Oriental medicine explained
In the perspective of the Oriental medicine, there are three dimensions : They are spiritual, Chi (energy), and physical level. These three are interrelated. For example, if you are stressed, a disharmony forms in the psychological aspect. This will bring about imbalance in energy level. In turn, will come physical changes or disease. More specifically, stress brings about emotional discomfort, then headaches, stiff neck etc. Eventually physical manifestations such as problem in the blood circulation or high blood pressure can occur. The Chi (energy) function in intermediate level bridges spiritual and physical levels. Acupuncture and many herbs function in the Chi level. Another important concept in the oriental medicine is integrity. As noted above, three levels are totally interrelated. Their interrelatedness within the body exists like a network. We human being, are perceived as totally integral organisms. In the body, the internal organs such as heart, lung, stomach and kidney etc. are considered the center or source much like a generator, where energy is produced. The produced energy flows through the meridians, pathways, to all parts of the body. Therefore, nothing exists independently or separate in our body. For instant, in case of eye disease, the source of the eye energy is liver. If there is heat in liver, one may experience the irritable, pink or dry eye. In the worst case, glaucoma may develop. If a doctor concentrate only on the eye and neglects the source , the liver , the fundamental solution cannot be found. For another example, one's kidney energy is deficient, one may experience lower back pain or various problems in the bone such as arthritis and osteoporosis so on. In order to cure these problems, one's energy in the kidney should be tonified. One must be aware that the concept of internal organ in the oriental medicine involve not only the somatic organs of the western medicine but also the energy and even spiritual aspects. In the oriental medicine, acupuncture is performed on the points where the energy congregates in the Chi pathway so that it balance the energy in the manner of tonifying deficiency, sedating the excess or dispelling heat for the energy of the organs involved.

*Explanation on the 4 types of Acupuncture

1. Sa Am Five Element acupuncture
As explained above, it is the principle of the Oriental medicine that the root, the internal organ should be treated as the source of the problem no matter how varied or serious the symptoms appear. For instance, in the case of arthritis, the root of the disorder can be the kidney since the kidney is considered the storage organ where the fundamental energy and essential fluids are produced and preserved. The concept of kidney in the Oriental medicine includes not only the anatomical one of western medicine, but also the storage of the energy. Consequently, if one’s energy is depleted due to aging, overwork, or excessive sex, kidney energy and its essential fluids become deficient. Then numerous disorders of the bone appear as bone marrow problems, osteoporosis , worn cartilage, arthritis or back pain etc. In the common acupuncture, the acu points around the diseased joints, such as finger, wrist, elbow and knee are treated primarily. This method is called symptomatic treatment. Then some points in relation to internal organs will be added with the lack of the systematic principle or may not be added at all. This level of the acupuncture can still be effective for the acute case or for non serious cases. However, when one’s condition reaches to the serious state, this is not effective enough because it cannot cure the root, that is, the imbalance of the internal organ. On the other hand, the only focus in the Sa am Five element acupuncture is treating the related internal organ, for instance, imbalance of kidney in the above cases. The acu points in the parts where symptoms appear are untouched because once the root is cured, its branches, the symptoms, will disappear automatically, no matter how serious they appear. In this acupuncture, the Five element points which are essential for controlling the internal organs are selected in accordance with the very systematic rules of Yin & Yang and Five element. These points are located on the limbs from the knee to the toes and from the elbow to the fingers, and only four points are used for each organ. So, it brings about maximum effect with minimum insertion of needles. In Dr. Chung’s extensive comparative studies and clinical research, this is the superior form of acupuncture to treat serious and chronic diseases such as arthritis, spinal disorders, eye diseases including glaucoma, heart disorders, insomnia, urinary disorders, prostate diseases, stroke and more. With this acupuncture, patient’s experience transcends beyond the limit of common forms of acupuncture.

2. Traditional Body Acupuncture
This acupuncture is good for tuning up the whole body. For instance, when one is stressed, the fire energy forms. In the perspective of Oriental medicine, our body is considered as a micro cosmos that reflects the entire universe. Therefore, what happens in nature occurs in our body as well. As fire in nature flares up, internal fire energy tends to flare up attacking the upper part of the body. As a result, one experiences a stuffy chest, shoulder pain, stiff neck, headache, various eye diseases, etc. When one’s body is flared up by fire, there are powerful methods to expel the heat using this acupuncture. Then, Five element Acupuncture may be added to focus on the specific problem in more serious cases. This acupuncture is also effective in many instances of stomach disorders, sciatica and obesity

3. Chinese Tung’s Family Acupuncture
This is one of the most popular forms of acupuncture in the Far East besides traditional body acupuncture. In comparative research, it has shown to be effective especially in cases of acute muscular injuries such as sprains and gynecological disorders such as menstrual cramps and hemorrhoid

4. Koryo Hand Acupuncture
In this reflexology type of acupuncture, the hand is considered as a micro cosmos reflecting the entire body. Only the thin needles are inserted 1 to 2mm in depth, and only in the hand. But this is effective in many disorders, especially those of the stomach. It is suitable for children, patients who lack energy and those who are afraid of needles. As explained in brief, she selects the optimal treatment method for each patient based on her extensive comparative studies and long clinical research and experience. Many times she combines different types of acupuncture to intensify the effectiveness of her treatments.

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*World Health Organization and National Institute of Health on Acupuncture
• World Health Organization (WHO): Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials
Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture

The diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical al trials reported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories as shown below

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
Knee pain
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Tennis elbow

2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Cardiac neurosis
Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
Competition stress syndrome
Craniocerebral injury, closed
Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female infertility
Facial spasm
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gastrokinetic disturbance
Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Labour pain
Lactation, deficiency
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Ménière disease
Neuralgia, post-herpetic
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitisobliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Postoperative convalescence
Premenstrual syndrome
Prostatitis, chronic
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Raynaud syndrome, primary
Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Retention of urine, traumatic
Sialism, drug-induced
Sjögren syndrome
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Spine pain, acute
Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tietze syndrome
Tobacco dependence
Tourette syndrome
Ulcerative colitis, chronic
Vascular dementia
Whooping cough (pertussis)

3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:
Choroidopathy, central serous
Colour blindness
Irritable colon syndrome
Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury
Pulmonary heart disease, chronic
Small airway obstruction

4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:
Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Convulsions in infants
Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris)
Diarrhoea in infants and young children
Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage
Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar

*National Institutes of Health
Consensus Development Conference Statement
November 3-5, 1997


Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. While there have been many studies of its potential usefulness, many of these studies provide equivocal results because of design, sample size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in the use of appropriate controls, such as placebos and sham acupuncture groups. However, promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.