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Korean Hand Acupuncture

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Korean hand acupuncture (or Koryo Sooji Chim) was developed Dr. Tae Woo Yoo, in 1971. While applying many of the fundamentals as Traditional Chinese Medicine, the root concept is that the hands are a microcosm of the entire body, and all physiological functioning of the human body can be affected by stimulating corresponding points on the hands. In 1975, he discovered the 14 micro-meridian system on the hands (345 points in all) and published it in the journal of the Korean Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association.

There are three fundamental theories applied to Korean hand acupuncture. First is Correspondence Therapy, where the entire anatomy and physiology of the whole body is reflected in specific areas of the hands, and found to be tender, tense, rigid, discolored, or hypersensitive if out of balance. Second is Five Finger Therapy, where the condition of each finger corresponds to one of the five internal yin organs — Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung, and Kidney. Finger abnormalities can significantly affect organ function and are taken into account diagnostically, divided into two types: congenital and post-natal. In addition, the techniques of tonification and sedation can be applied as necessary in cases of deficiency and excess. Finally, 14 Micro-Meridian Therapy, where overall function of the entire body is affected through tonifying and sedating points along these meridians. Diagnosis and treatment are assessed via Yin Yang Pulse Diagnosis (different from TCM pulse diagnosis), Five Element Theory, and assessing one’s inherited and acquired constitution.

Common conditions treated include nausea, gas, constipation and diarrhea, menstrual disorders, dermatitis, eczema, rash, anemia, obesity, edema, diabetes, back and neck pain, strains and sprains, arthritis, Bell's palsy, headaches and migraines, dental disorders, disc herniation, knee pain, shoulder pain, children's bed wetting, vomiting, asthma, stys, colds, coughs and fever.

Unique advantages to this system lie in reasons such as clothes do not need to be removed, points are limited to the hands and not over major organs, and stimulation can be accomplished through very small needles or even without needles (e.g. press-pellets, moxa, rings, magnets, or electric current).

Author: David Tucker, LAc, LMP

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