I’ve been visiting Dr. Yoon’s Acupuncture Clinic recently for some digestive issues and wanted to share my experience for others interested in trying this treatment. Dr. Yoon’s Clinic is located near Itaewon on Kyunglidan road, close to Noksapyeong Station.
Very briefly, acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is used to access the energy meridians of the body. It is believed that when there is a blockage of energy flow, an illness or symptom occurs. The acupuncture needles are placed at specific acupuncture points to restore the energy flow and bring balance back to the body.
Acupuncture can be used for a variety of ailments including pain conditions (headaches, muscle aches, dental pain), digestive issues, infertility and to generally improve and balance energy throughout the body.
What to Expect
Booking an appointment is not necessary for this clinic. When you walk in, the receptionist will ask if it is your first time. If it is, just complete a simple form. The waiting time is minimal. I’ve been to the clinic first thing in the morning and around lunch time and I’ve never had to wait more than five minutes. I’m not sure how long the wait time would be in the evening though.
Next, you will meet with Dr. Yoon in his office. His English level was adequate for me to explain my symptoms and answer the questions I had. He also places his fingers on the pulse point on your wrist to check your pulse. The consultation is very quick.
Afterwards, you’ll be directed to the treatment room at the back. The room has about 10 heated beds which are each surrounded by a curtain so that you can relax in privacy. The assistants will make you feel comfortable while you wait for Dr. Yoon. The areas he places the acupuncture needles depends on the treatment you are having, but generally they are all over. So don’t be surprised to have needles on your feet, hands or head! The needles are extremely thin, so you will only feel a tiny pinch, if anything. Sometimes I feel a tingling sensation that spreads around the area. I think it’s a very pleasant sensation. The amount of needles varies according to your case, but for me, I had about 10.
The treatment lasts 15-30 minutes. Since you’re sitting on a bed with needles poking out of you, you can’t really move. This is a perfect opportunity to relax on the heated bed and focus on how this therapy can benefit you. I usually visualise the energy travelling through by body healing whatever needs healing. But sometimes I fall asleep.
After the needles are removed, you can pick up your herbal medicine at the front desk. It’s usually in a powdered form that you add to hot water. The herbs are chosen according to your condition. Don’t expect a delicious drink, it is medicine afterall! Generally it is taken three times a day.
The amount of visits depends on your condition. For my digestive issues, I went three days in a row and will go again on Monday.
What to Prepare
Bring your ARC if you have one. If you do not have National Insurance, the price will be higher but still affordable.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. I had to roll up my pants past my knees which I found uncomfortable, so I wore shorts for my next appointment.
How Much Does it Cost?
These prices are just based on my experience. The price quoted for you may be different according to your treatment plan, but I think this is average. I’ve been to a few acupuncture clinics in Seoul and this one is slightly more expensive. I think it’s because it is based centrally in Seoul whereas the other clinics I visited were not.
My first visit was about 10,000 won. That included the consultation and the herbal medicine.My second visit was about 5,000 won because I only had the acupuncture treatment.My third visit was about 7,000 won for the acupuncture and a refill of the herbal medicine.
Dr. Yoon’s is located on the main Kyunglidan road at the intersection near the bottom of the hill. It’s on the second floor.
Incase it’s difficult to read the business card, the hours are:
Monday, Friday: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, Holidays: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The phone number is 2-790-9577
The website has some english – http://www.dryoonskin.com
I hope this post was useful for those curious about acupuncture and what to expect. I’m not an expert in this field but enjoy the benefits of the treatment. After my first visit my bloating significantly reduced and I can feel my digestive power starting to return.