KHT is convenient because the healing action is accomplished through the hands, which most people can easily reach and see versus the greater difficulty of other micro systems like the foot and ear. KHT is safe and can be effectively applied by all ages for both acute and chronic pain problems. This article will be limited to pain reduction applications KHT, although the system can be applied to all medical conditions. Simplicity Itself Before you read the rest of this article, here is a summation of the entire process of self-healing: The entire body is represented on the hands as shown in Figure 1 Information concerning every problem, irregularity, discomfort, disease etc.
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KHT is convenient because the healing action is accomplished through the hands, which most people can easily reach and see versus the greater difficulty of other micro systems like the foot and ear. KHT is safe and can be effectively applied by all ages for both acute and chronic pain problems.
This article will be limited to pain reduction applications KHT, although the system can be applied to all medical conditions. Simplicity Itself Before you read the rest of this article, here is a summation of the entire process of self-healing: The entire body is represented on the hands as shown in Figure 1 Information concerning every problem, irregularity, discomfort, disease etc. The corresponding point can easily be located because it is very sensitive to pressing with a small probe, Figure 2 Pressing on the correct corresponding point will cause a reflex reaction such as jerking the hand, grimacing, saying, "oh, oh, oh" or some such act indicating that indeed the corresponding point has been pressed.
You can then maximize pain reduction by applying either a small metal disc, or a small magnet or hand needles as shown later in this article. The entire procedure can be repeated as needed until the body has harmonized and healed itself.
The body is like a giant holographic record. Every point in the body has real time information about the entire body.
Through the hands you can perform three basic functions: Assessment of current health and illness. Identification of the exact points on the hands that correspond to problems in the body. Treatment and resolution of problems identified through stimulation of hand corresponding points. The holographic mapping of the body on the hands used in KHT is the one discovered and tested by its founder, Dr.
He is a doctor of traditional oriental medicine in Korea. In the past, working on the micro-systems such as the hand or the foot has been called "reflex therapy" or "reflexology".
What is becoming apparent is that there are many, many patterns of the body mapped on the hands and that all of these overlap each other without interfering with the operation of any one of them. For example, in KHT, the little finger corresponds to the leg. Therefore, any leg problem, such as a spasm, will have a corresponding point on the little finger. However, in another system, the leg is represented on the middle finger and the spasm corresponding point can be found there.
Stimulation of the corresponding point in each system will give spasm and pain relief. Basic Principles The hands, as well as every other part of the body, contain many different representations of the body.
The patterns on the hands seem especially effective in accessing the energetics of the body for diagnosis and treatment due to the very high concentration of neurological connections between the hands and the brain. The practitioner must find the exact corresponding points.
If there is a strong pain or problem in the body, then the hand will reflect that situation with sensitivity levels correlated with actual body problem levels.
When the corresponding points on the hands are stimulated, the body initiates the healing process, including pain reduction. There are many methods to stimulate corresponding points and include: Pressing Infrared and far infrared heat Electric current, and many other methods Scope of KHT There are two sets of information mapped on the hands.
The first set is the correspondence of all of the organs and structures of the body, as shown in Figure 5. All physical aspects of the body can be accessed through these corresponding points. The second set of information is the entire body meridian system projected onto the hands in miniature form, Figure 6. All of the operations an acupuncturist performs on the body with needles can be done on the hands with or without needles.
Discussion and application of the meridian system will not be included here as this is beyond the scope of this article. If you look at your hand you can see a similarity between the fingers protruding from the hand and the arms and legs protruding from the trunk of the body.
Look at the relationship of the person walking on all fours and the hand shown in Fig. Fig 7 The relationship between the hand and the body The palm of the hand corresponds to the front of the body. Any pain experienced on your face, or front of your neck, chest , upper and lower abdomen, and the inside of your legs and arms the portion of your arms and legs not exposed to the sun , can be found on the palmer side of the hand.
See Figs. The tip of the middle finger corresponds to the very top of your head. The back surface of the head from the base of the skull to the top of the head corresponds to the third phalange from the last joint the distal or 3rd joint to the finger tip. See Figure 14 below. Cervical 2 to Cervical 7 all of the neck vertebra corresponds to the area from the 3rd distal joint to the 2nd joint proximal joint , as shown in Fig The first cervical, or axis vertebrae, is located in the soft tissue between the distal joint line and the cuticle of the finger nail of the middle finger.
If your problem is lateral to the left side of the mid-line, then the corresponding point will be located to the left of the midline of both hands. However, for left sided problems, search and treat on the left hand, and vice versa for right sided problems.
Keep in mind that the entire body correspondence is located on each hand. However, by experience, we find that using the hand on the same side of the midline for searching and treating produces a slightly better result.
