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HISTORY OF KINETIC ACUPUNCTURE


Acupuncture with movement had begun from the legendary Korean acupuncturist named Heo Im (1570 – 1647, the Joseon Dynasty). In contrast to the most famous Korean acupuncturists who were prestige doctors and scholars in the palace, Heo Im was born from a slave family of the lowest social class. However, his acupuncture technique rose to be known as the best during the Joseon Dynasty and eventually, he became a doctor in the palace. Considering the class system of the Joseon Dynasty, becoming a royal doctor as a son of a slave family was impossible. He was very famous for his pain management with acupuncture and his unique maneuvers of acupuncture not only in Korea but in Japan and China. His techniques are well explained in his book ChimGuGyungHumBang (1644, Book of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Experience).

"In case muscles of hands and feet were spasmatic and immobile, he inserted* 4-5 round needles at the muscles and let others forcefully stretch crooked joint, and flex stiffened joint."




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