How Can Concepts Of Eastern Medicine Thrive In Today’s Instant Gratification Society?

Thousands of years of Eastern medical thought and philosophy have contributed to a heritage generated, extensive system of healing that includes herbal medicine practices, acupuncture, and reflexology originating in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, and Vietnam.

Eastern Medicine addresses the interrelatedness between a therapy, herb, or supplement with the organism as a whole. One example is the herbal blends and mixtures that are extensively recorded and mapped to grasp all the chemical properties of the plant, its relationship to other herbs, and how it will interact with the body’s interconnected systems through time-tested practices.

Eastern modalities are practiced on a consistent, long-term basis. However, in a socio-cultural setting with the expectation of instant results that permeates every aspect of mainstream culture, how can such a practice take root and grow? From fast food to the fastest mobile app loading times, to fast tracks in education, and of course, fast-acting pharmaceutical drugs, where does Eastern Medicine have a role to play?


The Geta, a traditional Japanese sandal. IMG SRC: Les Indecises Vintage

For those in search of long term sustainable solutions to their health ailments, Eastern medicine offers valuable remedies that investigate the underlying, core issue. This investigation may take several sessions where diet, exercise, lifestyle choices, past traumas, and latent emotions may be discussed as they pertain to the symptom at hand.

Such approaches to the body’s overall health is what brought our signature product, the Kenkoh, into existence. The Kenkoh was born in Japan in 1927. The inventor, Kyu-kichi Yamanashi, was in pursuit of manufacturing the Geta, the traditional Japanese wooden sandal, after returning from the Manchurian Railroad in China where he worked for several years prior.

Shortly after getting the Geta factory running, Kyu-kichi contracted tuberculosis due to poor living conditions, malnutrition, and over work. As a result of his illness Kyu-Kichi’s right lung was removed and he began a difficult recovery. Two years after his surgery, his recovery was not proceeding well. A fortuitous visit by his best friend from his railroad days, doctor Sho-ichi Akitsuki, changed his life.


Aodake-Fumi, or “stepping on bamboo.”

The doctor suggested using the Taiwanese technique of stepping on cut bamboo and massaging the soles of his feet, an acupressure practice called Aodake-Fumi, which literally translates to “stepping on bamboo.” Amazingly, Kyu-kichi began to recover. Excited by the effectiveness of the technique, Kyu-kichi began experimenting with other Eastern folk remedies, such as Sokushindo, the oldest form of Japanese foot massage and reflexology in the Orient.

It was then in late 1950’s that Kyu-kichi began to develop a prototype for integrating his Geta sandals with Sokushindo and Aodake-Fumi. The most successful prototype had wooden nodules embedded on the wooden sandals. Although effective, the wooden knobs were uncomfortable so Kyu-kichi quickly designed a “healthy” Geta sandal with rubber nodules. By 1970, the design had been improved and the Kenkoh brand was created.


Kyu-kichi Yamanashi creates the original prototype for the Kenkoh in 1954.

Since then, the style and design of the Kenkoh has changed and evolved, however, the original concept of Aodake-Fumi and Sokushindo has remained intact. The Kenkoh is a sustainable solution for many chronic pain ailments and extends in treating the feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips, and even the spine as it corrects and realigns the body into a neutral, healthy position. In addition, essential nerve endings are stimulated, improving the circulatory system, and thanks to its footbed of over 1,000 rubber nodules, breaks up toxins like uric and lactic acid, as well as calcium buildups.

This interconnected system of two treatment styles working harmoniously together is the reason why the Kenkoh product is so effective. An improved posture will ease pain associated by joint discomfort, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsaglia, while the increased stimulation to the circulatory system decreases swelling and returns vitality to the body’s extremities.

In a culture of instant gratification and quick fixes, it’s important to connect with our bodies and put in the time and effort when it comes to health and exercise. Eastern modalities like the Kenkoh are essential and effective tools when battling fatigue, chronic pain, and poor circulation.

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