MANILA – The non-invasive Oriental medicine approach utilizes acupuncture and chiropractice
AT THE KAYA KOREAN RESTAURANT, A lecture-demonstration by
Host was Kathy Park, owner of the Kaya Restaurant in Bel-Air (tel. 8950862), and she set the mood by telling the audience she had just had herself treated in November, had previously spent hundreds of thousands on Botox until she discovered the noninvasive type of treatment from Dr. Kim. She showed off her impeccable face that, to those who had known her, was many years younger. Forever young, she quipped.
With the aid of an interpreter, Dr. Kim talked about his practice in nonsurgical face-lifting that makes use of acupuncture (the insertion of fine needles to stimulate the flow of vital energy at certain points of the body) in combination with chiropractice (the manipulation of the spine, joints and soft tissues) familiar to many who have witnessed sports-related ailments.
Both acupuncture and chiropractice, expectedly, are still considered alternative medicine by practitioners of mainstream medicine and science. But
The field of cosmetic beautification and enhancement worldwide has grown by leaps and bounds since a mere 30 years ago when patients went under the knife for facelifts, bust augmentation, nose lifts, chin reduction, hair loss, removal of wrinkles, eye treatments, buttock lifts, obesity, vagina plastic surgery. All these are today possible using his noninvasive nonsurgical method,
Most of us in the audience were women (plus a sprinkling of men, including actor
He started working on the jaw, inserted acupuncture needles with stems inside her mouth and told her to bite on the stems. He later worked on the side of her face that was sagging and had defined laugh lines: With a single fine needle, he started massaging and manipulating her chin. Then it was all over and he asked the audience for comments.
This idea of making the body heal itself is endemic to Chinese and Asian practices. In the Orient there has been traditional resistance to tampering with what God has given. That is why many still prefer going to a “hilot” for body pains, drinking organic herbal juices for various ailments, taking a beauty bath in carabao milk, treating minor itchiness and allergies with guava leaves. Medical tourism records show that the West has likewise been invaded by this thinking.
Foreign visitors to Singapore for cosmetic medical tourism in 2007 was around 350,000, which has more than tripled today. Thailand had around 750,000 in 2008, which now should be around 1.5 million.
In contrast, South Korea had only 50,000 in 2009 even while the cost of similar treatment is 30 percent less than that in the US, and 60 percent less than that in Japan. The main problem, according to research, is that of language, a matter that
While not directly confronting traditional medicine,
We are suddenly reminded of the case of one show-biz wife whose problem now has been inadvertently divulged by her mom.
The main theory behind
In a demonstration of how the body points can rule one’s final appearance, he shows how the muscle beside the spinal cord can affect the appearance of one’s nose. “After stimulating the muscle two to three times a day for a couple of months, you will notice a marked difference in your nose’s appearance. ”