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Apr 21

Sewon Kim, L.Ac. is on Maternity Leave until September 2017

We have happy to announce the birth of our daughter Claire in April. My wife Sewon Kim, L.Ac. will be on maternity leave until September of 2017. We would like to use this opportunity to remind everyone the importance of maternity leave and postpartum care. Woman’s body undergoes tremendous change during pregnancy and after delivery. […]

Mar 16

Open heart surgery performed with acupuncture anesthesia

A French team observe open heart surgery performed with acupuncture anesthesia. Using acupuncture for anesthesia offers many advantages: risk of complication is lower and patients recover faster. The word on the green gown says Shuguang Hospital. Most likely the operation was done in Shanghai’s Shuguang Hospital where I did my rotation, internship and residency. This […]

Feb 27

Your gene expression changes seasonally

Scientist at Cambridge University recently discovered that our gene expression changes following seasonal pattern. Such discovery may surprise many people since the public generally assumes their genes are deterministic. Yet in reality, most of our genes are not expressed. At any given time, only around 10% of our gene are expressed. Most people imagine their […]

Nov 18

Protein Restriction for Chronic Kidney Disease

I had a patient come in yesterday for Chronic Kidney Disease. He has been seeing a nephrologist for five years and has been on dialysis for a year already. I was shocked to find out that he said no one ever told him that he needs to restrict his protein intake. This is very basic […]

Nov 16

Guillain-Barre Syndrome Case – Patient E

Patient E is a middle aged woman from South East Asia. She came to see me for her severe case of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) in March of 2016. Her condition began after her trip back to her home country in January. She developed severe diarrhea, numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, extreme fatigue, […]

Aug 3

Beware of “Useless” Surgery

New York Times reports that many surgeries are still being performed even though evidence suggest they do not help patients. Randomized clinical trials have shown that many surgeries are closed to being totally useless. Most of these surgeries are performed intending to help pain, particularly pains in the spine and knees. However, their success rate […]

Jun 30

15 million needles (a documentary film)

I would like to share an amazing documentary about famed and influential acupuncturist Dr. Zhu. He revolutionized the way we treat stroke patients. I am very proud to have graduated from the same school and worked at the same hospital as he did in Shanghai.

Jun 24

Plants or Pills? Turmeric vs. Curcumin

Most people assume pills are more effective than plants. The underlying assumption is “Plants cannot be THAT therapeutic. It is not scientific. There must be active ingredients that are working. Let’s extract them, making them pure and precise and more concentrated and thus more effective.” Sometimes this assumption is true. Many pharmaceutical drugs are simply […]

Feb 12

Acne Case – Patient J

Before Treatment After Treatment   Patient J is a single mother and esthetician student in her mid twenties. She came to see me in October of 2015 for her severe acne that had been raging on for about two months. Being a hopeful esthetician, she is extremely careful with her skin and the outbreak of […]

Oct 14

Hair Loss Case – Patient M

Patient M is a female software engineer in her early 40s. She first came to see me for her hair loss on April 30th, 2015. Her symptoms began in the end of 2014 during a stressful assignment. She experienced severe fatigue, poor sleeping quality, lost of her voice and shedding hairs. Being a health conscious […]