Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an Eastern methodology of healing therapy that has been practiced for centuries in China and other Asian countries. It is designed to rebalance or unblock the flow of energy in the body penetrating the skin with thin, solid, stainless steel needles that are manipulated by hand. It is one key component to Traditional Chinese Medicine and is used in the prevention of disease and promoting a healthy life.

 When receiving a treatment, the practitioner uses hair-thin, sterile needles inserted into a variety of anatomical points on the body. This stimulates the natural flow of energy. These points have been carefully documented over the centuries. In TCM, the “vital energy” is known as “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”; often written as Chi). The needling acts to restore the smooth flow of Qi in the meridians of your body. Acupuncture is known to increase energy, circulation, range of motion, relaxation, well-being, and immune function and may also decrease pain, fatigue, inflammation, stress, and anxiety. Needles will typically stay in place for 20 minutes, but depending on the individual can be in place up to 40 minutes.

 Types of acupuncture practiced: traditional, auricular

Acupuncture will treat many conditions in the body both physical and emotional.

• Musculoskelatal: arthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains/strains, tendonitis, pain in extremities, back, shoulders, neck and TMJ
• Cardiovascular/circulatory: hypertension, high cholesterol, angina, palpitations, arteriosclerosis, anemia, and poor blood circulation.
• Neurological: headaches, migraines, numbness, sciatica, dizziness, Bells Palsy, neuropathy.
• Skin conditions: acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis.
• Psychological and stress related: anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, eating disorders and mood swings.
• Respiratory: allergies, asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, bronchitis, common cold, flu, and cough.
• Digestive: indigestion, acute or chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, colitis, gastritis ulcers, GERD, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
• Urogenital: urinary tract infections (UTI), difficult urination, sexual disfunction and prostatis.
• Gynecological: irregular or painful menstruation, PMS, menopause, and infertility.
• Detoxification & substance withdrawal: alcohol, nicotine, and prescription and illicit drugs.
• Supportive therapy: reduces nausea, vomiting, and pain after adult post-operative, and chemotherapy, post-operative dental pain, and many other chronic conditions.

 If you are pregnant, be sure to let your practitioner know. While it is safe to receive a treatment, there are certain points that have to be avoided in pregnancy. It is also the responsibility of a practitioner to check with any female patient whether pregnancy is a possibility.

According to the World Health Organization, it is still the main form of treatment for 80% of the population in Asia and Africa. In developed countries, 70-80% of the population has used some form of alternative or complimentary medicine. “Over its 2500 years of development, a wealth of experience has accumulated in the practice of acupuncture, attesting to the wide range of diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with this approach. Unlike many other traditional methods of treatment, which tend to be specific to their national or cultural context, acupuncture has been used throughout the world, particularly since the 1970s.” World Health Organization.

 

 

Koryo Hand Therapy (KHT)

Koryo Hand Therapy Acupuncture is a unique therapeutic method that theorizes that the hands are a micro-cosmos of the body. Function in the body can be manipulated by stimulating the corresponding points in our hands.

According to the theory of Korean Hand Therapy', there are 14 micro-meridians and 345 acupuncture points on our hands which regulate the internal organs of human body.

 Master Choi may stimulate these acupuncture points by using the following hand needles or press-pellets. Thus the physiological function of the entire body can be regulated by stimulating these acupuncture points on the hands.

Cupping

Cupping is a treatment technique that utilizes vacuum suction to draw blood to the surface of the skin. The suction on the skin opens the pores, stimulates the flow of

blood, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue to toxins to be drawn out from the body.

 The cups assist in the release of stagnation and promote a smooth flow of blood and Qi. Cupping helps to release the muscles and nerves, relieving pain and discomfort. Cupping therapy can help with a wide range of disorders, the most common being back pain, asthma, digestive disorders and common colds.

 A flammable substance, such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup made of glass, metal, wood, or bamboo. The material inside the cup is set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down over Qi pathways, places on the body that according to traditional Chinese medicine, are linked to the patient's illness. It is usually left in place 5 to 10 minutes.

As the air inside the jar cools, it creates a vacuum, which causes the skin to rise. This opens up the skin's pores and creates a route for toxins to escape the body. The skin under the cup reddens as blood vessels expand.

Oriental Herbal Medicine

Herbal remedies are a gentle, non-invasive, and unique in their creation for each individual as a holistic approach to your healthcare. Herbal medicines are prescribed to treat the whole being, not just a symptom.

There is evidence from as far back as 2000 B.C. of the use of plant, mineral, and animal substances to treat ailments. Specific herbs are used to target specific parts of the body, while still keeping the whole body in mind. They can be delivered in the form of teas, powders, and tablets. Herbs are a potent therapy that don’t typically exhibit the side effects of common Western pharmaceuticals. Modern research and international health organizations agree that herbal medicine is a safe and highly effective treatment for many conditions.

 Safe, Effective, Cost Saving patient care with ancient herbal formulas, Herbs are used for both prevention and cure (i.e.: vitamins and food supplements) Individualized formulas

• Musculoskelatal: arthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains/strains, tendonitis, pain in extremities, back, shoulders, neck and TMJ
• Cardiovascular/circulatory: hypertension, high cholesterol, angina, palpitations, arteriosclerosis, anemia, and poor blood circulation
• Neurological: headaches, migraines, numbness, sciatica, dizziness, Bells Palsy, neuropathy
• Skin conditions: acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis
• Psychological and stress related: anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, eating disorders and mood swings.
• Respiratory: allergies, asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, bronchitis, common cold, flu, and cough.
• Digestive: indigestion, acute or chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, colitis, gastritis ulcers, GERD, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Urogenital: urinary tract infections (UTI), difficult urination, sexual disfunction and prostatis
• Gynecological: irregular or painful menstruation, PMS, menopause, and infertility
• Detoxification & substance withdrawal: alcohol, nicotine, and prescription and illicit drugs
• Supportive therapy: reduces nausea, vomiting, and pain after adult post-operative, and chemotherapy, post-operative dental pain, and many other chronic conditions.

Let your practitioner know: If you are pregnant or if you are vegetarian and prefer not to have any supplements of animal origin.

 

 

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