Acupuncture treatment is the most crucial and fundamental aspect of the 8 Constitution Medicine. Dr. Kwan Dowon, Ph.D., the founder of the 8 Constitution Medicine, released his first thesis (The Constitutional Acupuncture) on the 8 Constitution-Acupuncture in September of 1962. In October of 1965, the International Congress of Acupuncture & Moxibustion formally released a journal including the work of Dr. Kwan Dowon (A study of Constitution-Acupuncture).
At Dr. Kim Health Care, we maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of our treatments by interchanging between the 8 Constitution-Acupuncture and traditional acupuncture methods.
The characteristics of the 8 Constitution-Acupuncture are as follows:
A. The 8 Constitution-Acupuncture is a treatment that controls the strength and weakness of the organs by using acupuncture points of the organs. The acupuncture points of the organs have 12 principal meridians (the meridian system), with each meridian referring to the 5 acupuncture points beneath the elbow and knee joints. A meridian is a path through which each organ transmits its life energy, meaning that each organ has its distinct meridian. The 10 internal organs are divided into two categories: 1) solid organs (liver, heart, lungs, pancreas, and kidney) and 2) hollow organs (stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder, and bladder). All organs retain unique energy magnitudes (size of life energy) that are systematically ordered from the organs with the largest energy magnitudes to organs with the smallest energy magnitudes. Despite the difference in the order of energy magnitudes, our organs exchange life energies and complement each other to create a complete life (human body).
Each of the organs within our bodies has an independent physiological function that can be seen through our eyes (primary physiological function). Human physiology entails only the primary physiological function of all organs. The functions of the stomach include mechanical digestion, sterilization via gastric acid, and protein degradation through pepsin. The functions of the liver include the detoxification, sterilization, and metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acid, protein, fat, bile acid, bilirubin, vitamin, mineral, and hormone. Of importance, there is a secondary physiological function (cannot be seen through the eyes) which is due to each organ maintaining its unique life energy. By exchanging its life energy with each other over a long period, it creates balance internally while creating human life activities for the body. It is crucial to consider the fact that primary physiology and secondary physiology are influenced and affected by each other.
In the case of Pancreotonia constitution that entails high energy in the pancreas and the stomach, consuming foods that are either spicy or of high energy (turmeric, ginger, ginseng, lemon, chicken, etc.) will stir an eruption of energy in the pancreas or the stomach. The consequence involves the elevation of heat in the shoulders or head, leading to symptoms such as indigestion, headaches, and acne-like infections around the face and neck areas. Additional to these consequences, more severe side-effects such as diabetes and high blood pressure may occur. By utilizing the acupuncture points of the organs, such consequences are treated via sedative acupuncture methods (calming the collection of heat in the pancreas).
B. The 8 Constitutional-Acupuncture method has a step regimen (step-by-step prescriptions).
- First level prescription (known as the basic or general prescription): Utilizes 4 acupuncture points of organs to treat a single organ (used for treating Pediatric patients, sprains, hemostasis, etc.).
- Second level prescription (prescription of sterilization, mental, intestinal inflammation, paternal inflammation, etc.): Utilizes 8 acupuncture points of organs to treat 2 organs (used for treating gastritis, bladder infection, and other various inflammations).
- Third level prescription: Utilizes 18 acupuncture points of organs to treat 3 organs (used for treating all problems within the neuromuscular skeletal system such as Spinal System Therapy, Joint System, tinnitus, Bell’s Palsy, Frozen Shoulder, sciatica, cold, shingles, degenerative arthritis, aches, gout, stomach ulcer, Ulcerative colitis, atopic dermatitis, Menopausal disorder, etc.).
- Fourth level prescription (contains 9 levels: level 9 deals with 9 different acupuncture points to treat all intractable diseases. Majority of the diseases, except for cancer, are treated in level 5).
C. Diseases that will find the 8 Constitutional-Acupuncture effective:
Sciatica, Rheumatoid arthritis, Frozen Shoulder, Headaches, Bell’s Palsy, Myasthenia, Parkinson’s disease, numbness in hands and feet, hemorrhoids, acne, hepatitis, hepatocirrhosis, fatty liver, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, Duodenal ulcer, Gastroptosis, gastrointestinal intolerance, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, cold, sneezing, phlegm, various skin diseases, cystitis, Urethritis, urinary incontinence, menopausal disorder, menstrual pain, menstrual irregularity, uterine lump, cold hands and feet, conjunctivitis, Otitis media, tinnitus, rhinitis, sinusitis, sore throat, depression, insomnia, Atopic dermatitis, various allergic diseases, and side effects of chemotherapy.
D. Even with the same gastritis, each body type constitution involves a different treatment method (therefore, each treatment method is unique to the body constitution and will bring forth the most optimal effect).
E. There are virtually zero to very minimal side effects from the 8 ConstitutionalAcupuncture.