Though they hail from different backgrounds, the three acupuncturists at Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine share a fundamental belief in the overarching connection between mind and body. At the center’s core is founder Julie Silver, a board-certified acupuncturist who has been espousing the benefits of Chinese medicine in the media since setting up shop 13 years ago. Julie initially turned to acupuncture to seek relief from her own health complaints, and as a result, switched careers to focus her energies on Chinese herbal medicine. At Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, these practices come to fruition as the team works to correct imbalances in the body, which are believed to be major contributors to a wide array of health-related problems, such as anxiety, pain, and chronic cases of the willies. Julie and her staff address these symptoms and conditions with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, providing a special cache of treatments for women's health, fertility, and pregnancy issues.
Esther McCormick is a licensed acupuncturist, but she also displays a broader familiarity with Traditional Chinese Medicine—and its mutually supportive interactions with Western medicine—at her clinic, Core Health Clinic. McCormick and her team don’t restrict their work to treating clients, however; they also emphasize preventative treatments clients can perform on themselves. Beauty classes teach students to interpret the ingredients of their skincare products or to craft toxin-free products of their own, ranging from body butter to deodorant. An ear acupressure course, meanwhile, teaches participants to relieve their own stresses without rolling down a gravel road to approximate hot-stone massage. Even the clinic’s private acupressure treatments split time between the therapeutic massage and instruction on self-healing techniques that clients can use at home.
The doctors at the helm of Acupuncture & Chinese Medical Center draw upon centuries of knowledge and decades of experience to address an extensive array of complaints. Both Dr. Kong and Dr. Wang possess Ph.D's in Oriental Medicine and are licensed acupuncturists. Using the ancient practice of acupuncture they hope to provide their patients with best care possible. The Acupuncture & Chinese Medical Center specializes in cosmetic, digestive, pain-related, and fertility-related symptoms as well as insomnia.
Mind and Body Acupuncture is helmed by licensed acupuncturist Amad Elia, who holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Here, he uses acupuncture to help patients struggling with conditions ranging from back pain to insomnia. By inserting ultra-fine needles at specific points along the body, he aims to help restore proper flow of qi or the body's vital energy throughout the physique and stimulate the body's own natural healing abilities. During the relaxing appointments, the needle insertions are almost imperceptible, just like a massage from a ghost, and some patients have even been known to fall asleep.
Gigi Badila Cristache, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), R.Ac., Di. Hom. is no stranger to the world of alternative medicine. The owner of Naphsha Healing Arts holds a master's degree in the classical form of Five Element acupuncture and draws on her knowledge of holistic healing to alleviate ailments, such as emotional or digestive issues, with acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbs, and homeopathy treatments. To further promote optimal well-being, Gigi also incorporates bioenergetic therapy into treatment plans, which she devises for clients after they participate in a complimentary consultation.
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