On October 23, 2013 Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Julie Silver, MSW, Dipl. Ac., founder and owner of Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI, to facilitate an overview and seminar about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for the clinical staff at BMC.
Ms. Silver discussed the history and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, how the tongue and pulse are used to make diagnoses, and went into much more detail describing the diagnostic process to determine appropriate treatment using acupuncture and/or holistic medicine. The goal of TCM is to help the body achieve “balance” throughout the psychological and physiological systems. The principal elements of TCM are Yin and Yang, Qi, and blood and keeping and maintaining balance of these systems are the focus of this type of intervention. The importance of good nutritional health and dietary habits were stressed as well. Ms. Silver described the entire diagnostic process and the various treatment modalities offered at her clinic in West Bloomfield; Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and CranioSacral and Massage Therapy.
In addition to a variety of neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal, auto-immune, and musculoskeletal disorders that may benefit from acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is also useful for the treatment of psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and addictions. Many therapists at Birmingham Maple Clinic recognize the connection between mind and body when treating emotional issues and are open to collaborate with treatment providers in the community whether they practice TCM, holistic medicine, or integrated approaches along with the more familiar medical models.
At the conclusion of the seminar, Ms. Silver offered participants the opportunity to try acupuncture and several of the therapist/participants were happy to try it and have the experience.
If you are struggling with a recent diagnosis of a physical disorder, chronic pain, or an emotional issue such as anxiety, depression, sleep problems, or an addiction you may value from speaking to a sensitive, open, and informed therapist. To schedule an appointment at Birmingham Maple Clinic visit www.birminghammaple.com or call (248) 646-6659. To learn more about the Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments available at Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine visit http://www.acupunctureinmichigan.com/.