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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is based on the premise that all of our bodily functions are regulated by energy called qi which flows through the body.  Disease is caused by disruptions to this flow.  Acupuncture corrects imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulating specific anatomical locations on or under the skin.  The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points is penetration of the skin by thin disposable needles.

About our Acupuncturist

Andrew Crapo is a nationally certified and state registered acupuncturist as well as a member of the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). In addition to traditional acupuncture, Andrew has extensive training in herbal medicine and offers cosmetic acupuncture to his patients.

Andrew also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University where he graduated with honors. 

Andrew’s passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stems from having been treated with TCM his entire life by his father, Dr. Mark Crapo, one of the first certified acupuncturists in the state of Michigan; thus knowing the amazing healing properties it holds.  His wish is to teach as many people as possible about TCM as well as share the experience of attaining wellness with all of his clients.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Most people are surprised to find out that acupuncture is not painful. Acupuncture needles are very fine and are inserted gently into the skin with the use of a guide tube. Once the needles are inserted it is common to feel deeply relaxed. Acupuncture feels really good!

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine consists of blending individual Chinese herbs into formulas. The formula usually consists of two to twelve different herbs. Herbal formulas have demonstrated excellent results for thousands of years and have fewer side effects than conventional pharmaceutical medications. Herbal formulas come in many forms: pills, capsules, granules and tinctures, which are much more convenient and less time consuming than the brewing of tea.

How does Acupuncture work?
Chinese medical theory maintains that the human body is a complex bio-energetic system. The pathways through which our life energy flows, qi as it is called in Chinese medicine, are known as channels or meridians. If the flow or balance of qi is disrupted or damaged, pain; abnormal body functions; or disease will ensue. Acupuncture works by stimulating the flow of energy at points along the meridians as prescribed for a specific treatment. By balancing and regulating the flow of qi, the body can then heal itself.

Although a great deal of research has been done, the exact mechanism by which acupuncture works has not been pinned down by western science. One example of acupuncture’s effectiveness is pain relief, believed to be due to the triggering of the release of endorphins, a natural pain reducing substance within the body itself. Acupuncture has been proposed to also effect the release of specific hormones and neurotransmitters as well as other body regulating substances. Although unexplained, the benefits and results are well documented, from ancient times to present day. Acupuncture works!

Are there any side effects of Acupuncture?
The main side effect of acupuncture is a deep state of calm and relaxation. You may feel a warm or tingling sensation throughout your body. Though it is rare, a hematoma (also known as a bruise) may appear at the needled site.

Oriental Medicine

The philosophy of Oriental Medicine dictates that every individual must be treated based upon his or her own condition, symptoms and physical constitution. Every patient is evaluated as a whole, with treatment based upon a thorough examination of symptoms, medical history, blood pulse and physical examination, as well as concerns of emotional and mental origin. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are a natural medicine that encourages the body to heal itself.

If you have any questions about how acupuncture can benefit your health, please contact Andrew andrew@harborhealthandmassage. Or to set up an appointment, please contact Harbor Health and Massage,

First session (approximately 1.5 hours) includes treatment $100
Follow up treatments (approximately 1 hour) $75

Conditions Effectively Treated with Acupuncture:

  • Neurological
    Post-operative pain
    Stroke residuals
    Facial pain
  • Digestive
    Abdominal pain
    Irritable colon
    Chronic diarrhea
  • Gynecological
    PMS, cramps
    Menopause syndrome

  • Emotional
  • Musculoskeletal
    Pain and weakness
    Back and neck pain
    Sprains and strains
    Sports and accident injuries
    Disc problems
  • Respiratory
    Common cold

  • Eye, Ear, Nose & Dental
    Poor vision, tired eyes
  • Other Benefits
    Increases vitality and energy
    Stress reduction
    Deep relaxation
    Skin rejuvenation
    Weight control
    Stop smoking, alcohol, drug & other addictions
    Regulates heart rate and blood pressure
    Stabilizes the immune system
    and many others…

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