Acupuncture is one of the most recognized Natural Therapies. By inserting needles at certain points in the body, acupuncture assists in the recovery of health problems of all kinds, whether traumatic, organic, energetic, emotional, etc … Acupuncture identifies the body human as a complete whole in which all spheres of being converge, making it easy to treat ailments that are difficult to attack or even detect in most medical disciplines.
The KOSA system
The Karuna Do center is the home in our country of the KOSA system. The origin of the modern K.O.S.A system of acupuncture dates back 400 years. The exact date is unknown. Our system is based on studies performed by an ascetic known by the pseudonym Saahm, who is said to have spent thirteen years locked in a cave in order to develop four acupuncture formulas based on Yin-Yang and Five Elements, with which he was able to treat his patients by repairing the internal functions of the organs, thereby attacking the root of the diseases and managing to help thousands of people who had not been treated before. After this process was completed, Saahm implemented his findings with great success, gaining great fame and recognition in the times of the Chosun Korean Dynasty. Unfortunately, at death, the Saahm ascetic was buried with all his books and writings, thus losing the purity of his knowledge, although a fraction of it survived due to the existence of other great Korean acupuncturists. they were able to understand part of their treatments. It was not until the 1950’s that the Korean acupuncturist Lee Jae Won succeeded in locating the Saahm ascetic’s tomb, unearthed his writings, and created the only school in which he developed himself. still teaches today the complete system of the Saahm ascetic. Master Lee was given the pseudonym SohGok. This school was continued by its leading student, Kim Hyung gwan, who received the pseudonym SaahOk, and who distinguished this school from the others that teach Acupuncture Methods based on incomplete parts of this system, added the word “orthodox” to its description, which is why, today, we know the old Saahm ascetic system with the modern name Orthodox Korean Orthodox Acupuncture Saahm, or its acronym KOSA.
The origins of Acupuncture in Asia are not fully clear. In any case, Acupuncture has been developed for more than 3,000 years. The earliest recovered needles are made of stone and fish thorn and were found in Korea in August 1923.It is known that these needles were exported to China because of their superior quality. In the year 672, the Shilla Dynasty of Korea exported 400 needles to China (Tang Dynasty). In 692, the Shilla Dynasty of Korea founded a medical college, and two of its doctors promoted graduate doctors after receiving medical education: The Simple Question Classical, The Acupuncture Classic, the Pulse Classical , the Classic of the Difficulties and the Classic of the Light. Excerpts from Former Professor Wooyul Jung from his Contribution to the Minjok Oriental Medicine News: Sometime between 918 and 1392, according to the Korean Dynasty’s calendar, a doctor from that country traveled to China and there he practiced acupuncture. She split an inch-long hair (2.54 CM) into ten pieces, then inserted a needle inside one and showed attendees that her hair was hollow inside. Excerpted from Acupuncture Alliance News’s website: In 1903, Korea donated to China (Song Dynasty) the book, Korean Acupuncture and Moxibustion. In China, the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine appeared, which consisted of two parts, Simple Questions, which presents generalized discussion, and The Spiritual Axis, which focuses on. more closely on acupuncture and is based on the book Acupuncture Korean and Moxibustion.
Excerpted from Chosun Daily News website:
In 1285 a Korean physician, Kyungsung Sul, from the Korean Dynasty, was invited to China (Yuan Dynasty) and was honored by the emperor for managing to treat inveterate diseases that suffered both the emperor and his children. . All these ancient therapists thought that acupuncture worked through energetic currents of ethereal consistency. No one had shown that the channels and acupuncture really existed until Kim Bonghan, (1916 – 1966, North Korea) presented his thesis The Bonghan Canal and Egg of Life in 1961, in which he explains its discovery.
Acupuncture canals are a physical structure similar to a fiber optic cable but of very small diameter. Through them circulates a fluid that he called “Early Fluid”.
What follows is a summary of his research and of others who have rediscovered Dr. Theories Kim.
Article summaries by David Milbradt, L.A. appeared on their website:
In November 2007, a group of Korean researchers led by Kwang Sub Soh (Doctor of Medicine) rediscovered microscopic filiform anatomical structures that correspond to the current acupuncture channels. Acupuncture canals are no longer imaginary lines but specific anatomical structures that have so far not been recognized by existing anatomical theories. These channels have been found within the blood and lymphatic vessels and form networks that overlap the internal organs. Kim Bonghan’s findings have been confirmed by a series of studies in rats, rabbits and pigs. Stereomicroscopic and microscopic images of electron transmission published in research reports show junctions of tubular structures with a diameter of 30 to 100 µm (red blood cells have a diameter of 6 to 8 µm).
These structures have apparently remained hidden until now because they are virtually transparent and so thin that they are barely visible with a low-magnitude surgical microscope. They are also very easy to confuse with fibrin, which coagulates and darkens these structures when there is bleeding in dissected tissues. Now that they have been rediscovered, researchers are trying to establish their composition and function.
