In a New York Times article, Dr. Tong J. Gan—a professor of anesthesiology at Duke University—quickly summed up why acupuncture is popular among many of his patients who suffer from chronic headaches: “People who get acupuncture prefer it to medication because of the potential side effects of drugs,” he stated.
Stephen C. Nelson has devoted his career to this 100% holistic approach to therapy and overall wellness, offering an alternative or supplement to conventional treatments. Putting his master's degree in traditional Oriental medicine to use, he strategically places needles in various points on the body with hopes of opening up the body’s energy pathways. In addition to rendering clients temporarily invincible against roving bands of wild balloon animals, he strives to help them overcome ailments that range from arthritis and tennis elbow to depression and nicotine addiction. Nelson meets with patients during complimentary consultations and usually offers same-day appointments.
After graduating from University of Michigan, licensed acupuncturist Catherine Van Til earned her master’s degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine ever since. She uses this 2,000-year-old form of treatment as a way to combat everything from addiction to urinary-tract infections to handfuls of balloons that clients no longer need. Catherine specializes in digestion and intestinal issues, migraines, and anxiety-related problems.
Frequency Apps Wellness Center’s holistic practitioners suss out hidden allergies and sensitivities to more than 200 foods using the Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA), which is derived from Chinese and Western medicine. During the MSA food allergy test, patients cradle energy-measuring weights in each palm, analyzing meridians, or channels of energy, that pulse through the hands’ acupressure points as well as spark dead car batteries. Once the test determines pre-existing allergies to foodstuffs such as fish, fruit, grains, and wax lips, the practitioner consults with patients to establish a homeopathic solution to suppress bodily aversions that can cause imbalances such as fatigue, headaches, and skin problems.
The holistic philosophy—that the state of the entire body should be considered when treating an ailment—guides the staff at Kalamazoo Manual Therapy through their treatments, which include manual therapy, pediatric massage, medical acupuncture, infrared sauna sessions, and hot-stone therapy. Each of these therapies offers a different approach to wellness, allowing staff to fortify the body's self-healing abilities without drugs or magic spells.
Grand Ledge Acupuncture’s licensed chi-finagler, Barbara Brouwer, wields extensive training in Oriental medicine and a set of thin, sterile needles to treat patients for a slew of maladies, including stress, joint stiffness, and chronic pain. In an initial consultation, she asks clients questions about their health history to suss out the root cause of their complaint, whether it be blocked energy pathways or a charley horse taking out timeshares in their left bicep. After constructing a personalized course of action, the experienced needle negotiator pricks extremely thin needles just under the client’s skin at predetermined points in an attempt to stimulate energy flow and unearth repressed memories of their past lives as porcupines. As spiny patients relax and recline, Brouwer targets a needle-free trouble area for a 15-minute massage that complements the effects of the acupuncture treatment.
Jim Bertrau, the founder of Great Lakes Wellness Group, turned to alternative medicine as a result of his own personal experiences with healthcare. After conventional medical treatments failed to meet his needs, Bertrau discovered that eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and raising his own spiritual awareness were the keys to better health. He now believes that the path to overall health begins with treating the whole person, rather than the symptoms.
To share what he has learned, Bertrau performs holistic treatments that address the underlying causes of disease and discomfort, all without the use of drugs or surgery. He empowers people to actively participate in their own future well-being by offering nutritional consultations and customized, four-phase programs designed to get to the root cause of illness. The programs include a pH analysis to check sugar and salt levels, a personalized food plan, and a live-cell analysis—a nutritional-microscopy technique used to find internal imbalances. Bertrau is also certified in auricular acupuncture by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), which he uses to diminish stress and pain by placing needles at five designated points along the outer ear.