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Kim Yoo

Acupuncturist

Dr. Kim Yoo is a top Acupuncturist in Leawood, KS. With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to her specialty, she is an expert in changing the lives of her patients for the better through her designated cause and expertise, and is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in the field of TCM, Dr. Yoo is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. She embodies the values of communication, safety, and trust and is a true asset to her field and dedicated to the profession of natural medicine.
Kim Yoo
Specializes in:
  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Leawood, KS
  • Accepting new patients

Should I go for dry needling or acupuncture?

If you have chronic pain I would suggest acupuncture. Dry needling is mainly used for acute pain and deals only with relieving the specific area and not the root of the problem. READ MORE
If you have chronic pain I would suggest acupuncture. Dry needling is mainly used for acute pain and deals only with relieving the specific area and not the root of the problem. Acupuncture addresses the pain, the root of the pain and also balances the whole body and mind so that you are your best and healthiest for continued wellness. Your sleep, mental clarity and energy will be improved and any issues with other areas also will be addressed. The cost of both treatments is similar but with acupuncture you get the benefit of 3000 years of practice, a physician with a four year post-graduate education, and a whole body and mind balance/treatment. Dry needling does not require any formal education and often provides at most, temporary relief. It seems that dry needling is good for muscle aches and pains from improper exercise and minor sports strains and pulls. It is also worth mentioning that if not done properly, dry needling can be quite painful.

When is acupuncture not recommended?

Because acupuncture enables the body to function optimally, there really aren't conditions that it can't help, however there are conditions that may need more extensive treatment. READ MORE
Because acupuncture enables the body to function optimally, there really aren't conditions that it can't help, however there are conditions that may need more extensive treatment. We often work hand-in-hand with doctors, nurses and physical therapists to give the patient what they need to heal quickly and completely.

Does having acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture isn't "painful" but you can at times feel the insertion of the needles. It feels at most like a pinch and resolves within seconds. Even children lose their fear after READ MORE
Acupuncture isn't "painful" but you can at times feel the insertion of the needles. It feels at most like a pinch and resolves within seconds. Even children lose their fear after the initial treatment. Keep in mind the patient is always in control and we will discontinue the needling if they are fearful or uncomfortable. In that case, we can finish with cupping to complete the treatment and try again at the next visit.

Can acupuncture help with the cold?

Absolutely, acupuncture will help the body to make the best use of your medications, allowing the body to heal faster.

My son has awful shoulder pain. How can I help him?

I would suggest physical therapy, stretching and/or yoga. I would guess that he is having growing pains and stretching the area will bring blood and energy into the tissues which READ MORE
I would suggest physical therapy, stretching and/or yoga. I would guess that he is having growing pains and stretching the area will bring blood and energy into the tissues which will allow for growth and healing. Acupuncture would do the same thing if he is open to it.

How can acupuncture help my lower back pain?

You most likely have inflammation in your low back due to carrying and the delivery of your baby. Acupuncture eliminates stagnant blood and energy and also the inflammation, reducing READ MORE
You most likely have inflammation in your low back due to carrying and the delivery of your baby. Acupuncture eliminates stagnant blood and energy and also the inflammation, reducing pain and allowing the new blood and energy to return and heal the area. This is a condition I treat daily and get excellent results with.

Can acupuncture help with TMJ?

It really depends on the nature of your condition. If it is structural - displacement of the jaw or disc - that will need to be addressed before acupuncture will have a lasting READ MORE
It really depends on the nature of your condition. If it is structural - displacement of the jaw or disc - that will need to be addressed before acupuncture will have a lasting effect. If it is inflammation that is causing your pain then acupuncture will certainly help.

I have arthritis, and I'm considering acupuncture. Will it help?

It depends on your specific condition, health and overall lifestyle, but I treat quite a lot of knee pain and/or arthritis and get very good results. That being said, I will normally READ MORE
It depends on your specific condition, health and overall lifestyle, but I treat quite a lot of knee pain and/or arthritis and get very good results. That being said, I will normally also suggest a good diet and exercise, and may also recommend supplementation, if necessary. My treatment protocol is three treatments and then reassess, with the goal of elimination of pain and increased movement and function. Acupuncture is not going to get rid of arthritis but the combination of my suggestions will reduce inflammation, which reduces pain and allows increased movement, stopping or greatly slowing the progression of the disease.

How effective are acupressure slippers?

I am not familiar with acupressure slippers but I would assume they would be more likely to follow reflexology theories than Chinese Medicine(TCM)/acupuncture. I assume the stimulation READ MORE
I am not familiar with acupressure slippers but I would assume they would be more likely to follow reflexology theories than Chinese Medicine(TCM)/acupuncture. I assume the stimulation is on the bottom of the feet and there is only one common acupuncture point located there in TCM.

Does acupuncture help in treating depression?

Yes, we treat depression quite a lot and get very good results. Our initial treatment is acupuncture and possibly cupping. If the condition warrants, we may also add an herbal READ MORE
Yes, we treat depression quite a lot and get very good results. Our initial treatment is acupuncture and possibly cupping. If the condition warrants, we may also add an herbal formula, combined with the acupuncture treatment to achieve and maintain balance. Most patients feel better after the first treatment and then continue to improve. Each person heals at their own pace, but, given her age, she should balance quickly.

Thanks for your inquiry!

Dr. Yoo

Can acupuncture help in treating lower back pain?

Back pain is relatively easy to resolve with acupuncture, however, because it is related to work, you may need to return occasionally to maintain - unless you want to quit your READ MORE
Back pain is relatively easy to resolve with acupuncture, however, because it is related to work, you may need to return occasionally to maintain - unless you want to quit your job ;) .

Can insomnia be treated with acupuncture?

One of the first things patients tell me after their first treatment is that their sleep is better and mental clarity is improved. I would strongly suggest that you try acupuncture READ MORE
One of the first things patients tell me after their first treatment is that their sleep is better and mental clarity is improved. I would strongly suggest that you try acupuncture before medication. It can be difficult getting off of sleep medications and there are often many side-effects.

Is it safe for me to continue my acupuncture during pregnancy?

Absolutely. There are points we avoid during pregnancy, but most points are perfectly safe and can help increase energy and reduce symptoms such as nausea and appetite, especially READ MORE
Absolutely. There are points we avoid during pregnancy, but most points are perfectly safe and can help increase energy and reduce symptoms such as nausea and appetite, especially in the first and last trimesters.

Why do I have so much gas and bloating?

It's difficult to say without knowing more about your overall health, diet and habits, but typically it's from too many carbs in the evening or foods that aren't digesting properly. READ MORE
It's difficult to say without knowing more about your overall health, diet and habits, but typically it's from too many carbs in the evening or foods that aren't digesting properly. Try eliminating carbs after 3pm and see if it helps. If not try eliminating foods you feel may be the culprit for 10 days (one at a time). Acupuncture can help regain balance and calm your center.

My wife has no drive for sex. Will acupuncture be able to help at all?

Yes, acupuncture can help sex drive. I might also suggest trying red maca root. It has helped many of my patients.

Can acupuncture help me in managing stress?

I treat stress daily and with nearly every patient. Acupuncture calms the mind and allows you to be in control of your stressors instead of feeling like you are controlled by READ MORE
I treat stress daily and with nearly every patient. Acupuncture calms the mind and allows you to be in control of your stressors instead of feeling like you are controlled by them. It helps with sleep and mood as well.