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Using Creativity to Further the Healing Arts

by Stuart C. Marmorstein, DC

This article first appeared in Natural Awakenings Magazine, Houston in the September, 2007 issue.

As natural healing arts mature, they can become inbred and stodgy. Institutions that train practitioners do need to produce graduates who perform to certain professional standards when they are turned loose on the public they aim to heal. The downside: Many practitioners haven't learned to experiment, innovate or create new forms of healing. Successful senior practitioners, seeking to create clones of themselves, often teach postgraduate classes with the belief that their personal philosophies and techniques represent the only path to Heaven. Fortunately, there will always be scientists ready to joyfully and rebelliously explore and create new frontiers in healing.

Most of a seminar I took in the use of Cold Laser Therapy was about using cold lasers (which don't cut or burn) as a physical therapy device to help relieve pain in damaged tissues. The teacher touched on a new procedure that used the laser on Korean Hand Acupuncture points, and recommended a class taught by a colleague of his, Dr. Stephen Stiteler.

When I took Dr. Stiteler's class, it opened whole new worlds for me. Dr. Stiteler has three doctorates: an N.M.D. (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine), an O.M.D. (Doctor of Oriental Medicine) and a D.Hom. (Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine). Since he is a licensed acupuncturist who has studied in China, Korea and Japan and who has taught in American acupuncture colleges, it was amazing to hear that he no longer uses acupuncture needles in his practice. Instead, using the same type of laser I have with a special attachment, he treats each acupuncture point for a minute.

One of his teachers is a national hero in Korea: Dr. Tae Woo Yoo. Dr. Yoo (O.M.D. and Ph.D.) researched and developed an acupuncture method that works with points located on the hand only. His works have been translated into many languages, and he has spoken in symposia around the world. Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) doesn’t require the patient to disrobe and is safe to use during pregnancy. There are no "forbidden points" as there are in full-body Chinese acupuncture. And did I mention that it is wildly effective? Other doctors participating in Dr. Stiteler’s seminar got dramatic improvements in range of motion within minutes along with almost instant pain reduction.

Dr. Stiteler encourages his students to provide press tabs (small magnetic, gold, or silver pellets with an adhesive back) to their patients for home use. The magnetic tabs are very effective for pain, and the gentler gold and silver tabs can be used to correct acupuncture meridian imbalances. Why provide the tabs? If the patient can have passive treatment every day for an hour at home, between office visits, he or she will respond faster.

Dr. Stiteler’s Korean Hand Energetics seminars include one more major element—the use of complex homeopathic formulas to restore balance to the organs and meridians. Dr. Stiteler’s homeopathic formulas dramatically improve the results over using the Korean Hand Therapy points alone. Buckminster Fuller said, "When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." This creative synthesis of ancient oriental medicine, modern laser therapy and homeopathy is a surprisingly beautiful meld. It also serves as a model of what can be done when practitioners from different schools of healing step out of their comfortable boxes to learn from each other.