Dr. Kirsten Park, L.Ac
Dr. Park received her Master of Science from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2014 and subsequently went on to achieve her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2016 from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is a New Jersey board licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist and a designated Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Park also has experience with other modalities of Oriental medicine aside from acupuncture, such as cupping, gua-sha, tui-na, and Chinese herbs.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
From the Traditional Medical perspective, acupuncture is the manipulation of the body’s energy through the insertion of fine needles at specified points on the body with the goal of helping the body to heal and strengthen. This energy is referred to as Qi (pronounced Chee). When illness occurs it is an external manifestation of weak or disordered Qi.
Acupuncture helps to re-order and strengthen the Qi and thereby eliminate the underlying condition and the symptoms. Acupuncture is part of an ancient medical system that has been practiced for thousands of years, performed by inserting fine needles into specified points on the body. These points have different effects on the Qi and needling a particular point will effect a particular result. Generally, a number of points are selected based on the particular condition and the individual’s general constitution.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its findings regarding acupuncture in a publication titled “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” It states, generally speaking, acupuncture treatment is safe if performed properly by a well trained practitioner. Unlike many drugs, it is non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal.
It notes there are numerous conditions for which acupuncture has been shown to be effective. Those conditions include:
Low Back Pain
Restricted joint motion
Stimulation of Immune System
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)