ENGLEWOOD, N.J.-- The benefits of having acupuncture populates a long and impressive list, according to Une-Hi Song, a licensed acupuncturist in New Jersey.
She and her brother, Une-Ho Song, also licensed, provide the needle treatments for clients ranging from two to 92, though Une-Hi has treated a six-month-old with "pressure not needles" at Song & Acupuncture in Englewood.
From cosmetic, to weight issues, to fertility challenges, a long list of ailments are treated by Chinese medicine, said Une-Hi.
The siblings, and a staff of practitioners offer acupuncture, massage, cupping, moxibustion or moxa, and herbs to treat diseases, among a short list of therapies.
It begins with an extensive consultation that includes a health history and the presenting problem, Une-Hi explained.
The approach at Song & Acupower is to treat each person as an individual and restore the balance to the body and spirit, sleep and consciousness, fatigue and hyperactivity, cold and hot, nourishment and transformation, she said.
Une-Hi, 41, the older of the siblings - Une-Ho is 38 - entered the field of Chinese medicine first, after turns in two earlier professions, she recounted.
“I had a bachelor's in psychology and elementary education but didn’t want to teach so I got into the corporate world a few years out of college. I thought maybe I would study nutrition so I left there and then worked as fitness trainer. I did that for awhile then I knew I didn't want to do that the rest of my life,” Une-Hi recounted.
What happened next, changed her life, she maintained.
“A fellow trainer was doing acupuncture and introduced it to me. I had my first treatment for general muscle issues. I was in my 20s then and always worked out. Running was my best source of stress release. I’ve always been interested in the mind-body connection."
Une-Hi, who along with another sibling, was born in Korea, and was two when her family came to the United States. Their grandfather was an herbalist in Korea.
"My mom told stories how he used to go to the mountains and pick raw herbs and sell them to the pharmacies. So I was working as a trainer, and had an interest in nutrition and the background of herbs from my grandfather," she said, explaining how her new profession blended those interests.
"Then I had the acupuncture from my colleague. That day changed my life.” She went on to graduate with a master's from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She is a Diplomate in Acupuncture through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). And recently, Une-Hi became a certified nutrition health coach Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Une-Ho followed in her footsteps, said his sister.
He is also a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a certified herbalist in New Jersey; and a Diplomat in Acupuncture and Herbs through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Prior to practicing oriental medicine, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from New York University. Upon graduation, Une-Ho went to Korea. Living in a different country for the first time, he became very ill and lost over 20 pounds. That's when he was introduced to Oriental medicine.
In Korea, he shadowed acupuncturists specializing in pain, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, and gynecological disorders.
Growing up the siblings volunteered at a camp in Rochester for children who were adopted form Korea, said Une-Ho.
"We would visit them, cook, sing songs, and play games to give them the cultural experience."
Among services that would seem to appeal to most people, even those most reticent to try acupuncture, might be a 16-week "facial rejuvenation" acupuncture regimen said to take five years of aging off the face.
There are also whole body treatments for pain.
Clients even get a complimentary 20-minute massage after their treatments.