If you’re interested in indulging in the ancient practice of acupuncture, there is a new spot in Meridian Township that has your back — literally. Elemental Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a practice opened by longtime Lansing acupuncturist Annie Haas. Haas previously worked for a larger acupuncture office, but sweeping changes onset by the coronavirus pandemic led to her setting off on her own.
“I had been looking for a way out for years, I felt trapped. When COVID hit and I was laid off from my job, I realized that this was my opportunity to break away, so I opened my own practice,” Haas said.
Acupuncture is a popular form of alternative medicine (treatments not backed by concrete scientific research and knowledge) that has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine. Thin needles are placed into the skin across the body to help with conditions such as joint and lower back pain. Haas also considers acupuncture to be a unique form of expression.
“Every practitioner has a different way of addressing a concern with a patient. In traditional Chinese medicine, we address the whole body. We look at the mind, body and spirit,” Haas said.
Haas interviews her patients about their health concerns and tries to discover what she calls “the root and the branch,” or the underlying cause of the condition they are seeking to treat. “We look at their chief complaint and we look at the underlying causes, so we can address the whole situation instead of just putting a Band-Aid on it,” Haas said.
She said headaches and migraines are common ailments that bring patients to her practice. Haas also frequently works with people who seek treatment and relief from anxiety and stress. “I tell people that acupuncture has been around for a thousand years, and like any other medicine I think we excel in certain areas,” Haas said.
Haas said she made it a point to make Elemental Acupuncture pandemic-friendly. She said all equipment and furniture is regularly thoroughly sanitized and patients must wear masks and pass a health screening. The space also has upgraded air filtration.
For now, Elemental Acupuncture is a solo operation run by Haas. She said as she grows, she might expand to hire other staff such as a receptionist.
“I love what I do and it shows in the way I interact with my patients,” Haas said.
Elemental Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
1234 E. Grand River, Road Suite 3, Williamston
Call for free phone consultation
(517) 703-4650, elementalacupuncturetcm.com