About Traditional Chinese Medicine
Tradition Chinese Medicine is based on over 2000 years of clinical observation, ancient Chinese medical texts, and modern empirical research. Chinese medicine is holistic in nature and focuses on the needs of each individual, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional aspects.
The five branches that comprise Chinese Medicine include acupuncture, nutrition, herbal therapy, Qigong and Tui na massage.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing therapy which involves the insertion of fine needles into the body to stimulate specific points along the meridians. The term “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) is used to describe the energy that circulates through the meridians. In Chinese medical theory, illness is caused by a disruption of Qi, which leads to an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture works to restore normal balance in the body by moving blockages, reducing excess and tonifying deficiencies. When the body is in harmony there is no disease or pain.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is relatively painless. You may feel a slight prick when the needle is inserted, followed by a heaviness, numbness or tingling. These sensations are produced when the energy of the body has been accessed.
How does it work?
The exact mechanism is not known in western medicine. But there are a few different theories:
Some researchers believe that when a muscle is stimulated by a needle the sensory neurons send a message to the central nervous system. This causes the release of endorphins, which are natural pain killers produced by our body, as well as other neurotransmitters. These substances help block the message of pain from being delivered to the brain and regulate body functions.
Others theorize that acupuncture works by transmitting signals through the fascia. Fascia is a web of connective tissue found throughout the body. Surrounding all of the body’s muscles and organs, it connects our body structures creating myofascial chains. This may explain why stimulating an acupuncture point in the lower leg can affect the back or other areas of the body.
How many visits will I need?
The number of visits depends on many considerations including: the severity of the condition, length of time it has been present and lifestyle factors. Generally speaking, there may be as little as three visits for acute conditions. For chronic conditions, one or a series of treatment courses will be recommended.
In China, due to its social healthcare system, it is very common for patients to receive acupuncture many times in a week or even daily. We understand that lifestyle and the medical care system is very different in the Michigan. Grand Wellness will help find a solution that best fits your current condition, time, and financial circumstance.
Maintaining Optimal Health
Our bodies are constantly changing. Just as your dentist recommends periodic checkups to help detect tooth decay before it leads to serious problems, regular acupuncture treatments can help identify and correct small problems before they become bigger ones. This is the idea behind maintenance treatments, which are periodic treatments to help maintain good health. Visits may be monthly, bimonthly, or seasonally.
We encourage our patients to be proactive about wellness and being aware of your body is key. If you feel that something is out of balance, address it early.
Vikki is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac.) in the state of Michigan. She is a nationally board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Upon completion of 3,550 hours of classroom and supervised clinical training, she received a Master of Science degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. Her studies there not only included Traditional Chinese Medicine but also gave her a firm foundation in Western medicine.
She is a past board member and ongoing contributor to the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM) where she hopes to elevate the awareness of the healing art of Chinese medicine in Michigan.
In her clinic, Vikki's goal is not only to successfully treat each of her patients, but to educate the community of Grand Rapids on the importance of the integration of holistic medicine as a part of a complete and modern healthcare system.
Corey began his exploration of study in Chinese Medicine through studying Tai Chi back in 2000. The art peaked his interest in the mind + body philosophy inherent in Chinese Medicine and by the time he graduated from the the Institute of Natural Therapies with his Massage Certificate in 2002 he knew he wanted to go into Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM). In 2009 he realized his dream getting his MSAOM from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Finally he could practice a medicine that tied together his love of nature and humanity.
Corey primarily uses Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with Five Element Acupuncture as his base of practice and he also integrates some Korean Hand Therapy techniques. A longtime Massage Therapist Corey primarily uses a Japanese style of Massage that works with the Acupuncture Meridians called Jin Shin Jyutsu. Corey also has ample training and experience with Chines Herbal Medicine.
Though Corey has treated many conditions with AOM, he specializes in Mental + Emotional conditions and working with patients that have been through Trauma.
751 Kenmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Monday : 9:00am — 4:30pm
Tuesday : 11am — 7pm
Wednesday : 9:30 - 3pm
Thursday : 9:30am — 5pm
Friday : 9:00am — 4:30pm
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