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Meet Jim, Our Newest Acupuncturist!

Spotlight on… Jim Grimmer!

 

Our newest member of the BCA-PT family is Jim Grimmer, acupuncturist extraordinaire! Read on to find out more about the origins of Chinese medicine and how Jim got his start as an acupuncturist.

Jim’s acupuncture journey

Jim grew up on the West side of Buffalo, but traveled multiple different places to learn about acupuncture. He started at the Internationalists of Chinese Medicine in New Mexico and then moved to the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Texas.

 

He was drawn to acupuncture through his own “health issues,” he said, and said he was looking for something outside of allopathic medicine he could use for himself. Chinese medicine was “one of the more complete natural systems” he found and as he started reading more, he became more interested.

 

He notes that after Mao took over China, he asked natural doctors to come forward to preserve their natural medicine system. “They’d been using it for thousands of years using herbs, needles, massage bone setting, and things of that nature,” he said.

 

Jim also enjoys acupuncture and Chinese medicine because of its natural properties. “It’s a very holistic, complete system where they address multiple issues without major surgery or major drugs,” he said, “so I was attracted to it because it was something I could sit down, learn, use for myself, and I could help other people with it.”

Why acupuncture?

Something that a lot of people would be surprised to know about being an acupuncturist is that, according to Jim, acupuncture “really doesn’t hurt.”

 

When people have a fear of needles, he says, it’s typically a fear of hypodermic needles - the ones doctors use to give you a flu shot or a vaccine. These needles are actually hollow and cut a hole in the skin. Acupuncturists use acupuncture needles “which are solid,” said Jim, “so yes, you do feel a small pressure, but generally after that, the amount of (discomfort) you experience is next to nothing.”

 

(Also plenty of BCA-PT staff members have been treated with acupuncture, so ask any of us if you have questions about the experience!)

 

Something else that Jim wants his patients to know is that, for thousands of years, common colds, flus, and typical seasonal sicknesses including allergies were all treated with acupuncture in China. It can serve as a holistic solution to many problem areas. “For thousands of years, they’ve been using acupuncture for fevers, colds, and flus,” Jim said. “A lot of people don’t know that (it) can really treat a lot.”

Best (food) city in the world

In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and kids and pursuing tons of hobbies- camping, playing drums, making mead, leather work, woodwork, carpentry, and more! “Who doesn’t like to swing a hammer and make damascus steel from time to time?” he said with a smile. “If I had a choice of things, I would be out in the woods which means camping and getting out of town, teaching, and being surrounded by nature and plants.”

 

After leaving the West side to pursue his acupuncture degree and coming back to build his career, what do you think Jim loves most about this city?

 

“Best food city in the world,” said Jim. He cites all of the different foods from everywhere, including Buffalo pizza and wings, Italian food, Greek food, Haalal food, Polish food, Turkish coffee…

 

“Buffalo is a great food town that no one really knows about, but we are lucky to have a wide variance of immigrants here,” he said. “The fact that we’re a truly international city is just great.”

 

Did you know that acupuncture can help with chronic headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, knee pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, chronic neck and back pain, arm pain, smoking cessation, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, fertility and more! Give us a call at 716-892-8811 to set up your first appointment and learn more about acupuncture here.

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