Acupuncture helps to regulate the body’s energy, or qi, flow without installing a dangerous circulation accelerator or an unsightly forehead dimmer switch. Keep your body bright and balanced with today’s Groupon: for $42, you get a one-hour acupuncture session at Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan in West Bloomfield (an $85 value).
Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan employs holistic healing via acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Upon arrival, clients consult with a member of the AHAM staff, who will lead them into a private area for a one-hour acupuncture session and a high-stakes balloon-animal routine. During treatment, the acupuncturist inserts fine, sterile needles at precise locations across the body’s surface—a 2,550-year-old practice designed to stimulate and regulate function of the muscles, nerves, glands, tissue, and organs. The points of insertion largely depend on what ails each particular client, as well as the experienced practitioner’s sense of where blocked qi and blood need to be moved in order to enliven body tissues and induce internal feng shui. In addition to its body-balancing benefits, acupuncture is believed to also help to reduce neck and shoulder pain, lower-back pain, and muscle strain and may additionally aid in treating syndromes such as PMS and disorders such chronic fatigue, allergies, digestive issues, and asthma.
Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
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.