How long as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) been around?
TCM has been around for over 2500 years and is considered the oldest practiced medical system.
I am afraid of needles. Can you still help me?
Yes! First of all, acupuncture needles are very small and thin, about the size of your hair- nothing like the hypodermic needles you see in doctor's offices. We can show you the needles amd most people are comfortable after seeing them. We can use other techniques including Tuina (Chinese medical massage), herbal medicine, dietary therapy, lifestyle advice, qi gong, magnets, acupressure, etc.
Do I need a referral?
No! In Michigan, you do not need a referral from a doctor for acupuncture. However, we advise that you continue care with any medical doctors as needed.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is considered a minimally invasive procedure. While there are some risks, for most patients, the risks outweigh the benefits. Minimal risks of acupuncture include bruising, numbess, tingling and pinpoint bleeding at site of insertion. More severe and highly unusual risks involve organ puncture. Single use sterile needles are used to prevent infection. It is important to tell us if you could be pregnant, although acupuncture can be continued safely throughout pregnancy and delivery. Other risks and modalities will be discussed at your visit. We encourage you to ask questions, as your comfort is our highest priority.
Do I have to be sick to receive treatment?
No! Chinese medicine can be used to prevent disease and ensure optimum health.