Since their opening in 2008, Detroit Community Acupuncture has given over 3,000 treatments to metro Detroiters. It’s located on Woodward and Alexandrine– below Apartment Finders and neighbor to the Majestic, making it another interesting small business to have popped up in Detroit’s midtown.
Nora Madden, whose “social business” model is based on Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’, founded this location as an adjunct to a national network of clinics.
(For those who don’t know, the short definition of a social business is one whose owners’ primary objective is cause-driven, rather than personal financial gain.)
“It’s in the middle of town,” she says “which makes it easier for folks from different directions to get to me. There are many reasons folks find themselves in this part of town.”
She also muses “my other business neighbors (the folks at Kim’s Produce, the Hub, Curl Up & Dye, Bureau of Urban Living, etc. etc.) are very encouraging and supportive.” She laughs and adds “I was also addicted to Avalon.”
Acupuncturists who work at the clinic are boomerangs, of sorts. Nora and her associate, Jaclyn Spencer, both grew up in Michigan and left the state to pursue schooling and other careers. After fifteen years, however, both of them came back to Detroit.
“I’d like to see more acupuncturists return to the midwestern states they came from,” Nora explains.
When I asked what someone who has never had acupuncture done before should expect, Nora says, simply “they should expect to feel better!” Still, if you’re weary about a treatment that might, to some, seem like needle-magic, community acupuncture offers an experience that is decidedly un-spooky. “Most people expect the needles to hurt, and are surprised to find that they mostly don’t feel like much of anything. I think it’s good for them to know that even though acupuncture itself is somewhat mysterious, and that the way it feels can be hard to describe, the clinic itself tries to be very “transparent”: it’s a pretty down-to-earth, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of place,” says Nora. “Everyone is treated in the same room, so there’s no weird stuff happening behind closed doors; we don’t pretend to be doctors or gurus.” Oh, and for you skeptic readers, the work they do is empirically-based as well.
All in all, the folks at Detroit Community Acupuncture promise an experience that is “one of comfort, and regeneration.” Unpretentious and practical, they help to heal both individual residents and the community at large: “we have a lot of faith in folks’ capacity to heal so we hope that people get a sense of that capacity themselves – not so much from us, even, but from the needles.”