How Does Acupuncture Work?
Master MoonGi Han

Acupuncture improves body function and the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic points – referred to as acupuncture points.
The most common method used to stimulate acu-points is the insertion of Fine, Sterile Needles into skin. One may use pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation to further enhance the effects.
Other acu-point stimulation techniques include Tuina (manual massage), Moxibustion (Heat with Herbal therapy), Cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and liniments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: Yin and Yang.
When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy called “Qi” flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked Qi in the body and stimulate function, invoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems.
Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of wellbeing.

Dr. Barb and Jim are excited and proud to welcome Master Acupuncturist MoonGi Han to our practice.
Master Han is a graduate of the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and his specialties include:
• Sports Injuries – joint, neck, back shoulder, and heel pain,
• Chronic and Acute Pain – headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis,
• Emotional Issues – anxiety, insomnia, depression, bi-polar,
• Female Issue – fertility, menopause, menstruation,
• Allergies – sinuses, snoring (sleep apnea), rashes (shingles)
• and asthma, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, acid reflux
MoonGi integrates Oriental Medicine with traditional Western Medicine. He has had an extensive and successful career in health care and his credentials include licensed Massage Therapist, Nutrition, Physical Therapy, QI Kong Therapy, and teaching.
He is an avid rock and mountain climber, loves nature, and has a passion for helping people.

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