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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional therapy that has been used for over 2,000 years. The modern practice of acupuncture uses fine filiform needles to stimulate the body's healing. For more information about acupuncture, please visit the websites of the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM), the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA), and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

What is acupunctue good for?

Acupuncture is particularly useful for pain relief and post-surgery and chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting. Both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recognize that acupuncture can be an essential part of a treatment plan for many illnesses.


Acupunctue May Boost Pregnancy  Success Rates


FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- When a couple is trying to have a baby and can't, it can be emotionally and financially draining. But help may be available in an unexpected form: acupuncture.

Medical experts believe that this ancient therapy from China, which involves placing numerous thin needles at certain points in the body, can help improve fertility in both men and women.

"Acupuncture has been around for almost 3,000 years. It's safe and there are no bad side effects from it," explained Dr. Lisa Lilienfield, a family practice and pain management specialist at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Va. "It may not be the only thing that is done in isolation to treat infertility, but it helps get the body primed and maximizes the potential effects of fertility treatments."  Read More >>

A partial list of conditions that may benefit from acupuncture:

  • addiction (such as alcoholism)
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • constipation, diarrhea
  • facial tics
  • fertility
  • fibromyalgia
  • headaches
  • irregular menstrual cycles
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • low back pain
  • menopausal symptoms
  • menstrual cramps
  • osteoarthritis
  • sinusitis
  • spastic colon (often called irritable bowel syndrome)
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • tendonitis
  • tennis elbow
  • urinary problems such as incontinence

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The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture also lists a wide range of conditions for which acupuncture is appropriate. In addition to those listed above, they recommend acupuncture for:

  • allergies
  • anxiety  and other psychological disorders
  • chronic  and recurrent bladder and kidney infections
  • depression
  • endometriosis
  • gastroesophageal reflux (GERD felt as heartburn or indigestion)
  • high blood pressure
  • infertility
  • insomnia
  • memory problems

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  • multiple sclerosis
  • neck pain 
  • nerve pain due to compression
  • overuse syndromes similar to carpal tunnel syndrome
  • pain resulting from spinal cord injuries
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • sciatica
  • sensory disturbances
  • sore throat (called pharyngitis)
  • sports injuries
  • sprains
  • strains
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • ulcers
  • whiplash 

A LEADER IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

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IRV MARCUS

2020 marks the 26th year as a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist with multiple locations in West Michigan. Irv is a graduate of Meiji College of Oriental Medicine in San Francisco, California.


Providing an array of modalities, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


  • Acupuncture, a gentle, painless technique using single-use sterile surgical steel needles
  • Chinese herbal medicine that is individually prescribed
  • Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice using specific exercise movements to cultivate ones’ energy (Qi)
  • Dietary therapy, based on the energetic properties of food
  • Auricular therapy and Korean hand therapy, correspondence systems that transpose acupuncture meridians onto the ears and hands
  • Scientifically researched nutritional supplements that are effective and safe