Holistic Health Collective

Acupuncture in Grand Rapids


Acupuncture Basics

Uplift Health MD Clinic provides acupuncture treatments by Dr. Zhiling Trowbridge, a board-certified family medicine physician in Grand Rapids, MI.

If you have been curious about acupuncture or have been referred by other medical specialists or therapists for acupuncture but don’t know where to start, working with a medical doctor trained in acupuncture can be a great way to start the healing process through a holistic health approach.

Dr. Trowbridge is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine, who has been incorporating integrative medicine and acupuncture for much of her medical career over 10 years.

She is able to provide medical consultation during her clinical visits along with partner with patients to help them bridge the gap of knowledge of how to utilize integrative techniques like traditional acupuncture approaches for healing.  Her previous experience as a primary care physician allows her to understand a patient’s medical background along with provide education to her patients about how acupuncture may be helpful for certain chronic or acute conditions.

Her particular interests are in chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, joint problems, fibromyalgia, headaches, anxiety and stress disorders.

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture and the science behind the treatments, see her blog posts to learn more about this therapeutic approach.

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Acupuncture MD in Grand Rapids.

Dr. Zhiling Trowbridge is trained in several different styles of medical acupuncture. Dr. Trowbridge was a clinical preceptor for the Japanese Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians at Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education. She has also lectured at local and national conferences, teaching about the use of acupuncture for medical conditions for patients.



Japanese Structural Acupuncture (based off of the Kiiko Matsumoto style) which is a palpation based approach relying on feedback from the patient in regards to release of energetic points related to the body’s meridians.

Needling is done with a finer gauge needle than Traditional Chinese Medicine style. The experience tends to be painless or a slight pinch in nature. The examination initially starts with examination of the “Hara” or abdomen of the patient which helps elicit an understanding of the balance of the meridians that are the foundation for this style of treatment approach. Moxibustion is commonly used in this style of acupuncture.


Auricular or ear acupuncture may be used as an adjunct or as the main acupuncture treatment based on the ailment. It focuses on the use of the ear as a holograph of the body. Points on the ear may help treat specific physical points of the body or if used in combination help with generalized internal or mental health concerns. Auricular acupuncture and it’s direct connection with brain activation is especially helpful for acute on chronic pain, PTSD, generalized anxiety, ADHD, depression, addiction, and cravings to name a few common auricular treatment uses.

French Energetics

French Energetics is a style of acupuncture that utilizes the understanding of a person’s organ/energetic meridians in context with their psychological and physical make-up. It focuses on energetic movements along the meridians using a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) needling approach and commonly includes electrical stimulation. It is especially helpful for hard to treat arthritis, chronic pain, infertility, menstrual disorders, psychological disorders, or joint problems.

Yamamoto New Scalp

(YNSA), is a specialized form of scalp acupuncture developed by Dr. Toshikatsu Yamamoto, an anesthesiologist and obstetric gynecologist. It is a palpation based acupuncture that uses both neck and abdominal examination to determine scalp point location. It is often utilized to help treat pain and limitations of movement in the setting of post stroke care and chronic neurological disorders.

What our Patients Have to Say.

Theresa O.

I loved the bodywork component that went into the Japanese style of acupuncture that Dr. Trowbridge practices.

Jennifer S.

Dr. Trowbridge is a great balance of integrative medicine, with her MD education and holistic care background and personal lifestyle.

Katie M.

Highly recommend! Very knowledgeable and intuitive in offering acupuncture. Cozy and inviting space.

Michelle M.

After just a few visits my arthritis pain has become manageable. I am very pleased.

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Integrative Medicine (IM) Consults
741 Kenmoor Ave SE Suite B
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


Acupuncture Consults
4945 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


741 Kenmoor Ave SE,
Suite B Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: 616-899-9447