Hirata Zone Therapy by Oran Kivity

 Hirata was a medical student by day—and a rebel by night. Critical of Western medicine, he pioneered a holographic system of dermatome stimulation using a heated probe—designed to trigger the body’s self-healing mechanisms and empower laypeople to treat themselves. 

Hirata’s first book in 1933 was a runaway bestseller. In the West, however, the tools used in Japan to heat the skin were not available, and his system is not well known.  Now, nearly one hundred years later—Hirata Zone Therapy has found new life with the integration of Ontake Warm Bamboo, a simple-to-apply moxibustion tool.

A veteran acupuncturist and trainer, Oran Kivity is the pioneer of the Ontake Method. He has researched the Hirata Zones extensively, decoding the approaches not only of Hirata, but his more famous exponent, Dr Manaka.  Simply written and clearly illustrated, this is the first systematic exploration in English of these ideas, repurposing them for contemporary practice.

In this book, you will learn:

  • How to load, light, and apply bamboo safely
  • The twelve Hirata zones and their mappings
  • The integration of Dr Manaka’s meridian frequencies
  • Basic, intermediate, and complex strategies for treating over 200 diseases
  • Strategies for home treatment

Hirata Zone Therapy will significantly expand your reach as a practitioner, adding new understanding and extra momentum to your treatments, whatever your style of practice.


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How Hirata Zone Therapy can help you and your patients - a free live event with Oran Kivity

On Friday 5th February 2021, JCM On Demand was joined by Oran Kivity in Taiwan for a free online event. Oran introduced Hirata Zone Therapy, a rhythmic dermatome moxibustion method from Japan. With a detailed presentation, some simple learning exercises and plenty of time for curious questions, this was a lively and informative introduction to this remarkable technique. This event was recorded and can be watched in the JCM free library.

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Moxa In Motion by Oran Kivity

Moxibustion is ancient. Even more ancient than needling. In modern acupuncture, however, it is often considered too time consuming or difficult to master. And yet the classics say: for chronic conditions, moxa has no equal.

Coming to the rescue of time-poor, present-day acupuncturists is the Ontake Method from Japan. This innovative technique uses a piece of bamboo filled with burning moxa wool to roll, tap and press on the acupuncture meridians using a metronome programmed to each meridian's frequency. The rhythmic application of heat, frequency and pressure triggers rapid shifts in your patients' body condition and mood.

Oran Kivity is a veteran acupuncturist from the UK. The founder of Sayoshi.com, the online directory of Japanese acupuncture, he has dedicated countless hours of clinical observation and study to integrate the knowledge of contemporary Japanese masters. Through writing and teaching he has ignited interest in Ontake, a remarkable new moxa tool from Japan, developing these dynamic new techniques further and compiling them into this practical handbook of moxibustion.

In this book, you will learn:

  • Dr Manaka's meridian frequencies and how to apply them
  • Branch treatments for symptom relief
  • Root treatments for whole-body regulation
  • The integration of Dr Tan's holographic models with Ontake for the rapid relief of pain in the neck, back and joints


Moxa in Motion presents a step-by-step guide to clinical practice utilising the Ontake Method. Easily integrated into any style of acupuncture, Shiatsu or Tuina, the Ontake Method will boost your results and build your practice.


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Oran Kivity - Moxa in Motion live recording

In this presentation and live recording, Oran Kivity talks about his book Moxa in Motion, demonstrates how to use bamboo and moxa using the Ontake method, and also answers questions about the process. 

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