Koryo Hand Therapy is a form of acupuncture and moxibustion that affects the entire body through treatment on the hands.
The points in the hand relate to areas of the body as can be shown in the diagrams, front and back.
It can be simple enough to learn and begin using in a single day, yet with extended study can be applied to a wide range of remedial treatment
Koryo Hand Theraphy , called Soojichim , is founded by Dr. Yoo Tae-woo in 1971 in Korea as a kind of alternative medicine.
Since Koryo Hand Theraphy was born, It has taken Korea by storm and spread to 50 countries. Starting in Japan in 1978, as of now 16 foreign countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas have KHT centers teaching the techniques Korea has 190 centers and over three million people have taken training.
KHT is practiced mostly by lay people rather than by licensed doctors. In Korea thousands of people treat friends and strangers alike without pay, and some accomplished practitioners have ailing patients actually lined up outside their doors.
As a form of alternative medicine that differs from both traditional
Oriental as well as Western medicine, it has generated controversy in Korea – especially with the established community of Oriental medicine.
This is reminiscent of how the use of herbs and vitamin-mineral supplements has raised eyebrows among physicians in the West.
A microcosm of the entire body represented in one of its sub-units
Organisms contain life energy called ki or chi which in the human body said to flow through certain channels or “meridians” that doctors of Oriental medicine have defined over the millennia. When yin and yang forces are in balance, the ki flows normally and the body is healthy; when there is an imbalance then discomfort or illness is the result. Acupuncture needles or the burning of moxa,etc., are used to manopulate the floe ki and restore balance to the body.
The tiny needles are inserted only about a millimeter deep, yet they can relieve pain anywhere in the body and stimulate the healing of an array of ailments, to name a few: joint pain; obesity; skin problems; constitutional weakness from chronic disease, stress or drug therapy; minor inflammation; headaches, loss of appetite. As are many forms of alternative medicine, KHT is also employed to help keep the body in tone for prevention of disease.
Sometimes a drop of blood may be drawn from the end of a finger As frequently as acupuncture on a patient’s hand a KHT practitioner will use moxibustion. This means burning small columns of dried mugwort, or moxa upon specific spots, which conveys heat but not enough to burn the skin.
Small metallic pellets are taped to the skin, too, and machines have been developed to deliver electronic stimulation in lieu of needles.
A beginner can use Koryo Hand Therapy to treat a variety of minor maladies simply by “corresponding treatment” according to the following formula.
There are five fingers corresponding to four limbs plus the head. The index finger and ring finger correspond to the arms, thumb and pinky to the legs, and the middle fingertip is in the relative position of the head. The palm corresponds to the front torso and the back of the hand to the person’s back, and each part of the body corresponds to a specific area on the hand.
An advantage of KHT over other microcosm therapies is that the homunculus is detailed enough to enable mapping of an entire array of 345 acupuncture points on the human body, along 14 meridians. Here are some examples of treatment utilizing them:
- An important meridian runs vertically down the front of the body therefore a line along the middle finger and down the center of the palm corresponds to it. KHT utilizes this meridian to great advantage with moxibustion. Learning to use this meridian is very easy, yet the effects are quite beneficial.
- Another meridian runs down each side of the spine. KHT shu treatment is conducted along points on the corresponding two lines near the center of the back of the hand. Small metal pellets are often taped to the skin at these points.
- More sophisticated treatment points corresponding to major acupuncture points on the body
One example would be treatments based on “five-element” theory, a major axis of Oriental medicine. In KHT, this type of treatment centers upon the outer two joints of the ring and little fingers.
- For nosebleed: Tie the tip of the middle finger until it turns dark, release, repeat until bleeding stops.
- Eyestrain: Prod middle finger pad to find a sensitive spot and prick a drop of blood-or roll the stick of a cotton swab around the area for about 10 minutes or apply pellets.
- Cough and stuffed-up nose: Tape metallic pellets around the tip of the middle finger.
- Sprained wrist or ankle: Form a ring of layered aluminum foil and place it around the outermost knuckle of the corresponding finger on the corresponding side.
- Emergency unconsciousness: Draw a drop of blood from finger tips.