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Comprehensive Services

Experience transformative healing through acupuncture, herbal remedies, and personalized approaches for your unique body type. Discover the path to holistic wellness with TAO OF MEDICINE.

Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a biology-based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual's illness. A diagnosis can be the result of more than one cause.

Functional medicine is rooted in a holistic approach based on people's nutrition and diets.

Holistic Healing With Acupuncture in Santa Monica

Discover the ancient art of acupuncture at TAO OF MEDICINE in Santa Monica, where they strive to harmonize your body's energy for optimal well-being. Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points along meridians, redirecting and unblocking stagnant qi to promote balance. Their approach is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, focusing on acupoints associated with different organs or systems.

Understanding How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture influences the body in profound ways. Research suggests that needling specific acupoints can deactivate parts of the brain associated with pain processing, leading to tangible relief. The practice also affects the limbic system, diminishing the emotional aspects of the pain experience. Moreover, acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, contributing to its efficacy.

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Conditions Treated With Acupuncture

TAO OF MEDICINE, led by Dr. Hoon Kim, offers acupuncture services in Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Our holistic and natural approach is suitable for various conditions, as recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Allergies/Asthma

  • Ankle/Foot Pain

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Arthritis/Joints Pain

  • Back Pain

  • Bladder/Kidney Problems

  • Constipation/Diarrhea (IBS)

  • Colds/Influenza

  • Cough/Bronchitis

  • Digestive Disorders(SIBO,IBS,GERD)

  • Dizziness/Nausea

  • Facial Pain/TMJ/Bell's Palsy

  • Facial Rejuvenation

  • Fatigue(Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

  • Fertility/IVF Adjunct Support

  • Headache/Migraine

  • Hypertension

  • Immune System Disorders

  • Knee Pain

  • Menopause Symptoms

  • Premenstrual Syndrome(PMS)

  • Nausea/Vomiting

  • Neck Pain

  • Shoulder Pain(Frozen Shoulder)

  • Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMJ)

  • Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Postoperative Pain(Scar tissues)

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Skin Disorders(Eczema, Psoriasis)

  • Sinusitis/Rhinitis

  • Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Tennis Elbow/Carpal Tunnel

Verified Safety and Efficacy

Acupuncture is considered safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles. Research from organizations such as the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) supports its safety and advocates for further research.

Herbal Medicine

Unlock Nature's Healing Power With Herbal Medicine in Santa Monica

TAO OF MEDICINE offers herbal medicine services that go beyond symptom relief, aiming to address the root cause of your health concerns. Their approach involves a comprehensive Eastern examination and differentiation based on the eight principles (yin, yang, exterior, interior, hot, cold, deficiency, excess).

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Formulating Your Herbal Medicine

Dr. Hoon Kim, through precise Eastern diagnosis, identifies blockages and designs a treatment plan to balance your energy system. The formula is then tailored to your specific needs, drawing from a vast selection of over 6000 herbs recorded in the dictionary of Chinese herbal medicine. As your response to the herbs is monitored, prescriptions may be adjusted to optimize your progress.

How Herbs Work Internally

Herbs work internally to regulate and balance the body's vital energy. Available in various forms, including pills, capsules, powders, and decoctions, herbal remedies are customized to address both symptoms and the root causes. The herbal tea, although bitter, aligns with the Asian saying, “the good medicine is bitter to your tongue.”

Comprehensive Consultations

For the most effective herbal remedy, get a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Kim. This ensures that the herbal prescriptions are precisely formulated to meet your unique health needs.

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Nutrition Services

We develop a good nutrition plan and will determine what nutrients a person needs and how to achieve that with whole foods and supplements. We also assess your nutrition plans the focus will be on your daily intake of vitamins and minerals to ensure a balanced lifestyle.

Discover Your Unique Body Type With Sasang Constitutional Medicine

TAO OF MEDICINE introduces Sasang constitutional medicine, a traditional Korean approach founded by Jae-Ma Lee. Unlike Western medicine, which often overlooks individual constitution, Sasang medicine recognizes distinct patterns in each constitutional type. By understanding your predisposed weaknesses and strengths, they tailor treatments using Chinese herbs to enhance your body's self-healing power.

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Understanding Sasang Constitutional Medicine

Major distinctions in the body are formed during the incubation period of life, influencing constitution, physiology, pathology, emotional orientation, and nature. Four body types emerge based on imbalances between the lungs, pancreas, liver, and kidney. Sasang medicine focuses on treating various conditions specific to each body type, leading to quicker and longer-lasting effects.

Enhancing Self-Healing Power

Chinese herbs are utilized to treat conditions by improving the body's self-healing power, rather than directly targeting manifested diseases. This holistic approach considers the person as a whole, providing effective and enduring results.

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Experience Therapeutic Congestion Relief with Cupping

TAO OF MEDICINE offers cupping therapy, an ancient practice that induces local congestion through negative pressure created by heat. Known as the “horn method” in ancient China, cupping therapy can provide relief and promote healing.

Qigong & Exercise

Rejuvenate Mind and Body with Qigong and Therapeutic Exercise

Explore the benefits of Qigong, a practice that has evolved over nearly 5,000 years. At TAO OF MEDICINE, they offer Qigong as a health maintenance exercise, combining gentle, rhythmic movements with mental imagery and breath control to harmonize the mind and body.

Benefits of Qigong

Qigong regulates the equilibrium in the nervous system, promotes normal organ functions, and builds inner strength, enhancing resistance to diseases. It improves respiratory function, aids digestion, and contributes to emotional balance and concentration.

Circulation, Blood Pressure, and Metabolism

Qigong exercises enhance blood circulation and can be used to adjust blood pressure. They promote digestion, speed up metabolism, and help maintain a healthy body weight. Qigong's effects extend to the nervous system, respiratory system, digestive system, and emotional well-being.

Customized Practices for Individual Needs

With over 3,000 forms of Qigong, they tailor the practice to individual needs. Whether you're a beginner or seeking advanced Qigong practices, the TAO OF MEDICINE provides guidance to integrate movement and stillness for optimal health benefits.

Qigong Anesthesia and Scientific Validation

Experience the Healing Power of Medical Qigong

Medical Qigong, recognized as a standard medical technique in Chinese hospitals since 1989, is offered at TAO OF MEDICINE. Dr. Hoon Kim combines this ancient practice with modern insights, providing a holistic approach to health.

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National Recognition and Regulation

Since 1996, the Chinese government has officially managed Qigong through regulation, listing it as part of their National Health Plan. Medical Qigong treatment is included in the curriculum of major universities in China, reflecting its efficacy and relevance in modern healthcare.

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Complementing Acupuncture for Enhanced Results

Dr. Kim seamlessly integrates Medical Qigong with acupuncture therapy, projecting qi directly into inserted needles. This synergistic approach maximizes the therapeutic impact, promoting balance and harmony within the body.

Embark on a holistic journey at TAO OF MEDICINE, where ancient wisdom meets modern healing practices. Call (310) 401-3347 to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Hoon Kim and unlock the potential of natural healing.