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Acupuncture Therapy


Acupuncture in Langley

Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Oriental Medicine (TCM). Over the past 5,000 years, TCM has evolved into a total medical healthcare system. A wide variety of health conditions can be treated safely, painlessly, and successfully with TCM. Because TCM is a holistic medicine, it treats not only the branch (symptoms) but also the root (cause) of the health condition.

Acupuncture works on the body’s basic energy, or life force, referred to as Qi (chee). This energy circulates throughout the body in a specific pattern through channels called meridians. The Qi brings energy and nourishment to the entire body, cells, tissues, and organs.

When there is a balanced flow of Qi in the body, you experience good physical, mental and emotional health. Any misdirection, obstruction or imbalance to the flow of Qi will affect the function and proper nourishment of the body, therefore, creating pain, dysfunction, and disease.

By rebalancing the flow of Qi, the body can be restored to a normal balance so the organs and bodily systems can work together. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.

By using the diagnostic tools in TCM – taking the pulse, looking at the tongue, palpating certain acupoints (which run along the meridians) and asking questions – the acupuncturist will use Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to bring the body back into balance so that the body can heal. Chinese herbal medicine may be prescribed internally or applied externally.

Acupuncture is performed by inserting fine, sterile needles (used one time only) at certain acupoints. Electro stimulation using a micro current can also be applied to the acupuncture needle for stronger stimulation when treating pain. Moxibustion is used to warm certain acupoints to move Qi or tonify specific meridians. Tui na (Chinese massage), cupping, nutrition, lifestyle recommendations, Qi Gong and Tai Qi (Chinese exercise) are also used to treat the body according to Chinese medicine theories. Kim's Pain Relief Acupuncture Clinic performs various acupuncture treatments in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford.

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture Treatment Types:

  • SA-AM Acupuncture Therapy

  • One Needle Acupuncture Therapy

  • Dermal Needling

  • MPS (Trigger Point)

  • A-Shi Point Therapy


Saam acupuncture is one of the traditional acupuncture methods in Korea. Saam acupuncture was created 400 years ago by Saam Doin, who is called the 3rd Uiseong in the middle Joseon Dynasty, along with Heo Jun and Lee Je-ma.

It is an acupuncture method that diagnoses pulsation and pulsation based on the principle of the five elements and treats painful areas using the principle of regulating the flow of meridians. It is the best acupuncture method among many acupuncture methods.

In Saam acupuncture, the acupuncture points are placed in Osuhyeol to control the meridians and the body's energy. Osuhyeol refers to the acupoints located below the elbow and below the knee, and there are 5 per meridian. The Saam acupuncture method treats symptoms by placing acupuncture points on the acupuncture points required according to the symptoms out of a total of 60 blood transfusions in a person’s body.

To explain the principle of Saam acupuncture more simply, a lot of bad energy is concentrated in the painful area, and you can think of the sandam acupuncture method as a way to disperse the bad energy by placing acupuncture on the other side of the pain.

In other words, the biggest feature of the Saam acupuncture method is placing the needle on the opposite side of the painful area, and the effect of the acupuncture is quite fast. You can see the improvement in the middle of treatment.

Saam acupuncture is a low-burden acupuncture method for patients. Since Saam acupuncture selects only the acupuncture points that cause disease, fewer than 8 needles are used. Because the number of needles is small, the burden on the patient is also low. Saam needles do not go deep into the skin, so they are relatively less irritating. Saam acupuncture has the effect of continuously circulating acupuncture points when acupuncture is applied once. Therefore, even if it is given to the patient every day, there is no strain on the body.


This is a treatment that catches a single pain with acupuncture. For example, if there is a pain in the left shoulder, needling on the right knee's acupuncture point (shoulder blood) will relieve the pain immediately. Also, if there is a pain in the left neck, inserting a needle between the 4 and 5 fingers of the right (opposite side) finger, you can see that the pain disappears immediately.


Definition: a short stainless steel wire needle used to embed the skin. Also called embedding needle.

Thumbtack needle: 0.3cm long with a head-like thumbtack (CAM). Insert at an angle perpendicular to the skin surface to a depth flush with the head of the needle. Because of the small length, this type is used for only the most superficial puncture, specifically the ear.

Grain-like needle (grain of wheat/straight intradermal needle): 1cm long with a head like a grain of wheat (CAM). Insert horizontally to the skin about 0.8-1.3cm with the needle's handle lying flat on the skin surface. Used for back and limbs.

Function: exerts continuous stimulation for treatment Indication: chronic, stubborn or painful diseases that need lengthy needle retention. Used for stomachache, bilious colic, headache, tension, migraines, asthma, insomnia, enuresis, abnormal (irregular) menstruation, dysmenorrhea, neurasthenia, hypertension, etc.


Myofascial pain syndrome refers to a disease in which muscle pain and various symptoms (joint pain, restriction of movement, etc.) occur due to the occurrence of pain trigger points in the muscle or fascia (a thin, transparent membrane that surrounds the muscle) due to muscle trauma, overuse, or mental stress. It is a disease that is often referred to as ‘having a wall,’ and it is a very common disease that everyone gets at least once.

Trigger point

Suppose a muscle is subjected to constant stress. It causes pain and inflammation, and if the condition is left untreated, a ‘core’ like a bundle of threads is formed in the muscle fibres in the muscle. This core is the ‘trigger point.’ Pain symptoms can be easily resolved by finding this trigger point through accurate diagnosis and releasing the muscle with acupuncture.


It is a method of treatment by inserting acupuncture needles directly into the painful area. A-SHI is also translated as “the very spot of pain.” In addition, the treatment time is concise and short, and the effect is also immediate. As short as it is, all treatment can be completed in 3 to 4 minutes, so the burden on the patient is small, and the effect is great. In other words, it is a method of immersing needles where there is pain.

Treatment Specialties

Acupuncture Treatment is especially effective on:

  • Psychological condition

  • Musculoskeletal & neurologic

  • Woman’s disease

  • Digestive problem

  • Ear, nose, throat, skin & respiratory


  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • ADHD

  • Stress


  • Arthritis/tendonitis/back pain/sciatica/knee/ankle/hamstring/groin/toe

  • Neck/shoulder/elbow/wrist/hand/finger/frozen shoulder/rotate cuff

  • Headache/migraine/dizziness

  • Abdomen/chest

  • Plantar fasciitis/numbness/tingling/muscle spasm/fibromyalgia/ankle sprain


  • Menopause

  • Irregular periods

  • Painful periods

  • PMS/morning sickness


  • IBS

  • Digestive disorders

  • Heartburn

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea


  • Allergies

  • Sinus

  • Sore throats

  • Asthma

  • Cough

  • Burning skin


Let us help you find your balance and rid yourself of pain. If you simply have some questions for us, feel free to write or call our clinic.

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