What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a traditional healing system based on a holistic ideology, which has been used in China and the East for many centuries to restore balance to the human body and the community. Through the insertion of extremely slim needles into key points in the body, qi or vital substance, is brought into balance and health is restored. Through a Western lens, acupuncture has been studied and linked to pain relief, but an acupuncture treatment goes far beyond mere relief of pain. An experienced acupuncturist will listen to you as a whole human being, and see you/treat you as a whole human being. Your physical body, your psycho-spiritual body, as well as your biochemical body will be taken into consideration, with the aim of restoring balance in the entire system.
Where can I receive acupuncture in the Ann Arbor Area?
There are many quality acupuncture clinics in Ann Arbor. It is a good idea to try a few of them in order to see who is the best fit for your needs. I personally highly recommend the following practitioners:
Dr Lu's Nourishing Life
Brodie Burris at The Lotus Center
Abby Humphrey at Integrative Healthcare Providers
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is a nationwide movement to create access to acupuncture by removing the barrier of cost from healing. The primary way this is done is through use of a community room, where multiple people are receiving treatments at the same time. Each person reclines on a reclining chair or massage table, fully clothed. The acupuncturist is then able to provide treatment to many patients at once. Currently, there are two community acupuncture clinics in Ann Arbor. I have been to both of them and find them both to be healing and well run.
Common Source Acupuncture in Kerrytown
Ann Arbor Community Acupuncture on Packard: