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New business hours due to COVID-19

During this time under influence of COVID-19, we have changed our business hours temporarily. The New business hours will be as below

Monday  8:00AM – 3:00PM

Tuesday  8:00AM – 6:00PM

Wednesday  8:00AM – 3:00PM

Thursday  8:00AM – 3:00PM

Friday  8:00AM – 6:00PM

Saturday 8:00AM – 1:00PM


We hope this difficult time for everyone passes by as soon as possible.

and we will be still here serving your medical needs in this difficult time.

Stay Safe and Healthy.


Medical Journal

Can health be maintained by Vitamin?

Experiencing degraded health due to vitamins

Contrast to common belief, overdosing on vitamin can worsen your health, such as increasing the chance of a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease. Tim Byers, MD, MHD, a well-known director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, has conducted an experiment on 35,000 Americans for the past 10 years on the effects of vitamins. He concluded that nutritional supplements don’t result in drastic improvement in health but rather, growth in the number of cancer patients among the experimented population.

Likewise, in 2013, a study from Harvard University has announced a similar conclusion on the effects of multivitamins on cognitive skills (tested 6,000+ seniors for 12 years). Comparing the group who has taken multivitamins steadily with the group who have taken a placebo, the difference between the two groups is medically insignificant.

Moreover, ‘JAMA’(short for The Journal of American Medical Association) which is one of the top three medical journals, released a shocking conclusion a few years back on the correlation of multivitamins and diseases. After testing 14,000 people, they not only concluded that there is no significant effect on the diagnosis of heart disease, stroke, or cancer after taking the multivitamins for 11 years compared to placebo group but also supported the conclusion of Dr. Byers’ experiment, concluding that overdosing certain vitamins is rather harmful to one’s health. This experiment states that Vitamin E and B are found to significantly raise the risk of certain diseases.

Those who have been taking vitamin E for 12 years experienced a 17% higher diagnosis rate of prostate cancer than those who didn’t.  Heart disorder patients that took vitamin B complex for more than 3 years experienced a 22% higher rate of a resurgence in heart disease.

Extracted vitamins react differently from vitamins consumed through a natural ingredient

Omega-3 is a nutrient well known to prevent cardiovascular disease. When Omega-3 is consumed by eating fish like Mackerel, which has a lot of Omega-3, twice a week, it reduces the death rate by heart disease by 36%. Contrast to its effective results, when Omega-3 is taken in the form of an extracted pill, it is not effective at all.

Similarly, an experiment at Johns Hopkins University stated consumption of vitamins and minerals has no effect in preventing heart disease like a heart attack. A fascinating thing here is when the vitamins were consumed directly from natural ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and nuts, there were significant positive results that were not seen from taking vitamins and minerals through extracted pills.

The argument on the effects of vitamin has a long history

The pharmaceutical industry has quickly counteracted on the results and strongly rebutted that the experiments are biased due to inconsistent controls. They tried to follow up with experiments but nonetheless, the public was already consumed in the wave of theories on the uselessness of vitamins.

Although the public is just starting to catch up to the wave, this is no news in scientific research. The effects of multivitamins have been persistently questioned and argued for the last 10 years. Consistent conclusions on the effects of multivitamins have been proposed but it is just now surfacing up to establish its ground in the interest of the public, due to the nature of scientific research where experiments must be conducted in long-term to confirm its validity.

It’s better to consume nutrients directly from food

An interesting argument concluded from the series of experiments is that it’s certain that nutrients consumed directly from food positively affects our body but when certain nutrients (vitamins, minerals) are extracted from the food and consumed indirectly, it shows no significant improvements but moreover, cause side effects. All in all, it’s only proper to expect positive results from consuming vitamins directly in its natural state. Simply taking one or two supplements do not show improvements but rather cause harm to our body.

Compatibility of components is more important than individual characteristics

Why do the same nutrients react differently in our body when consumed in other forms than food? Though nutrients are the same, when the components of nutrients consumed changes, it reacts differently to the body. This fundamental belief in the compatibility of components is what Korean Medicine stress and emphasize, rather than focusing on one nutrient or component.

For example, Saponin, a chemical compound found in ginseng, is only effective in the form of ginseng, producing a synergetic reaction with other nutrients in it. But when Saponin is specifically extracted and put into a capsule, it affects our body differently.

