Drive into a strip mall in Anytown, USA and you may be tempted to stop into the acupuncture outfit that's between the vape shop and nail salon. When it comes to the ancient Chinese medicine, which involves inserting thin needles into your flesh at various meridians in order to relieve pain or curb a bad habit, you might want to start at these local therapists who have tons of experience and certifiable degrees on their resumes.
Five Point Holistic Health
3234 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Logan Square's Five Point Holistic Health is owned by five highly-trained acupuncturists who offer a range of treatment styles, comprehensive treatment plans and a progressive business model. The co-op is very active in the community and aims for equality between the practitioners and patients. There is private room acupuncture to treat highly specific areas, as well as community-style acupuncture, bodywork and psychotherapy. Dinah Samuelson explains, "Community room treatments allow the practice to offer high quality health treatments seven days a week at an affordable price. We offer highly specified herbal formulas given by extensively trained herbalists making us one of the few clinics in the area focusing on customized Chinese Herbal Therapies."
Dr. Ajay Sharma, DO
Feely Center for Optimal Health
150 E. Huron St., Suite 1104
Chicago, IL 60611
If you feel more comfortable seeing an acupuncturist who has training in Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Ajay Sharma may ne your guy. Sharma practices as an family physician, ER doctor and as an osteopathic physician; he is certified in medical acupuncture. His sessions are affordable at only $83 per session and in a convenient location for those who work in downtown Chicago looking for a lunch or after-work appointment. Sharma says, "Treating only one part of the body is not enough. One has to completely respect the inherent, healing mechanism that exists within the body. The human body is not just the sum of its parts; it is something much, much more."
650 N. Dearborn, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60654
Stella Marino of Source Healing says, "The vibe at Source is beautiful, and our mission is transforming lives with Chinese medicine." The practice operates with a 'think tank' model, with clients able to see each of the practitioners to get more than one point of view, and you should expect an entire hour of treatment time (an hour and a half for new patients). Individualized meditations are incorporated into each treatment, too. There's a full herbal pharmacy and Source Healing offers cupping and guasha therapies (techniques to move 'stuck qi and blood' in the body) and moxabustion (a warming, energy building technique).
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Acupuncture For Balanced Wellness
223 W Jackson, Suite 860
Chicago, IL 60606
Licensed acupuncturist Angie Ng is not only board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM); when she picked up her sheepskin at the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, she did so with high honors and took hundreds of continuing education hours. With Loop and Gold Coast locations, the offices treat physical ailments as well as the emotional strains that come from juggling stressful jobs with demanding personal lives. "Coming from a corporate background myself, I really know how difficult it can be to achieve work/life balance, and my patients appreciate how well I can understand and relate to their issues," Ng says, "and we try to provide high quality service at an affordable price. Better health should be accessible to all those who need it, and not just to the financially privileged."
Dr. Ryan Lombardo
595 Elm Place, Suite 208
Highland Park, IL 60035
Acupuncture, a non-toxic treatment for many diseases, pain and inflammatory conditions, is also being integrated into anti-aging and weight loss therapies. Dr. Ryan Lombardo sees patients at Fresh Skin, an anti-aging medical center in Highland Park, using his ample certifications and degrees in acupuncture, Anti-Aging Medicine, Integrative Medicine and herbalism to help Chicagoans look and feel better.
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Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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