METROPOLIS | CLASSIFIEDS | PERSONALS | JOBS
LIFE IN JAPAN
Dr. Greg Sappers OMD

Dr. Greg Sappers OMDOccupation:
Oriental Medical Doctor (qualified to practice in Japan and the U.S.)
Time in Japan:
35 years




I initially became interested in acupuncture when I injured my back practicing judo. I was about thirteen at the time and my parents took me to lots of doctors, orthopedics, osteopaths, all kinds. But nothing helped. Then we were in Sendai one time and my mother said I was going to have acupuncture. When I found out what was involved I said, "no way!" In the end they had to kind of trick me into going. After the first session I' say that my back showed a 50-60% improvement. I went three times and after that I never had any more trouble.

When I entered medical school I had to ask myself why all of the modern medicine they had tried on me - the injections, pain pills, anti-inflammatory medication - hadn't worked. So, at medical school I joined a group that studied oriental medicine. This was something totally separate from my medical doctor studies, because at that time acupuncture was totally taboo. The idea of sticking pins in people was considered some kind of weird voodoo practice.

When I finally began practicing at a National Hospital, I found that acupuncture was much better than Western medicine because, instead of simply drugging a person, it would help promote a natural healing process without using medication.

I started my own practice about 11 years ago. I practice Chinese and Japanese acupuncture and another type called Ryodoraku acupuncture, an electrical method that acts on the sympathetic involuntary neuropathic system. It's a real boost to the traditional acupuncture which I did for many years.

My day at the clinic usually starts at 10am and I don't finish until around 11pm at night. When a patient first comes in I'll go through a complete body check to diagnose their situation properly. Just because the patient has back pain doesn't mean it's simply a muscle problem. It could be coming from somewhere else like a kidney or an ovary, or an intestinal problem. The initial check gives me a deeper sense of the person, a feel for what's going on.

An average session usually lasts about two hours, give or take a little, but I'll work on a patient until I get them to where I want them to be for that session. I treat all kinds of conditions: sports injuries, internal problems, external stomach problems, acne, migraine, asthmatic problems, allergies, and a broad range of other ailments. Also, as people have become more knowledgeable about Oriental medicine they are using acupuncture as a preventative measure, to tune up their systems before they get sick.

These days acupuncture is no longer considered taboo within the medical profession and is now being taught as a legitimate course of study. It is just as effective as modern medicine.

Dr. Sappers spoke with Paul Betney.

Do you know an interesting person in Tokyo? E-mail us at editor@tokyoclassified.com

LIFE IN JAPAN:
199: Diane Morris
Media & Advertising
198: Ross Mihara
NHK Sumo Announcer
196: Corky Alexander
Tokyo Weekender
195: Edward Obaidey
Acupuncturist
194: Merry Angel
Managing Director
193: Alison Pockett
Managing Partner
192: Zack Konno
Car Export Representive
191: Pamela S. Caudill
Assistant U.S. Customs
190: Caroline Power
Being a Broad
189: Geoffrey Tudor
P.R. Section Chief JAL
188: Ryuko Ishikawa M.D.
Family Psychiatrist
187: Georges Hassam
Arabic Dance Instructor
186: Larry London
DJ at InterFM
185: Richard James
Photographer & Writer
184: Alan Kidd
Rock Musician & Editor
183: Adam Hitchens
Mobile Hairdresser/Masseur
182: Lylian de la Vega
Volunteer
181: Annie Chang
Computer Training
180: Mike Jacobs
Writer/Photojournalist
179: Jimmy Angel
Rock'n'Roll Singer
178: Dante
Performer
177: Elizabeth Spencer
Tokyo Classified Intern
175: Paul E. Ainlay
Proprietor of D.B. Cooper's
174: Steve Bindon
Artist
173: Nanae Nagata & Naji Rahman
Proprietors of Heart Cocktail
172: Tom Holiday
Singer/Guitarist
171: Gordon Hutchingson
Copywriter
170: Barry Cardinal
Renshi Aikido Instructor
169: Tammy
Hostess
168: Steve Feldman
Computer Dealer
167: Eve Suter
Flower Designer
166: Paul Goldsmith
Computer/H.R. Consultant
165: Avry Gottesman
Auto Dealer
164: Russell Pollard
Financial Advisor
163: Sa'dia
Belly Dancer
162: Marcel L'Esperance
Choral Director
161: Gregg Alan
Used Motorcycle/Car Dealer
160: Dr. Greg Sapplers OMD
Oriental Medical Doctor
159: Ute Ikuta
Cat Lover
158: Pam Adkins
Shaw College
157: Cloudy Bong Water
Comedian/Performer/Teacher
156: Melissa
Internet Company Director
155: Paul Gibson
Proprietor, The Fiddler Pub
154: Ann Spiers
Psychotherapist
153: Evans M. Asare
Chef
152: Sandy Weiss
Acting Teacher
150: Kike
Dancer

Issues 300-360

Issues 250-299
Issues 200-249
Issues 138-149