Koryo hand and body therapy is a micro system of treatment whereby one can treat “ah-shi” sensitive or painful points, by acupressure or with gold and silver pellets or magnets. By doing abdominal palpation and radial-carotid (wrist/neck) pulse assessment, one can do whole body treatment by doing sedation or tonification with gold and silver pellets. It is very simple and extremely effective method of treatment for both internal and external conditions.
What Is It:
Korean Hand Therapy is a system for awakening the body to health and wellness through your hands. By stimulating specific points on your hands, you can resolve pain and balance internal organ function.
K.H.T. includes the reflexology level of treatment, similar in concept to the reflexology of the foot. The K.H.T. reflex map of the hand was discovered in 1971 by Dr. Tae-Woo Yoo, O.M.D., Ph.D. in Korea and has been clinically and experimentally tested for accuracy.
K.H.T. also includes the entire acupuncture meridian energy system, but in miniature, on the hands. This addition to the reflex system gives hand therapy many treatment options, as explained below.
STIMULATING POINTS in K.H.T. is done with point massage, tiny tape-on metal acu-pressure pellets, heat through tiny heat stimulators, miniature acupuncture needles, and an electrical device.
GREATER HEALING EFFECTIVENESS in the K.H.T. system is possible because the entire acupuncture system found on the whole body is also found in miniature on the hands.
This means that you can add the healing power of acupuncture principles to the basic K.H.T. hand reflexology system.
More complex explanation of KHT: Koryo Hand and Body Therapy, or KHT is a system of treatment whereby all the acupuncture/acupressure points on the human body have been mapped out on the hands. Thus, the hands are a microsystem for treatment using one or a combination of the following methods: special hand needles, gold and silver pellets, or magnets electron beam stimulation, moxabustion, or acupressure. Moreover, since this system of treatment is grounded in the classical theories of Chinese Medicine, one can either use it to 1) treat the corresponding points at a basic level, or 2) sedate or tonify mirommeridians, or 3) diagnose and treat using the five element system, or 4) birth constitution therapy, which are more advanced levels of treatment. The more advanced levels of treatment use a comparative carotid-radial pulse diagnosis and abdominal palpation to more accurately pinpoint the exact organs and/or meridians to treat.
Korean hand acupressure will focus on levels 1 and 2 (above).
Thus, this system of treatment can be used in many ways. One can add hand points to a body treatment, whether it be acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy or acupressure, meditation or energy therapy. One can also use primarily the hands for treatment of all conditions, as I do, using both basic and advanced levels. A layperson can use the basic system to treat themselves daily as prescribed by their practitioner, or can use these points to treat acute pain situations, such as headache, muscle strain, colds, etc.
Koryo hand therapy is an extremely effective method of treatment, and is extremely convenient to practice. Because the points are located on the hand, the patient does not have to disrobe. This saves time and inconvenience to both the practitioner and patient. In addition, many times there are patients who are in so much pain that they cannot be moved, touched, manipulated, or needled in certain areas. Using the micromeridian system, these sensitive areas can be treated on the hands. Also the patient can sit down or stand up, while being treated, which provides accessibility for treatment of patients who are immobile or are in too much pain to sit down Finally, the hand points are extremely easy to locate and to use. In other words, if someone has an acute back strain, they can also treat themselves with acupressure, pellets, ion beam, or magnets, whereas this would not be possible using local corresponding body points. In addition, many patients feel much less afraid of very tiny hand needles compared to larger body needles and several patients feel more comfortable with needleless treatment, using pellets, or ion beam.
I enjoy using KHT because I personally feel that 1) it has been an extremely effective method of treatment; 2) the above mentioned conveniences make it so easy to practice for myself and my patients, and 3) I get very precise immediate feedback from using the comparative radial-caraotid pulse diagnosis, and abdominal palpation, which tells me if the treatment is correct or needs to be adjusted. (This precision is very important to me as a former scientist).