The tubular structures that make up the Bonghan Channels contain a fluid consisting of a large amount of hyaluronic acid, a substance that cushions and lubricates the joints, eyes, skin and even the heart valves. Small photos of DNA granules or microcells of about 1 µm in diameter containing highly reactive chromosomal material at stem cell staining have also been shown in the photographs. When these cells are differentiated and induced to separate, they grow to transform into cells in the three germ layers. These cells can be the source of pluripotent adult stem cells in our body, with the potential to transform into any other type of cell.
The passage of the incipient filiform structure through the lymphatic valves causes that the Bonghan Channels have been described like Fiber Optic Cables inside the organism. These channels may be capable of carrying a huge amount of information, beyond the limited and unidirectional signals transmitted by the nervous system or the diffused information transmitted by hormones within the bloodstream. A 2004 article explains how biofotons produced by animal tissues can be emitted by DNA cells to generate coherent light (like a laser) that is capable of transporting a huge amount of information through Bonghan Channels. The idea that acupuncture channels transmit light has been ratified in Russian research published in 1991. They found that the ability of the human body to transmit light is limited to the passage of these channels and their entrance and exit only. it is possible at acupuncture points.
These findings were ratified in 1992 in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and in 2005 in a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, in which Moxibustion and Infrared Thermography were used as the tracer techniques to determine the path Bonghan Channels follow. Kim Bonghan believed that the information transmission system through channels was responsible for embryo formation and growth control in all areas of the body. For this reason he conducted a series of investigations into the embryonic development of the carcass system in various animals. He discovered that a chicken embryo begins to develop the Bonghan Channels within 15 hours of conception.
It seems that communication through the Bonghan Channels directs the development of all internal organs and causes the return of critical information which creates the bonds that generate the bilateral symmetry of the organism. Embryology has a clear idea of only the early stages of fertilization and development. The unfertilized egg has a roof and a bottom, but there is no distinction between front and back or between left and right. An acupuncturist would say that the orientation of the Conception and Governance Channels has not been fully established. Without this primitive guiding axis, the embryo cannot develop. A stimulus must come from the outside world and this is what happens with the entry of sperm into the egg.
From that point on, a guideline, a channel from the point of entry of the sperm to the roof and bottom of the cell, is defined. The first time the fertilized Egg of Life splits into two new cells, it does so through this newly formed channel. These investigations are continuing to shed new light on the mechanisms of action of acupuncture.
The use of acupuncture points can be done using different techniques. The most common is the insertion of needles, but other tools can be used to obtain different results. In some cases they are very useful. Karuna Do complements your acupuncture sessions when necessary using some complementary techniques.
The application of moxa, a substance made from the Artemisa absinthium (Artemisa) plant, which can be combusted to absorb its properties through the skin. Moxa’s action tones and heats the area where it is applied, which may include acupuncture points or simply sore, stagnant or injured areas. It also allows to reduce inflammations effectively and permanently. Since the application of moxa on the surface allows the heat generated by the inflammation to be extracted from the body. Finally, modern studies have shown how the application of moxa in a specific area facilitates that the blood circulating in this area receives much more oxygen, thus constituting a growth factor. In this way, moxibustion allows to treat all types of pain and pathologies.
The most appreciated use of moxibustion in the Taoist tradition is part of the so-called Great Medicine, that is, the medicine used to treat future diseases and extend life.
One of the best-known uses of moxa today is that performed in pregnancies in which the baby prepares to be born from the ass. Using moxa at specific acupuncture points allows it to be repositioned and born from the front. This is a use that has been referred by some midwives who did not have adequate training and who have even proposed to future mothers to self-apply moxa. Karuna Do wants to warn that the use of moxa, as well as that of any acupuncture material should be performed by a qualified acupuncturist.
Moxa can be applied in different ways depending on what is required of it:
Direct moxibustion with base: A larger piece of moxa is applied to a specific area by placing it on a base traditionally made of garlic or ginger, depending on the properties that need to be applied. This system is very effective in the treatment of abscesses, warts, fat deposits and skin or subcutaneous problems.
Hot Needle: Use of larger fragments of moxa applied together with an acupuncture needle. The skin surrounding the needle insertion point absorbs a significant amount of moxa. The effect of artemisin also reaches semi-deep areas of the organism through the needle. Useful for treating internal inflammations, tissue agglomerations and parasitic infectious problems such as cystitis.
Ito Thermie: Use of moxa indirectly but very close. It is done using a cylindrical application that includes a special moxa cartridge. Once the cartridge is turned on, the cylinder is applied to the skin by performing a specific massage. This is a gentle technique that reduces some pain, reduces inflammation and provides a feeling of well-being and relaxation very pleasant.
Indirect Moxibustion: moxa in the form of a cigar rolled with a paper or charred in the form Very gentle technique of heat application using of a cigar. It reduces some pain and helps restore blood flow and qi less effectively than they did before. Its use is limited to providing well-being and relaxation. Karuna Do uses this technique rarely since its capacity is lower.
Before the appearance of some products labeled as moxa that have been found to contain several types of herbs other than artemisa that do not present any health benefits, Karuna Do wants to make a patent that only uses moxa made from Korean made up of 100% artemisa.