Cervical Zone.

It is colored pale green on the chart on both the zone column and the human figure. The Face & Cervical Zone is used for specific Sense Organs, Musculature, Joints, Endocrine Glands, Organs, Mental Diseases, Migraine, and Arterial concentration of all organs. Certain specific spinal chord segments are treated in this zone.

Zone 4 is the Thoracic Zone.

It is colored red on the chart on both the zone column and the human figure. The Thoracic Zone is used for specific Organs, Endocrine Glands, Joints, Musculature, Sense Organs, Mood problems, Blood Density and Stagnation, Connective Tissue Diseases, Kidney Stones, Mammary Glands, and Crystallization of Body Fluids. Certain specific spinal chord segments are treated in this zone.

Zone 5 is the Lumbar Zone.

It is colored yellow on the chart on both the zone column and the human figure. It is used for specific Organs, Endocrine Glands, Joints, Musculature, Sense Organs, Lymph, Sexual Organs, Vascular Tone, Blood Count, Defensive Mechanism, and Crystallization of Body Fluid. Certain specific spinal chord segments are treated in this zone.

Zone 6 is the Sacrum Coccyx Zone.

It is colored orange on the chart on both the zone column and the human figure. It is used for specific Organs, Endocrine Glands, Joints, Musculature, Sense Organs, Mental Behavior, Hormone Metabolism, Kidney Stones, and Sciatica. Certain specific spinal chord segments are treated in this zone.

Zone 7 is the Symptomatic Zone.

It is colored blue on the chart on both the zone column and the human figure. It is used on the Upper and Lower Extremities, and the Trunk, for symptomatic treatments.


Kubota Zone Acupuncture has four needling techniques. These techniques range in the level of difficulty it requires to perform them. With study, practice, and diligence all four of these techniques can be mastered and used on a daily basis. All Kubota Zone Acupuncture needling techniques are performed in the Japanese style. The Japanese style uses a tube to hold, guide, and steady a hair thin needle that is painless when inserted. The techniques for needling in Kubota Zone Acupuncture have been adapted from Ishizaka Ryu Acupuncture.

Technique 1 Yu Do Shi (lead or guide)

This technique is the most basic technique in Kubota Zone Acupuncture. It is very important to master this technique first. Yu Do Shi is used in all treatment protocols and is always used at beginning of each treatment. The Yu Do Shi technique produces a calming, quieting, and relaxing effect that initiates pain control and healing and prepares the patient to receive the rest of treatment. It is one of the two primary healing modalities that distinguishes Kubota Zone Acupuncture from other forms of acupuncture. The acupuncturist uses his left hand to determine a point that is to be treated while holding the tube, with the needle in it, in his right hand. Next he places the tube that is holding the needle on the point to be treated.

He holds the tube on the point with his left hand. Then with the right middle finger he lightly taps the bottom of the tube that is in place on the body to insure that the position of the point of the needle is next to the skin. Then with the same right index finger he performs a light tapping motion (3 to 5 taps) on the head of the needle while it is still in the tube, and the tube is resting on the point on the body that is being treated. Then the tube is removed with the right hand and the needle that is being held by the left hand and is still in place on the point on the body is removed in a swift motion. This acupuncture technique is performed repeatedly over the area that is being treated. The acupuncturist, after time and repetition of this technique, should be able to achieve certain rhythm of motion (in and out, in and out, in and out, in and out, in and out). This rhythm of motion stimulates the body, stops pain, and initiates the healing process.

Technique 2 Ren Kan Shi (links or arc)

This technique is used for parts of the body that has an arc shape such as Occipital-Atlas, Scapula, and iliac crests. This technique is level two in difficulty. To perform Ren Kan Shi the acupuncturist is required to receive training and must spend time in practice. This technique can be combined with technique 3 and technique 4 but the level of difficulty increases.

Technique 3 Sen Chi Shi (transverse or horizontal)

This technique is used for parts of the body that don't have thick muscles such as teeth gum, scalp. Sen Chi Shi can be used in combination with other technique and is level three in difficulty. You must receive training and guidance to perform this technique.

Technique 4 Ishizaka Shi (life energy needling)

This is the most advanced technique. It is level four in difficulty. This technique is used for diminishing an induration by using ki or chi energy. Ishizaka Shi is the second primary healing modality of Kubota Zone Acupuncture. This requires the most time to accomplish. Training, study, practice, and diligence are needed to perform this very powerful acupuncture technique.

I have created Kubota Zone Acupuncture and the color coded chart that is it's key in the hope that it will help living beings. I believe that if one follows my chart in the treatment of condition or disease pain will be lifted and healing will occur. I am deeply grateful to my brilliant teachers and hope to contribute to acupuncture as a form of healing. It is through my daily practice of acupuncture that lessons and discoveries occur. It is my goal to continue to grow creatively with an ever-expanding clarity of vision.


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