Korean acupuncture originated in the 17th century and while it has evolved, it provides similar benefits today as it did during its inception. Below is a comprehensive guide that details this Korean form of treatment and what you can expect when you set up an appointment.
Understanding Korean Acupuncture
The History of Korean Acupuncture
Korean acupuncture, also called Saam, aims to balance the 12 meridians. The Korean technique is different from Chinese because it typically employs only four or five needles at a time to balance the body and spirit. The process begins by employing a promotion cycle and a control cycle between the five Shu points and 12 meridians to create a balance.
During the Ming dynasty, an acupuncturist named Gao-Wu perfected the four-needle technique by mastering ways to tone deficiency and sedate excess energy based on depletion or repletion of the promotion cycle. While his studies explained how to find tonification and sedation points, further research from other acupuncturists explained how to implement the use of a fifth needle as a control point to create a full Saam treatment.
What You Should Expect During Your Appointment
Before your Saam treatment begins, your acupuncturist will assess your emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. Next, they’ll place fine, sterilized needles in special points around your body. In Saam, most needles are placed in extremities like the hands or ear. In some instances, the needles may be electrified or warmed to provide additional treatment. After the needles are left in place for a set period, they will be removed and you will be able to enjoy the benefits of the treatment, including stress and anxiety relief and an overall sense of calmness.
If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort due to injuries or illnesses, schedule an appointment with Unsook Park’s Acupuncture. With more than 29 years of experience, this licensed professional can help with everything from cupping therapy and herbal remedies to acupuncture. Learn more about how this practitioner can help by visiting her website or give her office a call at (516) 858-0553.