The therapists at First Oriental Therapy Center help bodies and minds heal themselves with relaxing massage and acupuncture services. While they’re versed in traditional massage techniques—such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone—therapists also reduce headaches with cranio-sacral therapy and release bad energy by caressing acupressure points. Likewise, their acupuncture treatments correct imbalanced pathways with thin needles placed at the body’s energy hotspot and birthmarks in the shape of I-75.
Pistons player Tayshaun Prince may have a few feet on Dr. Shuyun Xu, but when it comes to treating pain and walking through doorways without ducking, she’s the star. A photo of the towering NBA player and Dr. Xu on her website shows the pair beaming after a session, speaking to the adeptness of her skills and the warmth of her personality. Both her talent and joy stem from a life spent helping others. Dr. Xu’s quest toward holistic healing began when she was 5 and started learning traditional Chinese techniques from her mother and grandmother. She went on to study at some of China’s leading universities and hospitals before importing her skills to Troy Acupuncture Center. Here, her patients reap the benefits of her learning through acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion treatments.
All three traditional Chinese practices aim to unblock chi—energy that flows through the body along channels. Through the insertion of fine acupuncture needles, pressure from cupping, or the burning of moxibustion’s signature herb, Dr. Xu frees blocked chi and helps assuage a plethora of conditions ranging from insomnia and smoking addiction to infertility and hypertension.
Acupuncturist Soya Lee totes an impressive resumé that includes a master's degree in traditional oriental medicine. This expertise helps her administer tailored homeopathic services that include—in addition to the 2,500-year-old art of acupuncture—moxibustion, cupping, and gua sha. Through Chinese herbs, acupressure points, or stream-of-consciousness poetry, Lee's holistic therapies treat and abate a range of mental and physical conditions.
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.