Profile of Kendo Kawai, President of Kawai Shinkyuin
Kendo Kawai was born in 1947 in Gumma, Japan. At the age of 13 he lost his right eye sight and left only with a weak left eye. Rising out of the despair and accepting his fate, at the age of 18 he opted to study at Toyo Acupuncture College in Tokyo, where he studied Oriental medicine and acupuncture. While a student there, he also studied shiatsu (finger pressure therapy), massaging, chiropractic and other therapy methods by working at various clinics.
With the savings made in these part-time works, he was able to open his own clinic upon graduation from Toyo Acupuncture College. If was, of course, extremely difficult not only to make living but to survive as a professional acupuncturist. But during these painful years, he learned the life, convictions, philosophies of Kukai, an ancient great Buddhist sage. and Musashi Miyamoto, a sword genius samurai, while sustaining his living through diverse odd therapeutic jobs both in and out of his clinic. Through the years of these studies, he became convinced that he would have to become the very patient he was treating by feeling all his/her pains and illness. This would lead him to the right therapy.
At the age of 30, he decided to concentrate only on acupuncture, cutting off all other therapeutic methods. It made his life thereafter as though walking at the edge of a steep cliff. He understood very well that he could only survive by rescuing patients from pains. He continued the search for the right therapeutic method that could cure patients who could not be cured elsewhere. That objective alone became his lifetime mission. He diagnosed tens of thousands of patients with intractable pains, as though he himself had the pains. He not only dialogued with each patient but with the spine of the patient. When he takes the pulse to determine to what extent the patient can endure the treatment, he can almost hear the scream of the patient from deep inside his/her body.
At the age of 40, he reached what may be termed the "Kawai Curing Method", which in his characteristically modest manner he calls "Haripractic". It combines certain exercises with acupuncturing. This therapeutic method was the first in the acupuncture world in its millennia of history.
Haripractic can be briefly summarized as follows, although each individual case differs. The ligaments that connect bones can be injured, hardened or distorted. Repairing, correcting and curing the injured ligaments require adjustments in the microscopic precision, often in less than 100 micron mm, which even MRIs cannot capture. Kendo Kawai devised a therapeutic method that requires the patient to do certain exercises while needle are inserted. Exercising adds a load to the needles, which make ligaments, tendons and muscles fight with the needles with the same force as the added load to the needles。This stretches the tendons and muscles, which corrects and loosens the hardened, or slipped discs. This internally cures bones and ligaments. But because of the internal correction or autonomous curing of the natural heling power of human body, this can only be achieved if the patient exercises himself.
In over half a century, Kendo Kawai has relieved over 150,000 people from their pains. But he is a very modest man, calling himself "A repair man of human pains." Totally convinced that his mission is to remove pains from the patients who could not be saved by modern Western therapy, he is never satisfied with the level of his curing. He aspires for an improvement each day and continues to study constantly to devise better ways to relieve pains of his patients. He is never satisfied nor does he compromise.
He says “There is no prescribed answer to each difficulty. It is the heart to heart, soul to soul contact with the patients that allows me the convincing treatment. Invite the wind into your heart and emit light. I want the peak of my profession to be on the day of my own death.”