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Korean Acupuncture

Korean Acupuncture is a subcategory of acupuncture that has unique applications. This form of acupuncture has a big emphasis on the five elements theory and taking into account a person’s body type and constitution. Most notably, majority of Korean acupuncturists focus on hand therapy.

Acupuncture was widely practiced in Korea during the Joseon dynasty. Using stones or needles made from copper or silver, ancient practitioners would travel the country treating everyone from peasants to royalty. The Koreans developed their own variations on the chinese methods. There are some slight differences in the way that Korean acupuncturists go about diagnosing a person’s problems. The two main schools of acupuncture in Korea are Saam acupuncture (Four Needle Technique, which dates back 400 years) and Taeguek acupuncture (which focuses on the heart meridians).

The most recent adaptation of acupuncture occurred in the 20th century with the development of Korean hand acupuncture, also known as Korean Hand Therapy. According to Korean Hand Therapy, the whole body is represented in your hand. The rest of your body can be affected by stimulating specific points on your hands. In Korean hand acupuncture, there are 14 meridians and over 300 different points on your hand that relate to your internal organs. This acupuncture method was developed by Dr. Tae Woo Yoo between 1971 and 1975.

Korean acupuncture is a great option if you don’t want to have needles inserted in other places of your body. With the use of small acupuncture needles, press pellets, magnets and other implements, a Korean acupuncturist will affect specific points on your hand. By just treating your hand, an acupuncturist can treat your whole body.

Since Korean acupuncture is normally limited to the hand, it’s possible to treat yourself by stimulating acupressure points on your hands. You can also treat other people once you learn some specific points to stimulate, although amateur treatments should be limited to simple cures for headaches, backaches and other relatively minor conditions. For anything more serious, you should consult a professional Korean acupuncture practitioner.

In addition to traditional needle therapy, Korean acupuncturists also use alternative techniques like moxibustion (warming acupuncture points with herbs), cupping (trapping warmed air against the skin with the aid of cups) and acupressure (placing pressure on the sensitive points rather than inserting needles).
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