Metro Detroit Acupuncture offers medical acupuncture that is clinically proven; with your benefit of a very broad education in traditional oriental Chinese medicine. We often customize western and eastern medicine together and provide you effective healing and treatment techniques that are personalized to each individual’s medical and psychological needs. In addition, some of the more common acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine techniques that include:
Although acupuncture has been practiced for at least 2,000 years in the East, and it is said that there are over 1,000 acupoints throughout the body, there remain many of us who are curious about most aspects of this ancient Chinese practice. To better acquaint you with acupuncture, here are 5 facts you may not have known about acupuncture.
Acupuncture Treatments Should Not Be Painful. And Can Even Be Relaxing. And Should Not Be Painful. You read that correctly, contrary to what you may have in mind, acupuncture treatments are usually relaxing to patients. And as far as the issue of the needles causing pain, the needles used in acupuncture treatments are not equivalent to a typical needle most of us are accustomed to seeing during doctor visits. Acupuncture needles are thin and flexible, they are usually described as being only about as thick as a strand of hair.
Acupuncture Is Not Just For Pain. While many people associate acupuncture treatment with pain relief, there are so many more conditions that acupuncture can work wonders on such as stress, digestive issues, immunity, fertility, nausea, allergies, and depression. Acupuncture provides an all-natural approach to a variety of conditions and symptoms, without negative side effects.
There Are Insurance Plans That Cover Acupuncture. As acupuncture is becoming more accepted in the West, insurance providers are learning how acupuncture can be a safe, non-evasive treatment and prevention plan for so many conditions. It has been reported that almost 50% of Americans are covered for acupuncture by their employer's health insurance plans. Even The Affordable Care Act has made complementary treatments more accessible. HSA/FSA (Health Spending Account/Flex Spending Account), auto accident, workers comp and the Veteran Association also cover acupuncture treatments.
Not Everyone Can Practice Acupuncture. Licensed acupuncturists (L.Ac) must have in-depth knowledge about the human body, thus are required to complete graduate-level programs for 3 or 4 years, and earn a master's degree. Even after acupuncturists earn their license, they are required to maintain their licensure with regular continuing education. The educational program to becoming a licensed acupuncturist includes training in ethics and patient safety, among other important topics.
Richard Nixon Played A Role In Acupuncture’s Acceptance In The US. In 1971 James Reston, a reporter for the New York Times, required surgery for appendicitis while visiting China. Chinese doctors used acupuncture to relieve his postoperative pain, and to Reston’s surprise, it worked very well. Upon his return to the US, Reston told his story about his experience with acupuncture to his friend, Henry Kissinger, who relayed the story to President Nixon. Nixon was so impressed by the story of the results of Reston’s acupuncture treatments that he put in place a program whereby traditional Chinese doctors came to the US to teach their methods with American doctors. This brought Chinese medicine into popularity in the US.
Patients at Metro Detroit Acupuncture receive customized care and are able to benefit from a diverse combination of Oriental medical therapies. We welcome your phone calls to (248) 432-2846 if you have any questions about how acupuncture can work for you or to schedule an appointment.
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