The upper back includes T-1 to T The mid-back then includes T-9 through the tip of the coccyx, as shown in Fig. If you divide the length of the 3rd metacarpal hand bone from the 1st joint with the finger bone to the base end of the metacarpal near the wrist in half, then that point corresponds to the second Lumbar vertebra. Fig 18 How to Locate Lumbar Spine Any pain along the spine or in the muscles lateral to the spine can be easily located on the hands and treated. Arms The arm correspondences have a very logical relationship to the body.
From Figure 19 you can see that on the right hand, the ring finger corresponds to the right arm and on the left hand, the index finger corresponds to the right arm also. The dorsal top surface of the ring and index fingers corresponds to the top surface of the arms. The top surface can be defined as this: If both hands are held up in the air with finger tips pointed toward the sky, then the "tops" of the arms is that seen viewing from the back.
Conversely, the "bottom surface" is seen from the front view. The first joint between the hand and the finger bone corresponds to the shoulder joint. The second finger joint proximal joint corresponds to the elbow. The wrist joint corresponds to the last, 3rd, or distal joint of the finger. The thumb correspondence is on the middle finger side of the ring finger tip and the little finger correspondence is located on the little finger side of the finger tip, Figure Legs The leg correspondences have a very logical relationship to the body.
From Figure 21 you can see that on the right hand, the little finger corresponds to the right leg and on the left hand, the thumb corresponds to the right arm. The second finger joint proximal joint corresponds to the knee. The ankle joint corresponds the last, 3rd, or distal joint of the finger, Figure Feet The feet correspondences are located on your finger tips, from the last 3rd joint to end of the finger tips.
The big toe correspondence is on the middle finger side of the little finger tip and the little toe correspondence is located on the outside edge of the little finger tip, Figure Review Figures 19 through 21 to find the appropriate location on the fingers for arm and leg problems. The next step is to translate the body location to the corresponding hand location.
The final step is to systematically press the locating probe, one point at a time, over the small area where you expect to find the point. This procedure is the most difficult to express in words. If the pain or discomfort is one point on the body, then there will be one very precise point on the hand. On the other hand, if the pain is widespread and diffuse, then there will be a correspondingly wider area of tender points on the hand. See Figure 22 for the type of probe recommended for point location.
The stimulation can be of several types: mechanical pressure with tools or fingers, small metal disks tapped over the corresponding points, miniature acupuncture needles, magnetic pellets taped over the point, vibration, infrared and far infrared rays, seeds, color gels, to name a few.
The focus here will be on massage and the small disks taped over the corresponding points see Figures 23 through If the location is correct, the pain reduction effect is immediately noticeable. Point Finder Massage: Pressing and performing a rotating massage action with the small tip of the Point Probe is especially effective as your pressure can be focused on the exact corresponding points. Metal Pellets on tape backing as shown in Fig.
The metal pellets are made of Aluminum with a special non-toxic, anti-oxidizing coating. Taping the pellet over a corresponding point has an effect on the ion concentration at that location. The one exception is when the pain is due to tissue damage such as a torn rotator cuff in the shoulder or a tear in the meniscus in the knee. Keep this in mind as one possibility if your results are minimal. Probe Massage and Pellets: The best pain reduction effect can be achieved with the combination of first massaging the tender corresponding points with the Point Probe and then applying the metal pellet.
The presence of the pellet for the next 24 hours acts as a reminder to the brain-body system of the desired energetic pain reduction effect. Time of Pellet Application: The minimum time for pellet application for acute problems is 6 hours and 24 for chronic problems.
After 24 hours, remove the pellets and allow the skin to breathe. A good treatment strategy is to arrange a time each evening before bed to search and find the tender corresponding points on the hands and place the pellets over the corresponding points. In the morning, remove the pellets and save them on the end table for that evening.
This process may have to be repeated each night for as much as several months for lasting healing. Remember that the body heals on its own speed and not always on what we wish and hope for.
Clinical experience suggests that pellets should not be used for more than 7 days. The suggestion above to remove the pellets during the day and replace them is merely a practical consideration. They tend to come off due to hand washing, perspiration and simply use of the hands.
The palms are more difficult to retain pellets than the dorsal surface. Tape-Over Strategy: People sometimes find that if they remove the pellets, their pain returns, so they disregard any rules about removal and wear the pellets for a week or more at one time.
In order to accomplish this, it is helpful to tape over the pellets with a tape. See Figure 27 for an example of pellets secured with tape. To Press or Not to Press: There is some benefit to periodically massage your hand through the taped on pellets.
For example, every three hours press on the pellets with a circular massaging action from the opposite hand, as shown in Fig Then decide, on a ten point scale, where "0" is no pain and "10" is excruciating pain, where your pain level falls. Having done this, you are ready to search your hand for tender corresponding points.
Koryo Hand Therapy
KHT is gaining in popularity all around the globe, with training centers housed in 50 different countries, and counting. Created by a Korean acupuncturist in the early s, KHT uses theories from reflexology to heal a patient. In reflexology, a practitioner presses on specific points in the feet and hands — points that correspond to organs and systems in the body. The same principle applies in KHT. Points all over your two hands provide direct links to places inside the body.
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