Basically, acupuncture is a treatment which is used to heal the illness or pain in the body. This is done by sticking needles into different, carefully chosen spots in the body. These spots are called pressure points.
Many different historical proofs are saying that acupuncture originates from the eastern part of China. Where it then spread through whole Asia and later made its way to the western world also.
Its said that the first needles used to treat medical conditions were made out of the stone and jade.
Acupuncture has been used to treat pretty much any kind of medical conditions. It has been used for people who want quit smoking. And even in plastic surgeries. Truly an great all-rounder.
Logically Koreans got interested in the world of acupuncture too and they developed their own style. Till this day, Korean acupuncture remains one of the most popular style available.
Korean hand acupuncture is one of the most popular techniques if not the most popular. In this technique, the hands are considered to be a microsystem of the whole human body. Within the microsystem it is possible to diagnose and treat different symptoms anywhere around the body just by treating the hands itself. Everything works through hands.
Since the whole body can be treated through the pressure points in the hands, this Korean technique is great for those who are hesitant to have needles sticked all around the body.
In Korean acupuncture, there is 14 meridians and 345 pressure points just in the hands alone. For comparison Chinese acupuncture has 12 meridians, 2 extra meridians and 361 pressure points in the entire body. Kinda impressive how Koreans managed to find the same amount as Chinese but just in the hands alone.
The easiest way to understand what meridians are, is to compare them to the subway system. Meridians are like subway routes and pressure point means a station on the route.
Within the Korean acupuncture technique there is 2 main styles: Meridian flow style (taeguek) which is mainly focusing into the heart meridians. The other style is called four needle technique (saam) In four needle system, only maximum of 4 needles are used (surprise surprise) this style is used in all the other meridians.
However, ancient book recommends using one needle. 4 needles are rarely seen to be used in this style. Most of the Korean masters are using 1 or 2 needles in general.
Some people argue if 4 needles can do the job or not. We believe that this style brings better results than traditional acupuncture. The reason is simply because the 4 needle technique involves adjusting all the important organs directly.
Just like all the different styles of acupuncture, Korean technique does not focus on treating any specific illness or injury. The main point is to treat the whole body as an entire system which must work in a great balance in order to be considered as a healthy.
However, some general kind of symptoms are best treated with sub-techniques. Such like pain is best to be treated with Pyung-Chim technique. Hwa-Chim works best for all the systemic disorders and if one wants to get the body in balance, then Ju Haeng-Chim is the best bet.
Specialists in Korean acupuncture can be found pretty much all over the world. Its surprisingly popular. And for people interested in meridian and pressure points, there is numerous charts available online.
But wait, you mention acupuncture in plastic surgeries earlier? Yes we did. It has been used as a kind of an plastic surgery to smoothening and tightening the skin and getting rid of wrinkles. Also it makes the skin look much younger by improving the blood circulation. There are own special meridians and pressure points for these. The outcome can actually be pretty outstanding even many really do not believe in that.
Acupuncture is much less discomfort than plastic surgery. It does not require any healing time. It does not cause any scars. Neither it does not cause bruises or irritation either. Normal life goes on straight after you get out of the clinic. Korean acupuncture as a minor plastic surgery can be a great idea.