How It Works


Ki (energy) circulates throughout the body by pathways called meridians, which are responsible for our health and wellbeing. 

Meridian pathways carry Ki or Chi and influence the flow and production of blood and fluids.

Our bodies have an inherent healing power of significant potential. Meridian therapy allows this potential to be realized. Acupuncture points along the meridians affect both the body and its internal organs in targeted ways. 

"Matter follows energy" 

Translation 'The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine' (C-2000bc)

Acupuncture is an energetic medicine that utilizes the physical manifestation of the Ki energy in the meridians to access the energetic body, and then balance it. The knowledge that 'matter follows energy' is of vital importance in understanding how Acupuncture works. The act of Needling and Moxibustion influences the Ki, which then affects the physical body and returns it to balance and health. This is also true of our emotional state. This is also true of our spiritual state. Harmonizing body, mind and spirit is one of the great effects that acupuncture can bring.

A Different View of Illness

Acupuncturists view the body as a whole entity comprised of various systems. The focus lies in the integration of these various systems, such as the digestive system and the respiratory system; all working together, affecting each other, nourishing each other and keeping each other in check. 

The world of Man is interpreted in terms of the cosmic Yin and Yang, of the heavenly energies mixing with the earthly ones. This is referred to as the 5 Elements of Earth, Metal, Water, Wind and Fire, which all have correspondences with the organs and meridians of the body. 

The signs of illness, disease and pain are reflected in the meridians. This might be seen as pain or redness along the meridians. Diagnostic techniques which influence treatment include reading the pulse (TCM Style) and the tongue, palpating the meridians and the abdomen.

Treatments consist of needling and moxibustion along the meridians to promote the correct overall flow of Ki and balance the Yin and the Yang. Then targeted functions of the body that are troubled are also treated. 

It is in this way that the body is brought back into balance, re-establishing a sense of well being. 

Acupuncture at Kotan Clinic, like its Taoist teachings, seeks the gentle path to recovery and ultimately, a sense of contentedness to the universe.

Caleb Mortensen is a practitioner of Japanese Meridian Therapy. He holds a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hons) from Victoria University. Caleb also has certificates from Shenyang and Dalian in China where he studied and worked in their traditional hospitals.

An apprentice of Katsuhiko Okuma Sensei since graduating in 2002, it is through this apprenticeship that he has developed specialised skills in Japanese acupuncture.

He is a registered member of the APRHA and an active member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).

As a founding member of the Victorian Institute of Classical Oriental Medicine (VICOM), a not-for-profit group, he is dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and skills relating to Japanese acupuncture.

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