Joshua Park, DSOM, L.Ac

I entered the East Asian Medicine field after a series of acupuncture and herbal treatments were able to permanently resolve a debilitating digestive illness. Since then, I have dedicated myself to empowering others to transform their lives and attain flourishing health with East Asian Medicine.

I received my doctorate at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where my training focused on the theory and application of classical medical texts. I then spent four years as part of the Division of Integrative Medicine at the Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida and have taught Korean Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine at Wongu University in Las Vegas. I currently practice in Orange County, California, at a clinic specializing in neurological conditions and autoimmune diseases.



Cultural, Classical, and Clinical Contexts for Saam Acupuncture


This presentation will discuss the theory and application of Saam acupuncture.
We will begin by situating Saam Acupuncture in the broader context of Korean history and Korean Medicine, highlighting the unique features of Korean Medicine and showing how these features are present in Saam Acupuncture. We will go on to review the energetics of Saam Acupuncture channels and prescriptions, with particular emphasis placed on psycho-emotional dynamics through the Three Levels of Human Needs theorized by Kim Hong Kyung (김홍경 金洪卿).

We will explore the application of Saam Acupuncture to treat commonly encountered conditions in the contemporary North American Clinic. Throughout the presentation we will be connecting the system of Saam Acupuncture to classical principles found in the Huangdi Neijing, the Nanjing, the Shang Han Lun, and the Korean Medical text Dongui Bogam.

In This Presentation We Will:

  • Explore common features of Korean Medicine, how the emphasis of Korean Medicine can differ from Chinese Medicine, and Saam Acupuncture fits into the broader landscape of Korean Medicine.
  • Investigate Kim Hong Kyung’s theory of the Three Levels of Human Needs, and how to approach psycho-emotional diseases with Saam Acupuncture.
  • Discover how the theories of Saam Acupuncture are rooted in the Neijing and other classical texts of East Asian Medicine
  • Discuss how to apply Saam Acupuncture to commonly encountered conditions in the North American clinic.