Accidentally discovered during the boozy revelry of a Chinese pin factory’s New Year's party, acupuncture has since developed into both a potent alternative medicine and a popular celebrity Jeopardy! category. Today’s Groupon gives you a pain-free way to stay pain-free: for $39, you get an examination and diagnosis (a $55 value) and a traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment (a $65 value) at Acupuncture Center in Overland Park (a $120 total value).
Dr. Kim Yoo leads a staff of health-minded professionals dedicated to easing pain and stress without medications or invasive procedures. Initial sessions take between 30 and 90 minutes, beginning with an examination and diagnosis, during which patients describe their sleep and dietary habits so the doctor knows when not to call. Keen-eyed therapists may then check the tongue and pulse for signs of stress and form a diagnosis based on the information they glean.
An acupuncture treatment targets several of the roughly 2,000 acupuncture points that adorn the body with solid, hair-thin needles that are not intended to cut the skin. The precise placement of these needles is designed to facilitate the flow of energy, or qi, throughout the body's 71 meridian superhighways in an effort to revitalize the mind and the body. Acupuncture treatments have been used to address neuro-musculoskeletal pains, circulatory conditions, emotional disorders, and drooping nametags, and Dr. Yoo recommends scheduling three to six visits to achieve optimal results.
Inspired by the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, Acupuncture Center’s Kim Yoo strives to create balance and harmony in the body through non-Western medical techniques. The hair-thin acupuncture needles unblock energy flow along the body's 71 meridians, and cupping sessions draw stagnant qi out from its nap on the soul’s couch. Dr. Yoo also employs moxibustion, a 3,000-year old practice of applying a stick of burning mugwort over an acupuncture point to stimulate and strengthen the blood and life energy. Acupuncture Center works in conjunction with primary-care physicians, often receiving referrals from MDs and augmenting traditional treatments of maladies such as lower back pain, arthritis, migraines, and sleep disorders.