Traditional Chinese Style Acupuncture

image1You may be a believer in the benefits of acupuncture, or are in a position where other strategies have failed. Either way, Traditional Chinese Style Acupuncture at Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids Michigan can be the answer to your pain or troubling health condition.

Our team is dedicated to helping you reach wellness in a comfortable and stress free environment. You’ll notice the difference when you walk in the door and feel the difference when you walk out.

Schedule an appointment now, or learn more about acupuncture at our Grand Rapids, Michigan facility by selecting the item below that fits your situation:

First time acupuncture

If your physical or emotional health struggles are not being resolved with traditional medicine, acupuncture may be the answer you’ve been looking for. There is a good deal of information on this page to help you become more familiar. Jump to the sections on What is Acupuncture and How it Works, and please feel free to contact us with any questions you have

Familiar with acupuncture and seeking a credible acupuncturist

Caring, professional, degreed, experienced. These are the qualifications you’ll find in our acupuncture specialists. They are interested in you and your well being, and draw on their education, background and experience to implement a program and method that’s right for you. Contact us today and begin your journey to a better quality of life. You can view our acupuncture pricing list here. 

What is Traditional Chinese Style Acupuncture?

The insertion of fine needles into carefully selected points on the body. The goal is to elicit a natural healing response using the body’s own energy or qi (pronounced “chee”). The needles are extremely thin and flexible. Upon insertion, one may feel a sensation of heaviness or tingling. Patients often report feeling relaxed or even euphoric after treatments. All needles are single use and disposable.

Some supplements or styles of acupuncture that your practitioner may suggest using along with Traditional Japanese Style include:

Herbal Supplements – Chinese herbal supplements usually contain between four and twenty herbs. Pre-made pills are used for their convenience. Herbs are used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture.

Moxibustion – Smoldering mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) near the body is quite common. There is an old saying that for problems that acupuncture alone can not help, use moxa. With a little instruction, patients are sometimes asked to use moxibustion at home between treatments.

Cupping – Using a partial vacuum, glass jars are applied to the body. By increasing the local circulation, cupping helps relieve muscle tension and pain.

Massage – Tui Na (Chinese massage) and Acupressure are also commonly used. Many patients report that massage is much more effective when combined with acupuncture.

How It Works

Let’s start with the traditional Chinese explanation: The body contains as many as 20 invisible pathways, called meridians. Qi (pronounced “chee”), a form of energy, flows constantly through these pathways. When meridians are obstructed by poor diet, bad posture, or unhealthy habits, qi builds up in some places and is depleted in others, leading to illness and pain. Some 365 acupuncture points on the skin connect with the meridians. By gently inserting needles in a select few of these points, acupuncturists remove the obstructions and restore the flow of qi.

American medical researchers have not been able to link the meridians to the body’s network of blood vessels or any other observable system, nor can they tell exactly what qi might be. But imaging studies of the nervous system have shown that the insertion of needles triggers the flow of electromagnetic signals through the body. These signals, in turn, stimulate the release of natural painkillers and other substances that can help the body heal.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and begin your journey to wellness today.


Catherine VanTil