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 Acupuncture Good For?

Acupuncture is particularly effective for pain relief and for post surgery and chemotherapy associated nausea and vomiting. In addition, both the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health recognize that acupuncture can be a helpful part of a treatment plan for many illnesses.

A partial list includes:

  • 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

Acupuncture 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 >>

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:
  • sports injuries
  • sprains
  • strains
  • whiplash
  • neck pain
  • sciatica
  • nerve pain due to compression
  • overuse syndromes similar to carpal tunnel syndrome
  • pain resulting from spinal cord injuries
  • allergies
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • sore throat (called pharyngitis)
  • high blood pressure
  • gastroesophageal reflux (GERD felt as heartburn or indigestion)
  • ulcers
  • chronic and recurrent bladder and kidney infections
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • infertility
  • endometriosis
  • memory problems
  • insomnia
  • multiple sclerosis
  • sensory disturbances
  • depression
  • anxiety and other psychological disorders

I had been having trouble with sciatica for about five months to the point of barely being able to walk. I found Irv through word of mouth and decided to give acupuncture a try since not walking doesn't fit into my surfer lifestyle. I have felt increasingly better over the last three days and can walk normally. I will see Irv again. If you have been skeptical, don't be. It's the best thing you will ever do for your body.

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2019 marks the 25th 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.
"I found Irv Marcus. Upon our first meeting he that if I didn’t have positive results within 2-4 sessions that I shouldn’t continue … hmmm … that had me intrigued.

Here I am a few months later…  Not only is my neck doing very well, my sinus condition has improved, my knees feel better and my IBS is amazingly controlled. What a life with no more bloating or sitting up trying to sleep. Even my husband commented what a remarkable difference he sees in me.

Not only have these conditions improved, I also Catch a nap during my acupuncture sessions … do I feel the needles? … obviously not, if I fall asleep. I am NOT a napper!

Irv’s knowledge of Chinese medicine, herbs, essential oil, QiGong, and his acupuncture mastership have been life changing for me. He treats the individual holistically as well as his caring and concern for the whole person.

At age 61, I am the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been. On those rare occasions when I am out of sorts (grouchy) from a sinus issue or a little age related achiness, my husband (who can’t stand even the sight of a needle) will ask… When do you see Irv next?"
Patricia M., North Muskegon, January 2011