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What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based on the Eastern concepts of Yin and Yang and the five-phase theory. Traditionally called “needle-moxa medicine,” it is a healing art that has been developed in China, Korea, Japan and other Asian countries over 2500 years. It is based on inserting needles at specific body points to restore balance and promote well-being. Myungjin uses the following styles of acupuncture solely or in combination, to maximize the efficacy of treatment according to your condition. Her moxabustion treatment is also well known for its healing abilities among her patients.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): TCM Acupuncture is the general term for the style of acupuncture in which most acupuncturists are trained, and the style that is most widely practiced. As this is the most foundational grouping, there is a broad range of techniques used and treatment protocols based on TCM theory.

Japanese Acupuncture: Japanese Acupuncture is a style of acupuncture that requires additional training above and beyond general TCM theory and practice. The techniques within Japanese acupuncture are generally aimed at using the least amount of stimulation to create the greatest effect. In contrast with TCM, Japanese acupuncture typically uses thinner needles, less points and less stimulation by using more shallow needle insertions, even to the point of just touching the needle to the skin. Additionally, while not entirely unique to Japanese acupuncture, practitioners tend to use the abdomen as a diagnostic tool more often than other styles of acupuncture.

Five Element Acupuncture: Five Element Acupuncture is a specialty practice, which can be similar in needling style to Japanese/Korean Acupuncture, but tends to concentrate more on the psycho-spiritual nature of a person to heal disease - including physical disease.

Auricular Acupuncture: Auricular Acupuncture may be considered both an adjunctive technique and a specialty area. Auricular acupuncture uses the ears as a microcosm, or representation, of the entire body. By diagnosing with and treating the ears, one can treat conditions anywhere in the body, and also psychological issues. One area where Auricular Acupuncture is used extensively is in drug and alcohol detox centers where the NADA Protocol is used to help people deal with addictions.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture: Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, known as Facelift, is a painless, non-surgical method of reducing signs of the aging process. The most prominent aspect of facial rejuvenation acupuncture is the process of treating the body to look and feel younger by harmonizing and invigorating the whole body's energy. During treatment, hair-thin needles are inserted into the face, neck, ear and other parts of body along meridians based on patient constitution and condition.

The facial acupuncture rejuvenation practices were employed by Emperor’s concubines as early as in the Song Dynasty (960-1279AD) in China. By vitalizing body energy through body and face, facial rejuvenation brings inner beauty to the surface of the face.

FRA may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with results apparent after just a few treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimized. Other potential results are improved skin moisture, with increased circulation of blood and lymph to the face, increased collagen production and muscle tone; dermal contraction; tightening of pores; improvement of hormonal balance to help acne; reduction of signs of facial stress; and revealing one's individual radiance.

A course of treatment consists of ten to fifteen treatments administered once or twice a week. If necessary, and if the patient is relatively healthy and accepting the treatment well, treatments may given up to three times a week, but are best scheduled with a day in between. The effects become most visible and lasting on or soon after seventh session. Some other special health condition related to other parts of body may sometimes treated during a FRA series. This will depend on the patient, or the condition and location of the problem. In some cases, a condition may need to subside first in order to receive and maintain the greatest result from FRA treatment.

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