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Korean hand acupuncture

Treat the hand, treat the whole body.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 9, 2016

Following the same theory as reflexology, Korean hand acupuncture (KHT) is based on the idea that the hand contains the entire nerve meridian map of the body in miniature. By manipulating the nerve meridians on the hand, the entire body is affected.

The origins of Korean hand acupuncture: The Korean hand reflex map was discovered by Dr. Tae-Woo Yoo in Korea in 1971. Dr. Woo believed that classic acupuncture was too difficult and complicated and sought to introduce a more accessible form of the treatment.

Benefits Of Korean Hand Acupuncture

Korean hand acupuncture treats the hand as the nerve meridian map of the body, but in miniature. According to the Koryo Hand Theory, the hands have 14 meridians and 345 pressure points that correspond to other parts of the body.

KHT is meant to treat similar complaints to that of standard acupuncture, such as muscular and skeletal pain, nausea, asthma, insomnia and PMS. The therapy may be espeically suitable for the treatment of pediatric patients as well as pregnant women, who may not be able to lie on their stomachs for long periods of time.

What To Expect

During a KHT session, your acupuncturist will examine your tongue and take your pulse. He will then manipulate nerve points on the hands. Sometimes hair-thin needles are used. Other forms of manipulation include massage, magnets and heated pellets.

Recommended sessions: The number of sessions depends on the conditions to be treated. While everyone responds differently, typically acute medical issues require fewer sessions than chronic problems.

Preparation: Inform the practitioner of your medical issues prior to treatment.


KHT is a very low-risk therapy, though if needles are used they should be sterile and disposable.

Who wouldn't benefit: KHT is typically more accessible than acupuncture. It is even possible to perform KHT on yourself with proper training.

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