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.
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.
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.
Karen Kraft has been a practicing reiki master for more than a decade, but the discipline's holistic view of bodily energy has been helping people for generations. Karen's bouts with cancer and 12-year experience working in the disability field have bolstered her innate sense of empathy for her patrons' own ailments. As the owner of ACC Natural Healing & Wellness, she translates this dedication into her therapeutic treatments. Rather than simply quieting symptoms, she prefers to relax the mind as well as the muscles, tailoring her treatments to address the needs of each client. Karen's treatments address numerous everyday health issues, battling the pain and discomfort of everything from anxiety and depression to chronic pain. More than anything, though, her intuition and experience help her ease knotted muscles and connective tissues imbuing clients with a sense of whole-body well-being.
At Three Mountains Wellness, LLC, Liz Billings uses a holistic approach to treat patients. After studying advanced Oriental medicine in Korea, Liz obtained a certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which she uses to diagnose and treat patients afflicted with a variety of problems. She combines Oriental medicine as well as acupuncture with other approaches such as nutrition, exercise, and proper sleep habits to help clients overcome difficulty with chronic pain, memory loss, stress, anxiety, and depression.