Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in Chicago, IL

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Karen Kim, L.Ac

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Licensed Acupuncturist
Alternative Health Group
Acupuncture is the best known healing method of Chinese medicine.

It is the insertion of fine needles in points along meridians or channels through a person's skin at specific points on the body to various depths. It is used to help bring relief for a wide variety of ailments, from physical pain to depression and sleep disorders. Alternative Health Group is the leader in treating its patients with acupuncture for long lasting relief, the most medically referred acupuncture clinic in Chicago.

How does acupuncture work?

The needle's penetration near the pain point helps release the tension or pain in the sufferer. This insertion stimulates Qi (life force) to balance the body and help unify the body, mind and spirit. A healthy body and mind is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of "yin" and "yang" of Qi. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.

In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatment is based on pattern diagnosis of the sufferer and then appropriately restoring balance by insertion of the needles. Scientifically, acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated by needle insertion. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body's natural painkillers.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

It is safe and natural and no prescribed medication necessary.

There are very few side effects.

It can be effectively combined with other treatments.

It can control and manage some types of pain.

It may help patients for whom prescribed pain medications are not suitable.
Karen is a graduate of the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Illinois as well as a National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certified herbalist. She is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) and provides ear acupuncture as a part of a comprehensive model of care to help with addictions, PTSD, and behavioral health. She enjoys working with a variety of conditions such as emotional, stress-based conditions, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, and women’s health. She believes in building partnerships with clients to promote their better health and optimal well-being through compassionate care to achieve an individual’s balance of mind and body.
Practice Areas
 Acupuncture / Alternative Medicine  Gua Sha
 Aromatherapy  Homeopathic Medicine
 Auricular Acupuncture  Japanese Style Acupuncture
 Bodywork  Korean Hand Acupuncture
 Chi-Akra / Facial Acupuncture  Laboratory Testing
 Chinese Herbal Medicine  Lifestyle Counseling
 Chiropractic  Massage Therapy
 Classical Acupuncture (Five-Element)  Master Tung's Acupuncture
 Classical Acupuncture (Van Nghi)  Moxibustion
 Classical Acupuncture (Yuen)  Naturopathic Medicine
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Online / Video Consultation
 Cosmetic Acupuncture  Qigong
 CranioSacral Therapy  Shiatsu (Acupressure)
 Cupping  Tai Chi Chuan
 Dietary Therapy and Nutrition  Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
 Dr. Tan's Balance Method  Tuina
 Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
2209 W. North Ave
ChicagoIL 60647
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