Have you ever fancied trying acupncture but are a bit squeamish, put off by the thought of those needles being stuck into you? If so, then the answer may be at hand in the form of Japanese acupuncture. This version of the therapy uses smaller, finer needles which are not inserted as deeply into the skin. In some ways it is a little more akin to a good massage than the traditional Chinese version of the practice, with the overall experience tending to be much more relaxing. The other main differnce is that practitioners tend to diagnose by means of touching the abdomen rather than other areas such as the tongue.