Lok-Kwan offers acupuncture treatment that gets immediate results. ‘Lok-Kwan’ means ‘happily serving the people’, a reminder that we're here to nourish each other as we discover ourselves.

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"Transcendent! The experience allowed me a glimpse of the vastness of the space within!"

Lauren Leifer
Director of Community Engagement, Foundation for American Neighborhoods

Acupuncture and Energy Medicine

Acupuncture works by mobilizing and regulating the energetic system of the body to prevent and treat disease. Drop a pebble into a pond and you see ripples. The effects of acupuncture are just as immediately felt. The medicine I offer is 'rooted in the Spirit', meaning that the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects are always taken into consideration in understanding and treating a disease.
Complex and difficult conditions become treatable when we understand that they are not separate entities but stages of transformation. Whether the problem is migraines, high blood pressure, low back pain, anxiety, insomnia, low energy, or hair loss, knowing how diseases move and mutate within the body to affect different functions and organs points the way to cure. Energy medicine is not deterministic. It is an open system that allows for transformation. There are always alternative ways to understand and solve a problem. There are always possibilities for change.
Lok-Kwan has two office locations. The Lincoln Park office is right by Lakeview and DePaul and only ten minutes from downtown Chicago. The Wilmette office is centrally located to serve Evanston, Winnetka, Glenview, and Glencoe. Weekend and evening hours are available. To request an appointment, use the 'forms' link on the top menu, or call 847 323-9297.
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Why does neidan focus on capturing the true yang and not the true yin?

A student asked a great question: Why does neidan focus on capturing the true yang and not the true yin? (My initial reflection was: No, this can't be due to cultural bias, or can it?)
Jing, qi, shen are called the three treasures of life. In qigong there is not the idea of subduing the flesh in service of the spirit. In fact, the spirit depends on the flesh. So cultivation is the strengthening and refining of all three but at different stages of the practice more emphasis is put on one than another. 
We talk about jing>qi>shen. Its more complete to talk about zhuji>jing>qi>shen. Zhuji means building the foundation and is the first stage. Zhuji means restoring and strengthening the three treasures. When they are full and rich, the body mind spirit is prepared to launch into cultivation and refining. Without that it's going to be very difficult. So zhuji puts the biggest emphasis on the body, the yin. When you feel good after qigong practice you are feeling the effects of zhuji - the three treasures are fuller and more harmonized: the body is stronger, you feel more comfortable in the world, the mind is clear and calm. When we talk about capturing the true yang we are talking about an advanced stage of practice: spirit>emptiness. The emphasis is on the yang of spirit and beyond, not on the yin of embodiment.