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Kim


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Kim


About Kim

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Kimberly Kuhn is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is excited to join the Art of Acupuncture.  She recently relocated to St. Petersburg from Santa Cruz California.    She specializes in dermatology, reproductive health (men and women) and orthopedics/pain management.  She also treats mental health conditions as well as a variety of internal medicine conditions.

Kim’s passion for holistic medicine and the healing arts started early in her life.  While pursuing her BA in psychology and her Masters in Social Work, she immersed herself in the exploration of the integration of Eastern and Western approaches to healing.  Kim deepened this knowledge and approach throughout the past 20 years during her career in the mental health field, most of which she spent in private practice as a psychotherapist with a commitment to providing collaborative and integrative healthcare.

This passion for integrative medicine ultimately led Kim to return to school to pursue her second Masters degree at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California.  To further expand her knowledge and skillset, she apprenticed with Holly Guzman, OMD for 4 years and also completed the world-renowned Dermatology Diploma course with Mazin Al-Khafaji.

Kim's Approach

Kim's passion for Chinese Medicine is fueled by the deep connection to nature and helping the body find balance and harmony within that aspect.  She integrates the use of acupuncture, herbs, supplements and uses food as medicine to return you to this natural, yet dynamic, place of balance. 

She believes that her patients intuitively are the true experts in understanding their body and state of wellness.  Whether you are seeking preventative care or are coming in to address a specific illness or health imbalance, Kim empowers each of her patients to draw on this intuition while providing guidance to assist you so that you can thrive in health and wellness. Kim values working collaboratively with her patients as well as any other health care providers her patients may already be working with in order to provide a truly integrative approach healthcare.

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Dermatology


Dermatology


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Chinese Medicine approach to Dermatology

The belief system behind Chinese medicine used to treat dermatological conditions is that the majority of skin diseases stem from internal imbalances. This means that our skin needs to heal from the inside out and that the treatment needs to match this perspective. For thousands of years Doctors of Chinese medicine have thus relied on herbal teas, custom made for the individual, as the primary method for healing the skin. Modern research confirms that this ancient practice is both safe and effective; offering long-term remission after the treatment is stopped.  Chinese medicine also uses topical treatments as well, to support the treatment and to assist in alleviating some of the symptoms related to skin issues. 

Specialized Training

Kim began studying Chinese Medicine Dermatology with Mazin Al-Khafaji in 2014 and just completed his Dermatology Diploma Course which was just offered in the United States for the first time.  Mazin is recognized as the leading experts in the field of dermatology and Chinese Medicine. Kim will soon be listed amongst an esteemed group of practitioners in the internationally accredited Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatology.

Examples of Conditions Treated:

Some of the skin conditions successfully treated include, but are not limited to:

  • Acne
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Dermatitis / Eczema (atopic, contact, nummular, perioral, pompholyx, seborrheic, etc)
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes Zoster / Shingles
  • Impetigo
  • Insect Bites
  • Lichen Planus
  • Lichen Simplex
  • Psoriasis
  • Pityriasis Rosea
  • Rosacea
  • Tinea
  • Vitiligo
  • Viral Warts
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Facial Rejuvenation


Facial Rejuvenation


About Facial Rejuvenation and Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine is rooted in the philosophy that our emotional, physical, and spiritual health are deeply interconnected.  It also holds the idea that the state of the interior of the body will be manifested on the exterior (i.e. the skin, eyes, nails, hair, etc.). Therefore, Our skin and our face is the most outward reflection of our health and wellbeing.  The ancient techniques of facial acupuncture are so powerful because by balancing both internal and external factors of the individual, the body responds by showing signs of both improved health and outward appearance.   Thus, Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural holistic approach to achieving facial rejuvenation in which you can look more vibrant.  Cosmetic acupuncture is a series of 10 treatments that can naturally revitalize your face and neck by improving the health of your skin as well as treat any underlying imbalances in your constitution.    

How does it work?

From a Western medical standpoint, facial acupuncture is effective due to the micro-traumas in the dermal layer of the skin created when the tiny needles are inserted.  In response to this stimulus, blood flow to the area is increased, and there is a stimulation of collagen and elastin production that allows this matrix to be supple, firm, and resilient.

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture facilitates both Qi (vital life force) and Blood to the face.  This, in turn, removes obstructions and blockages, and creates free flow and energetic alignment. This vibrancy will be reflected in you face. 

What results can you expect?

  • —  Reduction in fine lines
  • —  Leveling of deeper lines
  • —  Define jaw line
  • —  Improvements in Acne and Rosacea
  • —  Skin is softer and more vibrant
  • —  Skin tone more consistent
  • —  Age spots fade
  • —  Hard spots soften or disappear
  • —  Enhance collagen production
  • —  Improve muscle tone and function
  • —  Reduces sagging skin
  • —  Lifts eyelids and reduce puffiness
  • —  Improves circulation of blood and lymph
  • —  Nourish dry skin

Is Cosmetic Acupuncture for Everyone?

There are some health conditions that are contraindicated for receiving cosmetic acupuncture, which includes:

  • —  Frequent migraines
  • —  Seizure disorders
  • —  Uncontrolled hypertension
  • —  Those on blood thinning medications
  • —  Pregnancy

Course of treatment

—Initial Facial Rejuvenation Consultation w/ balancing treatment (does not include facial protocol)

  • —  Followed by 10 treatments
  • —  2 treatments per week
  • —  Five weeks (it takes 4 weeks for the collagen and elastin matrix to firm)

—Includes recommendation/consults for:

  • —  Diet/nutrition
  • —  Supplements/Herbs
  • —  Skin care routine

Optional:  Follow up with maintenance treatments 2 times per month, for the first 2 months after completing your series to maximize results.

What protocols are available?

There are 2 separate protocols.  Each involves a series of 10 treatments

  • Facial cosmetic acupuncture
  • Neck cosmetic acupuncture

If you are interested in the neck protocol, it is best to complete the facial protocol first as the results from facial acupuncture will have some impact on the neck.  The facial acupuncture will start to create the energetic lift and increase in qi and blood upwards to maximize the benefit of the neck protocol.

How long to the results last? 

·You can notice results for up to 3-5 years.

Maximize your results by coming in for maintenance treatments as determined by you and your practitioner.