This is a piece of notable evidence that explains the difference in the effects of multivitamin pills from that of vitamins consumed through food.


Medical Journal

Why put a needle in the hand when the pain is in the back?

Why do they put needles in where it doesn’t hurt?

Have you ever gone to an acupuncturist for back pain and get a treatment on the right hand, which seems to have nothing to do with the pain in the back? This is based on the unique principle of treatment in Oriental Medicine where the right side of the body is treated when pain occurs on the left side, and vice versa. And when there’s pain towards the top of the body, the lower part of the body is treated, and vice versa. This principle of treatment is very different than our common knowledge so those who are unfamiliar with acupuncture treatments often expect to be treated where it hurts and question the doctor when the needle is put somewhere else.

The cause of pain isn’t always at where it hurts

Why does Oriental Medicine put needles in where it doesn’t hurt? First, the most common reason is that the medical cause behind the pain doesn’t always correlate with where it hurts. A good example of this case is disc herniation. Normally, patients who suffer from a disc herniation often feel pain near the lower back, far off from the actual herniated disc. A herniated disc in the neck causes pain near the arm or finger joints, and herniated back disc causes pain near the thigh or lower leg. Therefore, the targeted treatment should not be the arm or leg where there is a pain but near the neck and lower back where the causes of the pain lie. In similar principle, if a patient came in for a severe headache and the doctor diagnoses the pain to be caused by the liver, pushing up the overheated energy towards the head, the patient will be treated on the legs where the liver energy/chi-pathway flows rather than on the head.

Treating away from the pain heals faster

The second reason behind the principle is treating away from the area with pain is more effective. For example, it’s more effective to ask one’s superior or a boss to speak to a person of misconduct rather than to speak directly to them. Our systematic body works in a similar way. Like so, when patients suffering from chronic, long term pain are given acupuncture treatments on the area of pain, the needle might not be strong enough to stimulate the pain and when the energy circulation is stagnant near the affected area, treating it directly doesn’t treat it as effective. Hence, it’s more efficient and effective to treat areas where similar functions are performed as where it hurts.

Some acupuncture treatments focus on quick recovery and healing rather than relieving pain

The previous two explanations focus on treatment based on the cause and condition of the pain. There is another acupuncture method specific to Korea which is called ‘Sa-am’ method. ‘Sa-am’ method is famously practiced by Jun Heo and Jema Lee, two of The Three Renowned Korean Medicine Doctors, which applies the fundamentals of the Yin and Yang and the Five Elements of Oriental Medicine. This method also places acupuncture needles far away from where it hurts.

If the general principle of acupuncture treatment directs the acupuncturist to fix the cause of symptoms and pains directly, the ‘Sa-am’ method focuses on inducing the body itself to fix the area of the problem. In a figurative example, if someone is struggling to reach the top of the mountain while hiking, ‘Sa-am’ method would figure out the cause behind the struggling so that the climber can climb to the top on his own rather than moving him to the top of the mountain. In a realistic situation, doctors who practice ‘Sa-am’ method doesn’t treat the pain directly but help the patients’ body to recover on its own, which they find to be genuine treatment, so they try to avoid treating where it hurts directly with needles. I, also as an acupuncturist who practices Sa-am method, don’t treat the pain directly and a lot of new patients tend to get confused about the treatment.

If the acupuncturist treats the “wrong”, unexpected place with unexpected treatment…

Like so, it’s very common for every other acupuncturist to use different principles and methods in treating symptoms. So, do not worry if your doctor places needles far off from where it hurts. Some often request the doctor to treat with a specific method at a specific area of their preference, but this is a dangerous act that could lead to unknown results. Even though the doctor puts needles in some odd place, it’s best to acknowledge the different methods of treatment in acupuncture and simply ask questions to try to understand and respect the doctor’s specific treatment. Moreover, if the patient cannot understand or respect the doctor of his specific method of acupuncture that he practices, it would be best to find another doctor that practices acupuncture by patient’s preference of treatment rather than requesting the doctor to treat differently.


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Re-launching our Homepage

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We are re-launching our hompage all over from the scratch to make it more interactive and intuitive for pioneers like you, who are seeking for the better ways to get healthier and to achieve Well Being.

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