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Books in the History of Ampuku

Updated: Nov 14, 2021

An overview of books that can help us in our research to understand more about the History of Bodywork in Japan. More in particular the History of Ampuku or Abdominal Acupressure.

Recently I received a questions about what books we use to translate, research and prepare our courses. For those interested I can share here some of the books we have in our schools library in this blog:

"I must add that, due to its immediacy, instructions for this techniques are hard to put into writing and are best transmitted in person" from the 按腹図解 Ampuku Zukai by Shinzai Ota


図解按摩術 Zukai anma-jutsu “Illustrated Anma Massage Techniques” by Sorei Yanagiya

For more information about this fascinating teacher

井沢 正 Izawa Tadashi's book 按腹図解と指圧療法 a great book that is still available in Japan

The 1827 edition of the Ampuku Zukai 按腹図解 by Shinzai Ota

Later editions of the Ampuku Zukai 按腹図解 by Shinzai Ota


First edition Anma Tebiki 按摩手引 by Fujibayashi Ryohaku

Reprints of the Anma Tebiki 按摩手引 by Fujibayashi Ryohaku


Tamai Tempaku's Shiatsu Ryo Ho first edition (below) and later edition (on top)


Inaba Bunrei’s Fukushō-Kiran (Extraordinary Views of Abdominal Patterns) is considered to be the most authoritative work on abdominal diagnosis in Japan. This book distills the writings of Zhang Zhongjing into practical system of thought on abdominal diagnosis and theShang Han Lun orJin Gui Yao Lue formula which treats each abdominal pattern.

Beautiful translation by Jay Kageyama


AMPUKU Abdominal Acupressure, Volume 1 is available for purchase on your local Amazon


  • First complete translation of the Ampuku Zukai in English together with the Illustrations of the original first edition of the Ampuku Zukai

  • First translation of the chapters on Hara diagnosis and Ampuku from de Anma Tebiki together with the illustrations of the original first edition of the Anma Tebiki

  • Overview and explanations of all the acupressure points used in the Ampuku Zukai and Anma Tebiki

  • An in-depth explanation of the techniques described in those two Edo period books.


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