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Acupuncture is a therapeutic technique whereby needles are inserted at specific target points in the body. Accumulating evidence from clinical trials conducted in the past decade demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture for various conditions including low back pain, migraine, tension type headache, temporomandibular disorders, and fibromyalgia. Often the same points are pressed (acupressure) or warmed (moxibustion). Derived from Chinese-Asian healing culture, acupuncture is asserted to provoke recipient’s local and central responses to restore the flow of vitality.  

Acupuncture may produce its effects through dynamic alterations in the tissue and extracellular milieu: generates micro injuries, characterized by cytoskeletal remodeling of subcutaneous connective tissue fibroblasts and deformation of extracellular matrix proteins; induces the synthesis and release of cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors from skin, muscle, and endothelial cells promoting healing and resolve inflammation; induces the local release of endogenous opioids (β-endorphin) and cannabinoids; and regulates the metabolism of stress hormones like catecholamines.

According to traditional beliefs, disease and chronic pain results from an insufficiency or blockage of vitality (similar to Qi or life force) and stimulation of acupuncture points along meridians (routes through which Qi travels) alleviates pain by restoring the flow of vitality. Clinicians assert that patients with higher vitality respond to acupuncture better. 

Acupuncture is performed after a patient is positioned comfortably, either sitting, lying down. Often heat is applied to optimize vitality flow including the flow of blood, lymph, and interstitial fluid. Acupuncturists identify target areas to needle, and insert fine needles either vertically or obliquely to an appropriate depth. Depending on types of needles used, the degree of rigidity and the adjacency of the needled target tissues, patients would feel a range of sensations including sharp, dull, heavy, and radiating. While needles are often retained for about 5-20 minutes, lancet acupuncture will be withdrawn immediately since it aims at bleeding retained deoxygenated blood in the varicose and spider veins.  

As a patient you may anticipate to learn about your condition of concerns from the view of acupuncture and Asian medicine. In particular, what might have caused it, how it evolved; how to resolve it, and what might be the roles of you and the acupuncturist. The goal of the initial treatment is to establish hope that the condition of your concern can get better by, for example, experiencing less pain.

The number of sessions required to experience noticeable outcomes depends on several factors including the chronicity of the condition, vitality reservoir of the patient, and patient’s proactive participation in building vitality. In general, deep breathing, eating nutrient and digestive food, fluent movement,and good rest are important elements to build the vitality reservoir. From acupuncture and Asian medicine services, more than half of patients have reported noticeable outcomes after the first treatment.

No, you may continue any current medicine, and consult your physician to readjust the dosage as you experience pain reduction from acupuncture and Asian medicine at Meridius Clinic for Integrative Health.

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Inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional medicines in East Asian countries including China, Japan and Korea.

Some studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.
Acupuncture is considered safe as relatively few complications from using acupuncture have been reported. It is noteworthy that improper delivery of treatments by unqualified provider is more likely to result in serious adverse events.

Functional Medicine Consul

Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based whole person approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

Meridius Clinic for Integrative Health considers “breathe well, eat well, move well, and rest well” as Four Pillars to optimize vitality. Various chronic dysfunctions and illnesses such as insomnia, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, multi-joint pain can be approached from a functional medicine perspective.

Since Traditional system of medicine in Korea has sustained such a whole person approach, we offer functional medicine consultation and advice for various chronic conditions.

Cupping Massage

Cupping is a practice used in traditional medicine in several parts of the world, including Far East Asia and the Middle East. It involves creating suction on the skin using a glass, ceramic, bamboo, or plastic cup. Negative pressure is created in the cup either by applying a flame to the cup to remove oxygen before placing it on the skin or by attaching a suction device to the cup after it is placed on the skin. In “wet cupping,” the skin is pierced, and blood flows into the cup. “Dry cupping” doesn’t involve piercing the skin.

*Cupping can cause side effects such as persistent skin discoloration, scars, burns, and infections, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis.

Electro Acupuncture

Electroacupuncture (EA) involves first inserting a needle at acupuncture point and connecting the needle with an electrical stimulator that sends electrical currents or pulses into the body. Electrical currents have effects, which can influence the cells, tissues and entire body.

In clinical studies, electroacupuncture has shown to be effective in treating conditions including pain, muscle spasms, urinary incontinence.

EA is safe for most people; but those with a pacemaker or a history of seizures requires extreme caution.

Herbal Medicine Consult

Herbal medicine is an important part of traditional systems of medicine in many civilizations including Chinese and Korean medicine.

Herbal products have been studied for many medical problems, including stroke, heart disease, mental disorders, and respiratory diseases (such as bronchitis and the common cold).

At the Meridius Clinic for Integrative Health, highly selective and effective natural herbal medicines with reliable safety profiles will be recommended to the most compatible patients.

Pediatric Services

We aspire to deliver acupressure, acupuncture, herbal medicine and a functional medicine approach for children and adolescents with the medical knowledge of the East and West. Our pediatric services include optimizing balanced posture maintenance, choosing nutrient dense and individually compatible foods, and finding ways to rest well, and addressing chronic illnesses in this important developmental phase.

Neuromuscular Pain

Back pain, neck pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, persistent post-operative pain

Neuropathic Pain

trigeminal neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), post herpetic pain, diabetic neuropathy, chemo- and radiation-induced neuropathy

Orofacial Pain/Headache

jaw pain, temporomandibular disorder, dry mouth, teeth grinding headaches, migraine, tension type headache, post-traumatic brain injury headache, Tinnitus, Bell’s Palsy, Raynaud’s Disease (cold extremities)

Pelvic Pain

peri-menstrual pain, hot flashes, prolapse, urinary incontinence, benign prostate hyperplasic

Systemic Conditions

Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis


Pain, Pain associated with Parkinson’s Disease

Cancer Related Pain

Cancer Related Pain, Nausea, and Fatigue