South County Acupuncture
Who We Are
South County Acupuncture is located in South County, Rhode Island. By using Traditional Oriental Medicine, we provide safe, intensive treatments customized to heal your unique pains and conditions, and improve your overall health and well-being.
"Rather than treating the body, we are assisting the patient's body to heal itself".
Your Acupuncture Practitioner
Heena Choi, DAOM
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Following in the footsteps of her mother, Heena is a second generation Oriental Medicine Practitioner. She immigrated with her family from South Korea to the U.S. when she was a junior in high school. She graduated from the University of Maryland, and then went on to study the Master's Program of Oriental Medicine at Emperor's College in Santa Monica, CA. After graduating from the Master's Program in 2006, she did an externship at the department of Oriental Medicine at Kyung Hee University General Hospital in South Korea.
Upon returning to the United States, Heena then started her own practice. At the same time, she worked for Virginia University of Integrative Medicine, VA as a clinic practitioner and supervisor. She treats patients with various conditions, from muscular pains to internal problems. She combines her knowledge of Western and Eastern medicine to help patients heal effectively. She now lives in South Kingstown with her husband, two children and an active dog.
Conditions We Treat
We offer acupuncture and herb treatment for disorders including, but not limited to, the following
Rotator Cuff Strain
Low back pain
Tennis / golfer's elbow
General muscle pain
Post menopausal problems
Treatments We Apply
Acupuncture is broadly used for exterior and interior problems, at levels ranging from chronic to acute severity. Acupuncture needles are safe, ultra thin and flexible. They are inserted in various locations along trigger points, reflex points, and meridian points of the body to open up energy blockages, to create a balance within the body and to increase regular blood circulation. In addition, needle stimulations release the brain's natural endogenous opioids which reduces pain.
Guasha is a Traditional Oriental Medicine method that is applied to your skin using scraping strokes. By rubbing the surface of the trigger point, Guasha breaks up the congested energy, reduces inflammation and increases blood flow.
Unlike Guasha, cupping works as a type of deep-tissue massage. By blocking blood flow under the capillary bed temporality (ischemic compression), cupping releases muscle pain, reduces inflammation, increases blood flow and mobilizes soft tissues.
We offer traditional Asian herbal formulas, both patented and custom formulated. Instead of applying one single substance to our body, a mixture of whole root, bark, flower and seeds of the plants are integrated gradually and organically to balance our inner system with minimal side-effects.