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San Yeom is our registered Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner. San was born in South Korea in 1967. His career in acupuncture and oriental medicine began in 2003. San now runs Auckland City Acupuncture and is an extremely experienced and skilled acupuncturist and herbalist. You can check San out online at

Please note if you are currently covered by ACC your Acupuncture treatments are $10 only per visit. Please call or email the clinic to make appointments. Non ACC treatments are $80 for an hour session or you can buy a concession of 4 treatments for $260.00.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic medical system that seeks to heal the root of dis-function or disease. It has been practiced for over 3000 years, making it one of the oldest & most widely used systems of medicine in the world. Recent advances in Western Medicine are only now beginning to affirm the wisdom of this ancient healing system that integrates mind, body, spirit, nutrition, lifestyle and energy fields.

What is Acupuncture? 
Acupuncture is part of the holistic system of medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has been used in China for the past 3000 years and is now widely practiced throughout the world. It is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well-being.

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It's based on the theory that energy, called chi (say "chee"), flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when something blocks or unbalances your chi.  Acupuncture is a way to unblock or influence chi and help it flow back into balance.
Acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into your skin at certain points on your body. This is done to influence the energy flow. Sometimes heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is used along with needles. 
 Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the body.  To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus, which when detected by the body, produces a response via the brain and central nervous system. This response may include the release of endorphins, hormones, or other natural chemicals allowing natural healing of a very broad range of disorders both physical and psychological.

Conditions Treated

Pain & Injuries (covered by ACC)

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Elbow Pain (Tennis/Golf Elbow)

Breathing Problems:

  • Breathlessness, Sinusitis, Asthma, Wheezing, Allergic Rhinitis

Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety, Depression

Digestive Problems

  • Constipation, Diarrhoea, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Abdominal masses

Women’s Health

  • Infertility, morning sickness, breech babies, pregnancy induction, menopause, dysmennorhoea, period pain

Skin Problems

  • Eczema, itching skin

Circulatory Problems

  • High blood pressure, low blood pressure, nose bleeding

Health Tune Up

  • Low energy, fatigue, Insomnia, Sports performance, male infertility

Treatment Method

Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. 
The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.

Gua Sha
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in traditional medicine. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation in which the skin is pressed with a piece of jade; that results in the appearance of small red patches. It should fade in 2-4 days. Gua Sha can be used to prevent and treat diseases and strengthen the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture painful?

No. Acupuncture needles are ultra fine and when inserted correctly the needles can barely be felt, except when they are stimulated leading to a heavy, tingling or electric sensation. These feelings are sometimes perceived as unusual but not painful.

What happens in a typical acupuncture treatment?

After each needle is inserted, you may feel nothing, or mild numbness, heaviness, or slight tingling. The needles will be left in for 20-30 minutes while you relax and are then withdrawn. The whole treatment takes approximately 40 minutes.

How will I feel after acupuncture?

Most people experience a sense of relaxation or tiredness after a treatment. To assist the treatment it is advisable that you allow your body to rest, ensure that you drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.

How soon will I feel improvements?

Some people can feel improvements from the very first treatment, for others it may take longer. In many cases if the condition has been worsening for a long period of time, healing will similarly take time.

How many acupuncture treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required will differ for every person according to the duration, severity, and nature of the condition. No two conditions, or people, respond exactly the same. Depending on the type of condition being treated it may be useful to have a follow up treatment after the main course of treatment has been completed.

Before your appointment?

Your pulse and tongue are checked to assist with diagnosis, therefore it is important that you avoid the following at least one hour prior to your appointment:
- alcoholic beverages
- drinks containing caffeine
- meals or snacks
- cleaning/brushing your tongue with a toothbrush

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