DO-HO Park Acu-moxa Clinic -tsukuba international Acupuncture-Moxibustion Institute


洞峰パーク鍼灸院 ーつくば国際鍼灸研究所ー


“I work to improve pain and suffering of the mind and body.”

Shuichi Katai, PhD 

Owner and Lead Acupuncturist of DO-HO Park Acu-Moxa Clinic and    

Tsukuba international Acupuncture-Moxibustion Institute 

Professor Emeritus at Tsukuba University of Technology

Traditional East Asian Medicine may use such simple tools as needles and moxa but such simple implements employed with the utmost technique will yield great improvement in the patient’s condition. 

You could say that such tools and techniques heal by drawing upon the body’s innate healing capacity. 

What I think is important when it comes to a treatment is the practitioner’s thoughtful desire to alleviate the patient’s pain and suffering. 

I offer all patients a treatment of unified tool, technique and intention.

Primary Fields of Clinical Specialization:


dysmenorrhea, irregular menses, infertility and menopause


Morning sickness (nausea and vomiting), prenatal low-back pain, breech presentation, insufficient lactation and postpartum recovery.


Chronic prostatitis, urinary frequency, painful/difficult urination and impotence.


Refractory whiplash, stiff neck and shoulders, low back, hip and knee pain.

Hard-to-Diagnose Complaints

Mind-Body Psychosomatic Conditions


Primary Fields of Research:

The History, Sociology, Systems and Philosophy of Acupuncture and Moxibustion

The Mechanisms of Effective Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Clinical Case Studies in Acupuncture and Moxibustion 

Technical Theory in Acupuncture and Moxibustion

Meridians and Acupuncture Points

The Traditional Study of Nourishing Life (Yang Sheng)

The Mind-Body Relationship

Main Academic and Social Positions: 

1999 – present
Representative, The Japan Society for Oriental Medicine (JSOM) 

2001 – present
Editor, The Japan Society for Oriental Medicine (JSOM), 

2003 – 2011
Chair, The Second Japan Acupuncture Point Locations Committee 

2005 – present
Member of academic committee, Japan Eastern Medical Association 

2005 – present
Vice editor, The Kampo, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. 

2006 – present
President, The Forum of Social Sciences of Acupuncture and Moxibustion 

2008 – present
Councilor, The Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (JSAM) 

2008 – present
President, Japan Traditional Acupuncture and Moxibustion Society (JTAMS) 

2010 – present
Editor, The Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion 

2012 – present
Chair, The Japan Institute of Meridians and Acupuncture Points
Main achievements (Recent publications, Books)
1. Karada no Koe wo Kiku (Listening to the Voice of the Body), 1988.
2. Chiryoka no Te no Tsukurikata ( Method for Making of the Therapist’ s Hand), 1988.
3. Ladies Shinkyu (Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Ladies lives). Edited by Tadashi Yano, 2006.
4. WHO International Standard Acupuncture Point Locations in the Western Pacific Region, 2009.
5. WHO/WPRO Hyojun Keiketsu Bui : Nihongo Kohshikiban (WHO/WPRO Standard Acupuncture Point Locations; Official Japanese version), 2009.
6. Shokai Keiketsu Bui Kanzen Guide: Koten kara WHO hyojun (Comprehensive Guide to Acupuncture Point Locations: From classical writings to WHO standard). 2009.
7. Sanfujinka Ryoiki no Shinkyu Chiryo (Acupuncture and Moxibustion Treatment in the Fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology), 2009.
8. Tsu bo Tan (Textbook of Acupuncture Points), 2011.
9. Color Atlas Shuketsuho (Color Atlas Method for Locating Acupuncture Points). Edited by Shuichi Katai, 2011.
10. 形井秀一監修・著、他、『經穴大全』、楓書房文化出版社(台湾), 2014.
11. Irasuto to Shashin de Manabu: Sakago no shinkyu chiryo, dai ni han (Illustrated Guide to Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy for Breech Presentation, the second edition), 2017.

“I will assist every patient in maintaining a healthy body and mind”


Doho Park Acu-Moxa Clinic STAFF

Suetake Ryota, Licensed Acupuncturist

I first became acquainted with acupuncture and moxibustion approximately 10 years prior to the opening of this clinic (2008).

At that time, I was a student attending university in Okayama Prefecture and, one day without knowing why, I fell into a state of suffering a lack of motivation and a loss of strength in my body. When I was contemplating what to do about it, the university-affiliated acupuncture and orthopedic medicine clinic that I had always casually noticed then came to mind and I decided to go check it out.  When I entered the building, there was one physician in a white coat and glasses who, upon consulting with me over an intake, suggested with a bright demeanor that we try an acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for my condition. And so it came to be that I had my first East Asian medicine treatment in this school clinic. 

This initial assessment, for some reason, gave me a tingly sensation in my stomach and, after performing acupuncture on my abdomen, the practitioner then affixed something on the handle of the needles, set a lighter to it and gave me a warming treatment which I would later learn is a common moxibustion practice called “needle-top moxa.” Once the treatment was finished and I got up from the table, I noticed that the discomfort my body had endured up until that time mysteriously went away, and that I somehow felt buoyant with an encouraging sense of “I can do it!” coming from within me.

Catalyzed by this transformative acupuncture treatment, I became fascinated with the effects and mysterious appeal of East Asian medicine. I started thinking I’d like to be of service to others in need and thus I decided to become an acupuncturist after graduating from university. 

I attended acupuncture school, obtained my license in acupuncture and moxibustion and then studied for 4 years at the acupuncture clinic within the East Asian Medicine training facility of the Integrative Medical Care Center at Tsukuba Technical University. I came in contact with many patients, and even though treatment shifts and results did not come about as I had hoped for, the times that patients returned with smiles on their faces, more comfortable and in better spirits, were moments of sublime happiness. I am grateful for everything I have learned about the patients’ work and personal lives above and beyond the clinical treatment notes.

Since April 2018, I have been taking care of the patients at Doho Park Acu-Moxa Institute as a full-time staff member.

With still so much yet to learn, I am honored to provide excellent care to the best of my ability for those suffering physical and mental ailments. 

Licenses and Qualifications:

Licensed Acupuncturist

Licensed Moxibustion Practitioner

“I want to believe in the body’s natural healing ability”


Doho Park Acu-Moxa Clinic Apprentice STAFF

Tomoe Hayashi, Licensed Acupuncturist

Prior to my work at the Doho Park clinic, I had been heavily involved in the care of 

pregnant women, new mothers and babies as a nurse-midwife.  

In a quest to learn how to bringing healing and support to everyday hard-working 

people, I discovered acupuncture and moxibustion. I am in awe of the depth of this 

tradition of medicine which lends a helping hand in directing the patients’ bodies and minds toward a positive trajectory.

While trusting the body’s innate healing capacity, and confirming this with observable signs, I treasure the everyday learning, growth and expanded vision gained from interacting with the lovely patients of our clinic.

  The fresh greenery of Doho park makes for a welcome backdrop to our patients’ healing. I look forward to seeing you here in our clinic!

Licenses and Certifications:

Licensed Nurse: 2002

Licensed Midwife: 2008

Qualified as Fertility Facilitator by the Regulatory Board of Fertility: 2008

Level 3 Clinical Ladder Certification: 2015

Licensed Acupuncturist and Moxibustion Practitioner: 2018