Kiiko Matsumoto is a Japanese Master acupuncturist, internationally known for her scholarly work on the interpretation of Chinese classical texts and for the development of her own unique style of acupuncture.
She graduated from Tokyo Kasei University with a degree in nutrition and then went on to study acupuncture at the Japan Central Acupuncture & Moxibustion College in Tokyo, at the same time completing a further degree in classical and modern Chinese. She then spent two years as an editor of acupuncture medical textbooks for Ido-No-Nippon-Sha, the foremost oriental medical publisher in Japan. She still regularly publishes articles in the Ido-No-Nippon acupuncture magazine.
Kiiko has studied with numerous Japanese acupuncture Masters, among them Master Kiyoshi Nagano, Dr. Yoshio Manaka, Master Osamu Ito, Master Yoshihiro
Kawai. She also studied with shiatsu Masters Kuzome and Nasako.
The major influence on her style came from Master Kiyoshi Nagano, a brilliant, blind acupuncturist who dedicated his life to the study and practice of acupuncture and the setting of that study in a western context. Kiiko describes him as being a true genius and studied extensively with him for many years until his death in 2003.
To date, Kiiko has published five important books: Five Elements and Ten Stems; Extraordinary Vessels; Hara Diagnosis: Reflections on the Sea and the most important expositions of her work, Clinical Strategies – in the Spirit of Master Nagano, volumes 1 & 2. She also contributed “scholarly archaeology of pre-Tang-dynasty texts” to The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted Kaptchuk.
She lectures regularly throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Her fascinating demonstrations and her dynamic and powerful treatment style continue to be both influential and inspirational across the acupuncture world.
Kiiko works with a tireless dedication to her research of the Chinese medical classics and her goal is to make a significant contribution to acupuncture practice in the West. In 2002 Kiiko Matsumoto was awarded the highly prestigious Manaka Prize, for furthering the development of acupuncture in Japan with particular emphasis on explaining the Classics.
She maintains her private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.