About Korean Hand Therapy
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Korean Hand Therapy (KHT)
When I lived in Seoul, South Korea, I had the pleasure of being exposed to Korean Hand Therapy. This therapy is also known as Koryo Hand Therapy, KHT, Korean Hand Acupuncture, or Sooji chim.
I had the most amazing yoga teacher who taught me positions that I never knew existed. She was also a licensed Korean Hand Therapist. She could also tell that I was getting cramps in my legs trying to do what many of the much older students were doing - yes, much older students - like all the elder women in their 70's and 80's, women who were able to do headstands and everything else.
At some point she asked me if I was interested in hand acupuncture. Actually, she didn't speak English, and I understood little Korean (Hangul) except how to order food and of course a polite greeting and thank you. But the Korean people were so kind and generous so I just said yes - nei (nay) to everything. So this is how I wound up in a lovely tea room with my wonderful yoga teacher doing hand therapy and sticking needles in my hand.
I admit that it did make me more limber and energetic, but it was only when I got back to the U.S. and did some research that I found that hand therapy was based on other philosophies, and has only been recently developed - in 1970.
About Korean Hand Therapy (KHT):
- KHT was developed in 1970 by Dr. Tae Woo Yoo, O.M.D., Ph.D.
- KHT is a combination of acupuncture and reflexology for the hand.
- It is based on the belief that the whole meridian system of the body is represented in miniature in the hand.
- It is believed that there are 14 micro-meridians and 345 acupuncture points in each hand providing an energetic access to internal organs.
- The points can be stimulated by needles, small magnets, and other devices and use massage, electricity, color light, laser and heat.
- Diagnostic techniques include pulse-taking, abdominal diagnosis, and conventional medical techniques.
The therapies have specific titles which include:
- Micro-meridian Balancing
- Five Element Tonification
- Special Points Therapy
- Yin and Yang Pulse Diagnosis
- Three Constitutions
- and more
Since 1993, KHT has become more widely used in the U.S. with certification program standards being developed in association with the American Institute of Koryo Hand Therapy.
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