Nigel Dawes has been practicing and teaching East Asian Medicine for 30 years. He lived and studied in Japan for 5 years followed by hospital internships in China. Prior to moving to the United States he founded and directed the London College of Shiatsu, and began lecturing at various Oriental Medicine (OM) schools in England, France, Israel and the U.S. Since 1994 New York City has been his home, where he has continued his involvement in undergraduate and graduate OM education and administration, political work in the field, clinical practice, and publishing.

These days Nigel divides his time between clinical practice, teaching, and publication & research. He is currently considered one of the leading experts in the practice and teaching of Kampo, lecturing widely throughout the US and abroad and recently publishing a translation of a modern Japanese Kampo classic. In New York, he is on the faculty of both Tristate College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he teaches both Kampo and Japanese Acupuncture courses and supervises in clinic.

Nigel's clinic is located in New York City and incorporates Acupuncture, Shiatsu massage and Kampo herbal medicine. He lives in Brooklyn.


Nigel lived both in Tokyo and in Kamakura between 1982 and 1987. During this period he attended Acupuncture School where he also began his Kampo studies. In parallel to this formal education he also pursued an apprenticeship-style training with his main Zen Shiatsu teacher, Suzuki Takeo, originally at the IOKAI center and later privately. During the latter part of his time in Japan Nigel studied and assisted at a busy downtown acupuncture clinic in Tokyo as well as maintaining a Zen Practice at San Un Zendo in Kamakura.

In 1987, Nigel attended the three month Advanced Acupuncture Course at the International Acupuncture Training Center on the campus of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. He stayed on at Guang An Men hospital to continue his studies for a further 3 months with Prof. Li Shan Gao before returning to the UK.

Nigel founded and directed the London College of Shiatsu in 1987 and until 1992 acted as the principal faculty offering a three-year accredited Zen Shiatsu training. During that time, in addition to teaching, Nigel was very active in the Shiatsu community, serving in various roles on the executive committee of the Shiatsu Society of Great Britain, helping develop standards for education and assessment and contributing frequently to Shiatsu publications including 2 books: Massage Cures; Publ. Thorsons, 1990, ISBN: 0-7225-2180-4 and The Shiatsu Workbook, A Beginner's Guide; Publ. Piatkus Books, 1991, ISBN: 0-7499-1073-9 (later published in the US as: Shiatsu For Beginners, A Step by Step Guide; Prima Books, 1995, ISBN: 0761501320).

In 1993, Nigel moved to the US. He settled in New York where for 8 years he was Dean Of the Oriental Medicine Department at the New York College for Wholistic Medicine. In addition to his administrative responsibilities he also taught and maintained a faculty and private practice. Since 2001 he has focused his energies on his private practice in New York City as well as part-time faculty positions at both Tristate College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He has served on various committees of the Council for Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and as site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has also continued to publish in peer reviewed journals nationally and internationally including a translation of a seminal modern Japanese text on KampoKampo: A Clinical Guide to Theory and Practice; Churchill Livingstone, 2010, ISBN: 0443100934. In 2010 he formed the NYC Kampo Institute, dedicated to the dissemination of Japanese practices in East Asian Medicine and he currently offers various courses and trainings through his institute both nationally and internationally. He lives in Brooklyn.